E3 Preview of Next Generation Accessories
Breaking into the PC gaming peripherals market for the first time is Belkin Components. The new Nostromo line features six new devices so far: five for PCs and one for PS2. These will debut at E3 and begin shipping in July. Two Nostromo gamepads, the N40 ($19.99) and N45 ($24.99), connect via USB and have dozens of programmable functions. The N45 adds extra buttons and a mouse mode button, which navigates Windows as a mouse would. The Nostromo P45 GamePad ($29.99) is similar to the N45, but it's made for the PS2 and has vibration feedback. The N50 SpeedPad ($29.99) is a left-handed gamepad with a directional pad, throttle wheel and ten programmable buttons. It can be used in conjunction with the N30 GameMouse ($39.99) for two-handed PC game control. The USB GameMouse had three programmable buttons, a scroll wheel and a new technology called TouchSense that allows users to feel certain happenings in a game. Rounding out the Nostromo line is the N60 Pilot Stick ($39.99) with twist rudder, rotary throttle, two hatswitches and 14 programmable buttons.
Belkin will preview many additional gaming accessories for PC, PS2 and Xbox at E3.
Essential Reality will show its product in development, the P5 glove-like 3D peripheral interface. When completed—in time for Christmas 2001, the company says—the P5 will be able to control software in 3D with the use of hand gestures. The expected price of the P5 is $129, and it will be compatible with PS2, Xbox and PC/Mac computers.