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Valve is constantly tinkering with its still unreleased Steam Controller, but the latest design shown off sports a directional pad. This is joined by traditional face buttons, and an analog thumbstick.
The new image, something that was found by Game Informer in the latest Steam Client beta, shows off a d-pad on the new Steam Controller. The directional pad replaces the left-side haptic touchpad, but unfortunately this isn't the final design so we don't know if we'll receive a d-pad on the Steam Controller when it's released next year. Boo.
For those of you who are regular PC Master Race or Mechanical Keyboards browsers on these specific subreddits, there's no doubt you're heard lots about what Das Keyboard has to offer in terms of style, structure, reliability and feel.
We gave the Das Keyboard Model S professional a massive "Must Have Editors Choice Award" alongside a stellar 95% rating. Thanks to the holiday period, Das Keyboard are offering a $20 saving on this exact board or its bigger brother - The Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate.
Providing to you a two-port USB hub design, full n-key rollover (with included PS2 adapter), gold-plated mechanical key switches and a so-called 'unmatched typing experience', this premium price and premium quality keyboard skips out on the fancy bells and whistles seen with other regular offerings - rather spending its R&D and funding into providing a solid architecture and sturdy design.
Mad Catz has announced is is creating a custom Saitek-branded farm control for the most dedicated players of Giants Software's Farming Simulator. Yes, there's a farming simulator, and there are controls coming out for it.
Mad Catz's Saitek team are working on a wheel that is tilted upwards, with a high degree of rotation, with the handy little knob at the bottom - just like the real-life farming machines have. Saitek is also reportedly working on a custom side panel with a front loader control stick, and other buttons and switches that is sure to make the Farming Simulator experience that much more real.
The new controls for Farming Simulator are due out sometime in the pre-holiday 2015 season, and will work with Farming Simulator 2014, 2015 and all future releases.
If you're still on the hunt for Christmas presents, ASTRO have just issued a newsletter email that will get the young console or PC player in your family extremely excited. They're offering up to 25% off some gaming bundles, tailored towards Xbox One, PS4 and PC platforms.
The ASTRO Xbox One: Legendary pack comes with their Xbox One edition A50 headset, an accompanying headset case, a scout backpack and a 5 panel hat. Their PS4 offering comes with all of the same goodies, but an ASTRO edition A50 is supplied, followed up by their PC: Legendary pack which comes with an ASTRO edition A50, a BETA USB Tx (transmitter), a headset case, mission bag and 5 panel hat.
In regular fashion, Razer have announced yet another product that we can barely pronounce - a professional grade microphone named the Seirēn. As just published on CEO Min-Liang Tan's Facebook page, this product is quoted to have been designed by working "closely with some of the top streamers and Youtubers".
This news comes linked with Razer's announcement of sponsorship for upcoming streamers and YouTube personalities in a bid to add to their already large list including hits such as PewDiePie and Swifty.
If you're a regular watcher of Razer sponsored streamers, it's likely you've already heard the Seirēn. It's claimed that this device has been used by sponsored streamers over the past few months - reportedly being hid behind a black card to hide it's identity.
If you're looking for something a little more stylish for the office, Rapoo have set out to provide you with a solution. Their new 8000 mouse and keyboard set are designed as a minimalist peripheral solution, seeing simple and effective styling all wrapped up in their low $19.99 retail price.
Coffee drinkers rejoice - the keyboard on offer is spill-resistant alongside running on a 2.4 GHz wireless connection, this board can be used up to a length of 10 meters away from the source device. Also providing 360 degree coverage, the keyboard offers customizable media keys, making it a possibility for your home entertainment system also.
Mionix has taken to Kickstarter to fund its new gaming mouse, the NAOS QG, or the new NAOS Quantified Gaming mouse. Mionix's new NAOS QG is the first mouse of its kind to track all sorts of information on you, as it has built-in sensors that are always keeping a track on your movements, on the mouse pad, and off of it.
The NAOS QG "tracks your heart rate, galvanic skin response and actions per minute" the company explains on its Kickstarter page, with the information being displayed on your screen through a transparent overlay. Gamers can then use the "NAOS QG can even share and compare their QG stats with teammates, friends and the community. This opens a new dimension to how games are played, shared and professionally broadcasted".
You can track your stress levels in real-time, measure your body reaction times, and keep track of your changes, and goals all within the software that Mionix has created for the new NAOS QG. You can pledge $79 for the NAOS QG, which is $50 off of the RRP of $129. At the time of writing, Mionix had secured itself $12,046 of the required $100,000 funding goal.
SteelSeries has teamed up with eSports team Fnatic, launching a new range of gaming peripherals. The Fnatic Edition peripheral lineup includes the eSports' teams orange and black signature coloring, and logo.
The range includes a new special edition 9H Gaming Headset, Rival Optical Mouse, and Apex Keyboard. The owner of Fnatic, Sam Matthews, said: "The new Fnatic Edition products are something we're excited to be using in tournaments ourselves as well as bring to our fans; by purchasing these products they will directly support the team". SteelSeries' CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani, added: that the "talent, ambition and professionalism," of team Fnatic was a key to their success and that their branded products should reflect that".
Now, let's get to the hardware. The APEX Fnatic Edition Keyboard features customizable 16-million color illumination, and low profile keys. Anti-ghosting makes the cut, and is present on the "20 most commonly used keys", with an additional six multimedia keys and a possible 88 (four layers) programmable keys. It also features an integrated USB hub, with a 2m long braided USB cable.
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.
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".
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.
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.