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Next-gen Kinect for Windows development kit applications are now available, SDK will set you back $399
If you want to get in on the next-generation Kinect for Windows platform, applications for software development kits opened today. If you're a developer who wants to get down and dirty with the next-gen Kinect, you have until July 31 to submit an application.
Applications that are accepted will be notified by Microsoft sometime in August, with the program starting in November. The SDK will be generally available next year. For those getting in early, it'll cost you $399 which will include direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team through private webcasts and forums, access to all API and documentation for the Kinect.
You'll also receive an alpha version of the sensor and a final version of the new Kinect at launch in 2014.
The next-gen console war is upon us, but which side (or console) are you going to take? An important factor of this is the controller itself, something we have a side-by-side comparison of, below.
As you can see, the PS4 controller actually looks quite big sitting next to the Xbox One controller. From what I've read, the Xbox One controller 'feels' better, but everyone has different sized hands and expectations. I'm hoping to get some hands-on time with both controllers at PAX AU, which happens next month in Melbourne, Australia.
The super-realistic assault rifle controller, otherwise known as Delta Six, has enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $200,000. The Delta Six is thanks to David Kotkin from Miami, who is a teacher.
Kotkin developed the Avenger, making enough money from it to retire from his career in education. The Miami-based now retired teacher saw the absence of a realistic gun controller, and thought it would be a good idea to make one. Kotkin told the Miami Herald that the notoriety scared off a public relations firm, "whose owner cited 'moral reservations,'" and that Arduino, the microcontroller staple of PC and console mods, backed away from the partnership because of the potential problems.
Kotkin's own wife won't let their 11- and 8-year-old sons play with the Delta Six, but stands by him and is proud of his inventiveness and accomplishments. She says: "When it comes to the gaming gun, you look at all the violence that's occurred and it's really difficult for me to say this is a great idea."
Logitech have just unveiled a new standalone version of their Harmony Ultimate Hub. All that is required is an application for your Android- or iOS-based device, which will then allow you to control up to eight home theater devices.
Users can use the app to swipe to adjust the volume, change TV channels by tapping on a network icons and control recorded video playback. Control options are also on offer for video services usch as Netflix hosted on game consoles, too. Logitech also says that the Hub is compatible with the Harmony Touch, the remote's RF signals are translated into IR and Bluetooth format. We should expect the standalone Ultimate Hub to go on sale in both the US and Europe in August, for around $100.
e3 2013 - Mad Catz has just unveiled yet another gaming headset aimed at the Windows and smart devices market. The F.R.E.Q. 4D features ViviTouch 4D Sound, which is designed to add a new dimension of sound perception to the gaming experience by effectively creating a fourth dimension of sound.
ViviTouch 4D Sound combines muscular base and sensory feedback to produce an actual physical sensation to the gamer's audio experience. Additionally the F.R.E.Q. 4D is equally impressive when used on a home theater systems or for general music listening, as it features multiple EQ settings, which have been precisely tuned for various audio stages.
A detachable in-line table allows for easy conversion from USB 23.5 mm to support standard stereo audio on iPhones, tablets, and android-based devices. "Utilizing ViviTouch™ 4D technology, we believe the F.R.E.Q. 4D brings an added sense of realism to sound effects in first person shooters and action adventure games," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "The F.R.E.Q. 4D demonstrates our commitment to PC and Smart Device gaming, which we believe will resonate with passionate gamers."
E3 2013 - Mad Catz has just announced the latest edition in their PC gaming peripheral line. Mad Catz says the Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.3 gaming keyboard is an ideal entry into the world of competitive gaming. Whether your game of choice is an FPS, RPG, MMO, RTS, MOBA or any other genre, precise key response, customizable backlighting, and programmable macro keys all help give you an advantage over the competition.
The S.T.R.I.K.E.3 is a non mechanical, membrane based keyboard that is available in black, red and white trim. Stay tuned to TweakTown for a hands on later this week when we stop in for a visit at Mad Catz booth at E3. Leave a comment and let us know what you think about all of Mad Catz new products we have seen at E3 2013.
Computex Taipei 2013 - For our last day at Computex 2013, we decided to take a look at some of the wares that gaming peripheral maker Epic Gear had on show. There's not much to talk about, so let's gush over the pictures, shall we?
They are continuing to make great looking products, and I'm really in love with their new keyboard. Their mouse lineup continues to impress, with those mouse cords look especially attractive.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped off at the Thermaltake booth today at Computex to check out a few of their new products, the first of which was their new mechanical gaming keyboard, the Poseidon.
Tt eSports' work in the Poseidon is shown in virtually all areas, with the Poseidon featuring Cherry MX Blue switches, the Windows key can be disabled for gaming, and a beautiful dynamic pulse-break backlight system that has four levels of adjustable brightness, and N-key rollover support. There's a nice cable track on the rear of the Poseidon where you can hide your cable instead of having it snaking across your desk.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports shows off a multi-button laser gaming mouse dubbed VOLOS. This mouse is targeted at the MMORPG and MOBA gaming demographics and features a 14-button layout.
The VOLOS incorporates high-quality OMRON gaming switches which give the device up to 5 million clicks before possible failure. Its powerful laser engine is capable of resolutions up to 8200 DPI thanks to the AVAGO Sensor which is compatible with most surfaces.
The built-in 4Mb memory module allows the storage of up to 140 macro keys within 10 gaming profiles. Additionally, the built-in chassis lighting is capable of displaying up to 16.8 million color options.
The VOLOS features six buttons on the left-hand side, which include traditional colored XYAB buttons you would normally find on a gaming controller, as well as two A/B buttons located near the back for additional control. The left-hand side also features a triad of buttons for even more macro button combinations.
Tt eSports says that the VOLOS retails for an MSRP of $79.99 and is available at major online retailers.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports is showing off its THERON infrared gaming mouse this week at Computex 2013, The mouse is targeted at RTS and FPS gamers who want a basic five button mouse with which to implement their fragging skills.
The THERON infrared gaming mouse features an advanced infrared optical sensor which is capable of 4000 DPI resolution for impeccable precision. The mouse also includes a function lock button that disables the side buttons to prevent any mishaps while gaming.
The ability to store up to 40 macro keys within five game profiles is a really nice feature as is the high-quality OMRON button switches that are durable up to 5 million clicks. The THERON Infrared implements a five weight system that allows the gamer to adjust the feel of the mouse to fit their style of gaming.
Tt eSports says the THERON Infrared retails for an MSRP of $59.99.