Nintendo Wii U
We might as well start off with the belle of the ball: The Wii U from Nintendo. This new console is one part Wii-looking base station (not pictured because it was locked up in a stand), and one part new tablet-like controller. The 6.2-inch touchscreen is very responsive (we are pretty sure it's capacitive), yet you still have a full compliment of buttons, including dual analog pads. We didn't get to use the camera, unfortunately.
Wii U: Triggers and Bumpers
Here is the Wii U's backside, where you can see a wireless sensor, stylus, triggers and bumpers. Oh, if you're wondering why we don't have any PS Vita images from the show floor: Sony wouldn't let us take any. Check out our previous E3 feature for some good ol' fashioned press release photos of the Vita.
Sticking with motion control, Razer was at E3 showing off it's Hydra PC controller. The dual wireless controller uses magnetic fields to track movement instead of Bluetooth and RF, and the experience is quite smooth, steep learning curve aside. The Hydra will ship this summer for somewhere between $99 and $129 (MSRP TBA).
Hydra Base Station
This si the Hydra's base station, which connects to your PC via USB. The two games being played with the Hydra were Portal 2 (we tried it) and Battlefield 3 (hands-off). The Hydra has a unique piece of middleware software that maps normal keyboard and mouse commands the Hydra, making the peripheral backwards compatible with any PC title.
Famous for it's gaming mice, Razer has a new 4G sensor suite out. A new revamped Imperator is the first mouse (alongside the Mamba) to get the new tech. Beaides some aesthetic changes, the Imperator looks nearly the same from above...
Razer 4G: Dual Sensors
...but when you flip it over you'll see not one, but two sensors. The new 4G suite uses optical and laser sensors, with the former calibrating the latter to help with tracking issues.
Razer's Star Wars Collection
Razer also took the wraps off of some awesome-looking Star Wars accessories, including this keyboard with an LCD display AND LCD-colorized keys on the right-hand side. It will run you about $200 at launch...but damn if it doesn't look slick.
Razer Star Wars Headset
This Star Wars headset - with interchangeable earcup logos - will let the Sith (or Republic) that you mean business...and that you're a huge Star Wars fanboy like me!
...and the mouse and mousepad!
Last but not least is the mouse and mousepad. The former is similar to the Naga MMO mouse, so you'll have 12 thumb buttons at your disposal. The mousepad has a metal base with smooth and rough sides, depending on your play style.
Turtle Beach: New Headsets for Everyone!
Turtle Beach showed up to E3 with a full compliment of new headsets, including this Z6A PC model. The Z6A looks a lot like the Z2 we reviewed (and loved) last year, including the oversized cans, ultra-flexible mic and pleasing aesthetics.
TB Z6A Dongle
The Z6A is an analog surround sound headset, so there are separate drivers for different audio channels. Instead of virtual surround via USB or optical, the Z6A has all of the different 3.5mm plugs you'll need for your PC soundcard or onboard audio. Look for the Z6A this summer for about $100.
TB XP500 Wireless Headset
The XP500 is a flagship model for the Xbox 360 line, taking everything gamers loved from Turtle Beach's PX5 headset (for the PS3) and bringing it to Microsoft's console. The XP500 is coming soon for $270.
The cans on the XP500 are slightly smaller than the Z6A, but the 50mm drivers offer plenty of bass and overall volume, and it's still a light and comfortable fit.
XP500 Bluetooth Voice Adapter
This little guy, a Bluetooth module, makes the XP500 a truly wireless audio solution. No more cables going from your headset to your controller!
TB XL1 Xbox 360 Communicator
On the opposite (low) end of the spectrum, the XL-1 communicator is a basic, stereo headset for the Xbox 360. This $40 unit has a 2.5mm line for Xbox Live chat and RCA hookups for audio. It might be low-end, but it's still very comfy and the 50mm drivers pack a punch.
TB PX3 PlayStation 3 Headset
Last but not least is the PX3, a new PS3 headset that sits below the PX5. The main differences between the two? The PX3 is stereo, and you cannot make custom preset profiles. You can however download presets from TB's website. The PX3 launches soon for $150
Creative's New Fatal1ty Headset
Creative also came to the party with some new headsets, including this Sound Blaster Fatal1ty Professional Series wireless gaming headset. The "Fatal1ty Pro" is essentially a retooled World of Warcraft headset; it uses the same hardware and packs the same features but in a slicker black and red chassis. Look for this over the summer for $149.
Creative Recon 3D, Redux
The Recon 3D has changed a little since we last saw it at CES. The Soundcore chip inside now has four cores, and the wireless chip can be removed if you want to go wired with the device. This is one of the only audio products (soon to be) on the market for gamers that has hardware level audio processing, as most of the competition is doing processing on a software level. We are very excited for the Recon 3D, which will be released later in 2011.
Creative X360 Adapter
Creative also has a new low-end Xbox 360 adapter called the X360. This allows you to take your favorite 3.5mm PC headset and plug it into your 360. The X360 will retail for $70.
Tritton Warhead Headset
Other companies are coming up with workarounds for wireless voice on the Xbox 360, but only MadCatz and Tritton have a branded Xbox 360 headset with a dedicated - and Microsoft approved - wireless chip for voice. This 7.1 surround sound headset comes with two rechargeable batteries (one in the headset while one charges in the stand), dual optical audio in/out, and Dolby Digital onboard. The 50mm drivers offer up plenty of bass, all while maintaining a lightweight design.
...and it's little brother, the Detonator
The Detonator is another Tritton Xbox headset, but this wired stereo device is on the low end of the spectrum.
Nyko Gives the Kinect "Coke Bottle" Glasses
Nyko brought oodles of new gear to E3, including its Zoom Kinect adapter. One complaint about the Kinect is the sensor needs a lot of space to properly work, and many smaller apartments and dorm rooms just won't cut it. The Zoom adapter is like a fish-eye lens for your camera, and both widens and shortens the depth of field needed by the Kinect. The adapter will launch on August 16th for only $30.
Nyko PlayClock 3DS Dock
This was a dummy concept model, but the PlayClock will be very real later this year. Your 3DS gets a charging station as well as stereo speakers while you get a small, functional digital AM/FM alarm clock. There's also a separate audio in for your iPod. Price and release date? TBA.
Nyko GameBoost 3DS Pack
The GameBoost is the first of three 3DS battery packs. The smallest of the trio, this $13 accessory will boost your 3DS battery life between 2-3 hours come early September.
The Bigger Brother: Nyko PowerGrip
The PowerGrip kicks it up a notch as adds an extra 8-9 hours of playtime to your 3DS. This also hits stores in September, but for $29.99.
The Head Honcho: Nyko Shock N Rock
The Shock N Rock offers the same battery extension as the PowerGrip, but with added features like drop protection, rumble and four speakers. Same September release timeframe, higher price ($39.99).
Nyko ChargeBase 3 (PS3)
The ChargeBase 3 is a new PlayStation 3 battery charger from Nyko. The clips (left) attach to the USB port and then magnetically lock to the base station once in place. Compatible with SIXAXIS and DualShock 3 controllers, look for it in early September for $30.
Nyko ProShift (Wii)
The ProShift wheel should make MarioKart Wii fans around the world quite happy. It's light weight and paddle-shift action for the B button make this a very comfy peripheral, as does its $9.99 MSRP.
The Paddle Shifter
Heres the back of the ProShift with the paddle-shifting action.
The Avenger: An Iron Man Suit for your Xbox Controller
The Avenger might look daunting, but it's a fantastic way to enjoy playing FPS games on the Xbox 360. The stand lets the unit rest against your chest or stomach, while the loops on the bottom side make trigger pulling lightning-quick and effortless. The tentacles coming off the ABXY buttons mean your thumb stays on the analog stick, letting the sides of your index fingers do the work.
The Avenger, disemboweled.
Cyber Snipa Sonar Speaker
Cyber Snipa is releasing a cool little iPod speaker called the Sonar, which uses vacuum technology to fill an entire room with music. This is one of the most portable speakers we've ever seen, and it won't break the bank at $29.99.
AMD: Doing Racers Right
AMD had a sizable booth at E3 this year, and much of the space was dedicated to some of our favorite gaming tech: Eyefinity. AMD was running DIRT 3 with three 1080p monitors and a force feedback racing chair, all of which makes for a fantastic racing/driving experience.
AMD: Doing Racers Right...Again
Here's another Eyefinity demo that uses three 1080p projectors as well as a curved display. The rig was assembled by AMD and Nthusim, company that specializes in curved displays and edge blending.
Racing at 5760x1080
Here are the three Panasonic projectors running the show, all of which plug into a local PC via DVI and HDMI (one is DisplayPort with an adapter).
FX is BACK!
...and what's this? The machine running the Dirt 3 curved display demo is a custom rig running an unreleased AMD FX (Bulldozer) processor. Look for the new FX processors come summertime.