Anyone old enough to remember playing Centipede at the arcade should also remember the wonderful cocktail table-style machines which, sadly, don't get nearly as much nostalgic attention as stand-up machines. The Ms. Pac Man/Galaga Cocktail Table ($4,000) is mighty expensive, but will also look mighty cool in your game room with its retro gaming goodness.
Motorola's new X205 Gaming Headset lets you call the shots from the couch just like Bill Cowher does from the sidelines. Based on the Motorola headset worn by NFL coaches, the X205 ($TBA) works with football video games like Madden, allowing you to use your voice to call plays and scream at others online. It features a noise canceling microphone and premium full mono ear cup, and is compatible with both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2.
We've been waiting to bring this one to you for a long time. The Sony PlayStation 3 (starts at $500; Nov. 17) is one helluva mean gaming machine. Powered by the Cell processor, it features an advanced RSX graphics chip, a 20 or 60GB hard drive, Bluetooth-enabled wireless controllers, 1080p output, and a Blu-Ray drive that appears to cost almost as much all by itself as it does shoved in the belly of this beast. With a handful of launch titles confirmed, we're already preparing our schedules for a lot of "alone time" in front of our TV this Winter.
If you happen to be an early-adopter that has a 360 but isn't digging the faceplate options currently available, check out the Design-your-Own Faceplate service from Pelican ($35). You can choose to use Pelican's design tools to make your creation, or upload your own art to be used to make the 'plate. While their tools are okay, we're really excited about uploading our own art — an Uncrate-branded faceplate sounds pretty cool to us. [Thanks, Ted]
If you plan to host any 12-hour gaming marathons on your Xbox 360, you might want to invest in a Nyko Intercooler ($20). The snap-on device helps lower the internal temperature of your 360 by increasing the air flow with its three fans. By keeping everything cool, the Nyko Intercooler will also help extended the life and reliability of the 360 components (and we all know how hard a 360 is to come by if yours suddenly dies). The device powers on and off automatically with the 360, and works with your 360 displayed in either horizontal or vertical format.