I have played my share of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and playing the guitar is a lot of fun. I would bet there are a lot of people out there who wish they could play a real guitar as well as they can play Rock Band. A music game called Power Gig for the PS3 and Xbox have been out for a while now, and the game is notable for the real six string guitar controllers it uses.
Wii gamers have all sorts of accessories and controllers for various sports games that allow the user more realism when playing. You can get gloves for boxing games, golf clubs, bats, and all sorts of other peripherals. The thing most of them have in common is that they are designed to hold the basic Wii remote inside for actually controlling the action on screen.
Nintendo's big reveal may have been the launch date for the 3DS, but company president Satoru Iwata also confirmed the incoming Wii Remote Plus. According to andriasang, all Iwata would say is that the company is indeed working on the controller - which combines a regular Wii remote and the MotionPlus accessory - and that further details would follow shortly.
The team behind the iControlPad gaming controller for the iPhone has revealed that the snap-on peripheral has integrated Bluetooth. Designed to offer mobile gamers a more traditional interface for iPhone gameplay - and, indeed, titles on other devices - the iControlPad hit mass production back in August. However now the team needs some help developing the Bluetooth support for iOS.
Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller hit shelves last week, just in time to suffer indignity at the hands of iFixit. They promptly tore down the controller, finding it surprisingly easy to open up and - with the exception of a couple of soldered components - promising for later hacks, repairs and general tinkering.
If you have a favorite console, one aspect of that favoritism usually has something to do with the controller you have to use every day. People love their PS3 controllers, Wii remotes, or Xbox 360 controllers. If you're a fan of the latter, but find yourself playing a lot of the 2D fighting games that are available in Microsoft's LIVE Arcade, then you've probably noticed that the D-pad could still use a little bit of work. According to a reliable source talking to Joystiq, apparently you're about to get your wish.
The origins of the PlayStation controller's triangle, circle, square and cross buttons can't exactly be described as a mystery on a par with the disappearance of the Mayans, but we've always been pretty curious about where the four symbols came from. Now we know, thanks to a Famitsu magazine interview with Teiyu Goto, the man responsible for the external design of PlayStation consoles, their peripherals and accessories, for the last 17 years. In among detailing the distinctive dual-grip design, Goto says the four symbols were actually an attempt to keep things straightforward while rivals were using letters.
It's been a while since the iControlPad team told us the release of the snap-on iPhone gaming controller peripheral was imminent, but general availability looks like it could be fast approaching. Team member Craig Rothwell has been tweeting photos of the first mass produced sections, and while he's yet to show the central control panel it's obvious how everything will come together.
Update: More photos and availability information after the cut
Sadly our music creation skills aren't up to much here at SlashGear, but we do like a good controller surface. Livid Instruments' new Block controller is a great example: 64 monome-style assignable clip buttons surrounded by faders, knobs and function keys in a minimalist housing, it's the ideal way to interact with whatever PC or Mac based music app you may be using.