Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wild Ride With High-End Gaming Gear at CES 2009

Looking at those new input devices ...

"We took the gaming section by force this year at CES to bring you some of the hottest and most peculiar additions to the video game world. Check out an impact-generating vest, a specialized wireless Guitar Hero platform, a $60000 racing simulator and more.

Take a Seat, Lazy Bones

If you're a hardcore gamer who feels as though a traditional recliner is simply unacceptable, we stumbled upon a few hi-tech gaming chairs that should achieve substantial high scores in your living room.

The Ace Bayou X-Rocker ultimate gaming chair is complete with armrests, video inputs and speakers mounted on both sides of the padded headrest. We found the Ace Bayou X-Rocker to provide substantial padding, though without a lumbar support, we gradually began to take on a posture similar to Gollum's. Aside from Video inputs, the Ace Bayou X-Rocker sports a 1/8" headphone jack with volume control. Perhaps the most exhilarating feature of this Mario Kart-geared butt bucket is the pulsating vibrations that stun you when you crash into a wall or get decimated with a nuke. This bad boy is also wireless. We can see moms across the country attempting to peel little Billy off of the Ace Bayou X-Rocker with a spatula, yet to no avail.

If you want to toss a little color into your Xbox cave, the Lumisource Pulse is another option. Covered with durable, yet scratchy nylon fabric, the Lumisource Pulse has an adjustable headrest, just like your parent's Ford Focus. Maybe it's just the way gaming chairs are designed, but the ergonomics seemed to crunch our spines into a letter S, forcing us to practice how to walk correctly afterwards. The Lumisource Pulse has video inputs, a headphone jack and volume control, but the seat is not wireless. One caveat is to make sure you don't have the volume cranked when not using the headphones. There's nothing like two sledgehammers of sound taking both of your ears for a long walk down Blown Canal Alley.

Or Stand Up for Your Right to Rock

Want to rock like it's 2009? Ace Bayou also premiered a specialized wireless Guitar Hero platform that vibrates and spouts fiery rock out of its built-in speakers. The catch? We had to stand within the 2' x 2' confined area throughout our face-off tournament against the booth babes. If you have a tendency to hit the stage like Steven Tyler, then Ace Bayou's new Guitar Hero platform might not be for you.

Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?

The only way to do a First-Person Shooter justice is with a Novint Falcon. Novint just added a Pistol grip for more realistic shooting and gun feel, like recoil and trigger sensitivity. We were impressed with the fluid movement of the Novint Falcon, allowing us to blast zombies into oblivion while rocking a Clint Eastwood sneer. We're not sure if the new Pistol Grip Novint Falcon will convert loyal mouse worshippers, but it looks promising."    (Continued via infoSync)    [Usability Resources]

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