[E3 2010] Upcoming PS3 Gadgets to Watch For

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With the dawning of the 3D and PlayStation Move eras on the PS3, video game accessory manufacturers swarmed E3 with a ton of gadgets to compliment the system’s latest technological advancements and existing hardware capabilities.

First up is the TwistDock, a slick PS3 docking system from Vogel’s, a European manufacturer of Audio/Video & TV mounting solutions. The TwistDock neatly organizes your PS3 (fat or slim) and all its cables and controllers into a sleek rotating mount you’ll be proud to display as the highlight of your entertainment center. Two controllers can be mounted to the back of the dock, where they will recharge even when the PS3 is shut down, and four additional USB ports expand the system’s peripheral capabilities.

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Pricing for the TwistDock will be announced later this summer, with the device itself scheduled to ship throughout the U.S. in time for the holiday season.

Another accessory designed to promote the PS3 as the go-to entertainment hub is Sony’s own PS3 Surround Sound System. As an all-in-one device, the PS3 Surround Sound System uses Sony’s S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound technology to deliver rich, dynamic surround sound audio from a single front speaker unit. The system will provide an optical audio input for connecting to the PS3 and other high-end entertainment systems, and an analog audio input for attaching a PSP (or other portable) to the system for music playback.

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The PS3 Surround Sound System will be available this fall in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asia, and retail for $199 / 19,800 yen / euro 199.

Other upcoming accessories from Sony include the PlayStation Move charging station with capacity for two Move controllers (or the Move/Navigation controller pair)…

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And the PlayStation Move shooting attachment, a Wii Zapper-like gizmo that turns the Move into a gun perfect for upcoming shooter titles like The Shoot, Time Crises: Razing Storm and the PSN remake of Dead Space Extraction.

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Both accessories will be available concurrently with the PlayStation Move’s launch this fall. The charging station will cost $29.99 / 2,480 yen / euro 29.99, while the shooting attachment will only set you back $19.99 / 1,480 yen / euro 14.99.

Last but not least, Nyko has a new wave of PS3 accessories lined up for the remainder of 2010, including the Raven Controller (to be available in both a standard configuration and an alternate configuration with offset analog sticks like the Xbox 360), Core Controller, and a PlayStation Move Charge Station in 2-slot and 4-slot models.

The Raven Controller is due out next month priced at $35.

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The Core Controller will retail for $20, but a release date has not been set yet.

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And the PlayStation Move Charge Stations will be available in October — the 2-slot model retailing for $20 and the Quad model retailing for $30.

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