More Gaming Gizmos and Gadgets … and Goodness

 28 May 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+

Last time around, we examined some of the latest items in gaming gadgetry. This time, we go a little deeper into the gaming world and get into some hardware that will really keep those hardcore gamers happy. First, let’s take a look at Digital Storm’s new monster for gaming PC category: The ODE.

Digital Storm’s ODE Gaming PC

Sure, the sleek white casing and the glowing red lights may make Digital Storm’s new ODE gaming PC look a little bit like a first generation Cylon, but in its heart the machine is just a fragging fool waiting for a gamer to fire it up.

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The PC casing is massive and contains a Core i7-2600K processor (overclockable to 5.0 GHz) which comes paired with NVIDIA’s GTX 570 graphics card. That’s all strapped onto an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme motherboard packing an Intel P67 chipset. It packs up to 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz Corsair RAM and comes standard with a 1TB hard drive but users can opt to drop some extra coin on a 120GB solid state drive as well.

Of course, as you can see from the picture, the manufacturers decided to toss in some red LED lighting for effect but don’t worry about the extra heat. This puppy is completely liquid cooled and should run as comfortably as if it were sitting in a pool sipping pina coladas.

Of course, these specs are all for the top-of-the-line model which will cost you $2,500. However, there are three other less-monstrous editions which start at $1,500.

For the spec’s on all of the different models and pricing, hit up the official Digital Storm website.

Splitfish FragFX Shark Xbox 360 Controller

SplitFish’s gaming controllers have been top-of-the-line additions to any gamer’s arsenal for years and now they’ve brought their elite split-control designs to the Xbox 360. The new FragFX Shark 360 is a mouse/gamepad controller that fits well in two hands.

Splitfish FragFX Shark Xbox 360 Controller

The mouse has multiple programmable buttons and the gamepad comes with a thumbstick, d-pad, bumpers, and everything else you might need to take your console experience to the next level. In fact, the device lets players enjoy much of the features that PC gamers rely upon.

While the device is supposedly a carbon copy of the model that the company released for the Playstation 3 a while back, the Xbox model requires a wired gamepad attached to the console in order to work. In essence, the gamepad works as a translator between the wireless controllers and the wired USB port of the Xbox console. It’s a bit of a cumbersome arrangement but it works well once installed.

The model won’t be available at retail until August, so you have some time to save up your pennies for the extra appendage.

For all the details, visit the Splitfish website.

Gigabyte’s ECO600 Mouse

While this peripheral isn’t strictly speaking a gaming device, it will work for said activity. I just thought I’d throw it in here because it’s really something special.

Gigabyte’s ECO600 Mouse

The sleek design and curvaceous lines will be the first thing you notice (not to mention the two-tone black color scheme) but it’s the battery performance that puts this peripheral above the rest.

The mouse has two built in buttons that allow users to increase or decrease the accuracy of the laser (from 800 to 1600 DPI in 400 DPI increments) in order to save battery life. That means this little thing will live for an entire year with regular use on a single pair of batteries.

When you’re just working on your homework or whatever, you can dial the DPI down to an adequate level and, when you need some more accuracy to get your killstreaks up, there you can crank it back up.

The device isn’t yet available (indeed, it has just passed through the FCC) but when it finally does hit the market I would suspect it will also be an affordable option to the more robust mice out there.

Playstation 3 Party Pack

Lastly, we have a little tidbit from our friends at Sony. They’re releasing a 160GB version of their award-winning Playstation 3 console bundled with “Call of Duty: Black Ops” for just $299. That price tag also gets you the First Strike map pack for Treyarch’s first person shooter.

Playstation 3 Party Pack

Now all you have to do is overlook the multiple system outages and hacker attacks and jump on the Playstation bandwagon.

Visit the official site for more details.

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