Great control, quick DPI adjustments packaged with hybrid optical sensor
Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.
Updated handheld Nintendo consoles shipping to US, Europe next year
Nintendo is updating its existing 3DS handheld game console, by producing two new versions. Called the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL, the dual-screen gaming systems offer few in the way of major changes to the existing formula, though both notably add a second analog "C-stick" on the right-hand side, next to Super Nintendo-colored buttons.
Note-taking iOS app Notability jumps to OS X, offers iCloud syncing
Notability, an iOS app well-regarded for its ability to handle multiple ways of taking notes -- audio recordings, handwriting, drag-and-drop and typing -- has arrived on the Mac. The OS X version ($10) matches the iPad and iPhone version feature-for-feature, but is optimized for the Mac environment. Users can drag in various file types to add to the note, scale and transform handwriting and sketches, and -- new to the program -- work with smart keyboard shortcuts. The iOS version is also available as a separate $3 purchase.
Kinect costs more than bundle price reduction, will come with Dance Central Spotlight
Since the release of the Xbox One, Microsoft has experienced a rough relationship with consumers due in part to the Kinect. When the company ditched the sensor and dropped the price of the console by $100, sales were said to have doubled with the new the $400 sensor-less console option in place. However, now Microsoft says that it's seeing a demand for the Kinect. On a post on Xbox Wire today, the company said it would begin offering a standalone Kinect unit on October 7.
Services launches new site, adds local currencies and adds films to existing model
Gaming marketplace GOG has undergone several changes this year, from announcing an expansion of its practices to compete better with Steam with GOG Galaxy to adding support for Linux games. Today, the company announced that it was extending its business to films, partially as an effort to show how effective the digital rights management-free (DRM) download model is.
Notebook features Intel processor, Nvidia graphics with 15.6-inch IPS screen
CyberPower PC recently announced a new entry in its series of notebook gaming machines. The Raven X6 notebook features a 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS LED-backlit screen coupled with an Intel processor and Nvidia graphics that the company claims uses "very little power from the socket until you need it."
Sources state that the deal is worth $1 billion, same as reported Google acquisition
Updated with confirmation of deal between twitch and Amazon Originally reported by The Information, Twitch has been purchased by Amazon. While Google was thought to be the forerunner that would pick up the company for $1 billion based on earlier reports, Amazon has completed the deal, worth $970 million in cash.
Next generation of Intel NUC show potential for use as gaming systems
The second generation of Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) may offer a considerable speed boost compared to the original, according to leaked slides. NUC 2.0 is said to include at least two variants with high-enough specifications that the compact computers could end up being used for gaming, and potentially as a Steam Machine system.
Several companies confirm attacks as service returns, hacking group claims responsibility
Some of the most popular gaming services are reportedly under attack as a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) has been underway since last week. Shacknews reports that Blizzard, Grinding Gear Games, PlayStation Network, Riot and Sony Online Entertainment have all been undergoing a series of attacks leading to connection instabilities and service failures. While the attack was initially thought to be limited to a few companies, it's been discovered that several additional gaming services and websites have been targeted as far back as August 18 by a hacking group.
Card sports the Tonga Pro GPU, set as a replacement for R9 280 at $249
During the AMD "30 Years of Gaming and Graphics" event that was streamed on Twitch yesterday, the company announced a new graphics card coming this fall. AMD announced that it would be releasing a replacement for the R9 280 with the Tonga Pro-based R9 285. The company positions the new card as a mid-level offering for only $249.
Virtual world to close its doors March 2015, service will continue in United States, Europe
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced that it is bringing a close to PlayStation Home in Japan and Asia regions at the end of March 2015. The service was launched as a competitor to Linden Research's Second Life, but was offered for free to any PlayStation 3 owner. While the closure marks Sony's departure from the virtual world in two territories, the company says that it will live on in other parts of the world.
Game in decline since 2010, developer hopes barriers are removed in next expansion
It appears that Blizzard Entertainment realizes what the numbers have been saying for years. A designer for World of Warcraft recently admitted that the company is no longer expecting growth in its player base. Player subscriptions have been in decline for the game since it peaked at 12 million in 2010, with only a small rise in 2012 with the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.
Next iteration of the Call of Duty franchise skipping the Wii U, last two games on console
Call of Duty fans hoping to play the newest title in the series on the Wii U this year appear to be out of luck. Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, said on Thursday that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wouldn't be coming to the Nintendo console. He added that it "was an Activision decision," with the studio focusing on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Surfaced screenshot of Xbox One menu suggests new trial system being tested
Microsoft may be preparing to offer games to play before purchase on the Xbox One. A screenshot has surfaced on Reddit showing some titles under the company's existing Games with Gold program, with some game listings being labeled "Free Play Day with Gold," suggesting that Gold subscribers would soon have the option to trial the game.
Nvidia delivers genuine differentiation with its Shield gaming tablet
Although it might look like just another Android tablet, the Nvidia Shield Android gaming tablet is one of the more interesting devices to come out in a segment that swamped with endless options, but little genuine differentiation. It tries to stand out from the crowd not with a heavily customized user interface, or even bold design, but rather tries to specialize in one particular area - Android gaming. It is also one of the first devices on the market running Nvidia's latest chip, the Tegra K1. While it still sports a 32-bit ARM Cortex A15 4+1 architecture clocked at 2.2GHz, its graphics capabilities are the real highlight. It sports 192 Kepler GPU cores, which is the very same architecture that powers Nvidia's vaunted discrete desktop and notebook GPUs.
Digital purchases almost doubled from 2009, firm expects digital downloads to grow
A report from tech site PCR indicates that PC games are now almost entirely purchased through digital channels. Analyst firm DFC Intelligence told the publication that in 2013, digital games made up 92 percent of all computer games sales worldwide. The trend shows that computer gamers are flocking to online services like more
Yearly demo nixed in favor of limited EA Access playtime, adds CoachGlass for PS4
Electronic Arts (EA) has pulled an interesting move with the upcoming Madden 15 and its EA Access program recently, making the subscription program the only way gamers can try out the football title before it is formally released: the company is abandoning its yearly demo trend to give Xbox One owners the chance only to play the game before its August 26 release. News of the demo's absence comes from a Twitter exchange with EA Sports Community Manager Andrew Johnson, who stated no demo was coming.
KitSound releases new DAB radio alarm clock
KitSound has announced the release of its new radio alarm clock, the Revive. Featuring a dual-alarm function with the option of waking with music or a buzzer, the Revive includes both FM radio and digital stations. The clock can run on battery or connected to a power source, allowing for portability if desired. Available in black or blue, the Revive radio alarm clock is priced at $65.
Dre takes time off new movie filming to accept CEO Tim Cook's challenge
Apple employee and Beats CEO Dr. Dre took time out from the filming of a biopic on his original band, entitled Straight Outta Compton, to answer the challenge of Apple CEO Tim Cook and get a bucket of ice water poured on his head as part of a fundraising drive by the ALS Association to fight ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The YouTube video, posted to the Beats channel, also features director Gary Gray pouring the water.
Activity feed changes, outside purchases biggest updates, notification options added
On top of a handful of new features and changes that were previously announced as coming this month, Microsoft is bringing some additional user-requested tweaks to the Xbox One in the August update. While the activity feed is seeing the biggest number of changes, Xbox One owners will now be able to purchase, download and install games and apps from outside of the console.
Recent news indicates a fourth quarter launch, company states it's trying for October
A recent press released noted that Razer was looking to launch the Nabu smartband to consumers as early as the fourth quarter of 2014. A select number of developers and at least 1,000 Razer fans have been granted access to beta versions of the Nabu, but it appears that Razer is actually closer to a commercial release than previously thought.
Keyboard offers quick response, switch choices in compact package, but few macro keys
The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modular configurations and piecemeal construction. But what about gamers that just want a plain mechanical keyboard that handles the daily grind with ease, only to spring to life in gaming situations? Would what a relatively unknown brand - Tesoro Tizona -- calls a "tenkeyless" keyboard be something that users should consider, or would they be better off looking for something a little more complex? Find out in our review.
Microsoft gaming properties could continue media expansion if studio deal occurs
Sources have said that Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) may not be shuttering, as previously indicated during the company's announcement of 18,000 layoffs. Microsoft has reportedly been shopping the studio around in an attempt to find it a new home, with some possible results already popping up. It is said that Microsoft has recently entered into talks with Warner Brothers about XES operating under the studio.
Gameplay appears to follow decade-old collectible card game
Nintendo property The Pokemon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad. Following a tease of the game during the Pokemon World Championships currently underway in Washington DC, official representatives have confirmed the title, and that it is coming out on the iPad "later this year." The Pokemon Company has several properties on iOS, but this will be the first game to appear on the platform.
New 5.1 surround sound gaming headset features 8 drivers
Tesoro Technology has released its new true 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. The Kuvέη's fully customizable control of every channel offers wearers precise sound, suitable for tactical gaming. The headset includes a subwoofer, center speaker and one rear speaker. Each channel can be customized via the removable in-line control, which also allows for the microphone or speaker to be instantly turned off. Its unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone blocks out noise, and a virtual 7.1 surround sound audio mode is available.
Warlords of Draenor release set for a November 13, one week after BlizzCon
Residents of Azeroth no longer need to wait in anguish for their next series of adventures. Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the fifth expansion for the massive multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game World of Warcraft is going to be released later this year. During a live event in Los Angeles, Blizzard said gamers could expect Warlords of Draenor on November 13.
Full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting added to keyboard, mouse and headphones
Gaming accessories manufacturer Razer announced at Gamescom this week that it would be bringing new versions of three of its devices to the market with a new feature. Chroma, a new system that allows custom color backlighting adjustments and syncing across enabled devices, is being been added to the Razer DeathAdder mouse, BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, and Kraken 7.1 headset.
Mass Effect developer working on a co-op action-RPG game with a focus on story
Bioware, the game developer behind some of the most popular role-playing games (RPS) in the last 15 years including Mass Effect and Baldur's Gate, revealed details about its next game during GamesCom this week. What started out as a cryptic series of trailers featuring people stuck in nightmares has turned out to be a call to co-op action in Shadow Realms.
Latest Lego robotics generation gives, and takes away
With kids in the house, we're about hip-deep in Lego here, including some past iterations of the Lego Robotics kits. Late last year, Lego released the newest iteration of its Mindstorms set -- the Mindstorms EV3. Coming in at $349, the app-enabled kit purports to teach children (and tech writers) about practical robotics. Does the kit do what it says, or is it destined to be stepped on in the middle of the night by irate parents?
Mouse offers a great core and software, but button and comfort issues hard to overcome
Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. From the pinpoint accuracy needed to get the perfect shot to the ability to unleash a string of macros, there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect mouse. But with the number of big companies offering mice, is it worth it to look to some of the smaller manufacturers? For example, should consumers consider the DeathTaker mouse from GX Gaming? It offers a number of options that should be appealing to gamers, but are they enough to make gamers look toward the company's brand of gaming devices? Find out in our review.
Aspire V Nitro range topped by high-specification Black Edition notebooks
Acer is expanding its range of Aspire notebooks with a new collection of gaming systems, named the Aspire V Nitro. At the same time, the company revealed a collection of monitors for gaming and business, with the three new ranges including screen sizes between 27 inches and 32 inches, and with WQHD and 4K resolutions to choose from.
Critically panned Daikatana last FPS game from Romero, new game in planning stage
More exciting news has come out of GamesCom this week, as a gaming industry veteran announced his return to the world of first person shooters. John Romero, known as one of the pioneers of the genre from his work with id Software, announced to Joystiq that he is working on his first shooter in over 14 years.
Custom options include water cooling, hardware airflow control starting at $2018
Digital Storm has announced a new custom gaming computer that is aimed at the upper end of the enthusiast market, called the Velox. The unit brings a new level of customization to mid-sized computers, bringing numerous options including a hardline water cooling system and a hardware fan controller only available from Digital Storm.
Boxcryptor beta now available for Mac, supports Yosemite, iCloud Drive
Cloud storage encryption software, Boxcryptor, has released two new OS X beta versions. Boxcryptor protects users' files that are in the cloud, applicable to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and more. The newest version offers added support for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and iCloud Drive, as well as support for Spotlight and Trash enabled in the Advanced Preferences. Saving and loading of preferences and offline support are improved. Boxcryptor can now better handle sync conflicts, with auto-fixing for modified encrypted filenames now available. For both Boxcryptor and Boxcryptor Classic for OS X, OSXFUSE is no longer required to run the software. Boxcryptor is available in three pricing options, ranging from free to an unlimited business version for $95 per year.
New games from Ninja Theory, Wild Sheep Studios, updates on Destiny DLC, Far Cry 4
As with Sony's press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo early in the year, the company's Gamescom event was a mix of hardware and games. While some of the hardware announcements were welcome, the company also released a bunch of news regarding some big-name titles coming to the console in the next year, some smaller titles on the way, and updates on some of the most anticipated games out this year.
Date changes, beta launch dates and console exclusive titles outlined during press event
[Updated with Phil Spencer's comments on Rise of the Tomb Raider being a timed exclusive] During the Microsoft press event at Gamescom today, a number of announcements were made regarding some upcoming games and beta programs. While there wasn't much in the way of brand new games, some important date shifts were noted, as was the announcement that a sequel to one of the most successful games of 2013 would be exclusive to Xbox One.
Puzzle-adventure game Valiant Hearts: The Great War launches for iOS September 4th
Ubisoft has announced today that Valiant Hearts: The Great War will release on September 4 for iOS devices. Set during World War I, the puzzle-adventure game features characters whose narratives are interlinked. Players aim to survive the trenches alongside their canine companions. The new mobile version introduces intuitive touch controls that accommodate the format of mobile devices. Upon release, the game will be available through the App Store.
Teaser video turns ends up more than a rerelease of old titles, Sierra to be a publisher again
After some stirring on its website, and a new video popping up last week with a revived logo, adventure game studio and publisher Sierra is indeed witnessing a rebirth. At Gamescom, it was announced that new entries in the King's Quest series and a new Geometry Wars game would be handled by Sierra Entertainment.
Enables development of Oculus-compatible Mac apps
Facebook-owned Oculus VR has released v0.41 of its beta SDK. Mostly a maintenance release, it is however the first to support OS X, which should allow developers to add Oculus Rift support to games and other Mac software. Since Macs are lacking an appropriate display driver, support currently relies on the Extend Desktop mode.
Gamescom PS4 media event revealed PlayStation TV shipping to Europe in November
Sony is bringing the PlayStation TV to Europe, a month after its US launch, the company revealed as part of its Gamescom media event earlier today. The company also laid out its plans for future updates to the PlayStation 4 game console at the event, as well as advising that it has passed the 10 million unit sales milestone for the console, up from the 7 million it reported back in April.
Small form-factor computer ships in November, priced at $549 and up
Dell's Alienware division has launched preorders for its "Steam Machine," absent Valve's operating system. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, an i3-4130T 2.9GHz-based version of the device retails for $599 and will ship with Windows 8.1, with the ability to install the SteamOS should it see the light of day in a timely fashion.
Gamescom Xbox One presentation showed larger capacity, white console variants
The Xbox One will soon allow users to stream TV to a mobile device, Microsoft has revealed. Part of a number of updates to the game console unveiled at Gamescom, owners of the recently-launched Xbox One Digital TV tuner will be able to stream live TV from the console to smartphones and tablets running the Xbox SmartGlass app.
Gaming system offer from Origin PC includes two Titan Z graphics cards for price of one
Computer producer Origin PC has issued a few announcements about its gaming computer lines, including the launch of a trade-in program. The company is offering systems it's billing as capable of playing games at a 4K resolution from under $4,000, as well as the commencement of its Trade Up program, where customers can receive credit towards an Origin PC notebook or computer after trading in an Alienware-branded Dell notebook.
Iconic developer shut down by Activision in since 2008 seeing movement, details at Gamescom
A gaming studio that once vanished through a series of mergers appears to be undergoing some sort of comeback, as indicated by an update to its website. Sierra Entertainment, a gaming developer and publisher that dates back to the late 1970s, appears to be witnessing a sort of revival. After a silence of nearly six years since the publisher was shut down after coming into possession of Activision Blizzard, a new announcement appears to be coming at Gamescom later this month.
Electronista and MacNN Weekly deals for August 8, 2014
Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!
Slim Alienware gaming notebook due for release before end of year
Dell has unveiled another gaming notebook under the Alienware brand, with a smaller display compared to others in the range. The Alienware 13 has a selection of 13-inch displays to fit it out with, including a touch-enabled 2560x1440 IPS panel with 400 nits of brightness, a 1080p 350-nit version, and at the low-end, a 720p-resolution screen with 200 nits of brightness.
No mention of timetable or future titles to be added, COO laments Sony's refusal
Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore has given more context to the future offerings from its EA Access Xbox One game subscription service. The service will grow, with new additions to the offerings that users have access to for a subscription fee; in addition, old games will not be removed from the service as time goes on.
Macphun updates UI, image processing engine, adds effects
Image software maker Macphun has updated its FX Photo Studio for iPhone to version 6.0, revising its effects categories, improving the image-processing engine and updating the look of the app to a more modern UI design. The app, which has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times since the beginning of 2014, allows users to stack effects as well as adjust portions of the image using a Mask tool. It carries a complete selection of over 200 effects and filters -- combinations of which can be saved as presets -- alongside standard camera app editing tools. To celebrate, the app will be on sale until Monday for just $1, one-third of its normal $3 price.
Apologies issued for surprise changes, some clarification added on audio recognition
[Updated with Twitch VOD highlight and appeal change] Twitch CEO Emmett Shear did an "ask me anything" Q-n-A on Reddit today, fielding numerous questions over the recent changes that the game-streaming service underwent this week. While Shear confirmed information on most of the changes that had already taken place, he did try to reassure users that the moves were done with a purpose.
Board of Film and Video Censors bars sales, seen as inappropriate to current situation
Thailand put a ban on sales on a city-building game in a similar vein to Sim City this week, based on some similarities to its political situation. The country's Board of Film and Video Censors, which is part of the Ministry of Culture, banned sales of Tropico 5 after declaring that some contents are not appropriate for the current political situation.