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Razer is pleased to announce the Sphex, the first gaming grade deskop skin with an ultrathin form factor.
Razer claims the Sphex to be the world's thinnest gaming-grade mousing surface. Even though the Sphex has an ultrathing design, it doesn't compromise tracking ability or durability. To keep the mouse stuck firmly to the surface, Razer has added a reusable adhesive to the bottom of the Sphex.
The Razer Sphex measures in at 320mm x 230mm and is fully washable without harming the surface's tracking capabilities. Expect the Sphex to set you back US$14.99 and it is available worldwide. Those interested in catching the full press release may find it here.
Earlier today we met up with David and Eric from Cooler Master's gaming division, CM Storm, in Taipei at their headquarters ahead of Computex which begins next week. We got an early look at a whole bunch of products.
From what we saw with our brief meeting with them, it really looks as if CM Storm means serious business when it comes to PC gamers. We were not only given an exclusive and early look at their upcoming Sentinel Advance gaming grade mouse, but also a full range of their gaming surfaces. Note to David - I still want a TweakTown printed gaming mat, please!
Below we go hands-on with this new mouse which should come out later in the year. Keep in mind it is not a finished products and the final shipping version will see several changes and refinements.
Below you can see some pictures of the new mouse surfaces by the boys and girls at the CM Storm group.
We'll have some more coverage up of Cooler Master products shortly - stay tuned!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - XBOX 360 Elite Holiday Bundle w/ 120GB and HDMI for $339.99 Shipped Free! Comes with Two Games, Black Wireless Controller, and Wireless Headset!.
Offer: Here's a new coupon code if you missed out on the last one. Get the XBOX 360 Elite Holiday Bundle w/ 120GB and HDMI for $399.99 - 15% Instant Discount = $339.99 Shipped Free!
Namco Bandai and its Australian Distributor Atari have today announced MagnaCarta 2, a new RPG which combines traditional RPG elements whilst introducing new ones such as a real time battle system.
Powered by the Unreal Engine 3.0, the game promises to have stunning visuals with the characters being designed by famous Korean Hyung-Tae Kim, with strong influences from Japanese Manga. Players over the course of forty hours will have the ability to build characters by changing their weapons. When they do so the characters play and fight style will completely changing making the decision of what weapon to use all the more difficult.
Expect MagnaCarta 2 exclusively on the Xbox 360 late 2009.
With the announcement that 3D Realms was closing their doors a sadness fell on the gaming community. That sadness was never seeing Duke Nuken ever again.
No one knows for certain if anyone will buy out the rights to the long overdue game. But there are many that certainly hope it will happen.
To add to the hysteria a trailer that supposedly shows real game play has popped up on the Internet. There is no verification of its authenticity but it certainly does look cool.
We can't help but feel infinite sadness at the mere thought of never seeing good old Duke, but nevertheless, if this trailer's the real thing - then someone please buy the rights and bring it on, as the trailer gameplay looks positively awesome. The original soundtrack, performed by trash-metal legends Megadeth, is also still in the game, as well as Duke's ever-entertaining catch phrases, suggesting this is the real deal.
Oh the rumors the rumors! All about Apple, so many rumors, first we have an Apple netbook, then a new iPhone, then a new version of the iPod touch, Verzion deals and more!
The latest one is that Apple is returning to the console market. Yup that is right, all of those high profile hirings are nothing more than Apple building a console team.
The logic goes like this, Apple has a PPC CPU thanks to PA Semi, this is basically an SoC minus a GPU. Bring in all the ex ATi talent to fill that void, roll in a healthy and popular online content distribution center, all you would need is someone that is good with getting game consoles off the ground.
Apple filled that last gap with the hiring of XboX 360 guru Richard Teversham from Microsoft. You know it is starting to look like Apple picked up the whole XboX 360 team here.
Read more here
Let's backpedal. Apple grabbed Bob Drebin, Raja Koduri, PA Semi, Mark Papermaster, a few games guys, and undoubtedly many others we didn't hear of. That gives them the ATI ex-CTO, also ex-ArtX, makers of the Nintendo GPUs forever, and another ATI 'big thinker'. Lets just say they have the GPU side down there.
PA Semi has several low-power, high-performance modular PowerPC chips on the market now. They are basically SoCs, just slap in a GPU (see last paragraph) and you have - wait for it - a console.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Sony Playstation 3 80GB Game Console Blu-ray Player for only $299 Shipped FREE!.
Offer: Still one of the best Blu-ray players on the market and hey, it plays some pretty good games too. It comes with a 80GB removable hard drive and 256MB of RAM. I don't know if you can even call it a gaming system anymore. It's more like a multimedia gaming blu-ray music wifi device!
According to an article at PCGamesHardware it looks like MS is learning to play the game with game developers. DirectX 11 will be easy for devs to port their existing DX10 and 10.1 game engines over to.
A developer at DICE said that the porting of the Frostbite Engine was done in about three hours with very little effort. About the only thing needed was search for and replace relevant code in the engine.
They also noted that CPU load should be decreased
Read more here.
At the beginning of the porting progress the developer had to face a cross platform engine (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) with an exclusive DirectX 10 rendering path that had DX 10.0 and DX 10.1 features. The actual port of the Engine from DirectX 10 to DirectX 11 was done in three hours said Anderson. Searching and replacing the relevant parts inside the code required the most time.
Since currently there is no DirectX 11 hardware or appropriate development software, the Frostbite Engine was equipped with a switch inside the compiler that can be changed to DirectX 10 or DirectX 11. The developers at DICE are certain that the CPU load during API calls can be reduced noticeably with DirectX 11 drivers. Among other things the Frostbite DirectX 11 Engine offers HDR texture compression, Compute Shader and hardware tessellation for characters and terrain.
Sony's let loose a new PS3 update, bringing the firmware up to V2.70.
Perhaps one of the most sought after features that has been added is the ability to have text chat conversations with friends. Conversations will be able to be carried out between you and up to 15 other people and you can take part in three chat rooms at once. Chatting is available both in and out of game, and the conversation can be carried on even when switching between the two.
The friends list has also received an update. You can now sort the list either by online status, or alphabetically. Sony upped the file size limit on attachment files and you can now send files up to 3MB in size instead of 1MB.
Two other features included in the update have been talked about on the PS3 forums quite a bit as well. You can now backup video content purchased for the PS3, saving it on an external drive. You can also now synchronize PSP video with the PS3, allowing you to view the content on your television.
PureOC says that Razer and Valve are teaming up to develop a new FPS titles HellRazer.
HellRazer will be a squad-based tactial co-op FPS. The plot of the game centers around a deadly virus breating containment in a lab and turning everyone into "aggressive beings which need to kill other beings in order to survive." Sounds innova.... nevermind.
What is new is that Razer is working on an intuitive game controller that is slated to be the first true 1:1 motion senstion and gesture recognition controller. It sounds like Razer wants to bring some of the Wii's succes to the PC, so it will probably be similar to the Wii Remote in use, but function with more precision. The new controller has been dubbed the Razer Anaconda.
"Razer is extending its vision by partnering up with Valve on this exciting new collaborative project. For the first time, PC gamers will be able to experience a more integrated, immersive gameplay in a first-person shooter game, said Razer president Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff."
Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve, said "We envision great possibilities for this project. Having a dedicated game controller for this game would help heighten the entire gaming experience and be a solid benchmark for future titles."