Game On (And On, And On)
Some of the newest products in this fiery market, a category that’s sure to have a very merry holiday season.
gaming accessories market continue to heat up, with the category experiencing record growth this summer, according to The NPD Group. The market research firm said that total spending grew 39 percent in August, to $251 million, when stacked against the prior-year period. What’s more, this segment has risen 33 percent year to date to reach $2.3 billion — also a record high.
Shown here are some of the newest products in this fiery market, a category that’s sure to have a very merry holiday season.
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Even the company fully admits this is far from your ordinary gaming chair, describing it instead as a “gamer’s cave.” Standing nearly 5 feet tall, the steel-constructed, adjustable Predator Thronos features deep impact vibration, a cabin that reclines up to 140 degrees, an overhead brace that supports three 27-inch gaming monitors, and a dedicated space for the company’s Predator gaming PC.
This wireless gaming mouse features the company’s TrueMove3+ dual sensor system, which uses both a primary sensor and a second optical sensor that exclusively tracks lift-off distance. Its Quantum Wireless 2.4GHz technology boasts 1,000Hz (1ms) polling for low latency and reliable connection. When connected to a USB port that supports fast charging, a five-minute charge can provide more than three hours of battery life, while a 15-minute charge will provide over 10, according to the company. Suggested retail is $119.
The company’s portable USB-C power banks for the Nintendo Switch are officially licensed by Nintendo, delivering up to an additional 15 hours of playtime. They also enable the Switch to be fast charged from 0 to 100 percent in less than three hours, according to the company, even during gameplay. The 20,100 mAh lithium-ion battery weighs 12.6 ounces and carries an $89.99 suggested retail.
Featuring RGB lighting and Lightsync support, this powered mechanical gaming keyboard offers the choice of two mechanical key switches: Romer-G Tactile and Romer-G Linear. The tactile version provides soft tactile feedback during actuation for gamers who prefer direct feedback, said Logitech, while the linear version aims to provide a smooth keystroke. The switches reportedly actuate up to 25 percent faster than other brands, at a distance of 1.5mm, combined with a low-force 45g actuation to provide near-instant responsiveness. Suggested retail is $149.
Razer’s newest wireless gaming headset features HyperSense technology, designed to add an extra layer of immersion to gameplay. Haptic drivers generate multidimensional haptic feedback, enhancing positional awareness with stereo capabilities. The technology works across all formats of gaming, music and movies without specific integration by converting audio signals into tactile feedback in real time, according to the company. Suggested retail is $199.
Featuring 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, the new gaming headset from Sennheiser has a proprietary open speaker system that channels sound directly into the ears. The intuitive PC software lets users shape and customize the sound experience, said the company, with different surround sound modes and four equalizer settings for gaming, eSports, music and an off setting for a neutral sound performance. A solid metal hinge with a two-axis mechanism intends to provide greater freedom of movement for the ear cups. The headset is scheduled to become available by the end of the month for $249.
Geared toward mobile gamers, these Bluetooth in-ear headphones feature a 35-foot wireless range, 10-minute fast charging, six-hour play time, dual-dynamic driver technology with graphene and Titanium diaphragm, customizable LED lighting and the company’s Environmental noise-canceling technology. Four colors are offered, each with a $129 suggested retail.