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It wasn't too long ago that we talked about the $350 custom HOTAS controller for Star Citizen, something the developer worked very closely on with peripherals maker Saitek. Well, the first controllers are about to go on sale.
Roberts Space Industries has revealed that the first model of its custom flight sticks would go up for preorder next month, and it will feature a modular design. The throttle and stick will feature integrated trackballs, and it'll be compatible with a matching ten-keyless keyboard and a separate keypad that will sport an interactive OLED display.
Carl Jones, Robert Space Industries' COO, explains: "The idea is that you can split it apart and combine it with other devices". The idea behind this is that gamers will be able to play Star Citizen with a joystick and keyboard, a joystick and throttle, two joysticks, or any combination of the custom controllers.
The system is called Atom, and will be based loosely on the Mad Catz STRIKE 7. Replacing the Cherry mechanical switches, the Atom will sport a "specially engineered membrane which mimics the tactile feel generated by the mechanical keys ... without the resultant excessive noise". The Atom goes on sale on December 16, with the stick and throttle to cost $149.99, while the keyboard will sell for $199.99. The first 2000 units will be signed by Chris Roberts himself.
You'll come to notice that Func.net now just links directly to Fnatic's main website in what seems to be a company buy out situation.
In addition, Fnatic has now launched it's 'Fnatic Gear' campaign on Kickstarter, promising users a small range of Fnatic-made and tested eSports peripherals.
With this large gaming team being in partnership with SteelSeries for quite some time, it seems that this relationship may have now come to an end. The new range of products on offer Fnatic include its FLICK gaming mouse, the RUSH G1 Cherry MX mechanical keyboard and the FOCUS F1 and BOOST G1 gaming mousepads.
The release of some of the biggest games for the Xbox One being released recently, with Halo 5 last week and Fallout 4 ready to drop. But where's that awesome $150 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller? Well, it's sold out virtually everywhere.
Microsoft released the controller alongside Halo 5: Guardians on October 27, but quickly selling out, leaving Microsoft to say it was "thrilled at the amount of interest" and that it "[looked] forward to replenishing inventory in time for the holidays". It looks like the Xbox One Elite Controller won't be available until later this month, sometime around Black Friday, with a Microsoft rep adding that the controller is "sold out in many retailers around the world". The company added: "We expect more units to arrive at retailers each week but supply may be limited through November".
Corsair has just unveiled its latest peripheral, the Katar gaming mouse. Corsair's latest product is a new competitive gaming mouse for huge eSports titles like CS:GO and League of Legends.
The new Corsair Katar has been created "with the help of top pro-gaming teams around the world" and even goes as far as including a "pro player mode" which lets you "get up to speed with preconfigured performance and tuning settings customized by the world's top players". The Katar has an 8000 DPI optical sensor, a 'zero lag interface' with the Katar polling at 1000Hz, and more. Corsair will be selling the new Katar gaming mouse with an MSRP of just $39.99.
The company also unveiled its new MM300 mouse pad, in three sizes: small, medium and extended. The new Corsair MM300 includes a "Textile-weave surface designed for pixel-precise targeting and low friction tracking" and "Surrounded stitched edges guard against surface peeling". The MSRP on the new Corsair MM300 mouse pads are as follows: Small for $14.99, Medium for $19.99, and Extended for $29.99.
Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows is being shipped out to most retailers around the world starting today, so you should be able to grab one at your local electronic store or game shop now or sometime this week.
The adapter lets you use your Xbox One controller with PC games wirelessly, and that includes on Windows 10 devices. It supports up to eight controllers, and up to four chat headsets or two stereo headsets.
It'll run you $24.99, or $79.95 when bundled with the Xbox One controller.
If there's one thing that's going to impress Star Citizen fans out there, it's the custom HOTAS systems from Saitek. The UK-based flight stick manufacturer is now showing off the latest designs it has been working on, which you can check out below.
Saitek is working on an entire suite of hands-on, throttle and stick (HOTAS) peripherals that will be customizable. Roberts Space Industries Chief Operating Officer Carl Jones explains: "The idea is that you can split it apart and combine it with other devices". Star Citizen players will be able to fly around with the joystick and keyboard, a joystick and throttle, two joysticks, or an insane combination of custom-made, Star Citizen branded hardware.
The peripherals maker was teasing the custom Star Citizen hardware at CitizenCon over the weekend, which it had behind a glass cabinet so no dirty mits could touch it. Polygon reports that it "looks a lot like the current Thrustmaster T-Series HOTAS, with an attached throttle to the left of the flight stick". The gaming outfit added that the "Saitek model seems to borrow heavily from the existing X52 frame, with the adjustable grip height, locking Z-axis and similar button configuration. But, if you look closely, they've actually added a trackball to the top of the stick - right where your thumb goes - as well as to the throttle".
Intel's Thunderbolt Senior Technical Marketing Manager Matt Vaughn shows off the potential of its new Thunderbolt 3 USB standard in the video below, straight from the Intel Developer Forum 2015. In it, we see Thunderbolt 3 as connected to an external graphics dock, both of which combine to power World of Tanks in 4K.
Thunderbolt 3 equipped devices aren't widely available now, but as Vaughan says, they will be by the end of the year.
Should you ever want to fry your own hardware or someone else's for some reason, Russian researcher "Dark Purple" has just the thing for you: a USB stick that does just that when inserted into any USB device.
Dubbed "USB Killer 2.0", the stick simply sends 220 volts of electricity through the stick, frying the device it's plugged into. No muss, no fuss.
Below you can see him bricking his Lenovo Thinkpad X60 (a motherboard replacement is on its way). Purple says it's "extremely unlikely" the hard drive is affected, so if you're a spy that may need to wipe his disk at any moment, this probably won't help you.
The Xbox One controller has been compatible with all recent versions of Windows for awhile now, but you needed a micro USB cable to connect. That's no longer the case soon, when you'll be able to purchase the new Xbox One Wireless Adapater, which boasts Windows 10 compatibility.
Those who used the Xbox 360 wireless adapter with Windows know how this goes: simply plug it into a USB port, hit the Xbox button on your controller, and away you go.
This is great news for PC gamers who want to game from the couch, and for Xbox One owners who want to stream their console games to a Windows 10 device (yep, that's an option).
The adapter will cost you $25 and launches October 20.
First we had Tt eSPORTS and its Challenger Pro keyboard sporting a cooling fan for sweaty gamers, followed by the Black Element Cyclone, featuring a fan connected directly to a gaming mouse. Now we have leveled up in the world of fans - introducing the EASARS Hellbenter mouse bungee, complete with a cooling apparatus of its own.
If you're really wanting to simulate a wind tunnel environment, combining the forces of these three products may just suit your sweaty nerd gamer needs, with a recently issued press release stating that this stylish bungee also comes packed with a USB 2.0 hub and what seems to be blue LED lighting.
This product has been released in unison with EASARS' new Spotter gaming mouse, you can read about both of these products here.