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New Gear at E3 2012

Nyko: Going Crazy for Mobile

Nyko has been an established presence in the console space for years, and now they want to branch out and get some of that new mobile gaming money. Some new 3DS accessories are on the way (see below), but this is about that other kind of mobile gaming...you know, that involves smartphones and tablets! The PlayPad and PlayPad Pro want to be your mobile device's new best friend, with the PlayPad filling the "portable, in your pocket" category, while the Pro is more at home on your desk or in a backpack.

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The Pro could double as a 360 or PS3 controller, complete with four shoulder buttons, dual analog sticks and a home button. The regular PlayPad drops two of the shoulder triggers but keeps everything else, albeit in a smaller size. Both work with Nyko's Playground App, which game developers use to pair the PlayPad buttons with established touchscreen controls. No more swiping around to move left or right! Just use the presets, or make your own controls with the drag and drop system, and you'll be gaming like a console player in no time.

Nyko did bring some traditional console accessories along, too, including the new Power Pad Pro. A better version of Nintendo's Circle Pad Pro, Nyko's version puts the 3DS inside a protective shell while adding an analog stick, two shoulder buttons and a battery pack that should increase cable-free gaming time by at least 200 percent.

Nyko is entering the fight stick race as well, thanks to the new Free Fighter. while most fight sticks are made with right-handed players in mind, the Free Fighter can place the joystick on either side of the buttons, and takes about ten seconds to switch. You can even separate the two, connect them with an Cat cable, and have a wider, more comfortable setup. There are plenty of standard features as well, including Sanwa-made parts, turbo and macro buttons, and a smaller footprint than the wider, deeper alternatives from Mad Catz.

  • Headset looks so sick.
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  • wiinippongamer
    You cant get a much better gaming experience and 10 times better overall sound quality for less than $150 with an audio technica AD700 and a clip-on zalman mic. All "gaming" headsets out there are pure rubbish.
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  • wiinippongamer
    I intende to say you CAN get a better experience
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  • elcentral
    why would you say a50 head set is not as set for gaming compared to the a40 ? a50 is a overall better product and adds wireless. i cant count the times wireless helps me in gaming. you are gathering for an instance and your guild leaders talk about how you will succeed. you can go to the wc take some drinks from the fridge start some coffee and still be in the middle of the walk true. i can no longer use wired headsets.
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  • I was able to listen to the samples at the E3 booth. They were funky as hell...so I will not wear them in public. The lights were not distracting.The 3 sound modes were okay. The surround sound is not true digital surround..meaning it is with the red and white audio plugs. Not the digital optical cable we so love. BUT!The simulated surround sound these headsets have makes it hard to believe they arent digital.
    The wireless sounded fantastic! No popping distortion. Even with all of the background noise from the E3 showroom hall, the game audio was clear and detailed. I will be getting a pair for sure!They're going to be like having a fat chick sitting on my face..fun to wear inside the bedroom. But I don't want my friends seeing me doing it.
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  • nolarrow
    I hate this head set more than any other computer product I've ever used. Mic sounds like garbage. Head phones are less comfortable, less reliable than my fata1ity gaming headset I got for $15 on a newegg sale. For the love of everything holy people, do not buy this shit. No part of this peice of crap justifies $250. My mic wont work if I have the system setup via optical, but if I leave the system setup via usb then it sounds worse than my other head set. Its just a big ol' turd. Avoid astro products.
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