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Quite often overlooked, mousepads are essential to any gamers setup. Not only do they provide you with a steady surface to help keep (and build) your muscle memory as time goes by, they'll also prevent your mouse feet from wearing out quickly. As they're generally priced between $15-$40 and will last you around 18 months, there's no real excuse not to pick yourself one up.
Turtle Beach are throwing themselves into the PC market, with their last products announced being their new TRACTION and DRIFT mousepads. The TRACTION offering features a textured weave surface, an anti-slip rubber base and comes in various sizes - including Medium (270x220mm), Large (350x250mm), X-Large (450x350mm) and Wide (900x300mm). Expect this mousepad to set you back between $14.95 to $34.95 on their release later this year.
In yet another announcement, Turtle Beach are furthering their charge into the PC peripheral market - offering up two new GRIP mice for different styles of gaming. We've seen plenty of companies do this before and Turtle Beach are following suit - releasing one higher graded feature packed Laser mouse and its little brother optical offering.
For some reason Turtle Beach are really about the capital letters this coming spring. We've already written about their new IMPACT keyboard range, but what good it a mechanical keyboard without a top mouse to sit at its side?
Starting off with the big brother, Turtle Beach have released information on their new GRIP 500 mouse. Providing an Avago 9800 laser sensor and Omron switches, the 500 offers various illumination settings, seven programmable buttons and the ability to create up to 50 macros with up to 100 commands each. With all five profiles having the ability to be set to various color settings, this mouse stores all of the information on its on-board memory. Set for release later this year, the mouse will set you back $69.95.
Yep, you read it right. The brand famous for console headsets is now delving into the PC market - providing consumers with a Cherry MX Brown IMPACT 700 as their champion, among other gaming keyboards.
Featuring laser engraved key caps and adjustable red-only LED backlighting, this keyboard also has multiple illumination modes. As for more features, you can expect six n-key rollover, full anti-ghosting capabilities, a 3.5mm mic and audio jacks and two USB 2.0 ports that are said to support direct audio pass-through. This whole package will be listed for a MSRP of $195.95 when it comes out this spring.
They're also releasing an IMPACT 500 model, compatible with both PC and MAC. This tenkeyless keyboard features Cherry MX Blue switches, a metal reinforced chassis and a rather simplistic feel. This is the baby brother of the IMPACT 700 and will be released for $125.95 this spring.
CES 2015 - Mad Catz Interactive are once again providing the goods for the competitive gaming and eSports realms, putting up their new G.L.I.D.E mousepad for scrutiny.
Said to be optimized for both optical and laser mice, this surface is designed with FPS gamers in mind. By providing an extended surface size, those using low sensitivity can take refuge in the fact that they'll never slip off the end and miss their crucial headshots.
The G.L.I.D.E mousepad claims to use a new production method, seeing the contact surface being bonded directly to the silicone base and therefore creating an edgeless surface, helping reduce the all-too-common mousepad frayed edge issue. Mad Catz also claims this surface is immune to permanent curling, commenting that it is perfect to take to LAN events as the shape will remain unchanged, even when rolled and unrolled regularly.
CES 2015 - SteelSeries will be showcasing their new Sentry eye tracker at CES 2015 in Las Vegas and streaming the action live via Twitch TV. This new technology sets out to improve a users game play in any popular competitive or eSports title, helping them track their eye movements and analyze the results or see through the eyes of their favorite professional gamer.
SteelSeries' CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani, commented in their recently issued press release, saying that "today, with our Sentry Eye Tracker, we are announcing an entirely new way for streamers and viewers to see the game. This is just the tip of the innovation iceberg for Sentry, and we could not be more excited to realize all the possibilities that emerge when your game knows where your eyes are looking." This eye tracking technology has been made in partnership with Tobii Technology. Their president, Oscar Werner is reportedly quite excited about the project, stating that "eye tracking also provides an entirely new way for streamers and eSports competitors to entertain their audiences and use their eye tracking data to train and enhance their gaming strategy/ We are thrilled to partner with SteelSeries to realize the impact our eye tracking technology can have across different audiences throughout the video game industry."
A couple of weeks ago we reported about the next-gen of gaming mice, the NAOS QG from Mionix. What made it special is its impressive ability to track your body reactions, where it provided you with "insights into your performance."
Mionix hit Kickstarter with the goal of taking in $100,000 with the company already hitting $65,052 at the time of writing, with 20 days left to go. Over the holidays, you might not get the mouse you wanted, or you might not even get a mouse at all - which means you can hit up this brand new mouse on Kickstarter.
With 20 days left to go, do you think Mionix will hit their $100,000 funding goal? Do you want to see the NAOS QG become a reality?
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.