Filling your man cave with retro arcade games is all well and good, but they take up a lot of space for something that only plays one game, and tend not to blend in so well. Both of these issues are resolved in these Arcade Game Tables ($3,000-$3,400). Available in Classic, Custom Classic, and modern Stealth models, these cocktail-style tables offer LCD screens, high-quality joysticks, buttons, and sound systems and built-in libraries of classic games.
And you thought the old Top Gun arcade machine you used to play was intense. The Cockpit Flight Simulator ($7,000) offers as realistic a piloting experience as you're going to find on terra firma, thanks to a yoke that controls pitch and roll, toggles and buttons for authentic control of navigation and radio, thrust levers and dual rudder pedals to control throttle and yaw, a padded flight seat, an included Dell Studio XPS running Windows 7 and Microsoft's celebrated Flight Simulator X Gold software, an integrated sound system, one 28-inch monitor for out-the-window graphics and a separate 20-incher for the dizzying array of instrument panels.
It's been a long, long time since Sony re-imagined their handheld portable gaming device, and it looks like the new Sony PSP 2 ($TBA) will be a big change. Emphasis on the big. Powered by a quad-core ARM processor paired with a quad-core GPU, it packs a host of smartphone-y features like 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, a compass, Bluetooth, and two cameras — one front, one rear — along with a bevy of control schemes, including a rear touch surface, dual analog sticks, a d-pad plus PlayStation action and shoulder button combo, six-axis accelerometer control, and a touchscreen. Speaking of which, it's OLED, 960x544 resolution, and five inches across, meaning this thing will be as big as some seven-inch tablets. Time for bigger pockets.
Take your gaming audio experience to the next level with the Astro MixAmp ($100). Simply plug an optical audio cable into the main unit, connect your favorite headset to the wireless receiver unit, and prepare to be blown away by 7.1 channel Dolby Surround Sound. The MixAmp uses a 5.8 GHz connection to ensure minimal interference, and also provides an enhanced mix of game/voice audio. Your significant other/roommates/pets will thank you.
Gearing up for the imminent release of Gran Turismo 5? You'd be hard pressed to find a better setup than the Vision Racer VR3 ($1,300). This dedicated racing rig features a fiberglass racing seat attached to a stainless steel frame, with pedal and gearshift mounts and a LCD and console stand. Just add an HDTV, Logitech steering wheel, PS3, sound system, and, of course, games.
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.