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Rock Band guitar dumps strum-bar for IR

Rock Band guitar dumps strum-bar for IR

There are quite a few Rock Band guitar controllers on the market, ranging from the cheap to the surprisingly expensive, but one thing they generally have in common is the plastic strum bar.  It doesn't have to be that way, though; one enterprising gamer has swapped out the plastic for a beam of infrared light which is recognized as a strum whenever you break it.

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White Dual Shock 3 controller for PS3 makes U.S. appearance

White Dual Shock 3 controller for PS3 makes U.S. appearance

Well isn't this interesting? It seems a Walmart down in Florida has sold a Dual Shock 3 controller before they were supposed to, seemingly confirming Sony's plans to announce this PlayStation 3 remote in white for U.S. release at this year's E3.

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Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for PS3 & PS2 announced

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for PS3 & PS2 announced

Logitech have announced a guitar controller for the PlayStation, licensed by Activision for their Guitar Hero series.  The Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for PS3 and PS2 has a wood neck and body, plus a rosewood fingerboard and metal frets, while its wireless system offers up to 30ft of range.

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Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and DJ Hero announced

Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and DJ Hero announced

Fresh gaming news from Activision today, as the company confirms three new titles in the burgeoning Guitar Hero franchise.  Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and DJ Hero will all launch this year; Activision have also released this render of the DJ Hero controller.

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BLAZE Digital Arcade Stick for PS3 is budget button-fest

BLAZE Digital Arcade Stick for PS3 is budget button-fest

Budget gaming peripheral manufacturer BLAZE have another offering for PS3 owners today, in the shape of their Digital Arcade Stick.  Intended for arcade titles such as Street Fighter 4, the stick has eight buttons together with Turbo and macro functionality.

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Sony motion-sensing PS3 controller set for E3 launch?

Sony motion-sensing PS3 controller set for E3 launch?

Hot on the heels of a screen-sliding PSP refresh, comes word that Sony are planning a Wiimote-style motion-sensing controller for the PS3.  Tipped for announcement at E3 next month, the controller is expected to use LEDs and a webcam to track movement, with reportedly greater accuracy than Nintendo's version.

While there's unsurprisingly no word from Sony themselves regarding the new controller, the rumor-mill maintains that the company is contacting "key third-party publishers" and pushing for support in their upcoming titles.  That would give the company the catalog of compatible games needed to properly launch the new peripheral. 

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Pleo gets remote-control Wii Nunchuck hack

Pleo gets remote-control Wii Nunchuck hack

Pleo's fate may be decided by a bankruptcy sale, but the robot dinosaurs already out in the wild are too busy being hacked to worry about IP.  Modder Andrey has developed a system which allows him to remotely-control his Pleo via a Wii Nunchuck, with the head, tail and basic movements all mapped to the Nintendo controller's buttons and motion-sensors.

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DIY twin-stick Xbox 360 Virtual On controller

DIY twin-stick Xbox 360 Virtual On controller

It's not pretty but it's certainly clever: tired of trying to play Virtual On on the Xbox 360's standard controller, one nifty modder crafted his own dual-joystick interface out of candy packaging.  Of course, there's more to the controls than just upright 'sticks, so a spot of wiring moved the control buttons too.

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LG Versa Game Controller on sale: $29.99

LG Versa Game Controller on sale: $29.99

The Game Controller accessory for the Verizon LG Versa cellphone has gone on sale, the first alternative to the standard snap-on QWERTY keyboard.  According to the description, the Game Controller slides out from the rear of the handset when needed.

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XCM Cross Fire Adapter for Xbox 360 shipping now

XCM Cross Fire Adapter for Xbox 360 shipping now

XCM just revealed their Cross Fire Adapter for the Xbox 360 and let me tell you, this gizmo makes it possible to use your PlayStation 3 controller with your beloved Xbox 360 for compatibility unlike any you've experienced before.

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Powerfake: DIY Griffin PowerMate tutorial

Powerfake: DIY Griffin PowerMate tutorial

Griffin's PowerMate USB controller may be a few years old, but it still manages to pull in buyers.  Anyone not willing to spend $45 on a glorified volume knob, though, might find something to occupy them in MAKE's weekend project, the Powerfake. 

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Stanton SCS.3m touch-sensitive DJ mixer

Stanton SCS.3m touch-sensitive DJ mixer

Stanton have launched a new portable MIDI controller, using the layout of a traditional two-channel mixer but fully touch-sensitive.  The Stanton SCS.3m Mixer Controller has touch-sensitive sliders, a multitouch-crossfader, colored programmable buttons to trigger loops, EQ kills or effects, and is peppered with LED indicators.

 

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