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iControlPad for iPhone in production; release imminent

iControlPad for iPhone in production; release imminent

It's been a few months since we last heard anything regarding the iControlPad joystick-controller accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch, but according to the project site things have been progressing well.  As of earlier this month, mass production of the controller began, complete with two different versions.

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Hori Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX controller: huge, expensive, desirable

Hori Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX controller: huge, expensive, desirable

Gamers who like their controllers to be big, beefy and unconcerned with how much of your space they monopolize should be eyeing up Hori's new Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX arcade stick.  Recognizing that many people secretly long for full-sized arcade cabinet hardware in their homes, Hori have slapped authentic Sanwa buttons and joystick into a board modelled on the Taito Vewlix layout.

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Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

We can't give you a launch date or a price for Microsoft's Project Natal motion-sensing gaming controller, but we can show you a picture of one of the prototypes.  According to the Seattle Times, this Gorillapod-mounted contraption is the prototype Natal hardware that Microsoft gave out to game developers.

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Emotiv Epoq brain-control headset gets reviewed: frustrating

Emotiv Epoq brain-control headset gets reviewed: frustrating

Emotiv's brain-reading Epoq gaming headset has been floating around for a while now, but it's only recently that customers finally received their orders.  One such early adopter is Rick Dakan over at Joystiq, who slapped down $299 for an Epoq of his own.  Unfortunately, while the theory may be great, the implementation is sadly lacking.

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Wii Classic Controller Pro hits US from April 2010

Wii Classic Controller Pro hits US from April 2010

Ah, Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro, has it really been almost a year since you first arrived in Japan?  Nintendo have announced that, as of April 2010, US gamers will be able to sate their traditional controller urges for $19.99.

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Sony PS3 Motion Controller “Arc” getting Fall 2010 global launch

Sony PS3 Motion Controller “Arc” getting Fall 2010 global launch

Sony Japan have announced more release details for their PS3 Motion Controller - which last we heard was to be known as the Arc.  Don't expect a specific date to queue up outside your nearest retailer, however; the company are still hedging their bets and saying the Motion Controller will launch in fall 2010, across the North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific regions.

Sony Arc to be official name for PS3 motion-controller?

Sony Arc to be official name for PS3 motion-controller?

Sony's motion controller has apparently been christened Arc, according to an anonymous source speaking to gaming site VG247.  The system - which uses the PSEye webcam to track a wireless wand-controller, on top of which is an illuminated, touchable ball - is expected to arrive sometime in 2010.

ASUS Eee Stick and LCD teams facing axe?

ASUS Eee Stick and LCD teams facing axe?

ASUS' approach with their entry-level Eee-brand devices has always been to throw as much as possible at the market and see what sticks, and ironically the Eee Stick is one of those devices that has proved less than compelling.  According to a DigiTimes report - denied by ASUS, incidentally - industry insiders are saying the company is preparing to axe its Eee Stick team, as well as the projects responsible for its LCD TV and monitor ranges.

SplitFish Dual SFX Evolution PS3 controller now shipping [Video]

SplitFish Dual SFX Evolution PS3 controller now shipping [Video]

SplitFish's curious looking Frag Pro wireless game controller started shipping back in November, but with just eight days until Christmas the company's newest model, the Dual SFX Evolution, is finally making it out of the stockroom [pdf link].  Splitting the regular controller into two parts, the Dual SFX Evolution has a motion/analog joystick for your right hand and a "fragchuck" for your left.

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Microvision FPS prototype straps pico-projector to gun [Video]

Microvision FPS prototype straps pico-projector to gun [Video]

Laser pico-projector manufacturer Microvision have been showing off their latest first-person shooter prototype, which straps a PicoP projector to a gun controller and responds to movement.  Players can physically turn around to move their in-game perspective, with the projector's "infinite focus" meaning that the picture is always crisp no matter that the distance between pico and wall keeps shifting.

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Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Nintendo's Wiimote controller has been given no shortage of attachments and shells to turn it from a wand into a sword, gun or steering wheel, but if you take your first-person shooters seriously then Penguin United have an alternative.  Their CrossFire Pistol eschews janky shells and instead integrates the Wiimote into a new, gun-shaped form factor.

Emotiv Epoc brain-reading gaming headset ships December 21st for $299

Emotiv Epoc brain-reading gaming headset ships December 21st for $299

Emotiv's brain-reading gaming headset, the Epoc, got plenty of coverage last year with gamers curious about controlling their favorite titles with the power of thought, but technical issues delayed its launch.  Now Emotiv say they're ready to push Epoc out the door on December 21st, and they're saying it'll feasibly work with any PC game.

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