If you work with computers you can tell that we’re heading into autumn. Not by looking out the window, but by looking at the all the new computer gear that hits the shelves every week.
And that goes for any kind of gaming too, evident by the plethora of new gaming gear for tablets, computers, handhelds, and gaming consoles that’s now taking pre-orders.
Here’s the August list for the first new autumn launches of new gaming accessories.
Controllers have come a long way since their inception. Just look at this thing. This isn’t your parents Amiga, Atari, or Commodore joystick.
Thrustmaster is launching the Thrustmaster Viper TQS Mission Pack on October 11th, for $499, with 64 buttons, including a flare button, and a backlit display for the landing gear controls. It has adjustable friction too.
The Xbox Series S with 1TB SSD storage is launching as soon as September 1st in Carbon Black for $349, though a few gaming bundles can also be mixed with it.
Also launching on September 1st is the latest SMT1500CNC model of the battery backup APC 1500VA Smart UPS with SmartConnect and Network Card, so a users is protected against power outages for a while.
On November 16th, Hori Hotas will launch their newest flight control system with mount, with both flight stick and throttle, primarily compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11.
For ground level gaming meanwhile, Hori will launch a 7-speed manual transmission or stick shift, with a two-mode H-pattern and sequential layout.
If you’ve always wanted to be a farmer but don’t like getting up early in the morning, then Hori is also launching a new Farming rig then, with a steering wheel, pedal set, and multifunction controllers.
Razer has an arcade controller coming up on October 31st, with the PC and PlayStation Razer Kitsune. This is an all-button controller with optical switches.
But before then a very colorful and practical backlit gaming controller is launching on September 5th, when the PowerA Advantage controller is launching for $45. The colors are customizable, so if you don’t like the color layout in the picture, you can change it to your liking. But this RGB controller also has other goodies, such as mappable button, feedback and rumble motors, trigger locks, and even a IR transmitter.
And if you modify or build your own computers then the 440ml transparent Corsair iCUE Elite pump-reservoir unit for liquid cooling with RGB lights released this week for $219. The closest we get to something like this on a tablet computer is with the Asus Rog Flow Z13.
Accessories brand Belkin is launching a Thunderbolt 4 docking station on September 22, but there are already a couple of those one the market, so people may not wait for the release of that one.
– Jim Miller