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Most gamers were looking forward to Valve's interesting take on gaming controllers with the Steam Controller, but the company has just announced that it has delayed the Steam Controller release window to 2015.
Valve's Eric Hope also gave an update on Steam Machine hardware, where he said: "We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014".
We've all been waiting patiently for Windows support of Microsoft's Xbox One controller, but that day is reportedly coming "very soon" according to Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the Director of Xbox.
When responding to a post wondering about the availability of drivers, Major Nelson said: "Soon. Very Soon". We knew support for the PC was coming, but considering the software giant spent over $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, one would think that PC support wouldn't cost that much in development time, right?
This morning Thermaltake and Tt eSPORTS released its new all aluminum Draconem mouse pad. Thermaltake says that the Draconem is a premium aluminum mousepad built for serious gamers who need an edge over the competition. The Draconem is one of the largest aluminum mousepads on the market at 300mm x 300mm and features a dual-surface design that allows for some restriction as well as a free floating uber-smooth surface when needed.
I got to spend some time with the Draconem in Las Vegas during CES 2014, and have to say that this 2mm thick mousepad was one of the most solid and smooth-feeling gaming surfaces I have ever used. The Extreme Precision surface is just a little more controlled than my current mousepad, but the Effortless Glide surface literally made the mouse feel like it was floating on air. Tt eSPORTS says the Draconem will retail for $39.99 and is available today.
Microsoft is working on a Kinect-style keyboard that can track your hand gestures. This is done by using a low-resolution proximity sensors that are embedded between the keys on the keyboard.
The prototype has 64 sensors. The sensors are good enough to detect and recognize common hand gestures, such as hovering, swiping, pinching to zoom in and out, and tapping in the air. This keyboard prototype was presented in the Computer Human Interaction conference held in Toronto, Canada.
Stuart Taylor, a Microsoft senior research engineer said,"The main goal is for users to be able to keep their hands-on or very close to the keyboard while typing and using input gestures." He continued,"What we've found is that for some of the more complicated keyboard shortcut combinations, performing gestures seems to be a lot less overhead for the user."
Logitech has announced a new keyboard cover for the iPad that is an updated version of the keyboard cover unveiled in February 2013. The keyboard cover is called the Logitech Ultrathin and it is offered for the iPad air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina tablets.
Logitech updated the keyboard with a new multi angle slot that lets the user adjust the angle of the tablet screen to whatever is most comfortable for their use. The design of the keyboard is also thinner at 6.4 mm thick. Logitech doesn't give a specific weight, but says the keyboard cover is about 2/3 of the weight of the tablet itself.
Intel's Thunderbolt technology is amazing in its current state, but some newly leaked details show just how much more amazing Thunderbolt can get. A new leak has surfaced on a Chinese technology site that shows that Thunderbolt 3 will be two times as fast as the current Thunderbolt 2 standard.
If true, the leak states that Thunderbolt 2 will feature a bandwidth of 40Gb/s thanks to PCIe 3 support. Furthermore a 50-percent reduction in power consumption will be achieved by the new hardware as well. A new connector will be on board that will allow system charging up to 100 watts, and the entire PCB will measure in at just 3mm thick. It is important to note that this information should come as a grain of salt, and count on these numbers being lower in real-world practice.
When Razer announced its Nabu wearable wrist band, gamer geeks everywhere rejoiced as there was finally a wearable that was geared towards their hobby. Unfortunately, wearable wrist bands have made headlines of late with outbreaks of skin irritation and resulting recalls that cost companies millions.
Razer says that it has decided to delay the launch of its Nabu in order to see if it is safe to wear long-term. "While we're 100-percent confident that there won't be any problems with the Nabu, we've engaged medical professionals and are running medical tests to make doubly sure that by the time the Nabu gets on your wrists, it is fully certified hypoallergenic," advises said Razer's co-founder, Min-Liang Tan.
Logitech has rolled out a new keyboard that is aimed squarely at the users out there who are watching video and playing games on the big screen in the living room. The new keyboard is called the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830.
As the name suggests, the keyboard has backlit keys. An ambient light sensor on the keyboard automatically adjusts the backlight brightness to suit the conditions of the room and save power. Power comes from an internal rechargeable battery.
One of the biggest challenges with a HTPC is controlling the mouse, the K830 has an integrated track pad. Connectivity to the PC comes from a Logitech Unifying receiver that has 2.4GHz tech and a 33-foot range. Logitech says that the keyboard is good for ten days of use per charge.
Corsair has just announced the launch of the latest mechanical keyboard to be added to its already impressive arsenal. The new Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features a rugged black-anodized aluminum frame with red back-lit keys who's brightness can be adjusted as a whole or individually. Corsair says that the new K70 features authentic German-made Cherry MX switches for the best reliability, accuracy, and longevity of any other mechanical switch on the market.
The Vengeance K70 is designed with a 100-percent anti-ghosted matrix with full n-key rollover and a 1000Hz reporting rate, meaning that you never miss a keystroke, or a key combination while typing or gaming. The Keyboard also features multi-media controls, a built-in USB hub, and a "soft-touch" wrist wrest that helps reduce fatigue during those long gaming sessions. The K70 is available with Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue, and Cherry MX Brown switches to suit each individual gamers needs. The Vengeance K70 will retail for $129.99.
Its been more than half a year since we first got a glimpse at the next-generation Kinect motion sensor from Microsoft. During its unveiling, no mention was made of a PC version. This left makers, and kinect enthusiast wondering if there would even be a PC version of the new Kinect.
Today Microsoft answered those questions by finally unveiling the PC version of the Kinect, and for the most part it is identical to its Xbox One counterpart. The differences lie in the way the Kinect connects to the PC, which is handled through a new connection hum. The hub is designed to connect the sensor to the PC via USB 3.0, as well as providing a place to plug in a power brick. Furthermore, the Xbox logo is gone, and the power button has the universal power logo on it. While the sensor is not yet available for purchase, Microsoft says that it is close to launch and will arrive soon.