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Razer Onza Xbox 360 controller up for pre-order

Razer Onza Xbox 360 controller up for pre-order

Razer is typically known as a PC gaming company with all sorts of keyboard and mice for gamers to use to get their game on. Razer has other gear too and the company branched out at CES when it pulled the wraps of a new controller for the Xbox 360 called the Onza.

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Power Gig handmade six string guitar controller rocks

Power Gig handmade six string guitar controller rocks

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.

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Shinobii Technology unveils Wii ping-pong paddle controller

Shinobii Technology unveils Wii ping-pong paddle controller

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.

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Nintendo Wii Remote Plus gets confirmed

Nintendo Wii Remote Plus gets confirmed

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.

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iControlPad dumps Dock Connector for Bluetooth over Apple legal fears; Android BT confirmed

iControlPad dumps Dock Connector for Bluetooth over Apple legal fears; Android BT confirmed

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.

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PlayStation Move teardown reveals hack-friendly controller

PlayStation Move teardown reveals hack-friendly controller

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.

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Microsoft Launching a New and Improved Xbox 360 Controller This Holiday Season [Updated]

Microsoft Launching a New and Improved Xbox 360 Controller This Holiday Season [Updated]

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.

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PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

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.

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iControlPad for iPhone production parts now shipping [Updated]

iControlPad for iPhone production parts now shipping [Updated]

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

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Livid Instruments Block MIDI controller looks monome-awesome

Livid Instruments Block MIDI controller looks monome-awesome

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.

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Gioteck reveals the HF-1 PS3 controller for FPS players

Gioteck reveals the HF-1 PS3 controller for FPS players

My favorite video game genre is the first person shooter. I started playing them on the PC years and years ago back when you couldn't get a FPS title on a console. Now that pretty much all FPS games are on the console, I still prefer the PC. Mostly I prefer the PC because I am so used to the mouse and keyboard and can't play as smoothly with a game controller.

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Rock Band 3 keyboard caught on video; new Pro mode detailed

Rock Band 3 keyboard caught on video; new Pro mode detailed

It may look like a guy enjoying a private Bontempi moment, but you're actually looking at the first glimpse of the Rock Band 3 keyboard, caught on camera by USA Today.  The 25-key peripheral will work in both regular and Pro modes - where there are either five or all 25 keys used - as well as as a standalone MIDI keyboard.

Video demo after the cut

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