Buying Guide - Games Console Accessories

Total immersion

With such detailed and graphically beautiful games continually designed for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, it makes sense to take steps to immerse yourself fully in the gaming experience. There's no better way to get stuck in to gaming series like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the long-running FIFA games than to get a head-set and microphone. Whether it's the sounds of shells and grenades exploding all around you, or crowd chants at Old Trafford, Anfield, or Stamford Bridge, there's nothing that sucks you into the game like wearing headphones. You'll be able to get special headphones which block out external noises, meaning you can play without distraction, and give 100% of your focus, becoming a better gamer.

Head-sets are also great for team games. You can use the microphone and head-set to communicate effectively with your teammates, no matter the game you're playing, or whether it's on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. Some advanced head-sets even link into the game, displaying their battery level, connection status and more on the screen, at your command. Different head-sets for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 have different connection options; some are connected via USB and Infrared, while others use Bluetooth.

Another way of fully immersing yourself into the gaming world of racing games is by purchasing a steering wheel. You can get wheels for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3, and they give you a more realistic driving experience. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 wheels increase realism in games like Grand Turismo  5 greatly, while the Nintendo Wii wheel will make playing Mario Kart more fun.

The Nintendo Wii differs a little from the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms in its nature, being designed primarily for more casual gamers, but there are also some technological developments which can give you a more immersive experience. You can buy a Wii blaster gun, which can be used when playing shooting and zombie games, and it will give you more accuracy than the standard Wii remote, as well as creating a more involving atmosphere.

Motion Detection

The Kinect for Xbox 360 has proved to be extremely popular, selling over 10 million units. It uses