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Apple have hundreds of millions of users on iOS devices, and a large portion of those users play games on their iOS devices. Rumors have been circling around that Apple had been walking the halls of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, pitching the idea of iOS controllers to various developers.
The company were even rumored to have a space reserved at GDC to talk to developers, which was under a different name so that no one picked up on it. A 2008 patent application for a dock points toward attaching physical controllers and other hardware features for iOS devices, so it could just be a matter of time before we see an iController, or iJoystick.
Corsair unveil the Vengeance K70, provides gamers with a high-quality backlit mechanical gaming keyboard
Corsair's current mechanical gaming keyboard, the Vengeance K60, is a great keyboard, but people do like their backlights on their keyboards. Well, Corsair has come to your rescue, unveiling the Vengeance K70 - backlit enabled.
Corsair have made the Vengeance K70 available in both black and silver, but have gone a step further with the backlight color. The silver aluminum K70 comes with blue backlighting, while the anodized black sports deep red backlighting. This will ensure both keyboards not only perform well, but look great while doing so. Each key is then individually backlit, with the added ability of having every key capable of being independently enabled, or disabled.
In typical Corsair fashion, the fun doesn't stop there, as the Vengeance K70 comes with alternate colored, contoured keycaps for the WASD and 1-6 keycaps, allowing for truly personal customization. The Corsair Vengeance K70 will be available in April for a suggested price of $129.99.
Logitech are reiterating the fact that they're committed to PC gaming by unveiling their new Logitech G line of gaming peripherals. This lineup boasts six redesigned mice and keyboard favorites, as well as two brand new headsets. There's a lot to cover, so let's get introduced to Logitech's new products.
Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse - Logitech's G700s mouse is a wireless gaming mouse featuring the report rate of an epically fast wired gaming mouse. Logitech have made the G700s capable of maintaining a consistant report rate, no matter if you're using the mouse over its included 2.4GHz wireless connection, or physically connected through USB. You can switch out from wireless to wired gaming if your battery dies, using a data-over-cable connection thanks to its standard microUSB cable.
There are 13 programmable controls on the G700s, macros and more, which are all controlled and manipulated through Logitech's Gaming Software (LGS). Logitech are slapping a suggested retail price of $99.99 for the G700s mouse.
ASUS has just unveiled its first "hardcore" gaming mouse, the Republic of Gamers GX1000. The new mouse features an aluminum top plate and ergonomic styling that is tuned to lessen hand fatigue.
The ROG GX1000 is capable of an 8200dpi resolution thanks to precision laser optics. The mouse buttons can be individually programmed and remapped according to game genera. Users can also adjust the mouse weight by removing or installing included weights.
To finish things off, the GX1000 features custom lighting in four colors to ensure even the most picky gamer can match their style. In addition, the custom lighting can be set to different presets to indicate which profile the mouse is on. ASUS says that the mouse is available now and retails at an MSRP of $100.
Wacom has announced a new 13-inch addition to its Cintiq line of interactive pen displays. The new Cintiq 13HD is being billed as a smaller display that saves valuable desk space, but still packs a full size performance punch.
The new Cintiq 13HD features a 13-inch LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution, adjustable mount, and uses a tweaked version of the same battery-free Pro Pen that the larger Cintiq's feature. Wacom says that the screen provides a 178-degree viewing angle and sports four customizable ExpressKeys.
The display is tethered to a PC or Mac by a USB cable, and it features HDMI output as well. The Cintiq 13HD is expected to go on sale in early April and with a price point of $1000. It looks to be an awesome gateway for someone who wants a Cintiq, but does not want to spend $2k on a larger model.
In a move that few saw coming, Microsoft has released parts of the software used to control its Kinect hardware into the Open Source world. Twenty two code samples have been released into CodePlex for Makers, Hardware Hackers and third party engineers to use to develop their own Kinect based projects.
The code samples are available in C++, Visual Basic and C#. Anyone wanting to use the code will need to download Visual Studio, .NET and the Kinect for Windows SDK. The code allows for face tracking, depth of field, as well as audio capture and voice controls.
In what I consider a very smart move, Microsoft said that it released the code because it wants to get feedback from the developer community as well as rapidly speed up development for the Kinect as well as improve its software.
Staples is now selling Apple accessories just a week after executives confirmed the chain would. The office supply chain is selling all sorts of different Apple accessories, including Smart Covers, Magic Mice, Apple TVs, and Time Capsules, which are now all available through the retail chain's online store.
The products will likely be coming to physical outlets as well. This could end up being great news for Apple as many companies have corporate accounts with Staples. These accounts would allow companies to easily purchase Apple products as they are coming from a source the company is used to dealing with.
So far, US Staples do not sell any actual Apple hardware, such as the iPad or iPod, but the executives hope that this will change.
One thing I'm really missing from my Nexus 4 is the charging orb, but it looks like retailer Pure Mobile has it listed in their online catalog as the "LG Mobile WCP400 Wireless Charging Orb Nexus 4" for $59.99.
The retailer has it listed as "out of stock", but it does come with free shipping - so when it comes back into better stock numbers, at least free shipping is offered. The picture included on their site definitely shows that this is no troll, as it features the Nexus logo.
Func have announced their latest entry into the peripherals market with the release of their MS-3 ergonomic gaming mouse. Func's MS-3 comes with 10 fully programmable buttons, a clean black rubber coated body and a 'sophisticated and detailed ergonomic design' that includes multiple setting capabilities.
The Func MS-3 features the Avago 9500 laser sensor, which offers adjustable lift off distance, an instant DPI step switch, great tracking abilities and a configurable report rate. Func's MS-3 has onboard memory which will gives gamers the option to store 3 programmed profiles as well as recorded macros. Each button also has its specific designed mechanical switch with individually adjusted pressure force.
There's also a sleek-looking LED indicator which is housed under the notch over the thumb buttons, which will tell you which profile and DPI step is active. These LEDs can be configured to be on or off in order to match up with your other computer equipment.
A source close to CVG are claiming some huge news from Sony's research and development department that they've been busy playing with more than one controller design for the next-generation console from Sony. We should expect it to launch as the PlayStation 4, but things can still change before release and we could see it released as simply "PlayStation" - something I believe has some weight to it.
These controller designs are said to be including an LCD touchscreen, as well as biometric sensors on its grips. Biometric technology on console controllers would be interesting, as it is capable of reading data from a gamer's body, which includes gamers' heart rates, temperatures and more.
This information isn't just a huge leaked rumor, as sources from Eurogamer are mirroring the same info, stating that Sony have been testing a PS4 controller with a touchscreen and biometrics functionality for at least six months, in which the designs reportedly change every month. This would be a huge departure from the DualShock controller which was introduced with the original PlayStation in 1997, and we've seen an iteration of the DualShock controller with every new PlayStation.