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The world’s most pointless gaming peripheral?

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I’ve long been admonishing the needless peripherals that started gaining retail prominence since Nintendo’s Wii forced motion control on gamers. Now that Microsoft and Sony have boarded the waggle-train, all sorts of stupid plastic plastic crap is taking up space on store shelves.

This latest perfunctory piece from CTA digital, the company behind the absurd inflatable Wii Kart is special.

It’s a Kinect-compatible steering wheel, for people who like imprecisely controlled racing games and are completely devoid of the ability to just imagine they were holding an invisible steering wheel. Thankfully it’s translucent so you wont miss any of the action as you stand there, with your arms stretched out in front of you, holding a goddamned functionless pieces of plastic. If only we could get hold of some translucent bananas…

Here’s the inane product’s official description :

The Xbox 360 Kinect broke the mold by introducing the first controller-free gaming system. But sometimes even the best ideas could use a little something extra. CTA Digital introduces the Steering Wheel for the Xbox 360 Kinect. The fully translucent steering wheel allows the Kinect camera to track the hands of the player while adding a more realistic feel to your favorite Kinect racing games. By keeping your hands parallel and stable on the clear steering wheel, you’ll be able to maneuver your way through the game with added accuracy and ease. The Steering Wheel for the Xbox 360 Kinect is also compatible with all Kinect racing games,including Joy Ride, and Forza Motorsport 4. So instead of fumbling around trying to find the correct position for your hands, simply hold the steering wheel infront of the Kinect camera and drive away!

CTA’s translucent magic steering wheel for Kinect will set you back 13 USD. Kinect, you are the controller!

Source : 123Kinect

Last Updated: May 9, 2011

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