Game controllers

Nintendo: 65.3m Wiimotes in the US, just in case you were curious

Nintendo: 65.3m Wiimotes in the US, just in case you were curious

We never had Nintendo down as stat-addicted number fanciers, but the company's latest press release is all about how many Wii gamers could motion at their consoles at the same time.  According to Nintendo's figures, more than 65.3m Wii Remotes have found their way into the wilds of the US market, with an average of 46,000 sold daily.  Since it's hard to visualize that many Wiimotes, Nintendo helpfully tells us "that's enough for every man, woman and child living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota."

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PlayStation 3 Dual Shock 3 Controller in Pink Launching September 21st

PlayStation 3 Dual Shock 3 Controller in Pink Launching September 21st

Thanks to a new page launched on GameStop's website, it's been confirmed that Sony is indeed readying the launch of a brand new Dual Shock 3 controller for the Sony-manufactured PlayStation 3. Joining the ranks of blue, black, white, silver, and red, this new pink controller is sure to make any fan of the color pink happy.

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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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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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Thrustmaster debuts awesome Ferrari Wireless GT cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition

Thrustmaster debuts awesome Ferrari Wireless GT cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition

I have been a big fan of racing games for years on the PC and the PS3. It's so much more fun to play this sort of game with a racing wheel than a track pad. The problem for me is always trying to find a palace to mount my Logitech racing wheel. It isn’t comfortable use in my lap and the coffee table is just too short.

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Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller is most bizarre Wii peripheral yet

Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller is most bizarre Wii peripheral yet

We've seen bizarre gaming controllers for the Wii before - the football-shaped Wiimote dock looked practically normal in comparison to the inflatable horse controller - but the Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller takes things to another level.  Basically replicating the arcade controls for the Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II Legend machines the Wii game is based on, the most obvious (and unusual) part of the hardware is the great big sword hilt.

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Sony officially launches Playstation Move motion controller, available in Fall 2010

Sony officially launches Playstation Move motion controller, available in Fall 2010

Sony has just officially announced its new motion controller at GDC 2010, and it's dubbed the Playstation Move (for rather obvious reasons).  You'll be able to acquire a Move in three packaged ways: bundled with a PS3, by itself, or in a starter kit targeted at "under $100" with the Playstation Eye, a controller, and a game, all slated for a Fall 2010 launch.

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Immersive next-gen gaming system merges virtual and real world

Immersive next-gen gaming system merges virtual and real world

For those of you out there who’ve gotten tired of Wii-style gameplay, not to mention mice and keyboards, this new-fangled immersive multiplayer gaming system created by a team of game designers of the National University of Singapore will be bound to shock your world, virtual, real, or augmented.

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Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Nintendo’s Wiimote controller has been given no shortage of attachments and shells to turn it from a wand into a sword, gun or steering wheel, but if you take your first-person shooters seriously then Penguin United have an alternative.  Their CrossFire Pistol eschews janky shells and instead integrates the Wiimote into a new, gun-shaped form factor.

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Thrustmaster unveils exclusive Ferrari gamepads

Thrustmaster unveils exclusive Ferrari gamepads

I am a big fan of exotic cars and if I could pick any car to have, I would want a Ferrari. I love the sound and style of Ferrari automobiles, but considering that the exotic Italian autos cost more than my home I will never own one. Assuming I don't hit the lottery anyway. As close as we mere mortals will likely come to a Ferrari is a Hot Wheels car or these cool new controllers from Thrustmaster.

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