CES To Be Popular Stomping Ground For Gaming Accessories Introductions

Lisa Johnston On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am




LAS VEGAS — International CES, held here this week, was set to be a hot spot for gaming accessories manufacturers. Arriving just in time to maximize all those fourth-quarter consoles, several companies came to the show with recent and brand-new introductions.

CTA Digital said it would show a variety of gaming accessories during CES. The new Bowling Ball accessory for the PlayStation Move enables users to replicate the motion of bowling. It operates by inserting the Move Motion Controller into the shell and comes in cobalt blue. A wrist strap is included — the Move button, Action Buttons, Trigger and PS Move button are all mapped onto the ball.

The 5-in-1 storage and charging station for PlayStation 3 gamers is billed a solution that transforms PS3 gaming gear from a wired tangle to a modern and organized gaming station. The stand matches the style, color and finish of the PS3 Slim, and all users have to do is drop the controllers onto their respective slots and they’ll begin charging automatically and wirelessly, CTA said. The two Move charging bays accept both Motion and Navigation controllers. Status lights at each charging bay are red when charging and turn blue when the controller is charged and ready to use.

A third product, the Assault Rifle, is compatible with all PS3 first-person shooters, with or without Move support. It reportedly has every button featured on a standard PS3 controller, including clickable thumb sticks for strafing, running, changing weapons, reloading and looking around within the game environment. There is also an accompanying cradle attachment for PlayStation Move compatibility, allowing it to be used for both Move-enabled and regular PS3 games.

Features include a dual trigger, which lets users switch between Move-enabled and regular games; a built-in speaker; and the ability to sync wirelessly by plugging the USB antenna into the console and pressing the PS Home Button.

Pricing and availability will be given at the show.

Nyko has announced a cooling device and wireless controller charging device for the Xbox 360 Slim console. The Intercooler STS uses Nyko’s TempSmart technology to provide increased airflow away from the Xbox 360 S, which allows the console to perform in a cooler, better ventilated environment. No internal modification of the Xbox is required, the company said.

Nyko’s TempSmart technology is designed to automatically power on the Intercooler’s fans when needed, and then keep cooling the console after the system has been powered down, until a proper ambient temperature has been reached. The Intercooler STS is powered by one of the Xbox’s USB ports, requiring no batteries or AC adapters. It is able to operate in both horizontal and vertical position, the company said.

Nyko’s Charge Base 360 S lets users store and charge two Xbox 360 wireless controllers. It comes with two custom NiMH rechargeable batteries with special contact points that allow for an easy drop-in and charge power solution, Nyko said. The dual port recharging dock is AC-powered and plugs into any standard outlet, requiring no cables back to the Xbox 360 console.

Each rechargeable battery powers the wireless controller for up to 25 hours and reportedly charges a single battery in two hours or both batteries simultaneously in four hours. Features include LED charging indicator and a powered USB port for charging an additional controller or other USB device.

Pricing wasn’t given at press time.

Sunflex USA’s line of accessories by Snakebyte include a Move Motion Controller, Move Navigation Controller and Snake-Eye Camera. The products are said to be compatible with all Sony PS3 products and third-party PS3 peripherals.

Both Move controllers are meant to be ergonomically designed. They come with a rubberized shell, and they also have built-in USB ports that are meant to help with firmware updates.

The Snake-Eye Camera is engineered to track gamer’s moves. It comes with a mount to attach it to a TV.

All of the products will be available as individual items or can be purchased as bundles, Sunflex said. Pricing and availability weren’t given at press time.

Thrustmaster’s Hotas Warthog is billed as a full replica of the joystick, dual throttle system and dual throttle control panel of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. It weighs in at more than 14 pounds, with the joystick, throttle handles and bases constructed mostly of metal.

With 55 fully programmable action buttons and two four-direction hat switches, each with a built-in push button, it is the first joystick in the world to incorporate such a feature, the company said.

Vision Concepts International is introducing Gamer’s Edge eyeglasses, said to increase gaming performance while protecting eyes from harmful UV rays and digitally emitted artificial light.

The patented lens filter reduces the glare from the average gaming device while gently repositioning the eyes to a more natural, comfortable position, relieving the demand on the eye muscles, the company said. The reduction in eye tension reportedly provides the gamer increased visual comfort and acuity, thus improving gaming performance. Suggested retail is $24.99.

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