Gaming consoles, controllers, keyboards, and other accessories are always on every guy’s wish list! They’re always on their tiptoes, waiting for the next launch in the gaming industry. And thankfully for them, the design industry comes up with innovative and super cool gaming products…all the time! Some turn out to be complete hits, while some are booed away to glory. But every one of them captures a lot of attention. And, we’ve curated a collection of unique and groundbreaking designs that could truly be the future of gaming! From a new Nintendo Switch ‘Joy-Cam’ with 2 cameras to a tiny gaming console to relive your Gameboy days – each of these gadgets is here to break some convention in the gaming industry!
1. The Nintendo Joy-Cam
Designed to uplift the Nintendo Switch from merely a gaming device, the ‘Joy-Cam’ is a controller that snaps onto the side of the gaming console, giving it front and rear-facing cameras so you can capture photos/videos, play in immersive AR and MR, and even stream your reactions while you game. The Joy-Cam comes from the mind of UK-based designer, Liam de la Bedoyere, a tech enthusiast who believes the Nintendo Switch has much more potential than being simply a game console. Much like how the classic Game Boy came with its own add-on Game Boy Camera that could take rudimentary black-and-white low-res photos, the Joy-Cam gives the Switch photographic features, turning the console into a much more versatile multimedia device.
2. LG Module SPinner 1.3
Described as a gaming speaker by the team of designers, LG Module SPinner 1.3, “maximizes three-dimensional sound by placing three modular speakers in the room and at the same time provides different sounds depending on the person in the user’s various game environments,” as the designers describe. When playing video games, all of the sounds of a given environment are compressed into one output that often feels jumbled and overstimulating. Spatial audio differentiates each sound by separating first-person from third-person audio and staggering their delivery for an oscillating effect.
3. The CORSAIR K70 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
The CORSAIR K70 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features an aluminum frame and is equipped with AXON technology to support you on all your demanding tasks! It can operate up to 8 times faster than any typical keyboard. The keyboard has also been amped with 8,000 Hz hyper-rolling, 4,000 Hz key scanning, as well as 20 layers of hardware RGB lighting. Other features of this super cool keyboard include 100% mechanical key switches with linear travel and a detachable USB Type-C cable!
4. The Steam Deck
The Steam Deck aims to bring the spirit of adventure to PC gamers by letting them take their favorite hobby along with them anyway. Nintendo Switch it is not, though, with the Steam Deck easily dwarfing Nintendo’s current darling in size. Of course, that’s because the Steam Deck needs to pack in more hardware to support games that would make the Switch cry in pain. That, however, also means that it might be more uncomfortable to hold this device up for longer periods of time. And unlike the Switch, you can’t exactly detach the controllers to lighten up the load.
5. The Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse
The Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse lets you distribute all your macros and secondary functions across 11 programmable buttons. This allows you to effortlessly switch between custom button profiles for a seamless gaming experience. The Razer Basilisk V3 features a hyper scroll tilt wheel that supports high-speed scrolling, as well as 16.8 million colors and various lighting effects to create interesting visuals during your gaming session!
With a name as mysterious as OBJKT-2, this little gizmo from the mind of designer Sushant Kumar lets you relive all your golden GameBoy memories. Styled to be even smaller than the Analogue Pocket, OBJKT-2 makes classic gaming even more portable, letting you load all your popular GameBoy titles via an SD card, and even add modules that enhance your gaming experience. The little device is roughly the size of a GameBoy Color cartridge but sports a vivid color display that measures roughly 2.2-inch diagonally.
With VR and metaverses becoming the norm within the realm of video games, Kim and Yoo designed Vers because “controllers are no longer restricted to stationary, passive interactions.” Vers is comprised of five components, all of which are contained within a cushioned, minimalist controller box. In order to appeal to Gen Alpha’s millennial parents, the controller box maintains an inconspicuous, yet modern look. Inside the hexagonal controller box, users will find a set of two pads that can be used for jumping and running, a pair of ergonomic nunchuck controllers, and a camera console.
8. The KANO-XP
Designed as a direct opposition to devices that encourage endless media consumption, KANO-XP focuses on creation and experimentation. With a Game Boy-inspired aesthetic, the KANO-XP boasts of a modular interface system, alternating between gaming controls to a synth to a MIDI pad. The bright orange handheld gadget runs on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module and features a small display along with the interchangeable interface system. The two main interfaces are the traditional synth interface, modeled on the popular piano keys, and the MIDI button layout, designed for electronic music production.
9. The Gravitation Controller
If you don’t have the moolah for a handheld gaming console, the Gravitation Controller turns the one device you’ve got into a capable gaming rig. With an expandable ergonomic design, the Gravitation transforms your smartphone into a high-definition gaming device, relying on your phone’s powerful GPU and its high definition screen (grab yourself the latest flagship and you’ve got yourself an OLED display too, to rival Nintendo’s latest offering)
10. The SteelSeries Prime Mini Wireless eSports mouse
The SteelSeries Prime Mini Wireless eSports mouse features Optical Magnetic Switches which allow it to stay active for 100 million clicks. It’s tinier and more compact as compared to the Prime Mini, while still providing you with zero lags and sharp clicks! It’s also amped with the Quantum 2.0 Wireless technology and TrueMove Air Gaming Sensor to provide you with 1-1 and tilt tracking!