If you’re a gamer, you’ll already know about some of the must-have gaming accessories and peripherals. Fancy joysticks, relaxing chairs, multiple monitors—they’re all essential items for people who play games regularly.
But what about some of the more unusual gaming peripherals out there? Which are the most weird-and-wonderful accessories that you can buy?
Train simulators have always been a niche-but-popular genre of games. Titles such as Microsoft Train Simulator, World of Subways, and Trainz RailRoad Simulator have kept hobbyists entertained for years.
If you’re into train simulators, the RailDriver USB Desktop Train Cab Controller is probably the gaming accessory of your dreams. It looks exactly like what you’d expect to find in a real train cab. There are levers for the throttle, brake, and reverse, buttons for your horn and whistle, and a three-digit speedometer.
The controller even has a built-in subwoofer to help replicate the feel of driving a real train. And below the levers and dials, you’ll find 30 programmable buttons. You can customize them depending on the game you’re playing. All the major train simulator games are supported.
Resident Evil 4 on the Nintendo GameCube was an all-time classic title. At the time of its release in 2005, it received near-perfect reviews from GameSpot (9.6/10), Edge (10/10), IGN (9.8/10), and many more. Millions of retro gamers around the world still play the game today.
If you’re a retro gamer with a GameCube who’s looking to inject some freshness into your gaming experience, check out the NUBY Resident Evil Chainsaw Controller. It looks exactly like the saw wielded by the infamous villager, Chainsaw Man.
The unit itself includes everything you’d expect from a GameCube controller, including rumble technology, a memory card slot, and a complete array of buttons. More impressively, no two NUBY Resident Evil Chainsaw Controllers are the same; each has unique blood splatters on the front and rear.
Today’s gaming controllers are fine pieces of technology. They feature screens, wireless connectivity, ergonomic designs, custom decals, and a whole lot more. But let’s be honest, there’s still something wonderfully romantic about old-school joysticks with a couple of buttons.
Thankfully, those joystick controllers didn’t die with the gaming arcades of the 1980s. Some companies are still manufacturing them for present-day consoles. One such example is the Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick; the controller is compatible with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
As the name suggests, it is primarily designed for people who play Street Fighter V, but it will work with any mainstream fighting game, including Mortal Combat, Dead or Alive, and Tekken. You can also use a special button to turn the joystick into a regular left/right analog stick, allowing you to use it with non-fighting games. The controller is wired via a USB port; there is no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity.
4. Wii Football
The Wii Football controller (that’s American Football, not soccer!) is compatible with any of the Wii football titles. Madden NFL, Blitz, Family Fun Football, and Tecmo Bowl are all supported.
The Wii Football controller looks like, well, a football. All the Wii buttons are hidden below a pop-up panel. As such, you can still use the unit to control menus and other in-game items, but you won’t accidentally press them while throwing that perfect touchdown pass. There’s even a retractable hand strap; it prevents you from losing your grip and smashing your TV screen.
The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator links with your gaming mouse and keyboard, allowing you to control them with tiny bio-signals. Indeed, the manufacturer claims that it can cut your gaming reaction times by up to 50 percent.
The device works thanks to a headband you need to wear. It has nanofiber sensors that read your bio-electrical signals. The headband amplifies and digitizes the signals, then sends it to your computer as input commends. The Neural Impulse Actuator is compatible with all games.
The Cakce One-Handed Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is an affordable keyboard for gamers who rely on using lots of keyboard inputs. With built-in wrist support and extra grip on the W, A, S, and D keys, it’s perfect for people whose regular keyboard isn’t suitable for the rigors associated with prolonged gaming.
It has LED backlights that can display in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white. You can also program the keyboard to cycle through the different colors. The keyboard supports macro recording and deletion and has six “G” buttons for custom commands. It is compatible with a PlayStation 4, Xbox, and all Windows operating systems and connects to your system via USB.
On the downside, some users have complained that the keys are overly noisy when you press them. But for the price, you won’t be able to do much better.
Tony Hawk’s is another classic video game series. There have been 16 different titles across all the major consoles of the last 20 years. If you have a copy of Tony Hawk’s Ride for the PlayStation 3 lying around, the Tony Hawk Ride Skateboard is a gaming accessory that you need to have in your life.
It is a motion-sensitive board controller—there are no buttons, no d-pads, no analog sticks; it’s just a skateboard (without wheels!). As you perform specific moves on the board, they translate into in-game tricks and stunts. To aid balance, the bottom of the board is flat and sits flush to the ground. However, the edges curl up, allowing you to mimic real-life movements. The top of the board is even covered with a skateboard-like tape to help you keep your grip on the deck.
The Best Unusual Gaming Accessories
The seven unusual gaming peripherals we’ve covered in this article are only a small taste of the bizarre accessories you can find on Amazon. Make sure you share your weird discoveries in the comments below.
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