Gadgets: Razer headset, Playdate console, Flexound Pulse and more
Our gaming focus includes old and new games; kawaii color; the sound you can feel; fun fitness and tech to make games accessible to everyone, all featured in the December 2021 issue of E&T.
Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition
Serious bluetooth headphones for gamers. Large 40mm drivers and dual beamforming microphones ensure exceptional sound. The low latency of 40ms in game mode keeps it in sync. Razer Chroma RGB allows you to customize the lighting colors. Available in kawaii pink or cool black.
Read Caramel’s practical review.
The coolest portable console in town. Retro gaming fans and hipsters alike will love this monochrome lo-fi gadget from Panic, publisher of the cult classic “Untitled Goose Game” in design partnership with Teenage Engineering. The controls include a crank on the side, and you get two new mystery games every week for a 12-week season.
$ 179 play.date
Read Paul Dempsey’s Teardown Analysis of the Playdate.
Retro Games A500 Mini
The classic Commodore Amiga gaming machine has restarted: it can emulate the A500, A600 and A1200. Looks and feel is perfect, right down to the clunky two-button mouse, but it also comes with a new gamepad. Twenty-five classic Amiga games are built in; add more via USB.
£ 119.99 retrogames.biz
Instead of Peleton-style streaming workout classes, you pedal this bike to play captivating games. The game is integral, with controllers on the handlebars and haptic feedback as well as a 24-inch touchscreen. Immersed in the gameplay, including multiplayer, you’ll be glued to the saddle, not the couch.
$ 1,399 playpulse.com
Feel the sound of games and home theater with your whole body. This seat creates a small cabin of surround sound for the listener, with minimal sound leakage to others. The speakers are integrated and immerse you in vibrations: up to 500 Hz for your body and up to 1000 Hz for your hands and your skin.
£ POA flexound.com
Xbox Adaptive Controller
This is nothing new but we must applaud it, it was designed in partnership with the gaming and disability community. It has oversized programmable buttons and sockets for plugging in third-party assistive devices, making it much easier for everyone to enjoy Xbox and PC games.
£ 74.99 xbox.com
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