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PS4 mini wired controllers coming to the US, parents concerned

PS4 mini wired controllers coming to the US, parents concerned

Last week, Sony revealed three new officially licensed PlayStation 4 controllers made by popular third party manufacturers. All of them were wired, but one in particular proved to be particularly interesting, the "mini gamepad" from Japanese maker Hori. That controller is now confirmed to launch in the US, with pricing information included. But the comments on Sony's announcement is proving to be as interesting as the controller itself.

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PS4 gets three new compact controllers next month

PS4 gets three new compact controllers next month

While the PS4 controller boasts a design that has largely endured through four console generations, it may not be ideal for players with small hands. Sony is fixing that today by introducing three new compact controllers. Each of the three comes from a different third-party manufacturer, and each has been officially licensed by Sony.

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8bitdo’s SN30 Pro controller is a vintage jack-of-all-trades

8bitdo’s SN30 Pro controller is a vintage jack-of-all-trades

8bitdo is back on the scene today with a pair of new retro-inspired controllers that should be a little more capable than what the company normally puts out. The SF30 Pro and the SN30 Pro are both fashioned after the SNES controller, only with a few obvious differences. For instance, the original SNES controller didn't have analog sticks, while the SF30 and the SN30 do.

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Razer Wolverine Ultimate detailed: Xbox One/PC Elite Controller competitor

Razer Wolverine Ultimate detailed: Xbox One/PC Elite Controller competitor

This morning Razer revealed the Razer Wolverine Ultimate, a customizable gaming controller for Xbox One and PC. This device is one of a collection of Xbox peripherals made by Razer on the market today, this set also including the Razer Thresher Ultimate wireless gaming headset and the Razer Atrox fight stick - another wacky controller made to push the boundaries of what input's possible on the console. The Razer Wolverine Ultimate works with interchangeable D-pads, interchangeable thumbsticks, and 6 remappable triggers and buttons.

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8Bitdo NES30 arcade stick works on Android, Nintendo Switch

8Bitdo NES30 arcade stick works on Android, Nintendo Switch

Fighting games have been around since the earliest days of the arcade and have invade anything from PCs to mobile phones. But despite their ubiquity, such games are still best played on the machine that gave birth to them. Or at least something close to it. Even with pushy buttons, nothing beats the intense feeling of nearly destroying an arcade stick and mashing buttons. Well now you can have all that, take it with you where you go, and even make it work with your equally portable Nintendo Switch, thanks to the new 8Bitdo NES30 Arcade Stick.

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Moto GamePad Mod pre-order starts, exclusive to Verizon

Moto GamePad Mod pre-order starts, exclusive to Verizon

It definitely ain’t no Project Ara, but Motorola’s Moto Mod system does have a critical advantage. It isn’t technologically complex and uncomplicated for consumers. No matter which phone you go for, as long as it belongs to the Moto Z family, you have an implicit guarantee, at least for now, that future Mods will be compatible as well. Take, for example, the GamePad Moto Mod that is finally and officially here and available for pre-order. That is, if you’re OK with buying it from its sole distributor: Verizon.

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Hori Nintendo Switch controllers have some interesting quirks

Hori Nintendo Switch controllers have some interesting quirks

While Nintendo itself provides all everything you need for a complete Nintendo Switch experience, including two Joy-cons and an optional traditional controller, some gamers will always want more. That is why the third-party accessory and peripheral market will never run out of business. Plus, they can also innovate and go places where Nintendo won't itself go. Take for example the famed accessory maker Hori, who is making two controllers specifically for the Nintendo Switch. One is an extremely traditional but odd gamepad while the other is an even more old-school arcade board.

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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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