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Saitek is building peripherals exclusively for Star Citizen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 8, 2015 3:29 am

Cloud Imperium Games has just announced it has partnered up with peripherals maker Saitek on some exclusive products for Star Citizen, including joysticks, keyboards and headsets.




In order to help with the huge immersion in Star Citizen already, specifically made peripherals are only going to add to that. Saitek partnered up with CIG on the peripherals to not just being 'stylized' but they will be uniquely designed to the look and feel of the hardware used in Star Citizen.


There will be a 'connected theme' of keyboards and joysticks so that there's an entire control solution for the hardcore Star Citizen fans. The keyboards and mice that Saitek are working on won't be reskinned peripherals, they will be an entire system of peripherals that can be used in a modular way, which has me excited just typing it in for you to read, let alone using them myself.

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Crono Labs is working on a monitor-mounted PC case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 8, 2015 3:21 am

Many people use their monitor VESA mount in order to attach it to an arm, but what about screwing in a case instead? Marketed as an easily manageable and upgradable all-in-one type solution, even a case carry handle is included in order to help you transport your whole system around the office, to LAN parties or to a friends place.




Set to be released on Indiegogo soon as a finance campaign, we have been contacted by Crono Labs with some pre-release renders of exactly what the final product should look like.


The Crono Labs C1 case doesn't have much public information available just yet, but it looks like a Mini-ITX sized chassis and we know that it comes complete with the IO ports pointing towards your desk in order to increase cable management from your monitor to the components. Crono Labs further stated that you should expect around 80% less dust in your system too, this is due to the case being raised off the ground.

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New Tesla charger is like a snake-like T-1000, for your car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 8, 2015 1:20 am

Tesla already has a few bleeding edge electric vehicles, but its latest device is simply from the future. Tesla has released a new video showing off a snake-like charger that finds its way into the plug on your Model S, and starts charging it.



The charger will lower itself into your Model S charging port, connecting itself quite easily, making the whole process of charging your electric vehicle all that easier. It's an incredible step in the right direction for Tesla, but can you see electric cars in 20 years? The new BMW 7 Series parks itself, but Tesla's contraption is just another level of awesome.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will include split-screen gameplay on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 11:45 pm

Treyarch has come out swinging during Gamescom this year, announcing that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on the PC will include some great support, with studio boss Mark Lamia teasing earlier in the year: "If you've really invested in your rig, we want it to pay off". During Gamescom, Treyarch provided a breakdown of what to expect on the PC version of the game:




  • 100% Ranked Dedicated Servers
  • 2-Player Split Screen
  • Seamless Game Controller Support
  • Strong GPU scaling, SLI and Crossfire Optimizations, and 4K monitor support
  • FOV Slider
  • Framerate Cap Slider
  • Improved Text Chat features available in-game and also now in lobbies
  • Fantastic Steam Trading Cards
  • Treyarch Anti-Cheat (TAC)


It's great to see "strong GPU scaling" as well as "SLI and Crossfire optimizations" included in Black Ops 3, but one of my favorite additions that Treyarch are putting into the game is the FOV slider. An interesting node is the framerate cap slider, which is a different thing to see these days. Treyarch added: "As we add more optimizations and advanced graphics features, we're re-evaluating our recommended spec, so stay tuned. Rest assured that our goal is to provide the best performance across the widest range of machines possible".

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Disrupting drone flights by using 'intentional sound noise'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 8:11 pm

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) plan to demonstrate an anti-drone system that uses sound to disrupt drone flights.




If implemented, the system is able to target the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) gyroscopes, which are used by drones to stay level. Blasting sound towards the drone, however, is able to disrupt the gyroscope, so the drone will lose balance, and its tilt, orientation and rotation can be disrupted.


Of course, researchers tested several different gyroscopes and drones by attaching a wireless speaker to the aircraft. That would be impossible for a real-world anti-drone scenario, with KAIST researchers noting they don't have the tools in place to develop the "weapons in our lab."

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Microsoft will use Xbox early access to test first-party games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 1:35 pm

Xbox Game Preview is Microsoft's own spin-off of Steam's early access, a program that lets preview members beta test unreleased Xbox One games for a fee. Although the Xbox early access initiative was originally for indie games, Microsoft has since revealed it will use the program's community-driven approach to help develop and test its own first-party exclusives.




"First party will be using Game Preview for our games," Microsoft's head of publishing Shannon Loftis told GameInformer. "It's not 100 percent. It's very much developer choice, but it is definitely an option."


"We are curating that program very much with an eye for making sure that the games are high-quality games. A lot of the issues we've seen with the folks that tried this sort of service earlier are things that we've been able to learn from," Loftis says, nodding toward Steam's cluttered Early Access platform. "There is a little bit of extrapolation that the gamer has to make in order to guess that the end product is good. So far, nothing has backfired as far as gamer reception, but we are being very cautious."

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Ninjas in Pyjamas promotes female gaming with $1000 online CS:GO comp

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 12:26 pm

Joining ESWC in the promotion of female-only gaming events, Ninjas in Pyjamas TV has announced a $1,000 online tournament featuring six teams.




Kicking off in a double elimination format, each initial match will be played as a best of three map series, with the finals ramping it up to best of five. With the winner set to take home $650 and second place taking the remaining $350, all six teams have been invited directly by the tournament organizers.


Seeing a wide variety of nations participating, Team Acer (French) and Games4U (multiple nations) are automatically seeded into the second round as they are the top two ranked teams in this competition.

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Looking for an excuse to play CS:GO? How about Freedom?!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 11:33 am

RGN and the YouTube network has announced a $5,000 CS:GO tournament, including a total of 16 teams fighting over the top spot and for the ultimate freedom. Named 'the Freedom Cup', this event will invite 12 teams directly into the event, with the last four fighting for a spot through an online qualifier.




Featuring an entry fee of $7.50 per player, the first nine invited teams include American names such as Team Liquid, Method, Tempo storm and the Brazilian sides of Luminosity and Games Academy.


Looking for a little freedom? Look no further than here.

Your family can now sleep, Cherry announces MX SILENT switches

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 10:29 am

Set to debut in Corsair's new Strafe and Strafe RGB keyboards, Cherry has announced release of its new MX SILENT key type with patented noise reduction.




Claiming to reduce noise through an integrated 2-component tappet, each key stroke will provide a quieter experience than seen before. Further features include RGB 16.7 million color support and a utilization of Gold-Crossprint technology in order to ensure lossless input over 50 million keystrokes.


This initial release will see two different MX Silent keys released, one in the form of MX Red and the other in MX Black. These keys will make a public debut at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne at the Corsair booth.

ADATA launches 960GB Premier SP550 6Gb/s SSDs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 7, 2015 9:27 am

If you're looking to utilize your SSD for more than just a fresh Windows 10 installation and one or two games, ADATA has announced its new Premier SP550 SSD to the market. Backed up by a SM2256 controller and a RAID engine for enhanced data protection, this information was broadcasted in a recently issued press release.




Utilizing TLC flash with an upgraded SMI controller, there are further options made available such as SATA DevSlp (device sleep) to ensure low power consumption which is marketed as especially helpful for laptop applications.


Kevin Che, Vice President of ADATA, says that this new release "provides customers a clear choice for the best storage experience," making this claim because of the integrated low-density parity check error correction (LDPC ECC) inclusion. This feature ensures lower data errors and extended SSD life, preventing NAND flash wear by distributing drive loads.

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