MCV takes a look at the best accessories heading to UK retail. This week, we rock out with the Guitar Hero Live controller and game on the go thanks to a new Apple iOS pad
Guitar Hero Live Standalone Guitar Controller
Guitar Hero's iconic multi-coloured controller of the past has been revamped for a new generation of the Activision music rhythm title.
The single row of five buttons has been replaced by two rows of three buttons. This allows gamers to pull off more complex chord shapes and finger movements while jamming, offering a more realistic playing experience.
The two rows are textured differently, making it easier for players to pull off the correct finger movements without getting confused.
Those who mastered the past Guitar Hero controller will find a new level of challenge in the redesigned instrument. However, newcomers will conversely find it easier to learn, thanks to the ability to restrict playing to a single row of buttons.
Not everything has changed: the popular strum bar of old has returned, accompanied by the whammy bar for expert soloists to maximise their score. Pro players can pull off Guitar Hero Live's new Hero Powers by tilting the axe upwards, or by using the new Hero Power button.
As well as this, a button dedicated to the new Guitar Hero TV mode lets players jump into the continuously streaming gameplay mode whenever they want.
The Guitar Hero Live Guitar Controller is available for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360, and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth.
In addition, the instrument will be made compatible with the mobile versions of the game in a future update.
Release Date: Out Now
Contact: 0121 625 3388
Logic3 PXN Speedy iOS controller
As Apple TV gears up to become a gaming presence in the Living Room, Logic3 has launched a new controller compatible with iOS devices including the Apple TV, iPad and iPhone.
The Logic3 PXN Speedy connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and will work with any device from the iPhone 5 or iPad 4 onwards that has a Lightning connection port. It is MFi-certified, meaning that Apple has approved the peripheral for use with its products.
Any game from the Apple App Store that supports controller input can be played with the Speedy. Up to four pads can be hooked up to one device for multiplayer titles.
Taking design inspiration from the popular Xbox 360 controller, the pad features staggered analogue sticks, an elevated circular D-pad and large ABXY face buttons on its front, plus back bumpers and triggers.
Included with the Speedy is an iPhone holder, which can be attached to the peripheral to turn the system into a handheld games console. The holder fits any iPhone, but will not stretch to hold an iPad Mini – separate iPad stands for that purpose are available separately.
The Speedy is powered by an internal rechargeable battery which can be charged using a micro USB cable, one of which is included.
The controller has an integrated sleep mode to conserve battery life, but will last up to 25 hours on a single charge.
Release Date: Out Now
Distributor: L3i Ltd
Contact: 01923 881 000