Next Generation of Gaming

November 15th, 2012

Nintendo's new Wii U video game system begins hitting select store shelves on Nov. 18. Pre-orders are already sold out, and industry watchers predict the limited numbers available in stores will go quickly. It's Nintendo's first high-definition gaming machine, but the bigger change is the GamePad™, a LCD touch screen and controller in one that includes a front-facing camera, rumble features, sensor bar, stylus and support for near-field communication technology (NFC).

NFC technology gives the GamePad the capability to communicate wirelessly with objects that are held above it. The trailer video shows a player hitting a virtual golf ball off the device on the ground. Gaming is just one industry innovating around NFC and wireless technology. Other areas using this wireless technology include digital wallets and cellphone sharing activities.

Changing Wireless Habits

In the home, wireless connectivity is increasingly changing how consumers configure their family rooms and viewing habits. Industry watchers say that dual or multiple screens in the living room is increasing popular to enhance the home theater. To keep cords from the two screens hidden away, IOGEAR's Wireless HD Digital Kit can stream uncompressed HD content from a Blu-ray/DVD player or your video game system up to 100 feet away. Whether playing a video game or watching TV, two screens are better than one.

Expanding the Gaming Experience

Last year, consumers spent $24.75 billion on video games, hardware and accessories, and 62 percent of gamers play with others, either in-person or online. In addition to playing more interactively, gamers are also increasingly spanning across multiple types of screens. Nielsen annual video game survey showed 24 percent of users played on two or more devices: a game console, a PC or a mobile/tablet device, up from 17 percent in 2009.

For those who are online, interacting with other gamers and moving between several screens, IOGEAR's 2.4GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel helps those who want a bit more control and features. It's designed to sit comfortably on your lap and work with a game console or TV up 33 feet away. No matter which screen or your gaming style, you're connected.

 Wireless On-Lap Keyboard with Optical Trackball

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