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Valve won't be releasing its Steam Controller until next year, but there is a new version of Valve's peripheral floating around. The new Steam Controller now includes an analog stick on the left-hand side of the controller.
The new analog stick replaces a series of four directional buttons, with the new controller still continuing its duo of welcomed circular track pads, four lettered buttons, bumpers and triggers, and more. What do you think of Valve's latest prototype of the Steam Controller? I'm welcoming the analog stick, as long as those two circular track pads don't disappear anytime soon.
Peripheral maker Razer introduced the Atrox Arcade Stick aimed for the Microsoft Xbox One, providing a customizable unit for console gamers. Designed specifically for tournament-grade gaming, the controller has eight Sanwa Denshi buttons, and an ergonomic authentic arcade layout.
The artwork can also be modified because the top plate is interchangeable. Razer also is throwing in a screwdriver to make modding even easier, so owners won't need to scramble to find the right sized tools to make changes. The Xbox One Atrox Arcade Stick will be released worldwide in August with a $199.99.
"We designed the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox One on the same principes that made the Razer Atrox for Xbox 360 so popular amongst the fighting gaming community," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, in a press statement. "Professional gaming is growing rapidly into a global phenomenon, and gear like the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox One will help fighting players everywhere dominate the opposition in style, match after match."
Computex 2014 - Cementing themselves in the video card market and creating a name for themselves in the power supply market; EVGA now have their eye on the gaming peripheral market with the release of a mouse.
The Torq X10 Carbon was initially shown off at CES and it's taken almost 6 months for EVGA to finally bring the product to market. With a sleek software suite, though, and a great look and feel there's no denying that EVGA are ready to enter the gaming peripheral market with force. The new Torq X10 Carbon is a serious looking mouse with all buttons being customizable and LED lighting that can change color.
Along with the Torq X10 Carbon, though, we got a chance to check out a very early version of a full mechanical keyboard the company is working on. Sporting media keys, macros and an LCD screen across the top; the yet to be named keyboard is still a while away. It's clear that EVGA want to shake up the peripheral market; and with these products it's more then possible.
Computex 2014 - Heading over to the Func suite at the Grand Hyatt we got a chance to look at the new MS-2 mouse that was being shown off. If you're not a huge fan of the wide MS-32 the new MS-2 may be a better fit for you as it sits comfortable in our hand.
Coming with it a 3090 LED Optical Sensor along with onboard memory storing for 3 profiles, Instant Aim and a Unique T +4 thumbzone button placement; the new MS-2 is sure to be a perfect fit for gamers. With a great overall look and feel the MS-2 is set to hit at a strong price point that will no doubt be an attractive option for people wanting a quality product.
Computex 2014 - Corsair didn't just show off its new DDR4 RAM tonight, but also the incredibly sexy K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Corsair Mechanical Gaming keyboard is a 100% Cherry MX RGB mechanical keyboard, which features multicolor per-key backlighting "for virtually unlimited game customization".
Most gamers were looking forward to Valve's interesting take on gaming controllers with the Steam Controller, but the company has just announced that it has delayed the Steam Controller release window to 2015.
Valve's Eric Hope also gave an update on Steam Machine hardware, where he said: "We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014".
We've all been waiting patiently for Windows support of Microsoft's Xbox One controller, but that day is reportedly coming "very soon" according to Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the Director of Xbox.
When responding to a post wondering about the availability of drivers, Major Nelson said: "Soon. Very Soon". We knew support for the PC was coming, but considering the software giant spent over $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, one would think that PC support wouldn't cost that much in development time, right?
This morning Thermaltake and Tt eSPORTS released its new all aluminum Draconem mouse pad. Thermaltake says that the Draconem is a premium aluminum mousepad built for serious gamers who need an edge over the competition. The Draconem is one of the largest aluminum mousepads on the market at 300mm x 300mm and features a dual-surface design that allows for some restriction as well as a free floating uber-smooth surface when needed.
I got to spend some time with the Draconem in Las Vegas during CES 2014, and have to say that this 2mm thick mousepad was one of the most solid and smooth-feeling gaming surfaces I have ever used. The Extreme Precision surface is just a little more controlled than my current mousepad, but the Effortless Glide surface literally made the mouse feel like it was floating on air. Tt eSPORTS says the Draconem will retail for $39.99 and is available today.
Microsoft is working on a Kinect-style keyboard that can track your hand gestures. This is done by using a low-resolution proximity sensors that are embedded between the keys on the keyboard.
The prototype has 64 sensors. The sensors are good enough to detect and recognize common hand gestures, such as hovering, swiping, pinching to zoom in and out, and tapping in the air. This keyboard prototype was presented in the Computer Human Interaction conference held in Toronto, Canada.
Stuart Taylor, a Microsoft senior research engineer said,"The main goal is for users to be able to keep their hands-on or very close to the keyboard while typing and using input gestures." He continued,"What we've found is that for some of the more complicated keyboard shortcut combinations, performing gestures seems to be a lot less overhead for the user."
Logitech has announced a new keyboard cover for the iPad that is an updated version of the keyboard cover unveiled in February 2013. The keyboard cover is called the Logitech Ultrathin and it is offered for the iPad air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina tablets.
Logitech updated the keyboard with a new multi angle slot that lets the user adjust the angle of the tablet screen to whatever is most comfortable for their use. The design of the keyboard is also thinner at 6.4 mm thick. Logitech doesn't give a specific weight, but says the keyboard cover is about 2/3 of the weight of the tablet itself.