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CES 2016 - Thermaltake was our first stop at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, where we kicked things off by checking out their cases - but were left impressed with some modded keyboards lit up with RGB lighting.
Thermaltake was showing off some incredible Fallout 4 and Titanfall themed keyboards, which as you can see from the images, look slick as hell.
If you're a huge Pokemon fan, and you own the Nintendo Wii U, you might want to check out the awesome-looking Pokken Tournament Wii U controller from Hori.
Earlier this month, the Pokken Tournament Wii U controller popped up in Japan, and it looked like it was exclusive to the country at first. Well, it will be pushed out to a much wider audience when it launches early next year, with the Pokemon-infused (as Engadget calls it) fighting game controller is on Amazon for a price of $24.99, and a launch date of March 18, 2016.
Hori's Pokken Tournament Wii U controller features the same design of the arcade version of Pokken Tournament, with the "ZL" and "ZR" buttons on its face, instead of around the back on the traditional Wii U controllers from Nintendo.
While the Steam Controller has only been here for around a month, Valve is adding new features into their peripheral. Valve's Steam Controller is now capable of a touch menu, which will let players consolidate their hotkeys to a single interface.
Valve also added gyro support to make leaning easier in shooters, as well as other games. For RTS games, customizable mapping is now capable on the trackpad, which will make scrolling through menus much easier. An improved HUD will help you operate your controller better, with pop-ups now sprouting up on how button presses and other inputs correspond to the game that you're playing at the time.
The community was a big part of these new improvements to the Steam Controller, thanks to a suggestion from a member on the NeoGAF forums. Valve added the mouse-like joystick feature, where it has the accuracy of a mouse to the peripheral, helping manipulate cameras. Steam users are also wanted to see the Steam Controller include the ability to program specific configurations for non-Steam games, something that will be coming soon.
The Xbox Wireless Adapter launched with Windows 10 support back in October, and now Microsoft has added Windows 7 and 8.1 compatibility to that list. The news comes way of the Xbox team's Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson.
So, if you're one of those stubborn people not upgrading to Windows 10, you'll still be able to use the Xbox One controller wirelessly with your PC.
Designed to look somewhat like the keyboards of old, Cougar's new Attack X3 mechanical keyboard is one chunky weapon. Complete with an aluminum frame and raised keys, this new peripheral will suit any real life Fallout experience.
Packed with Cherry MX keys under the hood, Cougar has also thrown in a 1000Hz polling rate for faster operation, unlimited N-Key rollover and red LED backlighting.
Compatible with the Cougar UIX software system, users are able to remap buttons with the help of their computers, allowing for various macro key options to become available. If you're often playing a few different games, Cougar has also thrown in three different switchable configuration profiles, meaning you can change the macro layout depending on what title you are playing.
Known as some of the highest-class keyboards on the market, Das Keyboard is offering fans $20 off the asking price and $0 shipping for its blue switch 'Professional keyboards'.
"Your fingers will thank you" reads the subscriber email sent out, further outlining that the Das Keyboard 4, Model S and Das Keyboard 4C will be the discounted models this time around. While these keyboards are sold for Microsoft Windows systems by default, Das made sure to mention that Mac users aren't forgotten, also offering discounts on these Apple models.
While many of the refurbished boards are already sold out, it seems that Das still have stock of quite a few new keyboards, so you'll need to get in quick. Check out the keyboards or purchase one for yourself here.
Quoted as "an improved design inspired by the legendary Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1" in a recent press release, QPAD has announced its first new mouse shape in seven years, coming in the form of this DX-20 gaming mouse.
Featuring multi-surface capabilities, the peripheral manufacturer claims that its new model will work on more surfaces than most optical sensors will, utilizing improved sensor technology that so far remains unstated. Inside the shell is an ARM processor and the exterior features RGB LED lighting strips and scroll wheel, with QPAD ensuring to mention that "beneath the exterior razzle-dazzle of the LEDs is a solid, well-tuned mouse with a balanced and professional feel" - making testimony to QPAD's competitive gaming heritage.
With 128kb of on-board memory to store personal profiles and Plug & Play compatibility with any Windows PC, the DX-20 will be showcased at DreamHack and is immediate available for purchase at around $74.
Announced in a recently issued press release, COUGAR's new 450K keyboard sits alongside the freshly-promoted 450M mouse and is compatible with the COUGAR UIX software system.
Set for release early in 2016, this hybrid mechanical switch board aims to offer users a splash-proof design and tactile feedback. While not a true mechanical, this board is released with three LED backlighting options, macros and function remapping capabilities as per all top-tier products.
The main reason this looks quite promising is because of the chunky nature of the design. Reminding us of the 'keyboards of old', COUGAR has done a good job here making a keyboard look chunky without looking like a space abomination - unlike some others. There's no massive flaps and chunks hanging off the side, there's no fake metal bolts and there's no slew of 90 macro keys. For those who like something study, simple and yet a little fancy, I'm quite interested in seeing the reviews that come out of this product, especially looking at how the keys perform when under pressure.
It wasn't too long ago that we talked about the $350 custom HOTAS controller for Star Citizen, something the developer worked very closely on with peripherals maker Saitek. Well, the first controllers are about to go on sale.
Roberts Space Industries has revealed that the first model of its custom flight sticks would go up for preorder next month, and it will feature a modular design. The throttle and stick will feature integrated trackballs, and it'll be compatible with a matching ten-keyless keyboard and a separate keypad that will sport an interactive OLED display.
Carl Jones, Robert Space Industries' COO, explains: "The idea is that you can split it apart and combine it with other devices". The idea behind this is that gamers will be able to play Star Citizen with a joystick and keyboard, a joystick and throttle, two joysticks, or any combination of the custom controllers.
The system is called Atom, and will be based loosely on the Mad Catz STRIKE 7. Replacing the Cherry mechanical switches, the Atom will sport a "specially engineered membrane which mimics the tactile feel generated by the mechanical keys ... without the resultant excessive noise". The Atom goes on sale on December 16, with the stick and throttle to cost $149.99, while the keyboard will sell for $199.99. The first 2000 units will be signed by Chris Roberts himself.
You'll come to notice that Func.net now just links directly to Fnatic's main website in what seems to be a company buy out situation.
In addition, Fnatic has now launched it's 'Fnatic Gear' campaign on Kickstarter, promising users a small range of Fnatic-made and tested eSports peripherals.
With this large gaming team being in partnership with SteelSeries for quite some time, it seems that this relationship may have now come to an end. The new range of products on offer Fnatic include its FLICK gaming mouse, the RUSH G1 Cherry MX mechanical keyboard and the FOCUS F1 and BOOST G1 gaming mousepads.