There are as many choices for a mouse pad for gamers as there are other gaming peripherals. Some gamers like rough textured cloth pads and others like really smooth, low friction plastic surfaces that let the mouse glide around without much resistance or noise. If you are the type of gamer that likes a mouse pad that glides easily around a surface Razer's new Ironclad may be just for you.
The new mouse pad is made from anodized aluminum with a finely sandblasted surface. The Ironclad is made to minimize hand discomfort and to improve control. The mouse pad also promises enough friction that you can aim accurately. The surface of the Ironclad is extra large to allow for more mousing area.
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The update for Xbox Live has been announced and quite a few new features are on the horizon. 360 owners should be seeing the update hit on or around November 4th.
Gold subscribers will get access to ESPN for Xbox Live, which gives access to more than 3,500 sporting events per year, including college football, MLB, NBA and soccer. Voice chat while watching games will be available, as well as Full HD video and DVR capability. The Zune Pass is also making an appearance, with unlimited music streaming and DRM-infused downloads coming available for $15 a month. There will even be a social music function that allows you to connect with other Xbox Live users with similar music tastes. You may finally find that special someone who shares your love for Yanni!
The mobile gaming market has several players and for years the players were the console companies like Nintendo and Sony. With the iPhone and iPod touch becoming more popular, those devices are now taking some of the market from the console makers. The clear leader in mobile gaming has been the Nintendo DS for a long time.
The DS is very important for Nintendo as its best selling console so any update to the machine is a big deal for the gaming firm. The next update for the DS will be the 3DS that we heard about months ago. A launch date of November 20 leaked a while back from a tweet posted by a designer claiming to have made accessories for the 3DS. A German publication is now offering a different launch date for the 3Ds.
You're sitting there, quietly playing a game... your spare controller is sitting on the table in front of you... you walk around a corner and expect zombies on the screen - KABOOM, you wonder where it came from, where is that sound???
Oh - it was your FREAKING PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER EXPLODING.
Sony today has issued a consumer warning to anyone who currently uses an unofficial PlayStation 3 controller.
Obviously, in an effort to stop the world's first PS3 modchip, the "PS Jailbreak" from working - Sony unleashed the firmware update 3.50 which renders any third party USB peripheral unworkable.
Also, the company warns consumers that "any unofficial controller may explode!".
The official Sony statement reads:
Rumours are circling the soon to be hot Nintendo 3DS.
Rumoured specs include: two 266MHz ARM11 CPU's, a 133MHz GPU, 4MB dedicated VRAM, 64MB RAM and a 1.5GB flash storage (in addition to SD card expansion).
Those specs are in line with the original iPhone (and 3G), the first 2 generations of iPod touch, all Amazon Kindles and a few other devices (Zune HD, Kin One, a handful of Nokia handsets).
More news will be posted when things are more concrete - for now, salivate of the Nintendo 3DS if that's your thang.
Gamers often prefer to play with headphones even if they are alone in the house and can use any speakers they want. Often headphones allow you to hear more nuances of the sound like that enemy creeping up behind you before you see them. While many of the new headsets that have been launching over the last few months have had virtual surround tech inside. Tt eSports has unveiled a cool new headset that uses stereo sound.
The headset is called the Shock and it is specifically designed for gaming. The headset has a microphone that allows the player to chat and issue orders when playing with a team. The mic has noise cancelling technology built-in to get the users voice rather than background sound.
OnLive has been available for a while now and is an interesting way to get your video games. The idea is that you can play all sorts of video games without having to go to the store and make a purchase. The streaming service has a monthly fee to be a member and then you still have to purchase the video games as well. Since launch, you have had to have your machine connected to a wired web connection to play.
OnLive has announced that it has a new Wi-Fi Beta service now available that lets users wanting to play some games on a notebook use a wireless connection. According to the company all you need to do is launch OnLive and the user will get a prompt for Wi-Fi Beta that they can select if they are using WiFi when the app is launched.
Check mate iFixIt.
Sony's latest addition to the PlayStation, Move, has been torn apart by iFixIt. They discovered it's about as "complex as a mobile phone, but without the radio chip".
They did find some interesting things inside though - apart from the magic used to make it work:
"The Wii and PlayStation use different methods of locating their controllers. The Wii Remote has an infrared (IR) sensor built into the controller, and uses triangulation from the IR emitters on the sensor bar placed near the TV to locate itself. PlayStation Move, unlike the Wii, can locate the motion controller in 3D space. The PlayStation Eye camera visually recognizes the X/Y position as well as the relative size of the glowing sphere on the motion controller to pinpoint the controller's location.
The Move contains many of components found in today's smartphones: a processor, accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth transmitter, vibrating motor, and even a MEMS compass. It's an amazing amount of tech for the money, even though we still think it's steep to pay $50 for a controller. Compared to a $40 WiiMote, though, it's quite the bang for the buck."
Is it just me, or is tech sexier when in pieces?
In a surprising move, Internode has called a "cease fire" between gamers and the publishers of the Call of Duty franchise by setting up a deal with GameServers.com that will secure local services for the newest CoD venture, Black Ops (available in November).
If you remember, the last Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2 broke sales records, won an arm full of awards and gave gamers world wide wet dreams for months. But, for PC gamers - it was a change. Dedicated servers, which have been a staple of PC multiplayer gaming since the 90's was absent, instead a peer to peer network (where one players internet connection is the "host" and the others are "guests") was included.
The result was obviously heard world wide, where premier gaming network games.on.net and Internode have gone into partnership with GameServers.com
With Black Ops, Treyarch have confirmed the existence of dedicated servers, with Internode securing the GameServers.com deal last week.
The ISP issued a statement last week, "games.on.net and Internode are proud to partner with GameServers.com, exclusively offering Australian servers for 2010′s biggest game, Call of Duty: Black Ops". "By hosting these servers directly within Internode's award-winning, high-performance network, Aussie gamers can rest assured their Black Ops experience will have the lowest possible latency, and the smoothest connection available."
If your only Blu-ray watching option is your PS3 (like me), and you're chomping at the bit to watch Avatar in 3D on your shiny new 3D TV, it seems your wait may just be about up. Sony announced today at the Tokyo Game Show that the 3.50 firmware update for the Playstation 3 will make the console 3D Blu-ray capable. The update is scheduled to launch on September 21st. It's only officially slated for release in Japan, but most believe that the update will be global. Get your funny glasses ready!
Microsoft announced ten "transformative" games today at the Tokyo Game Show(TGS) today, and among those were five Kinect exclusive titles. The titles themselves weren't even as thrilling as the announcement of the names that had been working on them; some of the biggest names in the Japanese and global gaming industry.
The keynote address for the show was given by Takashi Sensui, general manager of the Home & Entertainment Division for Microsoft He was joined by Goichi Suda, also known as "SUDA 51," chief executive officer of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.; Keiji Inafune, global head of production of Capcom and From Software; Yukio Futatsugi, game director for Grounding; Shigenobu Matsuyama, producer for "Metal Gear Solid: Rising"; and Masaya Matsuura, president for NanaOn-Sha Co. Ltd., who appeared via video.
Were you one of the thousands who waited up until midnight to pick up Halo Reach for the Xbox 360? Well, some of you may have gotten a nasty little surprise when you got home if you own the 4GB model of the Xbox 360 Slim. According to reports, multiplayer doesn't work on these consoles due to the 4GB model having a "Memory Unit" instead of a hard drive.
Apparently Halo Reach will give you a "hard drive is required" message if you attempt to play any co-op modes like campaign or firefight. Although it is not listed on the packaging, Microsoft has been quoted on the issue stating "some multiplayer aspects of Halo: Reach require an Xbox 360 certified hard drive." Seriously? The only fix at this point is to buy a $130 USD Xbox 360 Slim hard disk. So much for getting a deal on the $199 Slim console.
Remember that thing called the PlayStation Move? It was announced earlier this year for a fall 2010 launch. Well folks that time has come... almost anyway. The Move bundle will go on sale in the United States on September 19 for $99.99 USD.
Inside the box you get a copy of Sports Champions, a Move motion controller, a PlayStation eye and a Move Game Demo disc. According to the Sonly blog chaps on video, it is everything you need as long as you have a PS3 console, of course.
If you don't already have a PS3, you can get a 320GB PS3 console, controller and Move bundle for $399.99 USD. So, are you going to buy one?
One of the most iconic characters in all of video games in Mario. Mario first turned up way back in 1985 in Super Mario Brothers for the original Nintendo game console. I know as a kid that game and the original console were the gaming system to own. Mario was hugely popular during my youth with his own cartoon show along with Luigi and there are now hoards of Mario games in homes all around the world.
Nintendo reports that it has sold 240 million Mario games all around the world. Nintendo is also looking forward to the future of the Mario franchise with new games for the Wii and portable game consoles. To celebrate Mario's 25th birthday Nintendo UK is having a contest for fans.
The announcement of bundles from Microsoft with an Xbox 360 Slim and the Kinect system have been made in other countries like the US previously. Australian gamers know that the prices that people pay in other parts of the world can't merely be converted to get an idea of what a product will cost Down Under.
The Aussie retail machine has to be fed and often that means paying a lot more than what other countries have to fork over for the same gear. Microsoft has gone official today with pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect bundle in Australia. The bundle will include a 250GB Xbox 360 and the Kinect kit for $549. The console is a glossy black unit, not the tired old white and will have integrated 802.11n WiFi like the new slim consoles offer.
Back in August, I reported that a new and easy way to hack your PS3 to play games and home brew software directly from the HDD had been released. The hack was software on a flash drive called PSJailbreak that you only had to plug into a USB port on the console. Sony took issue with the jailbreak and took the company behind the hack to court in Australia.
The judge in the case issued a temporary injunction against selling the PSJailbreak hack in Australia on August 27. The judge has now come back and made that injunction permanent baring the sale of the PSJailbreak dongle in Australia.
One of the reasons I steer clear of shooters on the console is that I am a mouse and keyboard man. I prefer shooters on my PC, but there are some PC games that are best suited to a gamepad or a joystick. Any gamer who has tried to play a racing sim or a flight sim will tell you the mouse and keyboard are not best for those types of games.
Logitech has unveiled several new gamepads for PC gamers that look a lot like controllers that PS3 players will be used to. The F310 has a floating D-pad and ships with profiler software for programming the buttons. The F510 is the same as the F310 with the addition of rumble feedback. The really cool controller is the F710.
Around 1,200 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you about LAN parties and attendance.
As we launched the poll, many voted that they do attend LAN parties and the answer was looking pretty clear at that time. Now that we have ended the poll, we saw that a mere 31% of TweakTown readers attend LAN parties.
What is wrong with the rest of you or around 51% of our readers? And 18% don't know anything about a LAN party. Eh? Here is your answer.
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