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Gaming Controllers For 2017

Games over the years have obviously transitioned from the early inventions like “Tennis of Two” and “Spacewar” of the 50s and 60s to 3-dimensional graphic images that feature realistic movements and thrilling sound effects.

Games in the past are mostly played at arcades, but with the continuous conceptual advancements in gaming up to the current era, everyone can now enjoy their favorite games from the comfort of their homes and even on mobile phones.

We may not be able to attribute the development of video games to any specific moment, but it has been an on-going evolution where numerous inventors have played pivotal roles. We can say the competition between game companies over the years has churned out excellent features into gaming of the current era.

AWESOME GAMING GEARS FOR 2017

Playing games online or offline on gaming consoles or PC just got more realistic and immersive! Now, passionate gamers can choose from loads of dedicated controllers that can generate visual feedbacks and vibrations that feels exactly like the real thing.

The early computer games require just the keyboard and mouse for game controls, while the console counterparts depend on controllers with a D-pad and few buttons. However, the very recent ones have gone through a lot of advancements in the hands of game developers and they demand more sophisticated input hardware for precise functionality, full control of game characters, and activation of some special features.

These gears are not compulsory requirements though, but they are the only way to get the best user experience when playing any of such games.

The next session reviews some selected gaming gears for racing games, flight games, and action games.

TOP CONTROL WHEELS FOR RACING GAMES

THRUSTMASTER T300 RS

The T300 RS Is a comprehensive racing gear for gamers who want to hone their driving skills with a more realistic wheel. The PlayStation licensed wheel also comes with a metal pedal and it is compatible with all kinds of mounts.

It generates an ultra-responsive feedback during play with force effects that are very realistic for an unrivaled immersive experience.

T300 RS is compatible with PC and it gets an automatic recognition when it is connected to any PS4 console. The racing wheel also comes with the official PlayStation 4 buttons and you can switch its compatibility with the PS3 via the sliding switch.

On the wheel is a reinforced rubber, and at the center of the wheel is a central spoke. It features a quick release detachable wheel and up to 13 action buttons for maximum control. Attached to the wheels are two metal paddle shifter made of metal. The T300 RS comes with an internal memory, and its firmware can easily be upgraded with the PC.

  • COMPATIBILITY AND CONNECTION TYPE: PC, PS4, and PS3
  • CONNECTION TYPE: USB
  • PEDALS: Yes, but without clutch
  • FORCE FEEDBACK AND RUMBLE: Yes
  • ROTATION DEGREE: 1080 degrees at maximum
  • WEIGHT: 3 kg

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LOGITECH G29 DRIVING FORCE

G29 is a steering wheel specially designed to give gamers a full driving experience when playing the latest racing games on PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles. It forms a perfect replacement for the famous G27 wheels of the early generation PlayStation, and it is set to enhance your console experience. It is also compatible with both Windows PC and MAC games.

For a more realistic look and a comfortable feel, the wheel is covered in hand-stitched leather of a high quality. Logitech G29 driving force is equipped with a dual motor to generate force feedbacks upon drifts, weight shifts, tire slips, etc. The unit does not come with a speed shifter, but you can add the driving force shifter attachment to the set up to achieve this.

For race games that support gear change suggestions, the G29 wheel comes with colored LEDs on its central column that indicate to players when they need to change gears. The break pedal of Logitech’s G29 racing wheel is non-linear and highly responsive.

  • COMPATIBILITY AND CONNECTION TYPE: PC, PS4, and PS3
  • CONNECTION TYPE: USB
  • PEDALS: Yes, with clutch included
  • FORCE FEEDBACK AND RUMBLE: Yes
  • ROTATION DEGREE: 900 degrees at maximum
  • WEIGHT: 8 kg
  • IN THE PACKAGE: Steering Wheel, Pedals, adapter, User manual.

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THRUSTMASTER TMX FORCE FEEDBACK RACING WHEEL

Thrustmaster’s TMX force feedback racing wheel is a top simulation gear for racing games on X-box one and Windows PC. The certified TMX wheel comes bundled with the X-box’s official software and gets an automatic recognition when plugged into any X-box One console.

The TMX Force Feedback racing wheel is just another competition wheel design for true racers on the X-box platform. It is Incorporated with a force feedback to make braking and tire grips, drifts, bumps, and impact effect immersive and more realistic.

The rotation angle of the wheel can be adjusted from 270 degrees up to a maximum angle of 900 degrees. On the wheel is a D-Pad for ease of navigation, and 12 control buttons including menu, view, and X-box guide button. The plastic pedal system has a wide footrest, large pedals, but lacks a clutch. The angle of inclination of the pedal is adjustable and the brake pedal has a progressive resistance. For quieter operations, its axle is made of a metal ball-bearing and a mixed. belt-pulley. Its attachment system is versatile and robust which makes it compatible with all mounts.

 

 

  • COMPATIBILITY AND CONNECTION TYPE: PC, X-BOX ONE
  • CONNECTION TYPE: USB
  • PEDALS: Yes, but without clutch
  • FORCE FEEDBACK AND RUMBLE: Yes
  • ROTATION DEGREE: 900 degrees at maximum
  • WEIGHT: 0.998 kg
  • IN THE PACKAGE: Steering Wheel, Pedals, adapter, User manual.

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TOP FLIGHT GAME CONTROL GEARS

1. LOGITECH FLIGHT SYSTEM G940

The G940 is an authentic flight control gear from Logitech’s G-series line of gaming peripherals, inspired by commercial and military aircraft. It is the first HOTAS to feature force feedback simulations that deliver a realistic flight experience. From take-off to landing.

There are over 250 programmable button options in all on the three-component flight system. On the G940 profiler software, gamers can build a custom profile that will suit individuals style of play. You can also do a multiple functionality mapping for the buttons with the 3-mode Switch. Its throttle-base buttons can be programmed to your desired functions, and with the split lever, you can do a precise dual throttle control for multi-engine aircraft.

It comes bundled with an I-FORCE force feedback technology software to generate immersive effects like turbulences, wind shear, and g-forces while playing flight games. The G940 flight system is easy to set up and it works seamlessly with most flight simulators on PC.

  • INTERFACE: USB
  • PLATFORM: PC
  • OS: Windows
  • IN THE BOX: Joystick, Rudder pedals, and throttle, power adapter, software installation CD, setup manual.

 

 

2. SAITEK X52 FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM

Saitek X52 is an advanced controller specially designed to bring flight game lovers and SIM pilots closer to reality. If you are a big fan of flight, combat, and space simulation games, the X52 controller makes a good device to add precision to your gaming experience. The unit is programmable, feature-laden, and has an illuminated screen for a smooth flight navigation and enhanced gameplay.

The Saitek X52 flight system gives flight gamers access to about 282 programmable commands and you can build a custom flight SIM profile on it with a special software. You can even coordinate your flight plans making use of a clock or stopwatch function.

On the X52 is a multifunctional LCD screen with adjustable backlighting for visual feedback and to have a quick glance at your button configuration.

The handle can be adjusted to fit various hand sizes and you can choose the most comfortable grip style for you between the five grip positions of the handle. The X52 has a centering mechanism that returns the joystick to a neutral position, and a constant spring force to enhance control.

  • INTERFACE: USB 2.0
  • PLATFORM: PC
  • OS: Windows
  • IN THE BOX: X52 stick unit with USB cable, X52 throttle unit with USB cable, power adapter, software installation CD, Setup booklet.

 

3. SAITEK PRO FLIGHT YOKE

Saitek Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle are the foundation for an immersive and realistic flight sim experience, and they form a good flight simulation system for aspiring pilots. The flight Yoke comes with an integrated USB hub to link up additional flight control hardware in case your PC runs out of USB ports, and it seamlessly harmonizes with other flight simulators.

The unit is designed with a very durable steel shaft for a smooth aileron and elevator control. Both the throttle quadrant and the flight yoke each comes with a rugged and adaptable mounting clamp.

The buttons and switch positions on the Yoke and Quadrant combo totals up to 25, and they are assignable to flight functions in your favorite sim. With the driver and software compatible with your OS installed, you can increase the programming capabilities of the unit to about 75 controls.

For the best precision in controlling any multi-engine aircraft, the unit comes with a throttle quadrant whose levers are fully programmable, and knobs detachable. The detachable lever knobs also let you customize your flight using various throttle combinations, flaps or propeller pitch. You can also make timing approaches in your flight with the inbuilt stopwatch.

  • INTERFACE: USB 2.0
  • PLATFORM: PC
  • OS: Windows and MAC
  • IN THE BOX: Saitek Pro flight yoke with USB connector cable, Saitek Pro flight throttle quadrant with USB connector cable, Two Desk Clamps, power adapter, software installation CD, set up manual.

 

TOP GAMING MICE AND KEYBOARD

TOPRE REALFORCE RGB

Topre Realforce RGB is a premium typing and gaming keyboard bundled with enhanced tactility features. It comes with reliable key switches that are perfect for critical data entry applications and are very fast in response when used for gaming. You can also assign any color to individual or some set of keys to differentiate their gaming functionality.

Each of the keys consists of a mechanical spring base switch, and a rubber dome on a capacitive sensor to increase the tactility and durability when pressed. There are about 108 keys that are user configurable for full-color backlighting on the 1.4kg gaming keyboard.

The sensitivity of the keys can be adjusted in three levels to reduce finger fatigue and to increase comfort during long gaming sessions. The keycaps are rugged and of high quality, and you can replace them as you wish with custom keycaps and padding.

  • INTERFACE: USB (wired)
  • PROGRAMMABLE KEYS: Yes
  • BACKLIGHTS: Yes
  • IN THE BOX: Realforce RGB keyboard, full-color reference guide.

 

STEELSERIES RIVAL 700

The mouse is a good one for gamers that wants more than an input device in their arsenal during gaming sessions. It comes with a modular optical sensor and OLED displays as feedback for gamers that crave for tactile notifications. It comes in a black top cover and in the package are two swappable cables.

With the SteelSeries 3 engine, you can fully customize the tactile alert system of the gaming mouse. The vibration pattern and alert intensity can aide critical decision-making in action games.

There are about seven buttons on the mouse, and you can perform on-the-fly mapping and sensitivity setting on them. You could even personalize your display with a gamer name or logo of your choice on its onboard profile storage.

 

  • GRIP STYLE: palm, Claw, and finger tip.
  • ORIENTATION: Right-handed.
  • IN THE BOX: Rival 700, Braided Long Cable, Soft PVC short cable, quick start guide.

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3. CYBORG M.M.O.7. GAMING MOUSE

Cyborg M.M.O.7. is an ultimate weapon for MMO gamers, which features enhanced controls adopted from Mad Catz R.A.T technology. The new generation Cyborg M.M.O.7 mouse makes use of a twin-eye laser sensor, tracking up to 6 meters per second with high accuracy.

For a good visual feedback, the mouse features over 16 million RGB Color backlights customizable to the left and right mouse buttons. It also has a customizable weight system that lets you add or subtract up to five 6g weights for the most convenient feel.

The Cyborg M.M.O.7 has a 5D button that is perfectly positioned under the thumb for ease of navigation in your gaming. There are about 90 programmable commands assignable to about 17 buttons for games like “The Lord of the Rings”, “World of WarCraft”, “The Old Republic” from Star Wars, amongst others. The gaming mouse comes with an add-on that lets WarCraft players drag and drop spells and access inventory items without any lengthy mapping.

  • INTERFACE: USB 2.0 
  • OS: Windows and MAC.
  • IN THE BOX: M.M.O.7. gaming mouse, two extra palm rest, two extra pinkie rest, five removable 6g weight.

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