When it's do or die, timing and precision are everything. The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse delivers zero latency, a precision aim mode, and twin eyer laser sensors allowing you to hit your target every time with the same lightening fast speed and accuracy you produce. With two custom lithium-ion battery cells, you'll always have one charged and ready to go for up to 4 days of normal use. Although, we do recommend pausing for things like showers.
Reach your game playing potential with the latest gaming weapon, the Dawn of Audio. The Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset ($300) features five speakers and a subwoofer that creates 3D sound the same way a room system does, letting you to hear where every bullet and blast comes from. With no Digital Signal Processing and no latency, your sound won't be altered improving both your positional awareness and your reaction.
Like a rollable Dave & Busters, the Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk ($13,700 and up) is a retro arcade powerhouse on wheels. Featuring a 1080p LCD screen, a high-def sound system with integrated iPod/iPhone dock, and sixty built-in titles include Pac-man, Space Invaders, and 1942, this high-end gaming cabinet comes clothed in your choice of one of 51 colors of calfskin, which works with the chromium-plated dashboard and aluminum wheels to add a touch of class to your man cave or game room.
Create your own league or just reenact past fall classics with the Ballpark Classics MLB Baseball Game ($250). This challenging tabletop game is made from quality materials like wood and a turf-like felt playing field, and comes with over 30 MLB mini-felt pennants to allow for stadium customization. Players simply assume the normal positions of hitter and pitcher, with the pitcher sliding the ball down a slick tube and onto the authentically-scaled field, where the batter — or bat, as it were — awaits. Hit it into one of the openings in the fence to advance your runners, or perish. Sure, you could pick up a console gaming system and an MLB-licensed game for the same price, but then you'd miss out on the joys of pre-1980s era gaming.
And we thought the DSi XL was squeezing every drop out of Nintendo's dual screen platform. The Nintendo 3DS ($TBA) is the company's latest attempt at expanding its DS lineup, with a 3D-capable, 3.5-inch top screen and a 3-inch bottom screen, a motion sensor, gyro, an analog nub, three cameras - two on the back for taking 3D pictures, and a lineup of upcoming games including Kid Icarus, Mario Kart, Ridge Racer, and Kingdom Hearts. Dorky glasses not required.
Time to ditch your aging, power brick-tethered 360 and replace it with the new, slimmer, quieter Xbox 360 ($300). In addition to a gorgeous, angular new case, the new 360 features a whisper-quiet design, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 250GB hard drive, and an included wireless controller and headset. Plus, it'll look way better with that new Kinect thingamagig people keep talking about.
We've seen it in countless demos and heard about it through prototype hands-ons and vague rumors, but Project Natal is real, and it's ready to play. The Kinect for Xbox 360 ($150) is Microsoft's killer motion tracking add-on, featuring a camera, audio sensors, motion-sensing tech to track 48 points of movement on your body, and the ability to recognize faces and voices. All of which works together to give you a unique, motion-driven gaming experience without the need for silly things like controllers.
We're not going to say you'll look like a tool when using this thing, because if you're in the market for the Mad Catz Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick ($100), you probably don't give a damn. Made for the Xbox 360, this insane peripheral is the first flight stick given Microsoft's official 360 seal of approval, and features robotic looks, cyborg-worthy accuracy, and the ability to adjust the handle length, head angle, and handle rake angle, which either means the angle at which the handle protrudes from the base, or the "angle" it's going to use when trying to extort money from you for cleaning your yard.
Move over, Wii. The PlayStation Move ($100) is bringing motion-based gaming to the PS3, in full 1080p glory. The system will use a main motion controller, a "sub-controller," like a more advanced version of the Wii's nunchuk, and the Playstation Eye camera to offer precise detection of movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space, which should make for some really competitive games of Virtua Tennis. As for the weird ball thing on the end of the main controller, it helps with motion tracking, lights up in different colors to notify you of stuff, and is made from some soft/squishy rubber material, which will hopefully result in less idiots chucking their controllers through the front of their flat screens.
Available in Japan for some time now, the Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro ($20; April 2010), a more advanced version of the original Classic Controller, is finally making its way stateside. Available in Wii white or a striking black, the Classic Pro features double trigger buttons on the right and left for more control options, Playstation-style integrated bottom grips, and will also be bundled with the Capcom title Monster Hunter Tri for $60.
Live in cold weather and have enough money to let yourself blow a three year's worth of greens fees on an electronic game? Then grab yourself a Putt Arcade Golf Machine ($6,900). The same version as can be found in Dave & Buster's, GameWorks, and other adult playground/watering holes across the country, Putt Arcade lets you play with real clubs and balls on two virtual courses — Las Vegas or Paradise Island — with up to four players. Features include a three speaker sound system, a hi-def 32-inch LCD screen, automatic ball return, and more.
Been holding off on buying Sony's latest gaming console, or just looking for a solid, network-capable Blu-ray player? Say hello to the PS3 Slim ($300; September 2009). As the name suggests, the revised console takes up 32 percent less space and uses 34 percent less power than its comparatively gargantuan predecessor, while still offering HDMI and optical digital audio output, built-in Wi-Fi, dual USB ports, a 120GB hard drive, and, of course, that aforementioned Blu-ray drive.