If you're bored with the standard color of your next-gen gaming console, let the folks at ColorWare do something about it. The company offers a custom painting service ($100) whereby you can send them your PS3, Wii or Xbox 360, as well as controllers, and get it all returned to you in one of 28 aftermarket color schemes. The glorious paint jobs are done in a scratch resistant coating and will give your console a sweet shine. You can also buy a new, pre-painted PS3 ($725) or 360 ($525) from Colorware.
The original EyeToy for PS2 was pretty much exactly as it was described — a toy. Not so with the PlayStation Eye ($TBA; Summer 2007). Sporting features such as an improved microphone, better low-light performance, impressive 60 or 120 frames per second video capture, and an adjustable zoom, this PlayStation accessory is a worthy complement to the PS3. [via]
Made from the same shock-resistant structure the brand is known for, the G-Shock G-Steel Watch dresses up the notably sporty timepiece with a sleek steel finish. The bezel and band are made from a double layer of stainless steel and resin for a tough scratch-resistant surface, while still providing the same impact absorption as its predecessors. Although it's a new look, the loads of functions remain the same with a countdown timer, stopwatch, world time, water resistance to 200 meters, double LED lighting, and a solar-powered rechargeable battery.
Presented by Casio.
With a timeless design that remains as rugged as it is fashionable, the G. H. Bass & Co. Duclair Duck Boot makes for a versatile addition to your wardrobe. The rubber outsole is joined by another strip of rubber running around the bottom to help keep out water, snow, and muck, while the rest of the upper consists of durable genuine leather. It's finished with metal eyelets, leather laces, canvas lining, and a fleece sock for added warmth. Available in two colorways: dark Chestnut and lighter Cognac.
Presented by G. H. Bass & Co.
On May 7, Xbox owners will be able to chat with both Xbox Live friends and Windows Live Messenger friends right from their 360. Unfortunately, all messages will be typed on the on-screen keyboard — that is until the arrival of the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keyboard ($TBA; Summer 2007). This accessory for the 360 snaps onto the underside of the controller for faster, more convenient chatting and text input. [via]
The rumors are true. The Xbox 360 Elite ($480; April 29) brings the 360 more in line with the PS3's capabilities — and price. This new black version of the Xbox 360 packs in upgrades like a 120GB Hard Drive ($180 Separately) and HDMI 1080p output, while the rest of the 360 features (which are still fairly impressive) stay the same. The bad news? It doesn't add a ton of new features for current 360 owners. The good news? It actually has enough storage to make Xbox Live Marketplace make sense, and HDMI output is just icing on top.