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The Xbox One is nearly upon us, but how much did Microsoft spend on the Xbox One controller? It's being reported that over $100 million was pumped into the Xbox One controller's development, a mammoth amount of green for a peripheral, isn't it?
During the development, Microsoft had some interesting ideas for the controller, with two of them being of interest: the first, was a built-in projector that would throw out images into your room. The second, was smell-o-vision, which would've been a truly interesting addition to the next-gen controller. What do you think? If you had to choose one, what would you want? Smell-o-vision, or the built-in projector?
Today Mad Catz announced the launch of its all new S.T.R.I.K.E M mobile keyboard, which features an overall footprint that is ideal for mobile use. The new S.T.R.I.K.E M is compatible with a wide range of devices including the company's new M.O.J.O. Android-based console.
"The S.T.R.I.K.E. range has proven to resonate with passionate gamers, and we are exciting to extend the brand into mobile gaming with a technically advanced product which combines impressive features with striking aesthetics" said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "We believe the S.T.R.I.K.E.M fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers across all gaming platforms."
Available in red, white and black, the new S.T.R.I.K.E M is part of Mad Catz GameSmart line of mobile products and features NFC technology that will pair the keyboard with compatible devices by simply tapping them together. The S.T.R.I.K.E M features P.U.l.S.E scissor keys that give the keys a crisp feel and provide a "tactile" feel without the need for costly mechanical switches. No pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.
Today Logitech announced not one, but four new keyboard-covers for Apple's new iPad Air that both protect and allow for quick typing. Up first is the flagship Fabricskin Keyboard Folio which is designed to double as a stand for the iPad Air which holds the device at two different viewing angles. The housing is waterproof and features a bluetooth fabric keyboard. This top model will retail for $149.
Up next is the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio that boast all of the same features except the water resistance and comes in four colors for the lower price of $99. Also retailing at $99 is the Ultrathin Keyboard Aluminum which protects the iPad Air's front side while serving as a stand. Its internal battery is said to have about 3-months of life on a single charge. Finally we come to the Folio Protective Case, that is just that, a 2-sided protective case that does not feature a keyboard. This budget friendly case retails for $49.
Feenix is known for their high-end luxury gaming peripherals and this morning the company added two new items to their collection. The all new 2014 edition Nascita gaming mouse, and Dimora mouse pad truly live up to the company's high-end boutique image. The Nascita features bold curves, and sleek styling, while the Dimora is well refined and appears to be what a high-end mousepad should be.
"Everything in gaming had always looked exactly the same; it was black with loud red or green lights around it. There was no simplicity or elegance to it," says Ashkon Shayani, Creative Director. "Our main goals at Feenix are design and quality. Our instruments deliver the best gaming experience possible and sleek designs that fit right into any home or office."
The Nascita's ergonomic curves provides for a comfortable gaming experience no matter the gamers mouse handling style. "The 2014 Nascita's form factor offers perfect ergonomic feel regardless of whether the user is a palm, claw, or semi-claw gamer," the company said in a press release. The Nascita runs completely driverless, meaning that gamers can take it to any PC they wish and begin gaming instantly. Additionally the mouse retains user configurations without the need to load anything from host software.
SteelSeries is known for its high-performance PC gaming peripherals and today the company added another weapon to its arsenal of frag assisting devices. The all new SteelSeries Rival optical gaming mouse is said to offer "unparalleled" technology based on a new optical sensor that provides unmatched deadly precision.
SteelSeries says that the new Rival optical gaming mouse features the company's proprietary switches that provide ample speed, consistency and durability throughout a lifespan of 30 million clicks. The mouse also features a unique ergonomic design that reduces fatigue during extended gaming sessions, while an anti-sweat rubber coating delivers the perfect gripping surface.
"We've named our newest optical gaming mouse the Rival, because we believe that it meets and surpasses every other optical mouse in its price bracket on the market," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "The new ergonomic shape and state of the art hardware deliver unmatched levels of precision, comfort and durability. Combining this level of hardware with new SteelSeries Engine 3 software, users will find an entirely new customization experience that redefines how a mouse can be configured."
Today ROCCAT released its Power-Grid app to the public in the form of a free download for Android or iOS as the project reaches its open beta phase of development. For those unfamiliar with Power-Grid, the software consist of an app that is ran on a smartphone and pairs up with accompanying software on a host PC running Windows.
Power-Grid basically turns your smartphone into immersive, fully customizable remote control for your PC. This allows the user to take full control of his gaming experience, and adjust system settings, checking hardware specs, and even execute in-game macros from your smartphones touchscreen. Power-Grid can be customized by the user to display only the information relevant to them, and those users can also visit the Power-Grid website to upload and download custom made "Grids" that other players have created.
"Power-Grid opens up a whole new world of opportunities for PC gamers. Finally you are able to connect your smartphone to your gaming environment - it just feels natural and makes perfect sense. Forget about inflexible solutions like keyboards with integrated displays; create your own command center and benefit from this innovative ROCCAT technology," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO.
Earlier this week Roccat releases its highly acclaimed Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard to the US market. Roccat says that the Ryos sets a new standard for Gaming Keyboards and features some innovative features you will only find on the Ryos. ROCCAT has released three varying models including the Ryos MK, Ryos MK Glow, and Ryos MK Pro.
"PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for ROCCAT to come up with a mechanical keyboard - and finally here it is" says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market".
The Ryos MK is the first board in the series, and features Cherry MX switches. The MK is powered by an ARM Cortex processor which makes the device super responsive. Featuring 2MB of flash memory, the Ryos MK can store over 500 Macros and ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] and ROCCAT Talk are onboard as well.
Today SilverStone released the all new External Port EP01, a powered four port USB 3.0 hub that features a magnetic base for quick and easy mounting to your PC or any metallic surface. The EP01 is capable of charging devices with high-current draw such as tables, iPads, and external battery packs thanks to its Battery Charging 1.2 Standard compliance.
SilverStone says the EPO1 USB 3.0 hub is capable of speeds up to 5Gb/s and chares mobile devices much faster than standard USB 3.0 ports on a PC. The device is small enough to fit on any desk, or tuck away on the side of your PC case so no one will see.
Sony has confirmed that its DualShock 4 controller will work with Windows PCs out of the box, but will only have compatibility "for basic functions" according to President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida.
Yoshida confirmed the news through Twitter, after he was asked if Sony would release a driver for the DualShock 4 controller to make it work with Windows. Yoshida tweeted back, saying "the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine." He was asked if the DS4 would feature Windows compatibility by default, where he said it would, but with "basic functions."
ROCCAT has just announced that its award-winning Kone XTD laser gaming mouse is now compatible with Apple's Mac devices. This announcement means that Mac gamers worldwide can now enjoy the advanced precision, premium components, and unique lighting effects that ROCCAT offers in the Kone XTD.
"We are thrilled to unleash the Kone XTD to the millions of Mac gaming enthusiasts worldwide," says René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and CEO. "The number of Mac gamers continues to grow, and the release of the Mac driver for the Kone XTD is just our first step towards more widespread support for the operating system's user base."
ROCCAT says that the 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor in the Kone XTD makes it the best gaming mouse now available on the Mac platform. The Kone XTD also features Easy-Shift technology that allows users to set to functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel, giving gamers the power to pack a massive amount of control into a quickly deployable set up.