Posts Tagged ‘XBox’


Attention, Kinect Gamers: The Nyko Zoom Lens Available Now!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

We know you’ve been waiting for it… the Nyko Kinect Zoom is finally available.

The Nyko Kinect Zoom allows you to use the Kinect is a much smaller room, reducing the space required by 40%. This is an essential upgrade for those of us that don’t have the ludicrously expansive American sitting rooms shown in the Microsoft Kinect ads.

The Kinect accesssory works quite simply, slotting easily over the Kinect’s three lenses, zooming them in and thereby focusing their attention on a much smaller area.  There are no additional cables, power or installation required. All Kinect software will work seamlessly too.

GamingZap is the first in the UK to stock the Nyko Kinect Zoom, so order yours today!

This blog reposted from our sister site, GamingZap.

Adapt the Kinect to your original Xbox 360 with the Kinect Adapter

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Kinect is the ultimate party game for playing with your friends, so there’s nothing worse than realising that your friend’s original Xbox 360 doesn’t have the port to support the Kinect!  Luckily Gaming Zap has the prefect solution to this problem: The Kinect Adapter Power Supply for Original Xbox 360.

Kinect Adapter Power Supply for Original Xbox 360

This Kinect adapter allows you to connect your Kinect to the original Xbox 360, meaning you can play your Kinect on both style Xboxes, something you couldn’t do before as this Kinect adaptor isn’t included in the Kinect Bundle.

Another great feature of the Kinect Adapter is that it doubles up as a secondary, replacement Kinect power supply, meaning there’s no need to panic if you lose or damage your original lead.

Keep the party going, as the Kinect adaptor opens the Kinect up to more players and more possibilities, making it one of the best Kinect accessories around.

Is your living room too small for your Kinect? Problem solved

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The Kinect for Xbox has been around for six months now, but it seems that we’re all still having problems playing it in our small living rooms.  If you’re anything like me you’ve tried moving the coffee table and aiming the sensor so that you can stand in the doorway, but nothing seems to work!  Luckily our sister site Gaming Zap has just the product that can help us all: the Nyko Zoom for Kinect.

Nyko Kinect Zoom Lens

The specially designed optical lenses allow you to play up to 40% closer to the screen than before; meaning no more huddling in doorways and fighting for space; as this allows two people to play in the same space that would previously have only accommodated one.

Even our friends at Joystiq and CNET have been having issues with living room space:

Couch too close to the television? Just move it, the sensor advises. Massive coffee table right where you should be standing? Just slide it out of the way, it suggests. For some of us, this ad-hoc redecorating process is relatively painless. For others a massive, solid wood coffee table isn’t moved so easily.  - Joystiq

I’ve had a rough experience with the Kinect in New York City, mainly because my living room has only about 6 feet between my 32-inch TV and the edge of my sofa. The Kinect requires a good 6 to 10 feet of space between the user and it, according to documentation in the games we received. That’s a huge amount of room in most urban apartments, especially as that space also needs to be open and unobstructed. The Kinect’s setup process suggests you move furniture if necessary, a task that’s impossible for me, and an unkind expectation for most people.  - CNET

The Nyko Zoom simply clips on top of the Kinect sensor, so there’s no additional cables or installation and upgrades required.  The design of the Zoom blends in with the look and feel of the Kinect making it one of the ultimate Kinect accessories available.

Nyko Kinect Zoom Lens

HTC’s Holy Trinity of Windows 7 Handsets

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Microsoft’s brand new Windows Phone 7 platform launched yesterday, bringing a ton of exciting new developments with it; perhaps most notably, the integration with Xbox live, letting the user experience console-like gaming on their mobile handset.

Microsoft have been working with a variety of designers, and phones are available at launch from LG, HTC and Samsung.  Since three out of the five handsets available at launch are HTC, though, I’m going to concentrate on those for the moment.

It will certainly prove a big step for HTC, who this year have been on the up and up with a range of high-end, best-selling Android devices (most notably the HTC Desire).

We haven’t managed to get our mitts on the handsets for a proper look at them yet, but it’s only a matter of time as they’re launching across the country this week.  At first glance, the main draw-back to the handsets seems to be that they don’t have a MicroSD card slot, meaning you have to make do with the on-board memory.

HTC 7 Trophy

Here’s a brief low-down of the three:

HTC 7 Mozart

By all accounts, the Mozart is an aesthetically pleasing phone, with Engadget describing it as “classy” and ITPro as “good looking”.  Of the three, this looks to be the definite choice if it’s the media experience you’re after; with integrated Microsoft Zune, you can sync your phone with your PC media library.  Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD give you virtual surround sound.  Though the 3.7 inch screen is more than generous, if you’re keen on a more visual experience you’d be better off with bigger brothers the HTC 7 Trophy or 7 HD.

HTC 7 Mozart accessories

HTC 7 Trophy

The Trophy, on the other hand, looks like a great choice for gamers – my little brother’s already salivating over it.  With a 4’3 inch screen and integrated Xbox live, it gives an immersive experience so that you’ll never be away from the action for too long.  On the other hand, we have trouble prising my brother away from the Xbox as it is, so your mileage may vary on whether being able to game wherever you are is a good thing or not!

HTC 7 Trophy accessories


The HD7 is your own pocket cinematic experience, whether you’re a budding film director or more of a coach potato.  It comes with a 5 megapixel camera and can both shoot and playback video in HD, giving your home movies that professional sheen.  Like the Trophy, the screen is an enormous 4.3 inches, so it’s definitely important to invest in a good HTC HD7 cover.

HTC HD7 accessories