Nyko shows off latest tech at CES
1/7/2010 2:34:00 PM
One thing I like about Nyko
is that they're always improving on their tech. At CES this week they have a number of new products on display and each one is a big improvement on something either Nyko has done or one of the first party peripherals.
Their Wii remote induction charger now has a 4 dock design in the Charge Base Quad IC
. It also comes in traditional Wii white or gloss black.
For the PS3 Slim they have the Intercooler Slim
, an update to the original Intercooler for the chunky PS3. The PS3 Slim also get the Media Hub Slim
, which doubles the number of USB ports on the console and adds an SD card slot.
Most exciting (for me at least) is the Wand Plus
. It's a refit of Nyko's excellent answer to the Wii remote, the Wand, but this one incorporates Nyko's version of the Wii MotionPlus tech right into the controller. That's right, no more clunky dongles or updated rubber sleeves, if you have the Wand Plus you're ready to play. It also includes Nyko's Trans-Port technology. The best part is that the Wand Plus will retail for $39.99 this March, a full ten bucks less than Nintendo's WiiMotion Plus bundle.
I've always found Nyko's products to be of high quality and I'm envious of my fellow staffers who get to go hands on with this stuff this week. Most of these new items come out in March or April, with the Intercooler Slim dropping in February.
LOS ANGELES - January 7, 2010
Nyko Technologies®, the leading videogame peripherals manufacturer, today debuted its full lineup of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in Las Vegas. In addition to the previously announced Type Pad Pro for Wii™, Speaker Com 360 and Charge Base IC in black, the following lineup of brand new videogame accessories will be on display for exclusive hands-on demo:
The Wand + is designed to be the most advanced and user-friendly controller on the market for the Wii. Instead of requiring additional attachments or dongles for accurate motion control, the Wand + features Full Motion Technology™ built directly into the controller, allowing full 1:1 movement tracking that is compatible with all games that utilize the Wii Motion Plus™ attachment. By building the technology into the controller, the Wand + provides all the functionality Wii gamers expect, plus the versatility and convenience they deserve; no more dongles, no more custom sleeves or incompatibility with docks and other accessories not able to accommodate attached dongles. The Wand + also contains Nyko’s award-winning Trans-Port Technology, which allows key action buttons to be digitally replicated on other devices and pass sound and vibration signals to attached peripherals for the ultimate immersive gameplay experience. The Wand + features a fresh new design for a sleek, high-tech minimalist look.
The Wand + will be available at select retail stores nationwide in March 2010 and will retail for an MSRP of $39.99.
Charge Base Quad™ IC
Based on the popular Charge Base IC for the Wii, the Charge Base Quad IC utilizes induction technology to charge up to four controllers. Like the original Charge Base IC, the design of the Charge Base Quad IC enables Wii Remotes or Wands to be charged without having to remove silicone sleeves, Wii Motion Plus™ or other attachments. The Charge Base Quad IC also features dual charge indicator lights and a powered USB port that can be used for charging other devices.
The Charge Base Quad IC, available in white and black, will be available at select retail stores nationwide in March 2010 and will retail for an MSRP of $49.99.
Media Hub Slim™
The Media Hub Slim works with the PlayStation®3 Slim (PS3 Slim) in vertical or horizontal position and easily snaps onto the console to match the color and contour of the PS3 Slim, and allows users to connect double the USB devices such as flash drives, PSP, MP3 players and guitar/drum controllers.
The Media Hub Slim adds two additional USB ports and a media card reader slot that supports SD cards and Sony Memory Sticks to enable content to be easily transferred to a PS3 Slim. In addition, the Media Hub Slim also includes a remote for basic control of menus, movies, music and more. Its unique design requires no tools or internal modifications, draws its power directly from the PS3 Slim and easily installs in just seconds.
The Media Hub Slim will be available at stores nationwide in April 2010 and will retail for an MSRP of $19.99.
The latest installment in the company’s popular Intercooler line of game console cooling devices, the Intercooler Slim includes three powerful fans to reduce ambient air temperature by moving hot air away from the PS3 Slim. The Intercooler Slim can be easily snapped onto the back of the console, and with a patented power pass through connection, no AC adaptor is required. The device features variable fan-speed control for customized cooling, automatically turns on and off with the PS3 Slim and can be used with the console in vertical and horizontal position.
The Intercooler Slim will be available at select retail stores nationwide in February 2010 and will retail for an MSRP of $19.99.
“CES gives Nyko a platform to truly set the tone for the coming year in gaming accessories,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “This year is no exception, with great new products for the recently released PlayStation 3 Slim, and new accessories like the Wand+ and Charge Base Quad IC designed to heighten consumer expectations of third-party peripherals.”