19 Video Game Console Accessories for Avid Gamers

Video Game Consoles have evolved greatly over the years from the early days of 8-Bit to the modern era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) incentive and resource hungry games; Gaming has become a big part of our daily lives. The gamers’ demographics have changed too – from adolescent to teenager to adults, and also a variety of gaming consoles and accessories out there to satisfy each of our personal gaming needs. The main consoles in the market now are the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, and it seems us gamers are still not satisfied. Here are 19 Video games console accessories for avid gamers, which every serious gamer should have which could help you pimp up your gaming experience. These will be approached by the 3 major consoles:

  • Sony Playstation 3

Sony’s PlayStation 3 has Swanky design with quiet operation and all games are in high-definition. A PSP-like user-friendly interface is included and also the ability to play high-def Blu-ray movies in addition to standard DVDs. With built-in Wi-Fi and flash media reader, the PS3 has become a console of choice for many gamers.

1) PlayStation 3 Wireless Sixaxis Controller:

A wireless gaming experience! Could we ask for anything more? This toy provides you just that freedom. The Wireless SixAxis Controller has a range of 30 feet, with analog controls providing 360 degrees of smooth movement and a D-Pad for precise control. The SixAxis Wireless Controller for PS3 employs a high-precision, motion sensitive, six axis system, which detects natural hand movements for intuitive real-time interactive play.

With the adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology, the SixAxis Wireless Controller allows up to 7 players to play at the same time, without attaching any other external devices. In addition, by simply inserting a USB cable into the Wireless Controller, users can seamlessly switch from wireless to wired connection and automatically charge its battery while the controller is in use. When fully charged, the Wireless Controller’s battery life lasts up to 30 hours.

2) Blu-Ray Disc Remote for PS3:

This Blu-Ray Bluetooth controller will let you play your favorite Blu-Ray discs on your PS3 box and wirelessly control them. It is sleek and elegantly designed, so there is high style in this remote control. It also sports a one touch menu access button for easy access.

3) PlayStation 3 Eye:

PlayStation Eye lets you communicate with your dear ones straight from your console. It has a built-in Microphone 4 array that allows you to communicate with up to 6 people. The VGA-resolution images run at 60 frames per second, while a smaller QVGA image runs even faster at 120 frames per second. The microphone also works seamlessly to focus on human speech and cancel out background noise.

4) Charge Base for PS3:

If you are using a few of PlayStation 3 game controllers, you may be familiar with the pain caused when needing to charge two controllers one after another. With Charge Base for PlayStation 3, you can conveniently and quickly store and charge two PlayStation 3 controllers simultaneously.

Utilizing its unique USB Charge Adapters, the Charge Base 2 allows for incredibly easy charging of both SixAxis and Dual Shock 3 controllers. All required is a simple attachment of a small and lightweight adapter to the Mini USB port on the controller, and then placing the controller into the charging port.

5) G-Pak organizer Case:

The G-Pak organizer case organizes and safely stores your PS3, two game pads, 16 game discs, 4 memory cards, game manuals and all your links and cables. Fold down back door for all of your cable hook ups, customized vents for adequate cooling of the system, and the reinforced side walls and padded inner lining provide a protected and secure spot for the game console.

6) Evolution Gaming Seat:

Get the ultimate realistic racing experience with this amazing Racing Simulator; an ergonomic race chair for real life race stimulation. Made of high quality and non-flammable materials, it is multi-adjustable for age 8 and upwards. This racing chair also works with the Xbox, PC, PS1, PS2 and Nintendo GameCube.

7) Wireless Guitar For PS3:

Just in case you play Guitar Hero or Rockband and play it often, this wireless accessory is for you. Play your Guitar Hero and Favorite Rockband tunes as if you are literally on stage. You may also hook up two separate Wireless Guitars up to one system for some fierce competitive guitar action in modes such as Score Duel, where you battle for the highest score, or the challenging Tug-of-War mode, where performance is key.

8 Wireless Keyboard for PS3 Controller:

This wireless keyboard is a great addition to the wireless gaming we long and thrive for. The QWERTY wireless keyboard attached itself to a PS3 controller (dual shock or Sixaxis), to assist with the typing, taunting and messaging needs that may arise during gameplay.

This PS3 accessory has not been released yet and is expected on the 30th of November, 2008.

  • Microsoft’s Xbox360:

The Xbox 360 is one of the most popular gaming consoles around and after recently leaping past the PS3 sales in Japan, it has become more popular than ever. There are some really cool and fun gaming accessories available for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 as well.

1) Wireless Controller for Xbox 360:

This wireless controller lets you control your Xbox from a range of 30-feet and runs for about 40 hours on only two AA sized batteries. It provides you the High-performance wireless gaming experience you seek with user optimized technology.

If it runs out of charge, it gives you ample warning so that you can change the batteries or plug in any other source of power without losing your sport in the game.

2) Xbox 360 Intercooler:

It is quite obvious that after having a long day of play, your Xbox 360 will hate you for the heat it has got inside it. This Intercooler significantly reduces the internal temperature of Xbox 360 and thus making it last longer and not lose its cool. It is powered by Xbox 360 console, so there is no additional AC adapter or wires in need. Its Snap-on installation requires no outside tools and grants very simple assembly.

This Intercooler increases air flow to the game console and reduces heat throughout the Xbox 360 thus improving internal circuit protection. It enhances performance of your Xbox 360 and has both an auto or manual power on and off function.

3) MC2 Racing Wheel for Xbox 360:

This is the most realistic racing wheel available for the Xbox 360. Feel the driving power as you wrap your hands around the rubber-grip wheel, extend the retractable leg support, drop your foot onto the pedal and hang on for sheer excitement. Don’t forget the vibration feedback, which adds a sense of realism to this system.

With ten analog action buttons, you can take the MC2 to Talladega, Le Mans and a no-holds-barred desert rally, all in the same afternoon. This is Officially licensed for the Xbox 360 console.

4) Universal Media Remote:

The Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote Control is engineered to serve as your integrated control center for the entire Xbox 360 experience – Enter a new world of digital entertainment with the touch of a single button.

You can play DVD movies and music plus control your TV and Media Center PC with one integrated learning controller. The Xbox Guide Button grants easy access to your library of movies, music, and even Friends List. The Backlit buttons make everything even easier and cooler to see and use in your dark home theater for a full media experience.

5) Xbox 360 9.2″ TFT screen:

The 9.2″ TFT Screen for the Xbox 360 unit provides top-of-the-line graphics and sound. This compact unit folds flat onto the 360 for easy storage and the screen delivers top-quality graphics resolution, to match the 360’s high-end processors.

6) Xbox 360 Hori fighting Arcade stick:

Now you have a complete fighting chance on your Xbox 360. The Hori Arcade Fighting Stick for your Xbox 360 is the premier fighting game fans’ stick of choice.

The Hori Stick features authentic Japanese style convex button layout and solid state mechanics with several different turbo button press modes.

  • Nintendo Wii

Wii is a wonderful Gaming console from the same company as GameCube, that is Nintendo. By its use of wireless technology and family games, the Nintendo Wii brings people together and also provides more than a few cool Wii Remote DIY projects.

Not many accessories are available for the Nintendo Wii like for the other two major players (PS3 and Xbox 360 that is), but I did manage to find a few accessories that Nintendo Wii owners should consider adding.

1) NunChuk Controller for Wii:

The NunChuk controller goes an extra step to meet the needs of gamers, designed to perfectly fit into the gamers’ hand. It sports an analog controller which helps in player movements and also features Motion-Sensing technology.

In several games, players will use the analog stick of the Nunchuk controller to move their characters and the Wii Remote controller to perform a specific action, whether it’s throwing a football pass or aiming a ranged weapon in an action game.

Along with the analog stick, the motion-sensing Nunchuk controller also contains two buttons positioned for quick access. Because the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers are only relatively dependent on each other, players are free to hold them in whichever hand is most comfortable. This ambidextrous nature of the Wii controllers grants accessibility seldom seen in game controllers.

2) Wii Charging Station:

Nyko’s Charge Station for the Nintendo Wii is a great way to save money on batteries. This dock features twin rechargeable battery packs for the Wii Remote — just connect the Wii Remotes and let them sit until you’re ready to play.

Wii Charging Station lets you charge two Wiimotes at once and includes 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries. These batteries are exclusively designed for the Wii Remote, with each providing up to 25 hours of play time and may be recharged in the charging dock.

3) Wii Remote Controller :

The Wii Remote Controller makes gaming accessible to people of all ages and all abilities. Nintendo fused the familiarity of a remote control with the sophistication of motion-sensing technology thus creating a multi-functional device limited only by the imagination.

The wireless, freehand Wii Remote doesn’t only make games easier to play, but it makes them a lot more fun than ever before. The Wii Remote frees you from cords and excessive, complicated buttons without sacrificing game play.

4) Wii Racing Wheel:

This Racing wheel with precise controls will definitely enhance your racing experience on your wii. Simply  plug it into your console and get racing.

5) Net connect for Nintendo Wii:

A USB Network Adaptor from Nyko allows you to connect your Nintendo Wii to the Internet through a reliable and fast, high-speed LAN connection.