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NVIDIA together with Nyko have announced that they are working together on a new gaming controller for Android-based devices. There will be two devices released, the normal version called "PlayPad", and a larger version dubbed "PlayPad Pro", both controllers will arrive in fall 2012.
The PlayPad's will come in a range of colors, as shown in the picture above, and sport dual analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons as well as dual shoulder buttons on both sides. There'll also be a stand made available for tablets that ships with each PlayPad. The PlayPad's connect with your Android-based device through Bluetooth, where you'll be able to sync it using the free app "Playground", which will also double as an app where you can customize the control schemes.
The PlayPad's will work best with Tegra-optimized games such as Dead Trigger, and Max Payne, but support for other titles will be included. There is a software required for the PlayPad controllers, where you'll need Android 3.0 or higher in order to use the PlayPad.
Microsoft will release Windows 8 on October 26, and have today unveiled a bunch of accessories that are designed to work with the new operating system. Microsoft unveiled five new products which are made up from two Bluetooth-enabled keyboards, and three wireless mice. All of the accessories will be made available from Microsoft's online store, as well as the usual retailers, and will be priced from $49.95 to $79.95.
First up there's the Wedge Mobile Keyboard. It's a stylish Bluetooth keyboard that has been made specifically for tablet use, sporting a slim design with Win 8 hot keys for quick access to search, device settings, and more. It includes a protective that can be folded at different angles, so that you can use it as a stand for your tablet. If it's placed over the keyboard, it will power down the Windows 8-based device in order to save battery. The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard will be priced at $79.95.
Razer, a company known for producing high quality gaming peripherals and laptops, has released a new, adjustable mouse. Designed to be ambidextrous, Razer's engineers studied hands and found out that everyone holds a mouse slightly different due to variations in hand shape and size. Of course, it comes with an equally impressive price tag.
The fully adjustable mouse features an 8,200DPI sensor and looks pretty darn cool. The mouse features three different adjustments: the palm rest can be raised by 0.9", the back tilt can be adjusted, and there are two side panels included to accommodate "claw, palm or hybrid grip styles." The cost? $129.99.
Furthermore, the new Ouroboros mouse is wireless and powered by a single AA battery. The latency in the wireless is purported to be a tiny 1 ms. Razer claims that the battery will last for 12 hours of continuous "drag-free, lag-less play." The mouse has many other features and will be available in stores starting next quarter.
Sharkoon has released a new gaming keyboard at CeBIT at an affordable price. I'm always amazed at the prices charged by some companies for gaming keyboards as I figure there is no way it can be that much better. This new gaming keyboard, the Skiller, features 18-key rollover, interchangeable WASD and cursor keys, and software for creating up to ten keyboard profiles.
With all those features, you'll be surprised to learn that it comes with an MSRP of only 14.99 euros, which works out to about $20 USD, give or take 0.25. The keyboard features a stunning visual design that includes a striking geometric design and a blue illuminated Skiller logo in the palm rest.
The company explains the features and how it is customizable: "With its programmable keys and profile memory, the Skiller is an extremely versatile companion that quickly adjusts to all changing areas of operation: Through the enclosed software all standard keys can be assigned frequently used individual functions or macros. The configuration supports the creation of up to ten profiles, each with three sub-levels. This allows an optimal keyboard layout for a variety of different applications and gaming environments to be created with only a little bit of effort."
Have you finally mastered the 2-4 buttons of a traditional mouse and want something harder? How about 20. Logitech's new gaming mouse designed for MMO gaming has 20 different buttons that can be customized to your preference. The customization requires no special drivers, so you can plug the mouse in and start customizing!
The mouse features twelve thumb buttons that have been meticulously placed on a thumb panel. They are arranged into two groups of six so that it is easier to find the button you want without having to look. The mouse also features profile and DPI switching so that another player can walk up and pick his or her settings.
The thumb panel has full illumination that can be changed to your every whim. The panel can reproduce around 16 million different colors, so you can be sure that there is a color that you will like. The mouse retails for $79.99 and is currently out-of-stock and on back order. You can purchase it directly from Logitech now and they will ship when it becomes available.
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Remember the free-to-play mech game Hawken? Well, after seeing the MEK-FU controller you won't... the USB-based controller was unveiled at E3 last week and is designed by new accessory company RIPLEIGH. CEO of RIPLEIGH, Chen Yisheng has told Destructoid that his team did a lot of research in order to get to the MEK-FU, going as far as having a guy on the team that used to drive tanks in the military.
MEK-FU sports two joysticks, lots of buttons, flip switches, and is fully programmable. There's even a full keyboard on the thing! The MEK-FU is also capable of taking a mobile or tablet device that acts as a secondary display, or the main screen, that works with Hawken thanks to the Gaiki streaming partnership.
Hawken drops in December and the MEK-FU should hopefully arrive soon after. How much would you want to pay for this controller? I'm loving the idea of using a smart device such as a tablet as a secondary display, I've been waiting for a game developer to do this since the iPad was released.
Computex 2012 - Ozone Gaming's booth at Computex was a great spot to check out, where they had a bunch of wares to show off. One of the things that caught my eye was their Ozone BLADE. BLADE is a membrane keyboard with a bunch of multimedia-based buttons and a very nice design.
As you can see in the above image, it has two grooves where your thumbs would sit on the space bar. The keyboard felt great to type on and would be great on your desk to game on. Filling the specs out of BLADE we find it is a backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness levels, 4 multimedia keys and macro functions so you can customize the keyboard to your specific needs.
Something else that we spotted was Ozone Gaming's gaming backpack, standing out from the crowd it has an external audio port, removable disk sleeve and lockable zippers... yes, lockable! It also has the usual black and red style from Ozone Gaming, and would look good on your back with your gaming gear inside.
If you don't have a laptop, some sort of card reader is often needed to read memory cards. These usually come in the form of a USB adapter which are easily lost. Thankfully NZXT has just launched a new card reader which fits into a 5.25" drive bay. The new reader features a mesh design so it should be at home in most cases.
"NZXT's new Aperture series brings PC expansion to a new level with high performance multi-media hubs" said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. "Boasting support for breakthrough technologies like USB 3.0 and SDXC, Aperture M puts a wide array of multimedia options right at your fingertips."
The card reader is the latest piece of hardware in the new Aperture line of products. Aptly named the Aperture M, it matches the rest of the Aperture line. The Aperture M supports reading from CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and MSD and only costs $34.99. The card reader is available directly from NZXT at their web store.
Microsoft have announced that they've released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. They've also announced that Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
As of next month, Kinect for Windows hardware will arrive in 15 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Once this is done, Microsoft will have Kinect for Windows available in 31 countries around the world. The company have also added more capabilities to Kinect that help developers build amazing applications:
- Kinect Studio, our new tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application. Now a developer writing a Kinect for Windows application can record clips of users in the application's target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for testing and further development.
- A set of Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) to guide developers on best practices for the creation of Natural User Interfaces using Kinect.
- The Face Tracking SDK, which provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features-tracking the head position, location of eyebrows, shape of the mouth, etc.