Computex 2019 - HyperX today announced the Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard, the first to use the company's new self-made red key switches.
HyperX amps up its Alloy line of gaming peripherals with the Alloy Origins, a full-sized RGB-infused mechanical keyboard aimed at delivering performance with style. While the Alloy Origins looks similar to other keyboards in the Alloy banner, it's actually what's inside that makes it unique.
The new keyboard is the first to leverage HyperX's new proprietary red key switches that're durable and agile. The switches have a 1.8mm actuation point and 3.8mm travel distance, meaning they'll have lower resistance than Cherry MX Blue or Black switches. The actuation point is at 45g, so the Alloy Origins' keys won't take much force to press. HyperX's new switches are also rated for 80 million presses, which puts them high above most switches on the market and closest to Razer's own self-made key switches insofar as durability.
Secretlab has just surprised us all with the release of its next generation gaming chairs in the new 2020 series, setting the new gold standard of gaming chairs.
The new Secretlab 2020 series is infused into their very best flagship gaming chair families in the TITAN and OMEGA series chairs, both improved with the new features from the 2020 series. These benefits include over 20 upgrades to the materials that Secretlab uses to build the chair, while the features and construction of their chairs themselves are different. It might look the same, but there are some serious changes under the hoods of the 2020 series gaming chairs.
Like the under-the-hood power of a car, some of those looks are also super-powered with their own upgrades including what is the VERY BEST neck and memory foam lumbar pillows. They are both the most hands down most comfortable I've ever used, and I think I would say that for every memory foam pillow ever. It's kind of unbelievable to the point where Secretlab has even added a layer of cooling gen inside of the neck pillow that dissipates the heat from the pillow over long gaming sessions. Like... what?! So awesome, and only with Secretlab.
If you are into gaming then you have most likely heard of Turtle Beach, one of the leading companies in gaming audio for all platforms of play.
In a recent press release, Turtle Beach is proud to announce that since February 2019 the company has managed to sell over 30 million gaming headsets in North America. This figure has been measured since 2005 and according to the Turtle Beach CEO, Juergen Stark "Crossing this 30 million milestone is a great achievement that validates our commitment to leading in innovation and delivering the largest assortment of high-quality gaming headsets, and it shows the power of the Turtle Beach brand."
Stark continues and says that "With over 12 million more headsets sold life-to-date compared to the next competitor in the space4, gamers are clearly coming back to Turtle Beach for more, and that's very reassuring given where we're looking to take the company in the future." For more information, visit the official Turtle Beach here.
I can't believe it has been 14 years since Logitech introduced one of the most legendary gaming mice: the MX518. The only one that comes close to it would have to be Microsoft's own IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 which I also loved, but the Logitech MX518 drove my professional Call of Duty: United Offensive days on the GameArena ladders here in Australia.
Well, Logitech has just revealed it is bringing back the MX518 gaming mouse with the same overall shape as the original mouse, but with various tweaks made to the hardware, materials used, and the buttons on the mouse. The refreshed Logitech MX518 features a 1ms response time, a HERO 16K sensor, and 8 programmable buttons that can be set to other keys, or specifically-chosen commands.
Logitech is providing more customization through its in-house Logitech Gaming Software, as well as on-the-fly adjustment buttons that are found above, and below the scroll wheel. The company is packing in some on-board memory that lets you save custom profiles onto the mouse so that you can transfer them between PCs which makes things easier.
CES 2019 - Corsair just changed the RGB game with its new ultra-small LED Capellix modules.
Corsair partnered with Taiwanense electronics-maker Primax to make its new Capellix tech, which shrinks the LEDs from 2.8mm³ to 0.2mm³, a whopping 92% decrease from the standard Surface Mount Device (SMD) modules. This not only allows Corsair to jam even more LEDs on a PCB for brighter hues, but lowers power consumption by up to 40% and provides 35% longer lifespan.
This tremendously reduced footprint will give Corsair more flexibility when infusing RGB into its fleet of hardware, including devices like mice, keyboards and headsets where space can be cramped. Capellix will debut with Corsair's new Dominator Platinum RGB RAM in February 2019.
CES 2019 - Razer had an onslaught of announcements at CES 2019 with refreshed Rader Blade 15 gaming notebooks packing NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, a new Razer Raptor gaming monitor, and also HyperSense: a high-fidelity haptics ecosystem, in Razer's own words.
What Razer is trying to do with HyperSense is deliver a new level of realism to gaming on the PC, where your peripherals - even including your gaming chair, will have tacticle feedback through the use of haptic vibration in all of your devices. This will include the mouse and keyboard, the headset and even the gaming chair. Razer had a demo at CES 2019 where it ran people through Overwatch and DOOM on the PC where Tom's Hardware said they could "feel [Pharoah's] jetpacks from the chair" which, as an Overwatch addict, sounds incredible.
The chair reportedly provided "provided tactic sensation from behind, while the wrist rest simulated events coming from the sides" according to TH, where in DOOM he fell through a hole in the floor and his head "thudded, thanks to the headset". The haptic mouse and keyboard wrist rest was provided by Lofelt, while the haptic chair was from Subpac.
This isn't something that is coming from Razer tomorrow or even this year, as it is talking to developers to see if there's enough interest in making HyperSense a reality. I would love to see a full Razer kit that you could buy with a headset, keyboard, mouse, and gaming chair that was all HyperSense-capable, that would be cool. I feel like the vibration in the mouse and keyboard would be gimmicky, the headset would be alright but the chair vibration would really add to the atmosphere in many games, especially for landing, explosions, gunfire and jetpacks.
CES 2019 - ASUS has just stepped into the gaming chair world with a new announcement at CES 2019 of its ROG Chariot and Chariot Core gaming chairs, with the premium Chariot rocking RGB lighting that adds an aesthetics touch to the ROG gaming chair.
The flagship ASUS ROG Chariot rocks Aura RGB lighting that is round in the backlit ROG logo behind the headrest, the lit infinity mirror effect looks super-slick like it's almost a portal into something. Maybe it's Planet ROG or something. There'll be a switch on the underside of the chair that lets you tweak the lighting colors and patterns. There is a 10,000mAh battery hidden by ASUS in a pocket under the seat that is good for 11 hours of RGB lighting.
The company is using memory foam in the headrest and lumbar pillow molds that will hug your body instead of pressing against it, with fully adjustable armrests that won't annoy you by getting caught under your desk or rubbing against your arms. They'll move up and down, forward and back, left and right, as well as rotate in and out. Height adjustment is simple with a four-level gas lift, with reclining also a given.
RGB lighting, actuated switches, and PC-level DPI has finally made its way to consoles...but the entry fee is steep.
Razer's new wireless Xbox keyboard and mouse is called the Turret for Xbox One, and is designed to bring PC gaming control to the console-based living room. But it's essentially a higher-end variant of the existing Turret lapboad combo that includes extras like a dedicated Xbox button, RGB flair, mechanical switches, and advanced DPI sensors for more sensitivity.
At a glance the Razer Turret Xbox One Edition looks pretty snazzy and should give players a new way to enjoy their games with enhanced precision. There's just one problem: the cost. The combo is available for pre-order for $249 on the Microsoft Store, effectively exceeding the current price of an Xbox One S by $50 or about 25%. You do get a $25 gift card for pre-purchasing though.
Razer won't be the only ones with gaming peripherals on the Xbox One in the near future, with Corsair joining the list of licensed hardware partners for the Xbox.
There are only a few keyboards, mice and headsets that work on the Xbox One from Corsair right now, but the company is putting more and more of them through testing and validation before they put them online.
Corsair explains: "CORSAIR is excited that the Xbox One team has opened up support for keyboards and mice. Xbox One players now have at their disposal the same precision and reliability that PC gamers have enjoyed from CORSAIR peripherals for years. Play titles such as Fortnite, Warframe, and Minecraft with CORSAIR wired and wireless keyboards and mice, with many more compatible games on the way".
Razer has announced it will be showing off its range of 'Designed for Xbox' keyboards and mice at CES 2019 starting January 8, 2019 with Razer boss Min-Liang Tan talking about the new peripherals during the XO18 Inside Xbox live broadcast.
The company teamed with Microsoft on the upcoming keyboards and mice for the Xbox One consoles, but there are plenty of other peripheral makers that will be releasing 'Designed for Xbox' mice and keyboards that will work on both the Xbox One, and Windows 10 rigs.
We don't know what to expect other than something like the current Razer Turret "lapboard" that lets you game on your couch, with the Turret rocking the usual RGB goodness through the dynamic RGB lighting support on the Xbox.
CES 2019 kicks off on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas where we'll find out all of the nitty gritty details on what Razer will be unveiling.