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Xbox One Offered Without Kinect

Posted in Xbox One by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One Without KinectMicrosoft has announced on Tuesday that it is now offering the Xbox One gaming console without the motion tracking Kinect add-on. This is an interesting move for Microsoft, undoubtedly in an attempt to boost sales. The Kinect was a major selling point and a differentiation with competitors.

The console without Kinect drops the price down $100 to $399, putting it right inline on pricing with its major rival the Sony Playstation 4. The Xbox One is available for pre-order now on Amazon at the $399 price.

In addition to this news, Phil Spencer from Xbox announced on Tuesday a new program called Games with Gold providing free games to Xbox Live Gold Subscribers. He included that a number of the entertainment services that currently required the Gold subscription will no longer require it in June, such as …

Cougar Announces 700M FPS Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2014

Cougar 700M Gaming MouseCougar has announced the 700M, a new gaming mouse targeting (pun intended) First Person Shooter (FPS) gamers. The general specs show a 32bit ARM processor, 512MB onboard flash memory, an 8,200 DPI sensor and eight programmable buttons allowing it to store over 16 million macros. The palm rest is actually detachable and the weight configuration is adjustable to your own preferences.

The mouse itself even looks like a future-age gaming weapon and comes with another interchangeable palm rest. It also has a specific sniper button to help provide more accurate shots without moving the mouse while pressing. No word on an actual release date or pricing on the M700, quite yet.

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Microsoft Still Skeptical About 3D Gaming

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2011

Sony and Nintendo have embraced 3D, but Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has yet to actively support it. Xbox senior product manager David Dennis says that the company is taking a wait and see approach and you can’t really blame them.

He says that Microsoft will not implement 3D in the 360 until 3D proves its staying power and gamers demand it.

Alienware M14x and M18x unveiled

Posted in Alienware by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

Dell has unveiled its new Alienware M14x and M18x notebooks and an updated M11x notebook as well. The M18x features an 18 inch display and dual GPUs along with a Core i7 Extreme processor, overclocked from to 4GHz and 32GB of 1333MHz memory. We are talking some serious power here.

The M18x and M14x also offer optional wireless HD audio/video for TV streaming, HDMI 1.4 for 3D support and USB 3.0 ports.

MSI announces GX680 Gaming Laptop

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

MSi wants you to get your game on and so it has unveiled its latest gaming laptop, the MSi GX680, which packs in Intel’s second generation Core i7 quad core processor. There’s also NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics supporting Direct X 11 and 4 x DDR3 memory slots that can be fitted with a a maximum of 16GB of memory and accelerated dual hard disk architecture.

The MSi GX680 also features Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology. Just hit the Turbo hotkey and instantly improve the system performance, so it can handle even more graphics intensive gaming sessions. That feature alone should win gamer’s hearts.

Cubitek Tank Series PC Gaming Cases

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Cubitek has launched a new range of gaming PC cases, which they are calling the ‘Tank Series’. The three different models are the XL Tank, the HPTX Tank and the Mini Tank. The name is very appropriate as these new PC gaming cases are made from black hairline-brushed anodized aluminum and looks like a tank.

Each is capable of using high end graphics cards, and all three come with USB 3.0 ports, e-SATA and HD+AC97 Audio. They are built for “silence, functionality, and sexiness”. What do you think? Are they sexy?

Philips unveils Dual View Gaming TV screens

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2011

Philips has just unveiled some new TV screens especially for gamers. The displays come with a new function called Dual View Gaming, which allows users to play multiplayer games without having to use split screen. This is great because it will prevent cheating and give players more screen room to view while playing.

It’s similar to what Sony revealed last month, but we don’t know if Philips is using the same technology as Sony or not. Players use special glasses to separate what they are seeing. So, would you be interested in buying this?

GAEMS Xbox 360 traveling case gets a price and release date

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

The last version of the GAEMS console-carrying case was pretty basic. It was neat, don’t get us wrong, but it was basically just a lunch box shaped suitcase for your console. Those of you who carry your Xbox 360 with you on the road will appreciate the company’s new case design.

It now supports both the fat and slim versions of the 360, not discriminating at all and it will even carry the PS3 Slim. There is now enough room to store the console, controllers and power brick. This new case also comes bundled with a remote, HDMI cable and power supply to power the speakers and LED screen.

Sony ‘S1′ PlayStation gaming tablet

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

Looks like Sony has been working on a couple of tablets. Come on, you knew they had to get into the game eventually right? The first is a 9.4-inch Android 3.0 tablet known as the “S1″ (codename). Sony has been busy customizing Matias Duarte’s Honeycomb interface to its own specification. And Sony’s work is said to be cutting edge, created by an engineering team spanning Sony’s VAIO, Reader, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson product groups.

Though the team is lead by the VAIO organization, it will probably launch without VAIO branding. It is also said that Sony’s custom-built transitions and UI elements have created a user experience that sometimes rivals and improves on the iPad’s. The tablet is 100 percent focused on Qriocity, Sony’s music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service that’s just been launched in Europe.

MSi unveils Sandy Bridge Gaming Notebook GT680R-008US

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Looking for a new gaming notebook? The MSi GT680R-008US, which is equipped with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge platform might be what you want. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU with 8GB of RAM and a total of 1TB of storage from a pair of 500GB 7200 rpm HDDs. It also packs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM.

Other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, THX TruStudio Pro, MSI TDE technology to help squeeze the most from your machine with accelerated CPU performance and MSI Cooler Boost technology. It also has USB 3.0 ports, built-in 720p HD webcam, and HDMI output.

Rude Gameware Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse v2

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Rude Gameware has unveiled the Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse v2, their second version of the original Firece Laser Gaming Mouse. It’s packed with proprietary, performance-enhancing components that should show an improvement of 60%.

It also comes with a 5000 DPI laser engine offering a super fast response time of only 1 millisecond. Now that is fast. The Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse V2 will cost you $49.95. Its predecessor is now on sale for just $39.95 if you want the original.

Lenovo L2363d 3D Gaming Monitor With nVidia 3D Vision

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2011

Lenovo has introduced the new Lenovo L2363d 23-inch 3D monitor with a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution and dual webcams, allowing you to take 3D photos or do stereoscopic 3D web conferencing. The Lenovo L2363d 3D monitor uses nVidia 3D Vision technology.

In other Lenovo news, the company has also introduced the IdeaCentre K330 desktop PC, a high performance 3D gaming PC tower with the nVidia GeForce GTX460 GPU. It also features a second generation Core i7 processor, an eSATA port, a 15-in-1 card reader, eight USB 2.0 ports and two optional USB 3.0 ports.

The Scooterputer PC lets you game on the go

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

The Scooterputer takes portability to a whole new level. It comes from modder Stephen Popa. This is basically a Thermaltake Element V case with plenty of gaming power sitting on a 24v rechargeable electric scooter that has been stretched a full 11 inches to maker room for the computer.

The computer case has an Intel i7 processor inside, along with 4GB RAM, GTS 250 graphics card, three RAIDed hard drives, USB 3.0 port, dual layer DVD burner, Thermaltake TR2 1200 Watt power supply and it’s water cooled with Thermaltake Big water 850I kit.

Freebox V6 Revolution offers Calling, TV and Gaming

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

Many set top boxes are boring, but that’s not the case here. Free, an ISP in France, has introduced the Freebox v6 Revolution, a set-top box designed by Philippe Starck. The device offers a 250GB hard drive and an internal 802.11n Wi-Fi module, Blu-ray drive, web browser, Intel’s Atom CE4100 media processor and also a motion-sensing remote.

So you will get live/streaming TV options, Internet, gaming and even at-home calling. What can’t it do? They also throw in a joystick and a pair of powerline adapters. The device is already available for pre-order and will cost you between EUR59.99 ($80) to EUR119.99 ($161). Not bad considering all it does.

Lenovo K330 performance desktop with Turbo Boost 2

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

Lenovo has a new IdeaCentre desktop targeted at gamers and other high-end users. The K330 will use up to quad Core i7 processors and will use the matching Turbo Boost 2.0 to toggle between speeds on the fly. A switch will let users go from a ‘green’ mode for keeping the system quiet, to a regular mode (blue) and full speed mode (red).

The design will use a metallic mid-tower case with side vents. The system will also have extra performance options that can bring it up to 16GB of RAM from the factory and put two hard drives in a RAID 0 stripe for faster load times. As much as 4TB of disk space will be an option.