There’s so much more than mouse and keyboard
We’ve scoured the bowels of the internet to bring you some of the weirdest PC gaming accessories on the planet today.
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It’s a retro-futuristic dual-handed control system with curved keys, and a thumb pad. To use, slide them over a desk like air hockey paddles. Despite having launched a well-funded Kickstarter, the product is still in beta testing.
RailDriver Desktop Train Cab Controller
Now, all you need now is a hat and whistle and one of those little paddle things they use to wave trains off from the platforms. Well, that and a PC to run the whole operation.
3RD Space Gaming Vest
It’ll let you “sense the direction and force of bullet fire”. The vest uses compressed air to simulate different attacks such as knives, rockets, all the way up to full-on explosions. It works with Call Of Duty, Battlefield and Bioshock. And, it sounds terrifying…
Mad Catz Cyborg amBX
Place them either side of your monitor and they’ll flood the room with rich colors. However, with MadCatz in bankruptcy, you’ll be hard pressed to find one of these today.
It’s compatible with Oculus Rift. Is this the future of gaming or just another gadget to make you look like an idiot in the comfort of your own home?
Aiming is done from a computer using the on-board camera – thus qualifying it as a “PC game accessory’ – and it apparently has a whopping 8-meter (25-feet) range. This is a mega-rare item, but we found it available via Yahoo Taiwan.
If you truly want one of these, they’re currently out of stock via the above link. However, its creator promises that an updated model is in the works.
Walking around in real life, for example, doesn’t exactly equate to traversal in-game. With Virtuix Omni, however, you’re free to walk around unbounded by the square footage of your living room. Plus, you can work off that cheeseburger at the same time. Sadly, the project is still in development.
SteelSeries QcK Prism
One side is a micro-fiber cloth finish for more “deliberate” movements, while the other is a hard polymer surface for a “fast-paced glide.” RGB lighting with 12 zones rounds out the package of one of the most egregious PC gaming accessories we’ve seen in a long time.