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The XIM 4 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter makes console feel like a PC

Building your own gaming PC is not exactly a simple or cheap endeavor. You have to have some manner of understanding of what parts you’ll need, where to get them, how to put them together, and the money to fund it all. Even if you have a friend to help you, you’ll be looking at far more than the cost of what a console would be to put together something decent. If your budget doesn’t allow for that amount of spending, then getting a console will at least sate your appetite for gaming.

If you wish you could use a keyboard and mouse on your console for a bit more precision, then the XIM 4 should be able to help you out. This adapter will let you play your PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 with the mouse, keyboard, or other compatible button-laden device of your choice. This is a 1-to-1 device, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any delay between when you press and an action happening in the game.

This is easy to set up through its wireless smartphone and PC configuration tool, and will make it feel like you’ve spent thousands on a quality setup, without having to pay up. This has a 6′ braided microUSB cable, 2 USB ports, and will play nicely with Android phones through Google Play, or by downloading software on your PC. Of course, this isn’t a cheap add-on, so you’ll have to be willing to part with $149.99 to up your gaming experience.

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PlayStation 4 Pro launches in North America

The world of video game consoles is an interesting one — it is never static, and the life cycle of close to a decade will certainly be worth investigating, as there would have been numerous titles released for that particular platform or generation across time. Well, there will always be changes made from time to time in terms of revamping the existing generation console so that it looks fresh and relevant to the current moment, although such refreshes tend to come with perhaps a slight improvement on the innards without compromising on backwards compatibility. Sony’s latest hardware refresh comes in the form of the PlayStation 4 Pro, having been launched across the US and Canada, which will be a worthy refresh of the existing PS4.

The PS4 Pro, as it is also known, will be able to deliver a heightened gaming experience with better quality graphics as well as smoother images. This high-end system will make sure that your current library of games will look way more sexy — we are talking about support for dynamic 4K gaming and digital 4K entertainment, and the asking price of US$399 and CAD $499 certainly befit its status as a pimped out PS4.

Firm fan favorites such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision), Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us Remastered, and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End (SIE Worldwide Studios), will ensure that the additional raw processing power that the PS4 Pro has underneath the hood will be taken full advantage of, ensuring that the graphics and visual experience will reach new heights.

The PS4 Pro will have a powerful CPU and GPU so that developers can conjure higher-quality games that output dynamic 4K quality graphics with unprecedented visual precision, resulting in smoother and more stable frame rates. Of course, this would mean making sure your TV is 4K compatible, otherwise a Full HD screen would be unable to do the PS4 Pro justice. Thankfully, it continues to support the same user interface as the PS4, and will provide access to the same vibrant online community. Want to enhance your PS4 gaming experience as though it were on visual steroids? The PS4 Pro’s got your back here.

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Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade lets you enjoy many games on a single machine

When was the last time you stepped into a video game arcade to have a spot of pinball action? That would be an experience that would normally resonate with those of us who are much older, as the younger people these days have had the advantage of enjoying games on a mobile platform, or spending most of their time glued behind the screen at home on a console or a PC. Well, if you are feeling a little bit more flush these days, how about sprucing up your home’s basement with the $4,000 Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade?

This is definitely a big boy’s toy, as this one particular arcade cabinet comes with more than 60 different kinds of virtual pinball for you to indulge in. It is available as a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, where this particular machine delivers a library of pre-installed virtual pinball games. Each of these virtual pinball games will come with its very own immersive 3D environments that comprises of animated characters, flippers, bumpers, and ramps. For instance, Star Wars fans will be able to use a lightsaber to launch the ball in Star Wars: A New Hope, while flippers and a digital pinball attempt to ward off a queen Xenomorph in Aliens, with a patriotic superhero seeking out the cosmic cube and sparring with the Red Skull in Marvel’s Captain America.

The Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade comes with a 32″ LED playfield that will be able to faithfully reproduce the hallmarks of a classic pinball cabinet complete with the details of their mechanical predecessors while offering razor-sharp 1080p high-definition. This particular machine is also able to download a further 60 classic arcade games, which will correspond with its outward physical characteristics of a retro arcade game. Among them include an OEM-style coin door — although you do not need to feed it with quarters, obviously, a pair of coaxial speakers that reproduce authentic sounds, among others.
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Retro Fighters showcase new NES Retro Controller

The gamepad is one of the staples of console gaming, and it can never be separated from the console itself even if we are living in the age of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality). Basically, even when the Nintendo Wii broke onto the scene with their Wiimote, there was still space for a Wii Controller for obvious reasons — you simply cannot waggle your way through Zelda or Mario. Well, Retro Fighters have come up with their next generation NES retro controller, updating a gamepad from a console that many of us grew up with in our very first exposure to home consoles.

This is the very first product from Retro Fighters, calling the next generation designed NES controller as the Jab Gamepad. Do not scoff at it even though it might look as though it hails from the 1990s, as the Jab Gamepad happens to be the very first NES compatible controller that has been redesigned from ground up, sporting next generation features and attributes in order to keep up with the times.

The entire look has been updated to make sure it is still relevant in the current century, although some might beg to differ. At least it is ergonomically shaped, which should deliver a potent user experience without losing any grip as you play. The D-pad looks comfortable enough to play with that it places less stress on the thumbs, and the ergonomic layout of the B & A buttons would be well appreciated by gamers who love marathon sessions.

Not only that, there are B & A shoulder and trigger buttons which lets you use it in conjunction with analog sticks or the D-pad, paving the way for many other button combinations. Heck, even a turbo function has been thrown into the mix, allowing you to gain a wee bit of boost as and when required.

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SteelSeries Arctis headset range turns gaming audio stereotypes on its head

When we mention the name SteelSeries, most of the time, we would figure out that it will have something to do with gaming accessories, and they have come up with some pretty gaming mice in the past. This time around, things are not so different either, as the SteelSeries Arctis headset range has been revamped as part of an effort to transform gaming audio stereotypes.

The new range of revolutionary headsets are touted to deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound — and these will be standard features across the whole range, now how about that? The trio of gaming headsets will shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. The Arctis lineup will come with design-forward thinking and timeless style as opposed to having it resemble that of a bulky toy.

There is an integrated microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication, and to sweeten the deal, all headsets in the Arctis family will boast of SteelSeries’ award-winning speakers, which can also be found in their headsets that cost $300. The powerful, low-distortion speakers merged with 7.1 surround sound ensure total immersion as you game.

Not only that, you can get your in-game commands across in a clear manner thanks to the ClearCast microphone used within each Arctis headset. It will make use of a new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions, accompanied by exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric.

The patented headband design is capable of distributing weight across the top of the head evenly, and this helps to prevent pressure points even after prolonged use for a far more comfortable gaming experience. The three Artis headsets would be the Arctis 3, Arctis 5 and lag-free, wireless Arctis 7, where they will retail for $79.99, $99.99 and $149.99, respectively. Any takers for these new devices that hail from SteelSeries?

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SteelSeries Rival 500 MMO/MOBA Gaming Mouse

Not all gaming mice are created equal — some are made by more notable names, while the others will require you to “grow” into them. Still, if you are an avid MMO/MOBA gamer and are in the market for a new mouse as your previous one gave up the ghost, you might want to consider the SteelSeries Rival 500 MMO/MOBA gaming mouse. The SteelSeries Rival 500 is considered to be the first MOBA/MMO optical gaming mouse in the world that has been specially designed around natural hand movements for extreme comfort, accuracy and performance.

This revolutionary multi-button gaming mouse was designed from the ground up, paying full attention to the gamer’s thumb and hand movements in order to help one increase the level of efficiency, accuracy, and performance.

It was developed by reimagining the traditional multi-button grid layout as it incorporates natural hand movements into the design. Specially engineered for comfort and performance, it does away with the squeezed buttons in a grid format by throwing in a Next-Gen side-button layout. This new layout would make identifying, clicking and combo clicking precise and easy. The SteelSeries Rival 500 showcases gaming’s first flick down switches, which is the fastest way to make a move as it responds to your thumb’s natural flick motion rather than requiring a press.

There is also SteelSeries’ innovative tactile alert technology integrated within, turning it from an input-only device to a weapon that provides feedback as you dominate your digital opponents. Gamers are able to fully customize and feel in-game events and alerts via subtle pulses, enabling them make split-second decisions during crucial times. Not only that, it can also notify gamers when cooldowns are up, ammo is out, health is low, or any other important-to-the-gamer in-game action occurs.

The Pixart 3360 optical sensor delivers up to 16,000 CPI, and you can personalize the functions of all 15 individual buttons. Expect this hardy mouse to retail for $79.99 a pop.

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The ROCCAT Skeltr is a Smart RGB Keyboard for multi-taskers

If you are a do-er of all things who loves to play games, then you know how hard it is to get through a competitive match on Overwatch when your phone is constantly blowing up. You want to stay connected, but when you only have a few seconds to unlock your phone, get to the message, and tap out a response the moment after you die, there’s a good chance you’re going to respawn and waste precious milliseconds sending your fam those dank memes. To make sure you can shave off those precious moments in time of switching up devices, ROCCAT made a solution.

It’s called the Skeltr, and it is a smart communication RGB keyboard that will let you integrate your phone and tablet. Not only will it give you a dock on your keyboard that will put your devices at the optimal viewing angle, but it will connect to them so you can type messages to your phone and tablet from your keyboard. You won’t have to fiddle with either device, and will be able to send your lols and emojis without having to lift more fingers than necessary.

Just to make sure this is worth the price, which will definitely be over $100, you can also pair your phone and headset so you can take calls on while gaming, or play music from your phone directly into your earcups. You’ll get 3 thumbster keys, 5 macro keys, 1000Hz polling rate, and membrane keys to press. This keyboard will be up for purchase on the first of September, and seems like it would be a must-have for multi-tasking gamers.

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The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset – play all day

HyperX Cloud II

When you need to get a new headset, you want the perfect cross-section between comfort, quality, price, and durability. There are more options than your brain can feasibly comprehend on the market, but the best idea is to decide what price range you’re willing to deal with, and read as many reviews as possible. There are some brands you’re going to recognize and trust, but if it’s not quite in your budget to spend $180 or more, then know that setting your sights lower doesn’t mean you’re going to miss out.

Take for example the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset. This is a USB peripheral that has 53mm drivers, 7.1 virtual surround sound, and a noise-cancelling microphone. Not only that, but it also has an inline sound card, memory foam ear cups with an extra set of Velour ear pads when you’re feeling especially fancy, and the microphone can be easily detached. It’s compatible for PC, Mac, PS4, XBOX ONE, and WiiU.

Needless to say, you would expect the price point to be higher for all these goodies, but it sits at around $84.99-99.99. This is completely dependant on what color headset you want to wear as options are pink and white, black and red, and gun metal. There are other options to check out, but this doesn’t have 4.5 stars for reviews pooling from over 2,000 people for nothing. It all just depends on how pretentious you want to be when you talk about brand and price tag.

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Division Zero M50 Pro Gaming Mouse — affordable but reliable

If you are a gamer, and a serious one at that, you would know for sure that you prefer to have all of the right hardware in order to maximize your chances of winning. After all, every bit counts, and while it is not so much like Formula 1 and other precision sports, there are finer details that can be the difference between victory and defeat among equally skilled gamers. For those who feel like they need a brand new gaming mouse but do not know where to start, the $68.99 Division Zero M50 Pro Gaming Mouse might just be the tonic you require.

The Division Zero M50 Pro Gaming Mouse will come with an adjustable 6400 dpi 4G laser sensor alongside 9 programmable macro buttons. Not only that, there will be a 4D tilt wheel scrolling capability that makes it easy to scroll through your list of items or even spreadsheet cells if you need to get some work done. This ambidextrous mouse will be ideal for southpaws as well, and with the integrated onboard memory, you will be able to store your game profiles regardless of where you are. You can save up to 6 game profiles in the onboard memory, and the red backlighting goes with red LED scroll wheel, mouse body, and bottom plate makes it look all the more menacing.
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Codex Silenda is a handcrafted puzzle that you have to solve to open

If you’re a fan of puzzles, then you likely have a Rubiks cube or two lying around at home. While there are a variety of puzzles out on the market, there’s a pretty big gap between easy and cheap and challenging and expensive. You wouldn’t want to spend $10 on a movie that only lasted ten minutes, so why would you spend $5 on something you can solve in two minutes?

The problem with puzzles is that once you’ve solved them, there’s really no reason to play them again as you already figured it out. This is why the Codex Silenda is taking an extra step with their puzzle. This is a 5-page book that you can only open by solving each page of the codex. In addition to giving your brain a workout, there’s also a story that ties the pages together, and has a hidden storage compartment if you really want to keep something hidden from prying eyes.

While this is handcrafted in the sense that it was developed and put together by the team that came up with the idea, the pieces were made with a laser cutter. The Codex is presently part of a crowdfunding campaign that is more than successful, and while an assembled version would’ve cost you $150, there are also options to get an unassembled version which it would be up to you to put together with a manual that walks you through the steps or gives you just enough hints that putting it together is puzzle enough. The tiers are sold out, but they presently have a waiting list for those who want a Codex of their very own.

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