Gaming gadgets at CES 2012

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, gaming was far from neglected. With manufacturers displaying a mix of the “same old, same old” as well as the new and exciting, CES 2012 was a great event for gaming.

Here are some of the stand-out items that featured at the show:

Razer Project Fiona

Undoubtedly the stand-out gaming device of CES, Project Fiona is stupidly ambitious, and that’s why the gaming world should pay attention. A gaming tablet, running Windows 8, with built in controls that can play full-fledged PC titles such as Firefall and Assassins Creed.

All of this for around R8,000. It sounds like a winner to me.

Razer Project Fiona

Razer Project Fiona

Turtle Beach XP400

Turtle Beach was at CES in full force, showing off the XP400 headset. Coming in at around $220 (R1,796.56), the headset features full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and makes use of a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your Xbox controller for wireless tethering.

As for interfacing with the console, a control box with digital in and out, as well as analogue in, provides connectivity for consoles and PCs. The control box wirelessly connects to the headset via dual band Wi-Fi, which Turtle Beach claims eliminates nearly all wireless interference.

Turtle Beach XP400

Turtle Beach XP400

Ion Audio iCade mobile

The iCade from Ion Audio attempts to transform your iPhone into a full mobile gaming platform.

A D-pad, a four button keypad and shoulder buttons are reminiscent of an old school game controller, the only difference is that this one has a smartphone in the centre.

The iCade is compatible with around 100 iPhone games, and should retail for $80 (R653.29).

Ion iCade Mobile

Ion iCade Mobile, image courtesy of Cnet.

Wikipad Tablet

The Wikipad tablet is a feature rich, 8-inch tablet with one main draw point – it ships with a detachable game controller for gaming on the go.

Specifications are on the impressive side; the device sports a 1080p screen, 8GB of built-in memory, front and rear cameras, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 6 hour battery life.

The tablet also ships with a handful of educational games (yay for education!).

Wikipad Tablet

Wikipad Tablet

Sensics virtual reality helmet

While this isn’t a gaming specific device that you or I can go buy, it is interesting and could be the future of gaming.

Just like all the other “future of gaming” devices that disappeared into obscurity.

These SmartGoggles feature cameras that analyse the real world, and present you with a mixture of virtual and real images to make the experience more immersive. Imagine controlling an in game character with hand gestures, while viewing an augmented reality display of the game.

Not convinced? Me neither, but you have to admit it looks pretty cool in a geeky sort of way.

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Razer Naga Hex

The original Razer Naga was idiotic. There, I said it.

The Naga Hex unveiled at CES on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish.

A high-end gaming mouse aimed squarely at RPG/MOBA players, the Naga Hex features 6 thumb-side buttons for easy control.

A 5,600dpi laser sensor with 1,000MHz polling rate, and the ability to register up to 250 clicks per minute rounds off the package. The paint job is pretty cool too.

Razer Naga Hex

Razer Naga Hex

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