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Xbox blocking the use of unofficial accessories, including controllers, on consoles

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 30, 2023 1:04 AM CDT

Things are taking an interesting turn in the world of Xbox accessories with a new policy uncovered by Windows Report noting that as of November 12, 2023, Microsoft will no longer allow unauthorized third-party accessories to be used on consoles like the Xbox Series X|S - specifically wireless controllers.

Xbox blocking the use of unofficial accessories, including controllers, on consoles

The revelation came after players were prompted by a new mysterious error code, "error 0x82d60002," when using certain third-party controllers, letting them know that after November 12, it would be blocked from use. It sounds like a pretty drastic move on behalf of Microsoft and something that will hurt the makers of third-party accessories like controllers long-term.

However, in an update to the news citing sources aware of Microsoft's plans, the company will expand its program for approving third-party wireless controllers.

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Apple's worst product could be about to get a USB-C update

Oliver Haslam | Oct 28, 2023 12:45 PM CDT

Apple's move away from Lightning and towards USB-C is set to continue next week, with arguably the company's worst product getting a refresh.

Apple's worst product could be about to get a USB-C update

That product is the much-maligned Magic Mouse, with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reporting that the upcoming 'Scary Fast' event that takes place on Monday will see the unveiling of updated accessories to go with whatever Macs are announced. One of those accessories is of course the Magic Mouse, with Gurman claiming that the updated model will ditch Lightning for good, replacing it with the USB-C port that now also adorns the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro products.

The $79 Magic Mouse currently comes in two colors and there is no suggestion that more will be added with this update. There is also no suggestion that Apple is getting ready to fix the mouse's main problem - the fact that its Lightning port is on the bottom of the device. That means that the mouse cannot be used while it's plugged in, a fact that continues to make it the laughingstock of the accessory world.

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GPUs are massive these days, so of course, there's the Cooler Master Atlas ARGB GPU Support

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 22, 2023 7:57 PM CDT

The evolution of the discrete graphics card for PC gaming has been fascinating to watch over the years, with massive performance leaps and breakthroughs arriving at a steady clip. The ancient days of early 3D gaming have paved the way for realistic physics, lighting, animation, texture detail, ray-tracing, and so much more.

GPUs are massive these days, so of course, there's the Cooler Master Atlas ARGB GPU Support

However, as GPUs have become more powerful, they've begun to require more sophisticated cooling - often with large fans and lots of fins, copper, and heat pipes.

On the high-end, the overall size of flagship GPUs like the GeForce GTX 980 through to the GeForce RTX 4090 (or the Radeon RX 7900XTX compared to an older Polaris-era card) has increased substantially to the point where mid-range GPUs are now a lot larger than what they used to be. And with that, GPU sag is a real problem - so having a GPU brace or bracket is a must if you plan on installing one in the traditional horizontal configuration.

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Cougar NxSys Aero gaming chair has integrated cooling to cool you down while you game

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 16, 2023 10:59 PM CDT

Acquiring a dedicated PC gaming chair as part of a build is becoming increasingly common, and the overall sports or racing car shape has become synonymous with gamers. And much like with anything PC hardware-related, there are differences between brands, models, features, and the quality you can expect regarding the MSRP.

Cougar NxSys Aero gaming chair has integrated cooling to cool you down while you game

This is all a long-winded way of saying that Cougar has put a 200mm RGB fan on its new NxSys Aero gaming chair launching this month in the US and Europe. Cougar, a brand known for creating high-performance peripherals, explains in its press release that the fan circulates air around the chair and directs the "airflow towards your back."

Naturally, the idea is that the cooler you are, the better you'll perform in a competitive title. Per the images supplied, the fan sits right in the middle of the backrest between some mesh, and it looks like a sub-woofer from a distance.

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Corsair's new M75 AIR gaming mouse is tailor-made for competitive FPS gamers

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 12, 2023 11:31 PM CDT

CORSAIR has launched its latest wireless mouse, the CORSAIR M75 AIR WIRELESS - an ultra-lightweight wireless mouse designed for gamers who love playing FPS titles. Weighing in at 60 grams, it's among the lightest and most agile offerings.

Corsair's new M75 AIR gaming mouse is tailor-made for competitive FPS gamers

It comes equipped with the company's powerful CORSAIR MARKSMAN 26K DPI optical sensor, too, to ensure precise and accurate movement and tracking no matter if you're lining up a headshot or on the other end scrambling to run and strafe to find cover. This is backed up by pro-grade 650 IPS tracking and up to 50g acceleration.

Sporting a symmetrical shape, the 2023 wireless M75 AIR from CORSAIR features a meticulous redesign involving "every contour, outline, and button placement" being reworked and fine-tuned to reach the "optimal state." This is a bold claim, but based on the company's track record, it's enough to get super excited about going hands-on with the CORSAIR M75 AIR WIRELESS.

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AVerMedia's impressive new Live Gamer ULTRA 2.1 capture card with 4K 144 Hz passthrough is here

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 12, 2023 1:56 AM CDT

We first looked at AVerMedia's new Live Gamer ULTRA 2.1 (GC553G2) HDMI 2.1 USB capture card back at Computex 2023 and were impressed with just how feature-packed and groundbreaking it is for content creation and streaming.

AVerMedia's impressive new Live Gamer ULTRA 2.1 capture card with 4K 144 Hz passthrough is here

You're looking at a capture card that supports 4K 144 Hz passthrough with HDR and VRR enabled over USB 3.2 Gen 2 or above. Yeah, awesome stuff, as that means it supports modern GPUs like the GeForce RTX 40 Series, the new Radeon RX 7000 Series, and consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. As one of the first HDMI 2.1 Game Capture Cards it's no reason people have been waiting for this to release.

In addition to the Live Gamer ULTRA 2.1 (USD 299.99) bringing true HDMI 2.1 support with 4K 60 capture (plus 1080p 240 and 1440p 144), it's also a stylish little unit with RGB lighting that can sync up with all your hardware, and it arrives with the easy-to-use AVerMedia Gaming Utility tool software for capture, or you can use it with popular streaming and capture tools like OBS.

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Logitech launches a special Millenium Falcon edition of the popular G502 X PLUS gaming mouse

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 9, 2023 11:31 PM CDT

Logitech's G502 gaming mouse has been around for many years and has been the go-to for many PC gamers with its iconic shape, performance, and ergonomics. When the G502 first hit the scene, there weren't anywhere near as many gaming mouse options as in 2023, so it's great to see the iconic design still kicking.

Logitech launches a special Millenium Falcon edition of the popular G502 X PLUS gaming mouse

The Logitech G502 X PLUS is the latest wireless version of the mouse, incorporating the powerful HERO 25K Sensor, new LIGHTFORCE hybris switches, a redesigned scroll wheel, expansive RGB lighting, and nice-to-have flourishes like a removable DPI-switch button, rubberized grips, and a lightweight 106-gram build.

The new limited edition Logitech G502 X PLUS MILLENNIUM FALCON EDITION takes the latest design and adorns it with a schematic of the iconic ship from the Star Wars universe. A fitting tribute as the G502 is like the Millenium Falcon of the gaming mouse world.

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Here's when to expect Apple's USB-C AirPods Max and Mac accessories

Oliver Haslam | Sep 18, 2023 6:45 AM CDT

Apple's transition away from Lightning to USB-C is now in full swing after the Iphone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro announcements continued that process. But there are still plenty of accessories that are waiting for their time to shine and now a new report has hinted at when those products will wave goodbye to their Lightning ports for good.

Here's when to expect Apple's USB-C AirPods Max and Mac accessories

Apple announced that the iPhone is switching to USB-C as part of that Wonderlust September 12 event last week and it wasn't the only product, either. As had been rumored Apple also announced a USB-C version of the AirPods Pro earbuds, but that was where the news stopped. That leaves Apple with plenty of devices and accessories still using Lightning for the time being, not least its $550 AirPods Max. Now, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman thinks he has the timeline for what comes next.

Writing in the paywalled version of the weekly Power On newsletter, picked up by MacRumors, Gurman says that the USB-C versions of Apple;'s Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Keyboard products will all be unveiled alongside the next iMac. That's a product that has already been heavily tipped for an October 2023 unveiling which suggests that we won't have to wait all that much longer for news in that regard.

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Cooler Master partners with Capcom to launch a wide range of Street Fighter 6 inspired PC gear

Kosta Andreadis | Sep 11, 2023 10:58 PM CDT

Capcom's Street Fighter 6 has been one of the most well-received releases of 2023, and considering this is the year we got The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Baldur's Gate 3, and Starfield - that's quite the achievement. It is a return to form for the franchise and one of the best straight-up fighting games you will likely play.

Cooler Master partners with Capcom to launch a wide range of Street Fighter 6 inspired PC gear

And, hey, with Street Fighter being as iconic as it is, this range of Street Fighter 6 gear from Cooler Master is sure to be highly sought by fans. In addition to stylish additions to the MasterLiquid and Halo cooling range, there's a custom keyboard, mouse, mousepad, gaming chair, case, and even a power supply modeled after Blanka.

That last bit is especially cool because Blanka is the electricity-powered character that dates back to the classic Street Fighter 2, so the fully modular MWE Gold V2 SF6 Power Supply comes in Blanka green. The full line-up is chock full of detail like this; it looks like Cooler Master has taken this collaboration with Capcom very seriously and delivered some excellent designs. Let's take a look.

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Logitech G's new PRO X gaming products include a wireless keyboard and mouse

Kosta Andreadis | Sep 7, 2023 9:42 AM CDT

The Logitech G PRO series of gaming peripherals and hardware are highly sought after for several reasons, whether it's the physical design, the reliable performance, or the premium quality. That said, they generally command a price that's noticeably higher than the competition - which is the case with the new Logitech G PRO X TKL LIGHTSPEED Gaming Keyboard and Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2 Gaming Mouse.

Logitech G's new PRO X gaming products include a wireless keyboard and mouse

Still, they do look pretty amazing, with the Logitech G PRO X TKL LIGHTSPEED Gaming Keyboard offering a compact design, low-latency wireless, and the company's LIGHTFORCE Hybris Switches that blend optical sensors with a mechanical feel. Plus, they've added dedicated media keys.

Weighing in at 60 grams, the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2 Gaming Mouse sees some innovation, too, with the arrival of the new HERO 2 Sensor that offers 32,000 DPI accuracy with tracking at over 500 inches-per-second (IPS). Logitech notes that the tracking still works when lifting or tilting the mouse, which is very cool.

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