Playseat race-car simulator
While strapping a Logitech GT to an ironing board might be a satisfactory option for many a racing game buff, it's unlikely to cut the mustard for the most extreme of racing enthusiasts.
As with flight-sim fanatics, the more realistic the setup, the greater the adrenaline. Which is why companies like Playseat exist, offering a cockpit, or driving seat experience, to those willing to dip into the wallet.
There's various setups to choose from and many come bundled with your choice of steering wheel peripheral should you not already own one. Splashing out over £300 on what is effectively a seat with scaffolding might seem a little crazy, but if you consider how many times over such a figure was spend in the arcade wiling away one's youth, there's more than enough to justify the outlay.
Compatibility Xbox 360, PS3
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SlouchPod interactive gaming chair
If the rigidity of a dedicated racing chair is too stiff for your liking, then a beanbag designed specifically for slouchy teens may be just what the doctor ordered.
These heavyweight comfort seats include two built-in 5W ear-high speakers and a 10W sub-woofer. There's ports for connecting up other external devices, as well as pockets to store them in. Bliss for the slothful gamer.
The SlouchPod has been around for many years now, but has since dramatically come down in price and is available in six different colours. You can see what we thought about it in our SlouchPod review here on Reg Hardware.
Compatibility Xbox 360, PS3
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XIM3 mouse and keyboard adaptor
When I made the switch from gunslinging FPS games on PCs to the equivalent on the current crop of consoles, my immediate reaction was to criticise the control system. Mouse and keyboard set-ups just felt more accurate, a theory backed by my superior frag count on PC.
While Bluetooth keyboards and similar options will work on consoles, they tend to only function in web browsers and are rarely supported by the games themselves.
The XIM3 is a sophisticated option for Xbox 360 gamers that bypasses such hindrance and claims to make consoles feel PC-like in control. It reckons that unlike other adaptors out there, the XIM3's Smart Translators tackle the disparity between different game mechanics and offer "unparalleled" mouse precision.
While certainly on the pricey side of things, the XIM3 is worth looking into, especially if you come from a background of Quake and Doom, where control pad peripherals always came second to the classic WASD keyboard config.
There are adaptors to make it work with a PS3 too, or alternatively an array of other compatible products that do the same job.
Compatibility Xbox 360
More Info XIM
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Dont know about you guys but I have a price of £20-£30 per person, not £100 that's ridiculous.
For 150 quid it damn well better be an amazing pair of headphones!
that looks awesome! and I was just wondering how feasible it would be to sneak the ps3 into the car so when I open my xmas present on sunday and it's a ps3 game, i'd be able to get a few hours playing in. but sadly, not sure the girlfriend's parents would appreciate my taking over the telly. THIS however would be the perfect solution. The _almost_ perfect solution, actually, as would still have to find away to avoid the girlfriend's wrath when she discovers I've disappeared from the annual xmas day family marathon board game event and am plugged in to Uncharted3 in the front room instead :)
Lugging around a computer system in a case?
That's very 80's.
Nowt wrong with a gaming laptop / tablet for gaming on the go when a handheld / smartphone isn't enough