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Microsoft researchers show off system to turn your home into a controller for games and more

Microsoft researchers show off system to turn your home into a controller for games and more

I am with Don on the fate of the Kinect in my home. I haven't used the Kinect since the day it came into the house. The controller was just not that great for my kids and in my home and we quickly lost interest in the device. The coolest thing about Kinect to me is all the hacks that geeks have made using the motion controller. Microsoft Research is showing off a new concept that goes well beyond using your body as the controller for games.

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Knowles Acoustics unveils new low-power digital MEMS joystick for handhelds

Knowles Acoustics unveils new low-power digital MEMS joystick for handhelds

One of the things that most mobile phones that are used for gaming and a lot of the portable game consoles lack is a joystick. I for one would like to see joysticks get integrated into consumer devices to replace tilt sensors and virtual d-pads.

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Snakebyte to launch first third party PS3 Move controllers in April

Snakebyte to launch first third party PS3 Move controllers in April

Snakebyte is a newer name in the gaming and game console accessory market back at CES the company unveiled a new PS3 Blu-ray remote control and it also has controls for the Wii and lots more. The latest product to be announced by Snakebyte are the first third party Move controllers to be announced. The controllers are design for the PS3 to allow gamers to get in on the motion control action.

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SCE Japan unveils new Dualshock 3 charging station and candy blue controllers

SCE Japan unveils new Dualshock 3 charging station and candy blue controllers

Sony Computer Entertainment is offering up some new accessories for the PS3 in Japan that gamers will appreciate. One of the most unsightly things about the PS3 console today is the fact that you have to plug your controllers into a USB port to charge. That means that you have wires running all over the place. You can go with an aftermarket charging station, but some folks like Sony gear.

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X-Arcade unveils new adapters for game consoles

X-Arcade unveils new adapters for game consoles

If you are a fan of arcade gaming or just a fan of joysticks for gaming on your modern console that will last forever and have retro arcade designs you may know the X-Arcade brand. The company makes massive joysticks that will work with all kinds of games that look like they could have been stripped out of an arcade game from 1980.

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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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