Margin Makers: Guide to consoles merchandise

Console players are always keen on enhancing their gaming experience with the latest controller or the newest headset – and then brag about it on Reddit in an attempt to win the never-ending console war.

Therefore, merchandise revolving around PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and Wii U to a lesser extent) is always something retailers should keep an eye on.

Jonathan Rose, business development manager at Lime Distribution (specialist in gaming accessories for both consoles and PC) confirms: As the games industry is currently fluctuating over physical and digital games, the accessories market has remained not only stable but we are seeing new accounts and growth all the time.”

The ever-growing influence of eSports is partly responsible for this evolution, he says. The accessories that perform the best at Lime Distribution are indeed those designed for professionnal gaming, such as KontrolFreek’s products.

eSports on console has remained the Call of Duty franchise, Halo, and to some extent FIFA, exclusively on a level where it would draw the masses,” Rose adds. This hasn’t really changed for some time. But it’s fantastic to see further games being introduced that can extend that space for consoles such as Rocket League and the highly anticipated Overwatch.”

But simple accessories like cases or console skins are always a safe bet, too. And as we are getting closer to the launch of virtual reality, a whole new market is coming to life for consoles.

We are super excited for VR and especially what accessories this will bring to the market,” Rose says. It’s another example of how gaming and platforms will evolve and develop, but accessories always remain relevant for improving performance and experiences.”

Rock Band 4 Band-in-a-Box Software Bundle for PS4/XO

Gamers can now be rock stars too with this Band-in-a-Box bundle, which of course includes a copy of Harmonix’s Rock Band 4. The box contains a wireless guitar controller, a wireless drum kit, and a USB microphone. So apparently the band will have to perform without a bass player.

SRP: $249.99 (176)

Manufacturer: PDP

Distributor: Exertis

Contact: 01279 822 822

KontrolFreek Signature Collection

The KontrolFreek signature collection aims at helping console players to perform better. It features a bunch of grips and thumbsticks for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers and, best of all, a T-shirt that is ‘super-soft’, according to KontrolFreek.

SRP: $56.99 (40)

Manufacturer: Kontrol Freek

Distributor: Lime Distribution

Contact: 01622 845 161

Afterglow AG9 PremiumWireless Headset for PS4

Specifically designed for the PS4, this headset features a removable microphone.

SRP: 65

Manufacturer: PDP

Distributor: Exertis

Contact: 01279 822 822

Pokkn Tournament ProPad Controller

Nintendo released this controller to arrive alongside its Pokmon fighting title.

SRP: 19.99

Manufacturer: Nintendo

Distributor: Open

Contact: 01753 483 700

Purple Block PlayStation4 Skin

Players can protect their console from dust with this classy PlayStation 4 skin.

SRP: 9.99

Manufacturer: GamersGearEU

Distributor: Lime Distribution

Contact: 01622 845 161

Razer Wildcat for Xbox One

Developed for eSports, this controller features four additional buttons that can be programmed.

SRP: 114.99

Manufacturer: Razer

Distributor: VIP Computers

Contact: 01925 286 900

Clear Playthru Case for Nintendo 3DS XL

A simple see-through case that allow players to still admire their 3DS XL.

SRP: 9.99

Manufacturer: PowerA

Distributor: ILT Distribution

Contact: 0845 519 7053

Hori Hard Pouch for PS Vita

This pouch protects the handheld console and can store up to three games.

SRP: 11.61

Manufacturer: Hori

Distributor: Hori


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