01 8BitDo SN/SF30 Pro Game Controller
$70 • Amazon www.8bitdo.com Connecting via Bluetooth to Windows, macOS, Android, Switch, and Raspberry Pi, the SN30 (or SF30) Pro is the retro controller that does it all. POWERED UP: Motion controls, rumble, clickable joysticks, D-pad, and screenshot button. Battery is rechargeable via USB-C, and when plugged in, the controller can even be used as a wired device. Equally usable for modern or retro games, and actually seems fairly priced! PLAYED OUT: December 10 is too long to wait.
02 Cinera Headset
$1500 • Cinera www.cinera.net A cinema screen right on your face is the dream of Cinera, and given it’s blown past its Kickstarter goal by about five times, it’s a dream shared by a lot of people. POWERED UP: Dual screens at 2k resolution (2560x1440) with a 66 degree field of view for a high resolution cinema experience. PLAYED OUT: This isn’t precisely a new idea. Various other headgear ranging from Vuzix through to current VR headsets have cinema presentation capability. This also has a weird arm-mount thingy to position it in front of your face so it doesn’t have to be worn, so it’s a safe bet it’s not great to wear for extended periods.
03 Breath of the Wild Leather Jacket
$600 • Musterbrand www.musterbrand.com If you feel like you’ve been missing a link between games and fashion, then gee does Musterbrand have the item for you! POWERED UP: Limited to 300 pieces, never to be remade, this contoured jacket is made of lamb leather and features cross detailing along the arms and chest. The Sheikah Eye symbol is embroidered on the back, while inside, the lining is a full c olour print of Link climbing a precarious cliff face. PLAYED OUT: Limited to 300 pieces!
04 Polaroid OneStep2
$200 • Polaroid Originals eu.polaroidoriginal.com Polaroid has now been in photography business for more than 80 years, and ironically, is attempting to stand out by updating very little; since everyone has a camera in their phone, Polaroid’s instant photo system is a novelty. POWERED UP: Flash, film availability LED indicators, self-timer, USB recharge, and a battery that lasts up to 60 days. PLAYED OUT: Do people want physical media anymore? Novelty is fine, but it doesn’t take long for it to find its way to neglect.
05 iPhone X
$1579-1829 • Apple www.apple.com If you get excited about face-unlocking and face recognition on a phone, strap yourself in, because this is gonna be the ride of your life! POWERED UP: Face unlocking! Very secure face unlocking! Apple pay stuff with your face! Animate emojis with your facial expressions with the TrueDepth camera! Become a laughing poop or something probably! Neat selfies! PLAYED OUT: Yet another been-there done-that feature list pilfered from other phone manufacturers… which it turns out is actually good if you like iPhones because now you get those features too! Hooray! VERY expensive though! Booo!