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A source close to CVG are claiming some huge news from Sony's research and development department that they've been busy playing with more than one controller design for the next-generation console from Sony. We should expect it to launch as the PlayStation 4, but things can still change before release and we could see it released as simply "PlayStation" - something I believe has some weight to it.
These controller designs are said to be including an LCD touchscreen, as well as biometric sensors on its grips. Biometric technology on console controllers would be interesting, as it is capable of reading data from a gamer's body, which includes gamers' heart rates, temperatures and more.
This information isn't just a huge leaked rumor, as sources from Eurogamer are mirroring the same info, stating that Sony have been testing a PS4 controller with a touchscreen and biometrics functionality for at least six months, in which the designs reportedly change every month. This would be a huge departure from the DualShock controller which was introduced with the original PlayStation in 1997, and we've seen an iteration of the DualShock controller with every new PlayStation.
CES 2013 - The company that brought us the unusual but awesome R.A.T. gaming mouse has debuted two new fully adjustable mice that feature low-power Bluetooth connectivity.
Both of the new mice are based off of the popular R.A.T. design and feature a myriad of buttons. The R.A.T.M. takes the concept of a highly precise adjustable DPI laser (up to 6400) gaming mouse and makes it portable by utilizing Bluetooth technology. The R.A.T.M is designed for use with gaming laptops and is smaller than traditional gaming mice, yet retains all of the adjustability of the R.A.T. design.
Up next we have the M.O.U.S, which is a more relaxed design but still retains that R.A.T. feel. Designed for the every day user, the M.O.U.S features a lower resolution sensor that works exceptionally well on glass and other reflective surfaces. Horizontal scrolling is included and the more tame device retains the Bluetoot connectivity of its more precise brother. Both devices will go on sale at a price point of $129.00 sometime early this year.
CES 2013 - Last year was a big hit for ROCCAT as they brought forth the ISKU. In that design, the keyboard allowed unheard of control with the cross-talk features and T-keys that bring your thumbs some more action other than just pounding away at the space bar. While the ISKU was based on rubber dome switches, and the only reason I didn't keep my ISKU longer, things are now changing as ROCCAT ups the ante.
This time with the new Ryos, not only is ROCCAT finally entering the mechanical switch game, this board is to be offered with red, blue, black, and brown Cherry MX switches for the perfect fit to any user, they didn't just stop with that. As you will see in the attached video, this board boasts the most intense lighting scheme I have ever seen in a keyboard along with all of the things that already make ROCCAT a player in the keyboard market.
As I sat and watched this demo in the CES suite, I had to pick up my chin a couple of times, so be sure to back away from the desk as not to hurt yourself, you have been warned of its awesomeness.
CES 2013 - I started my morning with a trip to the Thermaltake suite, and since it is very much a part of my segment, I was immediately attracted to the new peripherals setting against a couple of walls in the room. While it is always good to see a good product that has already made a great name for itself gets revised, it is much better to see something new. Two of the products you are about to see are slight rehashes of older products, but one new peripheral is a mix of Thermaltake and an Xbox controller!
Starting off whit the White Ra inspired design, the Saphira optical sensor based mice are getting new clothes. As you can see, this is a product that has been around for a bit, but now is dressed in seven new colors. So while you may not have enjoyed the look of the original design, Thermaltake is now delivering the Saphira in anything from olive drab and digital camouflage to five solid colors that should allow for users to buy mice to match system colorations.
CES 2013 - For those that weren't aware, a few weeks ago I was given the golden unicorn of keyboard from CoolerMaster, the Trigger with Cherry MX Green switches, and to keep my response short without giving away too much of the review that is soon to hit TweakTown's front page, let's just say I am very impressed and even so much that I have now given away the Matias Tactile Pro 3 that used to be what I would say is the best keyboard I have had, until I got the Trigger that is!
CES 2013 - Corsair are unstoppable today, announcing the next-generation of their awesome Vengeance lineup of gaming peripherals. Not only that, but current owners of the Vengeance 2000 wireless gaming headset will receive an upcoming free software update which will give them Dolby Headphone 2.0 7.1-channel surround sound support - not bad for free, eh?
CES 2013 - Corsair have burst out of the CES 2013 gate in Las Vegas with the announcement of the Raptor line of gaming peripherals. The Raptor line will sit side-by-side with the current Vengeance line of products and offer gamers a larger choice of gaming goodies to choose from.
Back in August 2012, Corsair acquired Raptor Gaming in Germany, and along with the acquisition comes the Raptor gaming peripherals. Corsair's Raptor line of peripherals are designed with "conventional materials and are priced to hit a wider variety of retailer price points". Ruben Mookerjee, Vice President and General Manager of the Peripherals Business Unit at Corsair has said:
Together, our Corsair Raptor and Corsair Vengeance series provide gamers with a diverse arsenal of gaming peripherals to choose from. And an increasing number of local and online retail locations where they can purchase them.
SteelSeries unveil the world's fastest gaming keyboards - introducing the SteelSeries Apex and Apex RAW
CES 2013 - SteelSeries start off with a sprint this morning, unveiling the "world's fastest gaming keyboards" otherwise known as the SteelSeries Apex and Apex RAW. Both of these keyboards sport "unique enhancements" to the keyboards layout from low-profile keys, specifically designed raised macros rows for quick access, as well as various customizations in terms of colors and intensity on the keyboard itself.
Where the world's fastest gaming keyboard term comes into play is in the SteelSeries ActiveZone, which is a combination of programmability as well as visual support to navigate the keys better.
The Apex keyboard is the higher-end of the two, sports the aforementioned SteelSeries ActiveZone which gives an insane amount of customization functions available to the user. Up to 8 levels of illumination intensity in each of its 5 zones, with up to 4 different customizable layers per zone.
Tobii, the company behind the eye-tracking Gaze Technology has just announced an eye tracking kit that you can use on any existing Windows 8 PC.
Called the Tobii Rex, the stick like device mounts under your screen and connects to your PC via a USB port. The company says that you will use it along side existing peripherals like your mouse and keyboard. The Rex is designed to augment your input devices rather than replace them.
Most of us will not have the pleasure of using a Tobii Rex anytime soon though. The company is only producing a mere 5,000 of the eye tracking devices which will sell for a whopping $995 each.
Crowdfunded charging station POP looks to be back after a while out of the spotlight, now that Apple have changed their accessory guidelines. The company behind POP have confirmed they are now heading into production.
Edison Junior CEO, Jamie Simonoff, took to the POP Kickstarter page where he said "based on Apple's change we can make POP the way we had promised and the project is back on". The CEO promised another updated post to come soon, which will spill the detailed on estimated shipping dates which we should find out about in the next week or so.
The POP's problems all started with it wanting to be a truly all-in-one device that could charge devices through USB, Lightning, and Apple's now legacy 30-pin adapter. But, the guidelines for Apple's MFi program prevented the use of Lightning and 30-pin connectors on the same product.