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Gaming equipment prolong your playtime


Marc Saltzman, Different for USA TODAY four:12 p.m. EST December 29, 2013


Did you ranking a brand new console, laptop or cellular instrument over the vacations?

A whole lot of hardware add-ons exist for each and every of the primary online game consoles – together with the brand new PlayStation four ($399) and Xbox One ($499) – in addition to Home windows PCs and cellular gadgets.

Whereas these equipment do not all do the identical factor, they’re all designed so as to add some further performance to go with the interactive leisure expertise.

The next are a couple of really helpful picks to begin the 12 months off with a bang.


To be had for Android and Apple iOS units, MOGA merchandise (brief for “cellular gaming”) permit you to use a console-like controller to play tons of of appropriate smartphone and pill video games. Merely steady your cell tool into the grip and profit from relaxed buttons, triggers, analog sticks and a d-pad. Whereas a few Android-based totally MOGA controllers are to be had ($29.ninety nine to $seventy nine.ninety nine), the brand new MOGA ACE POWER ($ninety nine.ninety nine; mogaanywhere.com) works with for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and latest iPod touch – via the Lightning connector – and also charges up the iOS device with its built-in 1800 mAh battery.


Gunnar Intercept Eyewear(Photo: © Gunnar Optiks, Inc.)


If you spend a lot of time gaming in front of a television or computer monitor, consider donning Gunnar Intercept Eyewear ($59.99; gunnars.com), a pair of gaming glasses engineered to help combat eye fatigue – often accelerated by screen glare and artificial light – while increasing contrast and clarity. The wide-format lenses also offer a panoramic view of your games for sharper visual efficiency – especially ideal in fast-paced, white-knuckle military shooters. Text is also crisper and thus easier to read without straining. Gunnars are available in five colors: Cobalt, Fire, Kryptonite, Ghost and Ink.


KontrolFreek controller(Photo: © Copyright 2013 KontrolFreek, LLC. All Rights Reserved)


Do your thumbs ever slip off your console controller’s analog sticks, causing you to miss that important target in Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4? KontrolFreek (from $9.99; kontrolfreek.com) snaps directly onto your controller’s analog sticks for improved performance, accuracy and comfort. To ensure they fit snugly, simply choose your platform of choice – including support for the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – and what genre you prefer, including first-person shooter, sports, racing or casual arcade games. Along with adding some height to your analog sticks, KontrolFreek claims they increase range of motion by 40 percent and help add speed and precision.


Stinkyboard(Photo: Stinkyboard)


While most game controllers are designed for your hands, Stinkyboard ($119.99; stinkyboard.com) is for your feet. Designed for first-person shooters, real-time strategy games and massively-multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing games, this Kickstarter-funded peripheral sits under your desk and lets you make quick in-game movements without having to take your hands off the keyboard and mouse. Bundled software lets you assign your own commands to each of the footboard’s four buttons. The Stinkyboard is constructed of reinforced steel, aluminum and heavy plastics.

Razer Blade

The Razer Blade laptop(Photo: Copyright © 2013 Razer Inc. All rights reserved.)


PC gamers itching for a portable gaming machine might opt for the Razer Blade (from $1,799; razerzone.com/blade). Nominated for “Best Hardware” by the Game Critics Awards at the E3 Expo in June, the Blade is the thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop available (at just 0.66-inches thick) yet it packs a ton of processing power thanks to its 4th-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics processor and starting with 128GB of SSD storage (up to 512GB). Other features include a programmable backlit keyboard, many high-speed USB 3.0 ports and a sharp high-definition (1600 x 900 resolution) LED display.


While you can find gaming headsets for under $10, those who want — and can afford — a top-of-the-line model should consider Turtle Beach’s Ear Force XP Seven ($279.95; turtlebeach.com), a premium headset with microphone for Xbox 360/One, PlayStation 3/4, PC and Mac, and mobile devices. As the official headset of Major League Gaming (MLG), the XP Seven features Dolby Surround Sound and a fully programmable digital signal processor (DSP) for clear, loud and well-balanced audio. If you’re not in the mood to chat, you can remove the mic boom or change up the speaker plates for different look, if desired.

Contact Saltzman at techcomments@usatoday.com.


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