Author: Jack Wager
If you’re a gamer, chances are you know Nyko is synonymous with affordable quality peripherals. At CES 2010, Nyko is showing off impressive products such as the Wand+ and Charge Base Quad IC (Wii), Media Hub Slim and Core Controller (PS3), Speaker Com 360 and Intercooler TS (Xbox 360). Each product offers benefits to their original counterparts while retaining the same high quality and affordability that Nyko has always offered.
So you just bought a new Wii game only to find out that in order to play it you need the Wii Motion Plus. This can be frustrating and seeing that the Wii Motion Plus is about $20 at retail, it isn’t too cheap either. Nyko has solved all of the issues at hand while introducing some innovative features. The Wand+ is a complete solution in one controller that is the same exact size as the original Wiimote. The entire back is rubberized (hey Nintendo, take note) – ensuring that the Wand+ doesn’t go flying out of your hand into your nice HDTV.
Also, the Wand+ has support for Nyko’s patented Trans-Port technology, so all previous and future Nyko accessories will work. With all of this, you’re probably thinking Nyko is going to tag on a high price point, but that’s not the case. The Wand+ will be a steal at $39.99. That’s $20 cheaper than buying the Nintendo Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus! Look for Nyko’s Wand+ in stores March 2010.
Charge Base Quad IC:
Nyko’s Charge Base Quad is an uber stylish product that allows you to charge up to 4 Nintendo Wiimotes or Nyko Wands. It’s available in two colors, white or black, and has two color LED’s to let you know if the controller is fully charged or still charging. Both the white and black models use a red LED for charging, while the white uses a blue LED to indicate fully charged and the black uses a white LED.
The cradle on the Charge Base Quad IC is magnetic, so there’s no little clips that are going to break off after repeated use or other annoyances to worry about. Just simply put the controller in the vicinity of the cradle and boom, it’s in place and charging! The Charge Base Quad IC will be about $49.99 and available in March 2010.
Media Hub Slim:
Did you just get a PS3 Slim? Are you a little bitter that it is missing a card reader and only has 2 USB ports? Well, be bitter no more because Nyko is bringing you the Media Hub Slim! The Media Hub Slim is a very nice, simple and easy product that plugs into the PS3 Slim’s existing USB ports and provides you with a total of 4 USB plus an SD card reader. Now that your Slim is equal to the launch day PS3, you can also shout out with joy because Nyko has added some extra spice. The Media Hub Slim also comes equipped with a stylish remote. The remote can control Bluray, DVD and music playback, plus you can navigate through the XMB. Be on the lookout for the Media Hub Slim in April 2010 at a sweet price point of $19.99.
Nyko also introduced a wired controller for all PS3 models. It’s a USB controller that supports rumble and has curved triggers (similar to the standard Xbox 360 controller) so your fingers won’t slip off in the heat of battle. The Core Controller does not come with sixaxis support but, at $19.99, the Core Controller is an excellent value for anyone looking to pick up an extra controller.
Speaker Com 360:
As an avid 360 gamer, I can attest to the struggles that many of us face with the stock 360 headset. The wire gets tangled even right after you untangle it, the on/off switch can get stuck and after long sessions, it isn’t too comfortable. As a result, Nyko has created the Speaker Com 360 to address all of these issues while adding even more features. The Speaker Com 360 is really two solutions in one. It can be used like the normal 360 headset or you can put it into speaker mode which is like using speakerphone. The Speaker Com 360 has magnetic ear buds which are not only comfortable but double as an intuitive way to hold the speaker and mic near your mouth. It also features a flat cable so you’ll never have to worry about a tangled mess. The on/off (mute) switch is a nice up and down slider. And, it remains very comfortable even after long sessions. You can find the Speaker Com 360 in March 2010 for $19.99.
After the RROD instilled fear in every 360 owner, Nyko released their original Intercooler. As the original Intercooler saved many Xbox’s from an ill red fate, the Intercooler TS sets out to do the same thing. With TS tacked onto the end of the name, the new Intercooler comes with a Temperature Sensor. There’s an adjustable dial on the Intercooler TS that allows you to select when you want it to turn on. This will ensure quiet operation while you’re watching a movie and powerful cooling while you’re blasting down enemies in Modern Warfare 2.
The Intercooler TS also has its own power adapter. So even after the 360 is off, the Intercooler TS can remain on to ensure the 360 is properly cooled down. Best of all, the Intercooler TS is available now for about $25.