Game Controller

Hands-on with Mad Catz’s polymorphic L.Y.N.X. controller

Hands-on with Mad Catz’s polymorphic L.Y.N.X. controller

This day definitely has a lot of gaming in it, with a bunch of announcement from the likes of Razer taking up our CES 2015 attention. Gaming accessory maker Mad Catz is definitely not going to be left behind. We go hands on with its new L.Y.N.X. Bluetooth controller that can support devices of almost any size, up to 7 inches to be precise, but can still amazingly fit in your front pocket when not needed. Oh, and it can do a lot more than just let you play games.

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Mad Catz gets in the farming spirit with tractor controller plans

Mad Catz gets in the farming spirit with tractor controller plans

If you've ever been behind the wheel of a big tractor, you know it has a completely different feel than you get with a car's steering wheel and pedal system -- it's a bit thinner and feels looser, and the pedals complement it all for a bouncy, somewhat rogue driving sensation. Farming simulators (Farming Simulator 15, etc.) are fun in their own odd sort of way, but the experience isn't quite comparable with being behind the wheel of a tractor, and it seems Mad Catz is addressing that issue.

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Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i mobile gamepads now available

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i mobile gamepads now available

Mobile gamers have access to loads of high-quality games that are best played with a gamepad rather than on-screen controls. Mad Catz has announced two new mobile gamepads that fit the bill, giving smartphone users a controller with device mount that expands their gaming prowess. The C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i gamepads are now available from Mad Catz, but come with a catch -- they're only available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

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LeapTV video game system gets kids to move and have fun

LeapTV video game system gets kids to move and have fun

Ask any parent and they will most likely put "playing games in front of the TV", or even with a tablet, at the bottom of their list. But what if you could get kids learn while they're playing, and keep on moving while they're playing? This is the kind of thinking that led LeapFrog, who specializes in all kinds of electronics for kids, to develop LeapTV, a video game console, you can't really call it a "box", that is designed to get kids' bodies and minds moving.

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SteelSeries Stratus XL is a larger wireless controller

SteelSeries Stratus XL is a larger wireless controller

SteelSeries has come out with a new game controller for iOS 7 devices, but this time it's thinking big. The SteelSeries Stratus XL is being billed as a full-sized wireless game controller that aims to deliver maximum control and comfort when playing any of those hundreds of compatible iOS games.

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Here’s how iOS 8 turns your iPhone into an iPad gamepad

Here’s how iOS 8 turns your iPhone into an iPad gamepad

Apple has detailed how its iOS 8 Controller Forwarding will work, turning an iPhone with a gamepad accessory into a wireless remote for iPad and Mac games. The new feature, which builds on iOS' existing support for third-party gaming controllers, is one of a number of tweaks and improvements to the Game Controller framework, revealed at WWDC 2014 this week.

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iOS 8 turns iPhone into iPad and Mac gamepad

iOS 8 turns iPhone into iPad and Mac gamepad

Apple's keynote focus may have been on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but it couldn't fit everything into two hours, like a useful tidbit making Game Controller more flexible. Game Controller Forwarding takes the snap-on gamepads for iPhone, and allows game developers to access them for iPad and even OS X titles.

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Amazon gamepad for media streamer leaks

Amazon gamepad for media streamer leaks

A Bluetooth gamepad and media controller for Amazon's media streamer has been spotted crossing through pre-launch testing, lending further weight to long-standing rumors of a set-top box from the retailer that would do multimedia and gaming duties. The Amazon-branded pad features two sticks, a D-pad, shoulder buttons and more, in addition to a row of media transport keys for navigating through media playback.

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Tivitas Sinister modular gamepad working-proto hands-on

Tivitas Sinister modular gamepad working-proto hands-on

It looks like a 3D-printed mousetrap, or maybe some sort of torturous orthopedic device for your hand; in actual fact it's what startup Tivitas believes will pave the way for console gamers to move over to the PC. Dubbed Sinister, we'd spent some hands-on time with a non-functional prototype back at CES, but the team invited us back to play with a functional version ahead of its Kickstarter campaign launch next week. Aiming not only for $100,000 but to bring haptics back to PC gaming, it's an ambitious project, certainly; read on for our first impressions.

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Xbox One Titanfall wireless controller unveiled for game’s March launch

Xbox One Titanfall wireless controller unveiled for game’s March launch

As we reported, Titanfall will be arriving in March for the Xbox One, as well as its older sibling and the PC. To coincide with this, Microsoft will be releasing a limited edition Titanfall wireless game controller, which is decked out with game-themed artwork created to feel "as if it is a piece of military spec hardware transported from the universe of Titanfall and into players hands," according to Respawn's Joel Emslie.

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It’s Time for the Game Industry to Adopt a Controller Standard

It’s Time for the Game Industry to Adopt a Controller Standard

The time has come: the video game industry must finally come together to pick a single standard for game controllers that will work across platforms and easily handle gameplay on any device.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, a slew of companies showed off their own Steam Machines. That, coupled with the latest-generation consoles, the possibility of the Tegra K1 bringing yet more set-top boxes into the gaming space, and products like Ouya, sitting on store shelves, it becomes all the more apparent that we’re in gaming overload.

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PS4 and XBox One hit Evil Controllers customized lineup

PS4 and XBox One hit Evil Controllers customized lineup

Now that both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are well on their way to living rooms and holiday packages across the world, it's high time Evil Controllers got to work on accessories. This team of creators takes the likes of the Xbox One controller and the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller and makes with the modification. They go from as wild as a full-on covering with flame-red skulls to as simple as the replacement of your action buttons with authentic Brass Bullet Buttons - one of their trademark mods.

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