MCV takes a look at the best accessories heading to UK retail. This week, Thrustmaster has some wheely good news for racing fans and Roccat hopes it has the best buds for gamers
Thrustmaster T150 Force Feedback
A racing car wouldn't be much use without a steering wheel, and for many players driving games are similarly incomplete without a racing wheel peripheral.
Thrustmaster is hoping to please these gamers with a new pair of wheels fully licensed for PS4 and PS3, which also work on PC. Players can switch between compatibility for PS3 and PS4 via a sliding switch.
The T150 Force Feedback and its Ferrari-licensed counterpart, the T150 Ferrari Wheel Force Feedback, are designed to appeal to driving diehards and racing newcomers alike, across a variety of different game types.
Beginners setting out on their racing game hobby can later upgrade the wheels by purchasing Thrustmasters' T3PA or T3PA-Pro three-pedal sets, or the TH8A gear shifter, which will fully work alongside the T150.
The wheels' rim is rubber-clad and measures in at 28cm (11 inches) in diameter. It's bolstered with an ergonomic design aimed at making access to the peripherals' 13 action buttons, D-pad, PS4 buttons and two 13cm (five inch) metal paddle shifters easy.
A two-pedal pedal set comes included, complete with an adjustable angle of inclination and progressive resistance on the brake pedal to make the driving experience feel as real as possible.
True to their name, 1080-degree Force Feedback is also included in the T150 wheels, as well as Immersion TouchSense technology.
Release Date: October
Contact: 01279 822 822
Roccat Aluma in-ear headset
There are plenty of big, over-ear gaming headsets available on the market, but what about those gamers who prefer smaller, in-ear headphones?
Well, accessories firm Roccat have come up with a compact solution to suit both PC and mobile players in the form of the Aluma.
Created with a built-in Y-splitter, the in-ear headset can be used with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as PC gaming rigs, to both listen and chat.
Buttons to control the integrated microphone and mute audio when necessary are included in the cable, making it easier for players to choose when to speak to their online friends and team.
On mobile, the button also serves as a handy way to pick up and end calls, as well as controlling music.
Although its ear buds might be smaller than standard gaming headsets, Roccat says the Aluma still provides high sound quality and great bass, despite its smaller size.
The audio quality is improved further by six included ergonomic ear tips, which help the buds to sit comfortably in the user's ears and boost sound fidelity.
Constructed from aluminium housing, the Aluma should remain durable in the face of everyday use by gamers – as well as staying light, comfortable and good to listen to.
For extra protection while travelling, a protective carry case is also included.
RRP: €49.99 (36)
Release Date: Out Now
Contact: 01462 680 060