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The Xbox One inches closer to release with each day that passes, but to calm those next-gen gaming nerves, pre-orders for the Xbox One controller are now open for your business.
You can pre-order the Xbox One controller on the Microsoft Store for $59.99, with the store also offering the controller with a Play and Charge kit for $74.99. The Microsoft Store lists their "must-have" wired headset for just $24.99.
Amazon also have pre-orders for the Xbox One controller open, ready for a November 27 release. The Microsoft Store still has "Day One" editions of the Xbox One still available, listed as being available in November. If you're sitting on the Sony side of the next-gen gaming fence, the DualShock 4 controller is available for pre-order for around $60.
This morning, ROCCAT announced the release of a new gaming mouse alongside a new mousepad to match. The new Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse is designed for those who do not want the high dpi resolution of a laser mouse, but prefer the softness of an optical mouse. Additionally, the company released the new Sense Meteor Blue Mousepad which is the latest installment in the company's praised Sense line.
"The new sensor featured in the Kone Pure Optical is the successor to the sensor featured in the famous Savu mouse. The Savu drew praise from gamers and reviewers alike, who complimented the mouse for its accurate and reliable tracking. Building on this success, the Kone Pure Optical has a new and more powerful MCU, which features more memory, and two new native DPI steps." said ROCCAT founder and CEO Rene Korte.
The critically-acclaimed Sense mousepad, which entered the market in 2008, has been reissued by ROCCAT, and is now available in a slick Meteor Blue design. The extremely thin textile pad, 2 mm thick, provides precise cursor control - allowing for absolute accuracy. The special micro-crystalline coating minimizes frictional resistance efficiently, and therefore provides a noticeable improvement in the gliding capability of accompanying mice.The large surface area, 400 x 280 mm, ensures the pad is of a size optimized for low- and high-sensitivity gamers alike. The Sense mousepad also remains available in Chrome Blue.
Today Leap Motion launched what is being billed as the "Worlds most accurate 3-D motion control technology." The software allows people to control their computers with natural hand and finger gestures much in the way that motion tracking WebCam software works. Alongside the software they launched, the company opened up its AirSpace platform, a sort of App Store that is exclusive to the Leap Motion controller.
The company also announced that beginning July 28 the actual Leap Motion Controllers will be available for purchase in Best Buy stores across the United States at a price point of $79.99. Customers in the UK are able to purchase from Amazon and the company has partnered up with ASUS and HP to offer bundled packages with select computers from each manufacturer.
Leap Motion went on to say that at launch the Airspace Store contained over 75 applications that were purpose built by developers and more than four countries. The apps range from free to paid and spans the width of many categories. The Leap Motion controller works with computers running Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It requires a minimum of an Intel Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ II processor, 2 GB RAM and a USB 2.0 port.
Apple TV launched as just a 'hobby' for the Cupertino-based giant, but it has grown out of control, but in a good way. Apple have now become the force to be reckoned with in the "streaming IP device" market according to a new report.
Apple scoop up 56% of the market, representing more than 13 million units sold in Q1 2013 alone. This number is more than all of the competitors' devices combined. Competing brands include Roku, WD TV, Boxee and Google TV, but Apple leads the market by a large margin. Roku takes second position with 21.5% of the market, which represents an estimated 5 million units.
I think this will change in the coming years, as Google push forward with media devices and companies like Netflix continue to dominate the new Internet market with original TV shows.
SteelSeries is known for their high-quality professional grade gaming peripherals, and their latest product fails to disappoint in any way possible. The new SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard is comprised of what I can only describe as sheer beauty. It's no secret that I love backlit keys as well as RGB LEDs, and the new Apex combines both to bring a keyboard landscape unlike any other.
The SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard goes beyond just choosing from 16.8 million color options, it features SteelSeries Active-Zone illumination, a visual support tool that allows the user to independently customize colors - up to 8 levels of illumination intensity in each of its 5 zones - with up to 4 different customizable layers per zone.
Additionally, the keyboard features unique enhancements to its layout which include low-profile keys, macro keys that are configured in rows for quick access, as well as multiple layers of customization in color and intensity. The keyboard is powered by the SteelSeries Engine which allows the keyboard to completely remap all of its 22 macro keys and offers users the ability to program up to four separate layers of the keyboard. This means that consumers now have up to 500 keys for instant control across multiple layouts, profiles, and commands that they choose for any game.
Priced at just $99.99, the Apex is available now at local retailers, online e-tailer's and gaming enthusiast centers near you. Below I have listed out the features list for the Apex Gaming Keyboard.
This morning, Sharkoon announced that it will be expanding its range of gaming peripherals and is kicking off the expansion by releasing a new version of its popular Drakonia Gaming Mouse. The new mouse is dubbed the Drakonia Black and comes in a gray-black stylish design that sports a rubberized surface and an Avago ADNS-9800 Laser sensor capable of a resolution of up to 8,200 DPI.
The Draconia Black features the same ergonomic design as its predecessor, the Drakonia Green Laser Gaming Mouse, and features 11 buttons as well as a four-way scroll wheel. The mouse also features internal memory that allows users to save their profiles based on which game they will be playing or to save profiles between multiple users.
The Drakonia Black features Sharkoon's well-known weight tuning system which consists of six interchangeable metal weights that allows the weight to be adjusted to the personal preference of the player and gives the mouse enough inertia for smooth yet very precise performance. Customers will find the new Sharkoon Drakonia Black laser Gaming Mouse from authorized retailers at a pricing point of around $50 US.
This morning, GIGABYTE announced the arrival of a new addition to its gaming keyboard lineup. The FORCE K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard is touted as having the embodiment of a Stealth fighter with its scissor-key structure and slim solid body. The keyboard features an extremely short actuation distance for accurate and stable key presses in addition to a switchable three-color backlighting system.
The new gaming keyboard also features anti-ghosting capabilities that surround the WASD cluster that guarantees that the general gaming combination keys are registered and executed without conflict. Just like other models in the line, the keyboard features a twin wheel design that offers prompt control of keyboard backlighting and volume levels during intense gaming sessions.
Next-gen Kinect for Windows development kit applications are now available, SDK will set you back $399
If you want to get in on the next-generation Kinect for Windows platform, applications for software development kits opened today. If you're a developer who wants to get down and dirty with the next-gen Kinect, you have until July 31 to submit an application.
Applications that are accepted will be notified by Microsoft sometime in August, with the program starting in November. The SDK will be generally available next year. For those getting in early, it'll cost you $399 which will include direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team through private webcasts and forums, access to all API and documentation for the Kinect.
You'll also receive an alpha version of the sensor and a final version of the new Kinect at launch in 2014.
The next-gen console war is upon us, but which side (or console) are you going to take? An important factor of this is the controller itself, something we have a side-by-side comparison of, below.
As you can see, the PS4 controller actually looks quite big sitting next to the Xbox One controller. From what I've read, the Xbox One controller 'feels' better, but everyone has different sized hands and expectations. I'm hoping to get some hands-on time with both controllers at PAX AU, which happens next month in Melbourne, Australia.
The super-realistic assault rifle controller, otherwise known as Delta Six, has enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $200,000. The Delta Six is thanks to David Kotkin from Miami, who is a teacher.
Kotkin developed the Avenger, making enough money from it to retire from his career in education. The Miami-based now retired teacher saw the absence of a realistic gun controller, and thought it would be a good idea to make one. Kotkin told the Miami Herald that the notoriety scared off a public relations firm, "whose owner cited 'moral reservations,'" and that Arduino, the microcontroller staple of PC and console mods, backed away from the partnership because of the potential problems.
Kotkin's own wife won't let their 11- and 8-year-old sons play with the Delta Six, but stands by him and is proud of his inventiveness and accomplishments. She says: "When it comes to the gaming gun, you look at all the violence that's occurred and it's really difficult for me to say this is a great idea."