Philips' amBX prepares to light up your gaming life

Stuff has just returned from a jaunt to southern Spain where we spent three days with the sun on our face and the wind in our hair. No, we weren&#8217

Stuff has just returned from a jaunt to southern Spain where we spent three days with the sun on our face and the wind in our hair. No, we weren’t driving a scarlet Ferrari down a winding coastal road; we were trying out Philips’ new amBX PC peripherals, which are launched later this month.The quirky new kit is designed to add extra dimensions to your gaming. Rather than just your bog standard speaker set, the amBX also adds lights, fans and rumble to your fragging.Taking more than just a tip from Philips’ own Ambilight televisions, the amBX system is based around an up lighter that sits behind your monitor and throws coloured flashes and warm hues into the air behind your screen, flanked by two extra satellite speakers packing top-mounted LEDs. Depending on which package you plump for you’ll also get a sub, two small fans and a rumble strip to vibrate your wrists.Right now only a small selection of PC games are supported, including TOCA Race Driver 3 and Broken Sword: The Angel of Death (hopefully with Slayer on the soundtrack) but a next-gen console version is in the works and we’re promised more big name games before you can say ‘1337 n00b haxor’.Now if only it could simulate the pulling power of that Ferrari…

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Philips amBX Price: £150, £200, £300 On sale: This month Contact: Philips Related links: amBX Related stories: Big in 2007: Philips AMBX