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NVIDIA SHIELD tablet elevates portable gaming to the next level

Our previous exposure to the NVIDIA SHIELD brand was that of it being touted to be a “portable Xbox”, although in reality, it did not seem as though the device was being shaped in such a direction despite the intention of looking like it. This time around, the NVIDIA SHIELD brand is still being used, except that it will focus on the tablet form factor, now how about that? It certainly looks as though this is the next generation tablet that boasts of superior hardware specifications in terms of gaming capability.

The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet will arrive with a slew of features and capabilities that would certainly make you green with envy. At its heart lies a Tegra K1 mobile processor, which is touted to be the world’s most advanced mobile processor. When paired alongside a brilliant 8-inch, full HD display, your eyes will be able to experience visuals that are unprecedented at insane frame rates. In fact, your movie watching experience will not be the same again with 1080p Netflix streaming on the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet.

Ditching conventional wisdom of not having a stylus, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet does have its very own stylus that has been holstered in the back, ensuring that it remains within easy reach all the time. Thanks to NVIDIA’s DirectStylus 2 technology, this particular move will open up new possibilities for everyone ranging from note takers to serious artists to take advantage of it. The NVIDIA Dabbler app will even assist you in creating hyper-realistic images while you are on the move.

Fully running on the Android platform, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has a microSD memory card slot to deliver another 128GB of storage space, and it receives over-the-air updates directly from NVIDIA. Not only that, it will also play nice with apps from Google Play, while the LTE option would bring a smile to the face of many. Expect the Tegra K1’s 192 dedicated graphics cores inside to deliver the best visuals for a tablet, and to make sure your mobile gaming experience is complete, it even works alongside a new wireless controller. The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet will start from $299 onward.

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CYBERPOWERPC rolls out the Zeusbook Edge X6

When it comes to gaming, most of us would like to have a desktop that is capable of running brilliantly, churning out framerates that are at a fast and furious pace. However, some of us do not have the means to have an equally well equipped notebook to run our favorite games at such a pace, since such a gaming notebook would cost a pretty penny. How about arriving at a compromise – ditch the desktop, and use that money to purchase a high powered notebook to get your work done in double quick time, in addition to catering for your mobile gaming needs? After all, games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds aren’t really all that fun playing for hours on end, but a good CRPG, now we’re talking! Enter the CYBERPOWERPC Zeusbook Edge X6, a full-powered Intel Core i7 notebook that is sleek and ready to dominate your gaming foes.

The Zeusbook Edge X6 will run on the next-generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M series graphics cards as well as the 4th generation of Intel Core i7 mobile processors, and not only that, it also carries the distinction of being CYBERPOWERPC’s thinnest and lightest gaming notebook to date. The entire shebang measures a mere 0.82” and tips the scales at just 4.75 pounds. Underneath the hood, you will find adequate power, graphics performance and cooling efficiency to decimate, dominate, and annihilate any foe.

Thanks to NVIDIA Optimus Technology working alongside the 4th generation Intel Core i7 mobile processor, battery life is prolonged, while performance is managed under different usage scenarios, regardless of whether you are duking it out in your favorite game, streaming some video, or tackling your next big school assignment. There are dual fans and heatsinks within the Supra-Cool cooling system that helps ensure the discrete CPU and GPU chips run at optimal conditions.

Thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics card with 6GB GDDR5 RAM, even the latest graphically intense PC games would not cause the Zeusbook Edge X6 to break out in a sweat, as the GTX 870M plays nice with all leading-edge NVIDIA gaming technologies, including FXAA, Adaptive V-Sync, ShadowPlay, and PhysX. Other hardware features include a pair of USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a RJ-45 gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, HDMI, VGA, and mini DisplayPort outputs. It has a 15.6” Full HD (1080p) IPS panel display with a 170° viewing angle and up to 72% color gamut, working alongside a powerful 2.1-channel speaker system. Prices start from $1,389 onwards.

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Razer Atrox Arcade Fighting Stick for the Xbox One announced

Razer is an old hand when it come to gaming peripherals, and the company has built up a pretty strong following of loyal customers over the years as they continue to deliver gaming peripherals that are capable of lasting the distance. The Atrox arcade stick line was announced not too long ago, where it even came in a Super Street Fighter IV AE Collector’s Edition model a few months after that. This time around, it would be the Xbox One’s turn to be able to enjoy the Razer Atrox Arcade Fighting Stick grace its platform, offering gamers a competitive edge over their opponents.

Unveiled at The Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2014, which so happens to be the world’s largest fighting game tournament, the Razer Atrox Arcade Fighting Stick is battle hardened right from the get go as it has been tested by some of the world’s best eSports athletes, boasting of a highly customizable layout while constructed with modders and competitive gamers in mind.

Continuing from where the original Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for the Xbox 360 left off, this particular model will see the application of years of collective gaming experience from pro gamers and the Razer community culminate in the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox One. It boasts of eight genuine Sanwa Denshi buttons alongside an ergonomically authentic arcade layout, where you will be able to open it up with but a touch of a button, making it a snap to customize regardless of your playing style. You also have the choice of swapping in your own personal designs for a unique look and feel, while there are also dedicated slots in the controller itself that can be used to store the included alternate bat-top joystick, detachable USB cable and bundled screwdriver that can be used for easy modding.

Out late this August, the Razer Atrox Arcade Fighting Stick for Xbox One will cost you $199.99.

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ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board development progresses

ROCCAT Studios have kept themselves busy over the course of this summer, and it does not look as though they will run out of announcements anytime soon. Recently, we did talk about how ROCCAT was about to work on what they call the ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board, where this particular idea managed to gain traction and pick up positive fan and media response over the course of E3 that concluded not too long ago this year. Well, in order to take advantage of the growing wave of enthusiasm when it comes to this particular wireless keyboard/mousepad combo that will be custom made to deliver a comprehensive a living room gaming experience, ROCCAT has decided to step on the proverbial gas pedal in order to make the jump to its next phase of development for the Sova, and fans are invited to jump on board this exciting development.

René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT, shared, “We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova. We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We’re ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you’ll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog.”

From today onward, the ROCCAT Sova blog will let fans dive right into the minds of ROCCAT’s designers and developers so that they are able to figure out just what makes this creative group tick. Not only that, fans can also discuss possible features, provide feedback, as well as check out the technical and aesthetic side of creating groundbreaking peripherals.

After all, there is nothing quite like having a deeper insight into an upcoming peripheral that you’re going to spend plenty of time with, as it will build that “bond” of attachment and increase the excitement of anticipation even more along the way.

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Adesso iMouse G3 3-Color Illuminated Gaming Mouse

When it comes to the sensitive topic on the kind of gaming hardware that you use, you can be sure that just as there are many different camps out there, you too, will find different factions that swear by the quality and accuracy of a particular brand. Regardless of whether you live and “die” by the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable gaming mouse or the ROCCAT Kone Pure Military gaming mouse, to each his or her own. Of course, with so many different models to choose from, sometimes it can be a case of actually narrowing down to what would work with the shape of your hand best, since there is no one size fits all solution. The Adesso iMouse G3 gaming mouse intends to step in and offer gamers new levels of immersion thanks to its stylish design, colorful LED colors, and other features for hardcore gaming use.

All that it takes would be a single click of a button for the Adesso iMouse G3’s illuminated lights to be turned on, where you can then opt to have it switched between green, blue or red as you play around with 800, 1200, 1600 and 2400 DPI settings. Needless to say, the higher the level of DPI, the more control you will gain when it comes to mouse precision, making it ideal regardless of intense gaming situations, or for general application use.

Not only that, this would also make the Adesso iMouse G3 ideal for dim environments, since it has a moody, soft glow that ensures an immersive experience. Your hand will not experience fatigue after spending hours with it too, since it has been shaped for maximum comfort and the rubberized outer layer will help improve gripping traction. Apart from that, you can be extra productive thanks to the built-in Back and Forward buttons for internet navigation, while it has a rugged gaming cable that adds to its durability.

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The Cozy Room will give you a quiet place to escape to at home

When we come home at the end of the day, we need to unwind for a while. Reading a book, playing video games, or listening to music is often how most people take a break. However, some need a secluded space to go, especially if they live in a busy city area or with roommates. You can’t exactly shut out all of the world around you on your own. If …

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Razer Kraken Neon Series announced

I have said it many times in the past, that gamers are an extremely loyal lot most of the time, where they would stick to their existing brand name if it has served them extremely well in the past. Some do not mind making a change from time to time, while others would remain stedfastly loyal. Razer has continued in their rich tradition of rolling out quality gaming peripherals with the new Kraken Neon Series, which happens to be a special edition of the brand’s best-selling Kraken gaming headsets and headphones, where gamers will be able to select from half a dozen new fluorescent colors, now how about that for individualization?

Similar to its forerunners, you will be able to check out the classic green and black Razer Kraken and Kraken Pros, Razer Kraken E-Panda Hooligan headphones and the Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones. The Kraken Neon Series will come outfitted with powerful drivers which will be able to pack deep and heavy bass tones in order to compliment acutely tuned mids as well as highs that have been optimized for gaming and music listening.

There will be a Pro version of the Razer Kraken Neon Series that will boast of a fully retractable microphone that has been included into the headset, ensuring that gamers get to enjoy seamless connectivity to smartphones, tablets and other kinds of voice-enabled devices. Apart from that, the Razer Kraken Neon Series would be the very first time that Razer has introduced a full colorway for a product. This particularly wide array of color choices happen to be able to be matched with apparel, footwear and accessories.

Those who are interested in the Razer Kraken Pro Neon Gaming Headset will be able to pick it up for $89.99 a pop, while the Razer Kraken Neon Headphones would retail for $69.99 apiece, although our friends living across the pond will have the pay a similar amount, albeit in Euros, which would make it a wee bit more expensive.

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The RetroN 5 doesn’t take nostalgic gaming lightly

There are some games which will always stick out in our minds from older gaming systems. Maybe it’s for a simple reason like being a popular game when you were young, or maybe it was something almost no one has heard of, but holds a special place in your heart. Whenever you want to pull out those old systems and take a stroll down memory lane, you might be a bit disappointed in the translation of how you remembered it versus how it actually is.

We looked at the Super RetroTrio last week, which would give you three consoles in one. It had a modern take, but let us use our old favorites. Of course, the world just wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a bigger and better version out there. The RetroN 5 will work with NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games. It has an HDMI port with a max output at 720p, supporting 60 fps.

This has an on-screen interface that is very easy to use. You can choose whether you have crisp HD resolution, or the pixelated goodness you remember. Game Genie was built into this, so it can give you a leg up if you’re a little rusty. It comes with a wireless (or wired if you prefer) controller that will give you a D-pad, shoulder triggers, start/select buttons, 4 macro buttons, and 8 controller buttons. You can remap these to whatever your preferences are, and 4 blue LED buttons will tell you how much battery you have left before you need to recharge. Of course, if you still have the original controllers, there are 6 ports for you to plug into, one for each system. You will be able to save or load your game at any point, with 10 save slots for each game. This system and one controller will cost you around $140.

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ROCCAT Kone Pure Military gaming mouse announced

Gamers can be said to be a spoilt lot, especially when they have already pledged their allegiance to a particular hardware manufacturer based on their past experiences as well as sentiment, and there are some who are not willing to give other brands a chance. However, if you are always open to suggestions, and are currently on the lookout for a spanking new gaming mouse, then might I introduce to you the brand new ROCCAT Kone Pure Military gaming mouse?

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Military will arrive with a series of themed visual styles for players to select, ranging from Camo Charge and Naval Storm, to the Desert Strike variant, all the while not forgetting that function should always accompany form. Those who have not used a Kone gaming mouse in the past will then have the honor of checking out just what all the fuss is about.

For starters, the ROCCAT Kone Pure Military gaming mouse will arrive standard with the patented Easy-Shift[+] technology, in addition to highly customizable illumination via LED lights that has the brilliance of 16.8 million discrete colors, all crammed within a sleek, compact package which is smaller compared to the instant classic Kone XTD, without losing out on the durability and ergonomic function that Kone has already built a name with.

As for the main feature of the Kone Pure Military, that would lie in its 5000 dpi Pro-Optic (R4), which is touted to be one of the most high-powered optical sensor available in the market as at press time. Being state-of-the-art, lag-free, and ultra-precise, not to mention boasting of an Adjustable Control Unit (ADCU) that lets the gamer manually configure lift control, the Kone Pure Military ought to be able to deliver military precision without batting an eyelid, even in the most pressing of gaming situations. The ROCCAT Kone Pure Military Edition gaming mouse can be yours for a relatively affordable $69.99.

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The Razer JungleCat is for mobile gamers who are always on the move

Mobile gaming is the best way to fill a few minutes on a bus or train while on your way to work. Some are embarrassed about the genre of game they play, trying to hide their screen from others around them. On the other hand, there are those who embrace their geekery in full force, by purchasing accessories to make gaming easier.

If you are one hardcore gamer who has no time for fooling around, then you likely want an accessory that can be assembled quickly, has amazing quality, and won’t take up much space. The Razer JungleCat will give you everything you could want for an iPhone game controller. It has a D-pad, ABXY buttons, and bumpers. If you want to stow it away, simply slide the gamepad shut and it will all but disappear. This will add a bit more bulk and length to your phone, but it won’t be by much.

Seeing that many mobile gaming add-ons need a mounting bracket or jut out of the sides, this is a far better option. This will offer some level of protection from drops and falls, but you likely won’t want any aspect of this combination to hit the ground. You can fully customize your controller with the Razer Junglecat iOS app, which will allow you to remap your buttons, as well as their sensitivity. This was designed for the iPhone 5/5S, and will give you full access to all of the buttons on your phone. This is available for purchase at a price point of $99.99.

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