2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Beyond the Games: Accessories
By P&P Staff
Many companies make outlandishly-priced, mediocre headsets with all of the aesthetic frills, but you’d be better off spending the $110 on this SteelSeries set. It sounds phenomenal with 7.1 virtual surround sound, offers integrated volume control in the cord and features a USB driver to make it work perfectly with your PC. But if you’re a console gamer, it can easily be plugged into anything with a standard audio jack, and SteelSeries also offers an adapter to make it the go-to headset for all of your Xbox Live interactions.
This new version of the Xbox 360 controller features transforming technology. No, it won’t save the world from Megatron, but it will increase the accuracy of the D-pad. After years of complaints about the controller, Microsoft has finally addressed the biggest one with this design. Just in time for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, your friends won’t be able to blame their beat-downs on faulty controls.
It used to be that gaming’s third-party peripherals were all but guaranteed to be garbage. But now we live in a day where MadCatz gets big-name contracts like Rock Band and lives up to them, and Nyko offers quality versions of controllers at the same or lower prices. The Nyko Wand+ is one such controller. It offers the full Wii MotionPlus experience, all built into the controller itself, no attachments. Its D-pad takes on a funny shape, but it’s a solid controller all around.
PlayStation Move is in your home, but now you’ve got four new controllers lying around and…look at that, Sony cut down the PlayStation 3’s USB ports to two, so charging everything is getting to be a pain. Luckily, PDP offers a few options when it comes to charging stations. It’ll cost a little more than just using the included USB cable, but it’s a neat way to get more done at once.
So your gift recipient bought Wii Fit to avoid getting fat playing video games. This is how you help them accessorize for it. This kit from DreamGear comes with a NeoSleeve for the board to help protect it, a rechargable USB power adaptor for the battery, a travel bag and (maybe the best part) a three-node mini-massager. It also comes with a free 30-day membership to any 24-Hour Fitness club, to help them supplement their Wii exercise with a gym.
The 2010 Pads & Panels Holiday Gift Guide will continue in “Beyond the Games and Books: Fun Collectibles”
Previously on the Holiday Gift Guide – “For the Home Video Fan…”