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Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows shipping out starting today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 20, 2015 5:51 pm

Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows is being shipped out to most retailers around the world starting today, so you should be able to grab one at your local electronic store or game shop now or sometime this week.




The adapter lets you use your Xbox One controller with PC games wirelessly, and that includes on Windows 10 devices. It supports up to eight controllers, and up to four chat headsets or two stereo headsets.


It'll run you $24.99, or $79.95 when bundled with the Xbox One controller.

Shut up and take my money: Star Citizen's incredible custom joystick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 4:28 am

If there's one thing that's going to impress Star Citizen fans out there, it's the custom HOTAS systems from Saitek. The UK-based flight stick manufacturer is now showing off the latest designs it has been working on, which you can check out below.




Saitek is working on an entire suite of hands-on, throttle and stick (HOTAS) peripherals that will be customizable. Roberts Space Industries Chief Operating Officer Carl Jones explains: "The idea is that you can split it apart and combine it with other devices". Star Citizen players will be able to fly around with the joystick and keyboard, a joystick and throttle, two joysticks, or an insane combination of custom-made, Star Citizen branded hardware.


The peripherals maker was teasing the custom Star Citizen hardware at CitizenCon over the weekend, which it had behind a glass cabinet so no dirty mits could touch it. Polygon reports that it "looks a lot like the current Thrustmaster T-Series HOTAS, with an attached throttle to the left of the flight stick". The gaming outfit added that the "Saitek model seems to borrow heavily from the existing X52 frame, with the adjustable grip height, locking Z-axis and similar button configuration. But, if you look closely, they've actually added a trackball to the top of the stick - right where your thumb goes - as well as to the throttle".

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Intel demo features Thunderbolt 3 connected to external graphics

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 6:28 pm

Intel's Thunderbolt Senior Technical Marketing Manager Matt Vaughn shows off the potential of its new Thunderbolt 3 USB standard in the video below, straight from the Intel Developer Forum 2015. In it, we see Thunderbolt 3 as connected to an external graphics dock, both of which combine to power World of Tanks in 4K.




Thunderbolt 3 equipped devices aren't widely available now, but as Vaughan says, they will be by the end of the year.

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Security researcher creates USB stick that can fry any USB device

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 14, 2015 5:39 pm

Should you ever want to fry your own hardware or someone else's for some reason, Russian researcher "Dark Purple" has just the thing for you: a USB stick that does just that when inserted into any USB device.




Dubbed "USB Killer 2.0", the stick simply sends 220 volts of electricity through the stick, frying the device it's plugged into. No muss, no fuss.


Below you can see him bricking his Lenovo Thinkpad X60 (a motherboard replacement is on its way). Purple says it's "extremely unlikely" the hard drive is affected, so if you're a spy that may need to wipe his disk at any moment, this probably won't help you.

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Xbox Wireless adapter lets you use Xbox One controller on Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:25 pm

The Xbox One controller has been compatible with all recent versions of Windows for awhile now, but you needed a micro USB cable to connect. That's no longer the case soon, when you'll be able to purchase the new Xbox One Wireless Adapater, which boasts Windows 10 compatibility.




Those who used the Xbox 360 wireless adapter with Windows know how this goes: simply plug it into a USB port, hit the Xbox button on your controller, and away you go.


This is great news for PC gamers who want to game from the couch, and for Xbox One owners who want to stream their console games to a Windows 10 device (yep, that's an option).


The adapter will cost you $25 and launches October 20.

EASARS includes a cooling fan on its new mouse bungee

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 8:31 am

First we had Tt eSPORTS and its Challenger Pro keyboard sporting a cooling fan for sweaty gamers, followed by the Black Element Cyclone, featuring a fan connected directly to a gaming mouse. Now we have leveled up in the world of fans - introducing the EASARS Hellbenter mouse bungee, complete with a cooling apparatus of its own.




If you're really wanting to simulate a wind tunnel environment, combining the forces of these three products may just suit your sweaty nerd gamer needs, with a recently issued press release stating that this stylish bungee also comes packed with a USB 2.0 hub and what seems to be blue LED lighting.


This product has been released in unison with EASARS' new Spotter gaming mouse, you can read about both of these products here.

BenQ announces an investment in ZOWIE, cites product development

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 4:10 am

BenQ has been all over the competitive gaming scene in the last five years, sponsoring most of the biggest gaming organisations, gaming events and tournaments alike. This strong commitment to the eSports scene has been further extended, seeing this Taiwanese company announce that it has "strengthened holdings in the research and manufacture of gaming equipment by investing in the player trusted brand ZOWIE."




Further stating that BenQ and ZOWIE's passion and mission for business both strongly align with its own, this fact makes this renewed collaboration being only logical. Back in 2010 these two companies co-branded a professional gaming monitor, with this partnership to extend now into 2015, seeing BenQ help out ZOWIE in peripheral research and development.


Said to be further making products for casuals and professionals alike, there is no saying just yet exactly what products these two companies will make together, however the press release does mention First Person Shooter games being a particular focus.

G.SKILL releases new high-performance mechanical keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 10:48 pm

G.SKILL has just released two new Cherry MX mechanical gaming keyboards in the RIPJAWS brand: the mesmerizing muti-color KM780 RGB and the crimson-red backlit KM780 MX.



Both models are ultra-durable and designed specifically for performance gaming, featuring five-level contour keys and raised keycaps that are optimized for ASWD movement schemes. Apart from the color schemes the models are identical in form and function. The keys on G.SKILL's new offerings can all be turned into macros on-the-fly, and sport dedicated macro control keys as well as six extra macro buttons fora huge level of flexibility for optimum gaming.


To help minimize mouse cable interference and keep things tidy while gaming, users can thread mouse cords through the onboard foldable holder clasped to the front end of the keyboard. Plus the models act as a hub for devices thanks to a USB 2.0 pass-through and an audio line-in and mic-out jack.

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GIGABYTE releases its own minimalistic Cherry MX mechanical board

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 9:29 am

With GIGABYTE's Aurous set to only release top-tier high-end peripherals, GIGABYTE has pushed out another mechanical keyboard of its own brand. In the past, GIGABYTE boards have often been a 'love or hate' design, straying from the 'norm' by creating products with interesting angles and blocky exteriors a little different to most.




In a change of heart, GIGABYTE has released this super-minimalist mechanical board, called the FORCE K83. Released with Cherry MX Red or Blue keys and rated up to 50 million keystrokes, this keyboard does away will all optional extras - aiming to provide a 'no frills' experience to the consumer.


Providing what GIGABYTE claims in a recently published press release to be a "modern, clean look," the 'island-style layout' of this product is said to help reduce issues with dropped crumbs or drink spills, paired with laser etched keys to ensure longevity.

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Cooler Master CM Storm announces 'de-badged' compact mechanical

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 9:31 am

The Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire XTi is "a minimalistic mechanical gaming keyboard with multi-color backlighting for gamers built with 100% authentic Cherry MX switches" as stated in a recently issued press release. The announcement further explained that this compact keyboard has been specifically designed to offer minimal "button clutter" and offer a clean design through the removal of all company logos.




The XTi further features UV coated keys for protection and can be purchased with Cherry MX red, brown or blue switches. If more features are what you are looking for, this board also offers a detachable braided USB cable for data transmission, complete anti-ghosting and three cable tracks for you to ensure a neat workstation.


Available in stores now, this keyboard is set at a recommended price of $167 (149.99 Euro).

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