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Engadget has scored some images of what supposedly is the next gamin mouse from Logitech, the G9. It looks a bit rough and ready and it's most likely a fairly early prototype, although some don't believe it's the real deal. However, there are too many features of this mouse that makes it look like the real deal.
First of all it features the braided cable that the G5 is using, secondly the scroll wheel is the same as the VX and MX Revolution mice are using. Coincidence? Possibly, but even the side buttons looks similar to those used on the MX Revolution.
The odd parts include the two slots that look like battery compartments, but this is most likely the slots for the new weight cartridges, as according to the original Chinese source, the G9 will come with weights at 4 and 7 grams, up from 1.7 and 4.5 grams of the G5. The other strange thing with this mouse is the removable top. Although this isn't the first time Logitech has made a removable top on a mouse, this is the first time we've seen one where the side buttons comes off as well.
Speculations on Engadget leads to the possibility of custom made or at least interchangeable hand grips, which would be a great new feature. The G9 also looks like it has much lower profile than past gaming mice from Logitech. It's also got a new LED display with new symbols, but due to the poor quality pictures it's hard to make out what they are. Time will tell if this is the real deal or not.
You can see some more pictures over at Engadget here
According to Kotaku, EB Games has recalled all Xbox 360 Premium consoles it had in stock. Aparently staff at its stores were first told by its head office to test all units in stock for problems, but later on all stocked units were recalled some time last week.
However, this has nothing to do with the circle of death problems, but instead it seems to have been due to a batch of fault hard drives supplied with the Xbox 360 Premium. The Core units are not affected by this problem.
New consoles should arrive today or tomorrow to all EB Games stores, so if you're looking at getting an Xbox 360 Premium, then you might want to check with your local EB Games store before you head down to get one, as they might be out of stock still.
If just Microsoft would re-call all the consoles for a re-fit with a decent cooler now, so pepople don't have to worry about their consoles dying from overheating or whatever it is that's causing the rings of death. Still, a three year warranty is a pretty good deal on any consumer electronics these days.
Nathan of TTGamer has just finished spending some time with the new "Transformers" game on the XBOX360 and shares his thoughts with us.
As an obsessed fan of the Transformers cartoon series during my childhood era, I went and saw the blockbuster movie recently, and it brought back vivid memories in the best way possible. Unfortunately it would seem where the movie really excels, the game fails to deliver.
Being a little kid in the 80's and early 90's was great. No, actually, it was better than great - it was ideal. We were too young at the time to have embarrassing photos taken of us wearing a green and purple rhombus pattern shoulder padded jacket with a blonde spikey mullet hairdo that would surely conveniently resurface at some family gathering down the track, but not so young that we couldn't enjoy the best thing about the 80's - the cartoons and related action figures and, if you're like me, your favourite choice for both of those was Transformers (and not My Little Pony, honest).
TTGamer have just finished checking out the latest addition to the once popular "Tenchu" ninja-themed gaming series, Tenchu Z for the XBOX 360.
Loyal fans of the series would know that recent installments have been somewhat of a letdown, and it was hoped that this latest title for the 360 would help bring some spark back into it. Unfortunately it would appear this hasn't quite happened.
It isn't all bad though, have a read of the review to decide if its shortcomings arn't enough to keep you away.
In its own right, Tenchu is actually quite a popular gaming series that has seen its day in the sun - 'has' being the key word. As time went on, it seemed this once awesomely unique Ninja action series lost its edge, as it got thrown around various publishers and developers each failing to live up to the promising potential showcased in the original. These days, Japanese based developer K2 and publishers From Software handle all that is Tenchu, and while it is nice to see an updated version on the 360 in Tenchu Z, unfortunately this is not the turn around game the series so desperately needed.
With a massive outburst of complaints surrounding the web in recent times with regards to an obvious high failure rate of XBOX 360 gaming consoles (estimated to be as high as 33 percent), it's good to see Microsoft finally respond in a humble manner about the reliability issues that plague them.
They've announced a short time ago that they are prepared to wear a massive $1 Billion charge in order to extend the warranty on all XBOX 360 consoles from one to three years.
You can get the full scoop over at the Dailytech folks.
By several metrics, the Xbox 360 is the most successful console so far of this generation. Despite the startling pace of the Wii, the Xbox 360 still has the most consoles sold worldwide and the longest list of games and exclusives. For a gamer looking for online-enabled high-definition gaming today, the Xbox 360 appears to satisfy those needs.
One often overlooked factor when considering a console purchase is reliability, an area that is apparently where the Xbox 360 falls short. Anecdotal evidence is heavily pointing to Microsoft's latest console as being significantly more prone to failure than what consumers are accustomed to.
Nathan over at TTGamer has spent some time checking out one of the latest FPS titles to hit the shelves for the XBOX 360, "The Darkness" from publisher 2KGames. Due to the lack of mouse support, a lot of people tend to steer away from FPS based games on their console, especially if they have a decent PC that's up to the task. However, reading over Nathan's experience with the game there is a good chance it could convert one from this line of thought.
It is said this particular FPS combines a unique form of gameplay with a very immersive and interesting storyline. Needless to say if you're already an FPS fan and spend countless hrs on your 360, this title appears to be an absolute must-have.
Let me admit something off the bat right now - FPS gaming on the consoles has never been a favourite of mine. After playing FPS's heavily on the PC for years, I could never get past the controls and general rigidity associated with console FPS games in comparison to the PC. I knew that if I really gave a console FPS a fair go I'd probably get used to the controls in time and warm up to the idea slightly, but to be honest, I never really found a FPS on the console that either didn't have a PC port which was better, or if it was console exclusive, wasn't replaceable for a better recently released PC FPS anyway. That is until I got my hands on 2KGames' latest release, The Darkness.
The PG221 22-inch gaming monitor from Asus was announced earlier today and it has some rather interesting features that set it apart from your average 22-inch LCD display. It has a resolution of 1,680x1,050 which is pretty much the norm for a display this size and Asus has coated it with a reflective coating. This is not to everyone's liking, but it is great for high contrast stuff like games and video.
But it's the rest of the specifications that makes this display interesting, it has a built in pair of 5W speakers and a small 15W subwoofer hanging off the stand. This isn't the first time we've seen this from Asus, but it keeps things neat and tidy if you don't have a lot of desk space for a set of speakers.
The features don't stop here though, as Asus has made sure that this display will work with more than just a computer, as it had an HDCP compliant DVI connector, D-Sub, component, composite and S-Video inputs, as well as two sets of RCA audio inputs. This means that you can hook up your games console to it, or a DVD player or just about anything else that's compatible with one of the input options.
The PG211 also has a built in USB hub with three USB 2.0 ports located on the left side. Finally it has a 1.3Mega pixel web camera built in and you can tilt this to make it face the right way. Although it might not appeal to everyone, the PG211 features touch sensitive controls and the colour of the front panel can be changed.
Click here for more information about the Asus PG211
Look Out! Here comes the Spiderman! This time hitting next gen gaming platforms. Simon over at TTGamer checks it out on the XBOX360 to see if Spidey's looking better than ever, and unfortunately he discovers a number of shortcomings with the game, not to say a real Spiderman buff wont get hours of web slinging enjoyment out of it.
Activision has really found a solid partner in Marvel as this is a company which is focused on expanding its brands and has had much success over the past decade expanding its comic books into movie form. Activision has been there every step of the way producing two quality Spiderman titles so far, but there was a worry that three of the same just may have been too much. This has become the case it would seem because 3 doesn't really do anything different than the other two. Sure, it's on a next generation platform, but that's not enough for the game to reach the heady heights of its predecessors.
If you read our MSI PC2008 story then you'll already be aware that MSI was planning to release a range of gaming laptops. Well, it seems like MSI had a few more surprises to come as the GX610 was recently announced and it's not a Centrino Duo machine, instead it's powered by an AMD Turion64 X2 processor. The most interesting feature of this particular notebook is the graphics chip, as this is one of the first machines to have one of the new AMD Mbility Radeon HD 2600 graphics chip in it. MSI has fitted 256MB of GDDR3 graphics RAM and thanks to AMD's Hyper Memory technology, the HD 2600 GPU can access the system memory if it needs more.
The GX610 also has a 15.4-inch display with 1,280x800 resolution. The chipset also comes from AMD in the shape of the RX690 northbridge and the SB600 southbridge. Further features consists of up to 4GB of RAM, a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI and a total weight of 2.6kg with the 6 cell battery. The W, A, S, D keys have been highlighted on the keyboard to make it easier to find the keys for gamers and the GX610 also offers 5.1-channel headphone output. MSI didn't specify the processor speed, but two different SKU's will be available, the GX610 Extreme Edition and the GX610 Professional Edition, where the Extreme Edition is the top of the range model and it should ship with 4GB of RAM as standard.
A 17-inch widescreen model - the GX710 - with otherwise identical specs will also be released, although the screen will offer a higher resolution of 1,440x900.
EA took a big risk in deciding to create a game based around one of the world's biggest series of movies ever, if they were to stuff it up there would've been all hell to pay. But after having released it on pretty much every platform around (bar the PS3) it soon became obvious they'd done their homework and produced a very nicely matched atmosphere with awesome gameplay to boot.
Although late, the PS3 finally gets its turn and boy oh boy does it look the goods. Simon over at TTGamer checks it out in detail for us and quickly discovers that the PS3 version has some more bells and whistles added that none of the other platforms had.
For those who haven't seen the films, The Godfather revolves around Marlon Brando's Don character, head of the Corloeone family, which is one of many mafia families in 1930s New York city. The family has risen to the top and is the number one and most revered mafia family throughout the city, but there are a number of other rivals trying to take over and remove them for good.
EA has changed a few things about the story. First of all, you are you. You name the character, build them in terms of how they look and play through with your creation. The character you play is trying to avenge their father's death which occurs during the prelude to the game. Other than that, those who are familiar with the movies will see some of the most famous scenes play out and the most famous characters appear throughout.