As gamers gear up for the release of the Xbox One and the PS4 in November it’s not just the consoles themselves that they’re looking to get their hands on – there’s also an array of gaming accessories coming out that retailers can stock.
“The line-up of first party accessories are looking strong and I am confident that we will see excellent sales during the peak period,” Gem Distribution’s head of category, Jonathan Sutherland, told PCR.
“The third-party accessories, particularly the Turtle Beach XO headsets, also look excellent and I am sure they will perform well.”
Gem offers various Xbox One accessories, including two Turtle Beach headsets at £100 and £150, a wireless controller for £45, a chat headset for £20 and a Play & Charge kit for £20, with the kit and a controller bundled for £60. For driving fans after a racing wheel, Gem offers the Thrustmaster T80 RS for the PS4, costing £90 for both the standard version and the DriveClub edition, and the Thrustmaster TX Ferrari 458 Italia Edition for £350 on the Xbox One. Players who prefer to fight can instead grab the Mad Catz Arcade Fightstick.
Chris Bradley, Meroncourt’s e-commerce and creative marketing manager, commented: “Accessories will always be important to gamers, as they look to upgrade, add to or enhance their gameplay so we need to match and exceed their needs with these products before they even realise they want them.”
Here’s a quick look at some of the hottest Xbox One and PS4 accessories gamers will be eager to get their hands on in Q4:
Thrustmaster’s T80 DriveClub Edition steering wheel is the first to be created specifically for the PS4. Named after the upcoming PS4 racing game DriveClub, the wheel features 11 action buttons, multi-directional D-pad and wheel-mounted shifters, as well as a large pedal set.
The PS4 DualShock 4 wireless controller features a new multi-touch and clickable touchpad. The feel, shape and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control.
Sony’s PS4 Camera can be combined with the DualShock 4 wireless controller’s light bar, enabling it to precisely track a player’s position in the room. It has two high-sensitive cameras with 85-degree diagonal angle views. Features include navigational voice commands to control the PS4’s user interface and facial recognition of players.
Turtle Beach’s XO headset range is built specifically for use with Microsoft’s Xbox One and offers surround-sound quality audio. The headsets are fully compatible with the console’s multimedia services, meaning players can chat in-game using party chat or make video and audio calls on Skype.
Microsoft’s Xbox One wireless controller features over 40 improvements to the Xbox 360’s award-winning wireless controller. The controller has new impulse triggers and streamlines thumbsticks, D-pad and contours for improved precision and comfort whether you’re driving, shooting or just navigating through menus.
The official Xbox One Play and Charge kit features a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and charging cable. Using the kit, controllers are fully charged in under four hours – so users can say goodbye to disposable AA batteries. The kit can recharge your wireless controller while you play and even when your console is in standby.