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This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

Some things are never meant to be and this probably one of them. We've seen our fair share of gaming devices and peripherals magnified a hundred times their size, but almost all of those have been fan-made. This one, however, is as official as it gets. Sony has made a gigantic PS4 controller to celebrate the remaster of Parappa the Rapper, which is celebrating its 20th year. And what better way to make a big party than by having a big controller?

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Nintendo Switch gets Neon Yellow Joy-con, standalone dock

Nintendo Switch gets Neon Yellow Joy-con, standalone dock

Nintendo's recently held Direct live stream was unsurprisingly brimming with new games, or at least dates for those games. That said, there was plenty of room for some hardware surprises too. And, also unsurprisingly, they revolve around the new Nintendo Switch. Splashing a bit more color on the handheld/console hybrid, Nintendo has announced a Neon Yellow Joy-con that will be up for grabs in June. Before that happens, though, Nintendo will be selling limited quantities of its standalone Switch Dock starting next month.

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Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new lineup of Xbox One controllers, the ‘Tech Series.’ The first controllers launched under this series will arrive next month bearing the name ‘Recon Tech Special Edition,’ and as that name suggests, the controller has a distinct military style. This new product line arrives ahead of the Project Scorpio console slated to launch this upcoming holiday season, giving Xbox fans the ‘most powerful console ever,’ according to Microsoft.

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Energizer Xbox One 2X Charger recalled, burn hazard cited

Energizer Xbox One 2X Charger recalled, burn hazard cited

Product recalls aren’t exactly new, but those especially related to fire hazards caused by batteries have recently become more publicized. This time, however, the culprit isn’t a smartphone but almost an unlikely one. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC has announced a recall of PDP’s Energizer Xbox One 2X controller chargers, citing reports of overheating that could potentially lead to fires.

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con can work on PCs, Macs, Android

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con can work on PCs, Macs, Android

The Nintendo Switch is earning not a few criticisms as they honeymoon period swiftly comes to an end, but there are a few things you have to congratulate Nintendo for. Specifically, it has adopted more industry standards rather than proprietary systems. Like using USB-C for charging and microSD for external storage. And, just like its Wii-mote, the Joy-Cons, both of them, can also be used as regular Bluetooth controllers for Windows PCs, Macs, and even Android devices.

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Steam can now configure PS4 DUALSHOCK4 like Steam controllers

Steam can now configure PS4 DUALSHOCK4 like Steam controllers

Steam is a PC gaming platform, which, to some people, equates to keyboard and mouse. Some PC games, however, can also be played with a gamepad. And with Steam’s own push into “lean back” gaming, the need for controller support in Steam has become even more important. Steam’s own odd Steam Controller solution, however, doesn’t exactly mesh with some gamers. Fortunately, there is another solution available: the PS4 DualShock4 controller. As promised, Steam has brought native support for Sony’s gamepad, allowing users to customize not just its buttons but even its gyroscope.

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PS4 Slim leaked to have a new DualShock 4 controller

PS4 Slim leaked to have a new DualShock 4 controller

We saw leaked photos of what was allegedly a PlayStation 4 “Slim” variant before analysts chimed that, yes, there is such a slightly redesigned console coming along with the PS4 Neo. While details are still as slim as the console itself, that isn’t stopping others from jumping in to show their own unofficial take on the still unconfirmed console. Like this equally slightly redesigned DualShock 4 controller, whose most significant change is a new, or maybe even a second, location for a light bar.

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Samsung might have a gamepad for the Gear VR coming soon

Samsung might have a gamepad for the Gear VR coming soon

As fancy and entertaining virtual reality might sound, it has a few shortcomings, primary among which is input. VR delivers an illusion of a different kind of reality, but that illusion breaks down when you start having to manipulate things. Systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive use an approximation of our hands via control sticks. The Samsung Gear VR, however, isn't as lucky. Unless you want to always feel like Cyclops touching your visor repeatedly, you will eventually end up reaching out for a gamepad. Luckily, it seems that Samsung might have made especially for the Gear VR.

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Mi Cube is Xiaomi’s $10 smart wonder device

Mi Cube is Xiaomi’s $10 smart wonder device

Today Xiaomi have introduced a device by the name of Mi Cube Controller. This tiny cube device can be used for many things, and we want it. We want a bunch of them. This little thing is a 5cm square cube, right around the size of a Polaroid Cube, containing sensors that allow 6 different kinds of controls. These include 90-degree flip, 180-degree flip, "double knock", Rotate, Nudge, and Shake.

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Sony employee mods DualShock controller for disabled gamer

Sony employee mods DualShock controller for disabled gamer

There are some things in this world that we take for granted. Being able to sit down and play video games can be one of those things. For Peter Byrne, who has cerebral palsy, the PlayStation 4's touchpad was causing so many issues that it constantly interrupted his games. He reached out to Sony to let them know about his issues, and they didn't just send him a thoughtful response in the mail. They sent him a brand new controller.

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Odd Nintendo NX controller leaked, Internet goes bonkers

Odd Nintendo NX controller leaked, Internet goes bonkers

Given how mysterious Nintendo remains about its equally mysterious next gen console, it shouldn't be a surprise that, when what is allegedly the console's controller leaks out, the Internet is set ablaze. That is precisely the almost comical phenomenon that has taken place when Redditor perkele37 posted photos of what is supposed to be the Nintendo NX controller, revealing an extremely strange design unlike any game controller you've seen before. Naturally, netizens have gone out of their way to support or dispute the veracity of these photos.

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Xbox One ‘Dusk’ and ‘Copper’ wireless controllers unveiled

Xbox One ‘Dusk’ and ‘Copper’ wireless controllers unveiled

Microsoft has unveiled a couple of new wireless controllers, both with a faded color gradient finish, which is a first among Xbox One wireless controllers. The two controllers are dubbed “Copper Shadow” and “Dusk Shadow,” each hinting at the color of the controller as it fades to black. Colors aside, they come with all the usual Xbox One controller features.

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