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Microsoft went through over 200 prototypes for the Xbox One controller

Last year it was revealed that Microsoft spent some $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, but it's only now that we're finding out that the company went through 200 prototypes before landing on the final design.

 

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During an interview with MCV, Design Lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into the final Xbox One and controller design, which took over three years. He said that Microsoft spent over 500 hours testing the controller, with over 1,100 different consumers. He said: "Nobody says anything about the little things on the hardware. If somebody is using the controller and after 30 minutes is saying 'my hands are starting to hurt.' then that's a fail. But if after 30 minutes all they're thinking about is the game, then we're doing OK".

 

Ledbetter compared the work on the controller and console itself, to the design of an expensive sports car "and then you opened the door and the handle felt a little strange". He continued, adding that Microsoft had learned from previous mistakes, adding "An example of something we got wrong was the first Xbox controller. It worked, but it wasn't the right size for people".

Tesoro stops off Down Under with its gaming hardware at PAX AU 2014

PAX AU 2014 - After falling in love with the Kuven Devil A1 headset, I had to stop by and say hello to the good people at Tesoro while I was at PAX Australia 2014 to check out the rest of their gear.

 

 

They had quite a spacious place on the show floor, showing off their range of gaming peripherals, ranging from gaming keyboards, to mice and headsets. We took a walk around the place checking it all out in the video above, while we have individual pictures available below.

 

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Here we have the Durandal Ultimate keyboard, with 'G mode' or 5 instant profile keys, full Cherry MX Key Switches, 128KB of on-board memory, and a detachable comfortable palm rest.

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Corsair Gaming shows off a slew of gaming goods at PAX Australia 2014

PAX AU 2014 - I'm used to seeing Corsair at events like Computex, but with the company spinning off its gaming division into its own entity, known as Corsair Gaming, the company can now better show off its gaming products at events such as PAX Australia.

 

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Corsair Gaming had a great section to its self at PAX AU, showing off its new gaming mouse, its various keyboards, headsets and more. The star of the show has to be the new Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mouse, which is a new super-light, great-looking gaming mouse.

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Tt eSports goes black and red for PAX AU 2014

PAX AU 2014 - Tt eSports was one of the first companies we stopped by at PAX AU this year, with the company showing off the usual slew of gaming peripherals, power supplies, cooling products, LUXA2 devices and more.

 

 

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The company had a delicious custom-built PC on show, powered by MSI's Radeon R9 290X Lightning Edition GPU, and more. The entire Tt eSports booth was styled in the beautiful black and red scheme, with the always happy to see you Chris Smith showing us what they had on offer. The custom PC was definitely a sight to behold, with some competitive gaming going on at the Tt eSports booth at PAX AU 2014 - with people jumping in, and jumping off the PCs battling each other.

 

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The other PC, with a really slick color scheme.

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Rapoo launches the KX Mechanical Keyboard with vibration feedback

Peripheral and audio maker Rapoo has launched the wireless KX Mechanical Keyboard, providing vibration feedback so users have a better typing experience. The keyboard uses a 5GHz connection and has a range up to 32 feet, with a standby time of 40 hours. Rapoo also included a Dual-Mode so a micro-USB cable can be plugged into the keyboard - making it possible to recharge the keyboard while it's still in use.

 

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The KX includes three different lighting levels, allowing an enhanced computing typing experience depending on time of day and ambient light. The Rapoo KX Mechanical Keyboard is available now in black and white for $79.99 MSRP, with red, yellow and blue versions of the keyboard available in 2015.

 

Mechanical keyboards have become increasingly popular among PC gamers, but have migrated to traditional keyboards for regular PC users.

ROCCAT begins shipping its Tyon gaming mouse

ROCCAT has announced that it is shipping its new Tyon gaming mouse, which features a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons, and 31 distinct functions. ROCCAT has made its new Tyon gaming mouse available at Best Buy, too.

 

 

All of those buttons and functions allows ROCCAT's Tyon to be an "efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more". René Korte, Founder and CEO of ROCCAT said: "Today's games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space. The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take gaming to the next level".

 

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ROCCAT's new Tyon gaming mouse features a two-click button which is placed between the mouse wheel, providing a comfortable mid-finger action, known as the Dorsal Fin. Tyon features 576KB of on-board memory to save all of your settings and macros, an 8200DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor that ensures you get your target, and programmable dual lighting RGBY illumination for both the lower rim and wheel of the Tyon.

 

ROCCAT's Tyon is available online and at Best Buy right now for $99.99.

Corsair announces Corsair Gaming, a new division for PC hardware

Corsair, mostly known for its rock solid power supplies, RAM and coolers, has announced a new division of the company: Corsair Gaming. Corsair Gaming has one goal in mind: "the elevation of PC gaming and the development of high-performance PC peripherals".

 

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Andy Paul, President and CEO of Corsair explains it best: "For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play. We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play". But what's the good of a new division, without a slew of new products?

 

Starting with the new Gaming RGB Keyboards, Corsair has three new button-mashing devices ready for disposal. The K95 RGB, K70 RGB and K65 RGB. The new RGB Gaming Keyboards all feature color-customizable designs, with 16.8 million color backlighting, are the "headliners of the Corsair Gaming brand". All three of the new keyboards feature German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical keys, which is an exclusive-to-launch partnership with Cherry.

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Logitech launches the G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Logitech has just unveiled something it is calling the 'most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard in the world' with its new G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This new keyboard features Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, something that offers "25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination".

 

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The new Orion Spark features the Romer-G mechanical switches, something that can't be found on any other keyboard, with an actuation point of 1.5mm, the "Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches". Logitech has improved the durability of these keys, too, which are capable of up to 70 million keystrokes, which is around 40% longer than competing keyboards. This allows gamers to bash down on those keys millions of times, without worrying about wearing them down quick.

 

Logitech has built-in some nifty lighting into each and every key on the G910 Orion Spark, with every key capable of being individually customized from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The lighting "is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated". There's a new application available from Logitech G, something that works with LGS to "enable delivery of a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls". Not only that, but there are also nine programmable buttons, which can be used for anything from easy access to certain applications, or complex commands.

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Microsoft unveils an Xbox controller made specifically for Windows

For what has felt like forever, gamers have wanted the Xbox controller made available for Windows, and now that day has come. Microsoft has unveiled an Xbox controller made specifically for Windows, as well as a few other peripherals, with a new mouse and keyboard that will work on virtually any tablet on the market, including an iPad.

 

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The new Xbox controller for Windows is different to the one console gamers know and love, with a USB cable tethering it to your PC. The new Xbox controller, while made for Windows, still works on the Xbox. The new controller sports infrared LEDs that can be picked up by the Kinect, working with other Xbox hardware such as the Charge Kit and Chat Headset.

 

Microsoft has made its new Xbox controller for Windows compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, requires a single USB port, and is priced at $59.95. Microsoft will make the new Xbox controller available to all in November.

Logitech's new keyboard works on three devices at once

Logitech has just unveiled its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, which is capable of working on virtually any OS, better yet, it works on three devices at once. Thanks to the new Easy-Switch dial, you can switch between your devices very easily, and very quickly.

 

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The new K480 can also connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, whether its Windows, Mac, Chrome OS or even mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. Charlotte Johs, the global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech explains: "Typing needs have evolved and consumers are computing and texting across multiple screens, often using two or three different operating systems. The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 makes it simple for people to work, create or communicate quickly and comfortably, no matter what computing device or platform they are using."

 

Logitech will be making its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 later this month in the US and Europe, with a price of just $49.99.

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