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GRX-340 Gaming Headset targets console owners

grx-340Multiplayer gaming has long broken through the barriers of being confined to desktop machines for quite some time now, thanks to faster Internet connectivity that is available to the masses, not to mention more and more sophisticated console titles. Having said that, many multiplayer games these days will see groups of people split into teams, and since speaking gets the message across a whole lot faster compared to typing it down, a gaming headset has become quite the staple peripheral among gamers for a while already. If you are on a tight budget and yet would like a gaming headset to go along with your console experience, then the $24.99 GRX-340 Gaming Headset would be able to get the job done.

You will be able to choose from blue or green shades which will be made available for the Sony PS4 or Xbox One, respectively. The GRX-340 Gaming Headset will arrive with 40mm audio drivers and includes a high performance microphone with advanced circuitry so that whatever instructions that you have for your team members will be sent out, loud and clear. It is not wireless, however, so do take note of that, as it connects via a 3.5mm standard stereo plug. The microphone comes with an on/off switch so that you can kill communications when the situation requires it.
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The Z Mouse will bring a whole new angle to gaming

There are new gaming peripherals coming out all the time. While some are better than others, what piques our interest normally lines up perfectly with our individual wants and needs. This means that more often than not, gaming accessories are targeting a specific group of gamers rather than making something that everyone can use, and doesn’t do too much in the way of improving the actual design of the mouse.

The company Swiftpoint made a mouse several years ago that did wonders for laptop users, but now they’ve set their sights to gaming, and have created The Z. This is a gaming mouse that has a world first; a mouse that can pivot, tilt, and roll, with a whole new way to press buttons. Not only are you going to have right and left click with a scroll wheel in between, but there are two side buttons, two finger buttons, two push/pull trigger buttons, two thumb buttons, and the pivot, tilt, and roll will add far more options.

This mouse is capable of reading actions on the table as well as in the air for flight simulators, and the right and left click have two clicks, a soft and deep click, all of which you can assign. You will be the one configuring what constitutes a deep click, so don’t worry about being stuck with a setup that doesn’t work for you. This will cost you $149-159 while it’s in a Kickstarter campaign, and is certainly going to give you a lot of new aspects to add to your game. Of course, this also has tons of practical uses for power office workers and designers as well.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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These realistic Wood Decals make consoles look classy

If you like having a specific aesthetic in mind for your interior decorating, it’s hard to not try and make everything fit into your vision. If you’re wanting a cabin in the woods feel and you live in a big city, it’s going to be hard to find the cozy, cluttered theme that you like without going out of your way. If you at least want a bit of the visual warmth that wood can bring, then why not go for the decal route?

Our game consoles don’t really fit into a classy or cozy aesthetic, which is why these Custom Gaming Covers from Toast are both hilarious and kind of awesome. They’re available for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 priced at $59, and they come in options of walnut, ash, bamboo, and ebony. For what they are, they look pretty great, and are relatively convincing that they could just as easily be an old radio to anyone who isn’t looking hard enough.

Sadly there aren’t decals to go on the controllers anywhere in sight, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find them elsewhere. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even get a custom design put on this! These are rather pricey just to achieve a desired effect, but hey, if you got it, spend it mercilessly so you can feel at peace when you look at all the cool stuff you have. That’s how that works, right?

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Logitech reveals their G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL mechanical gaming keyboard

Gamers can be a very spoiled lot, which is why they would demand for nothing but the very best where hardware is concerned. After all, when the last round is played and you still lose despite giving your all and having nothing but the best in class peripherals, that is when you heave a sigh of relief and claim that you have a really throbbing migraine – which meant you would have been undefeated if you were on a roll. Typical gamer ego talking here, but if you so happen to be in the market for a gaming keyboard that has pedigree, then the Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard does sound as though it is worth checking out.

This ultra-light keyboard will boast of Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, where it comes with 25 percent faster actuation compared to standard mechanical keyboards. The Romer-G mechanical switches will also come with an actuation point of 1.5 mm, allowing them to have a distinct advantage in receiving commands more quickly, so that you end up with an edge in competitive games where every single millisecond matters. There will also be improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, which is up to 40% longer compared to the rest on the market, allowing you to play with confidence.

Since it comes with a collection of vital keys where gaming is concerned, the Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum is easy to tote around, be it to LAN events or a friend’s house, as it fits into smaller gaming spaces without missing a beat. There will be no number pad or macro keys to get in the way, and the additional space will let you make wide motions with your mouse. Apart from that, its compact design ensures that your hands will come closer together for improved comfort.

The Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum is tipped to arrive Stateside as well as across the pond from early this month, where it will feature a recommended retail price of $129.99 and €149, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live on.

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The Tesoro Thyrsus MMO/MOBA Gaming Mouse hits shelves next month

Any time you take up a hobby seriously, you notice how the tools you use affect the finished product. Someone who likes to draw will start to notice subtle differences in the hard or softness of the lead, or the thickness of the line on paper. In the same way you notice these tiny details in the hobby of drawing, and how the type of pencil you use will affect the finalized picture, it is the same for having quality peripherals for those who like to play video games.

It might be a bit of a jump from art to gaming, but both can require a very particular set of skills and finesse. There’s nothing wrong with having a regular mouse and headset to play PC games, but when you get accustomed to a certain kind of game, you notice things that would make your life easier when playing. For those who love playing MMOs or MOBAs, you likely want programmable buttons that you don’t have to go out of your way for. The Tesoro Thyrsus Gaming Mouse has 6 programmable thumb buttons meant for MMO and MOBA gamers specifically.

There’s 64KB of memory so you can keep 5 gaming profiles handy. You can adjust six levels of sensitivity up to 8200 dpi, there’s a polling rate up to 1000Hz, and there’s multicolor LEDs you can fiddle with. This is going to cost you $69, and will hit the market in August.

Tide yourself over with other Tesoro products in the meantime
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The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – a precision tool for serious gamers

In the world of gaming, there are those who used to play when they were young and now play whenever it seems like a fun idea, causal gamers who play a few times a week, hardcore gamers who put in enough time that it may as well be a part-time job, and professional gamers who sleep, eat, and breathe games. There’s nothing wrong with falling into any of these categories, but the higher up the scale you go, the more you realize you need proper tools to play certain games. Those who play PC games know that a combination of an awesome mouse, keyboard, two or more monitors, and a high-quality headset can all come into play with how you perform.

Console gaming is a bit different, as you can’t really find much variance in controllers with sensitivity settings, game profiles, and a sturdy build that will stand the test of time. Microsoft is planning to tap into the professional gaming field, with the creation of the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller. This was announced last week at E3, and is meant for the hardcore to professional category of gamers. There is a diamond patterned grip, swappable thumbsticks and D-pads to improve your accuracy and speed, as well as hair trigger locks for the interchangeable paddles under the controller.

Through an app on Windows 10 or Xbox One, as this can be used on either Xbox One or PC, you’ll be able to detail game profiles for mapping buttons, as well as sensitivity for your triggers, thumbsticks, and more. The thumbstick shafts are also made of metal so that it can hold up through heated gaming sessions. There is a 3.5mm stereo headset jack so you can plug in a headset to get the full audio while experiencing haptic feedback. The only annoying aspect is that it uses two AA batteries, but it is compatible with the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit (a separate purchase), or you can use the 9′ USB cable that is included. This is currently only available for pre-order at the price of $149.99, and will ship in October. This is obviously aimed at a niche audience with disposable income, which will either help these sell faster or hardly at all.

Available for pre-order on Amazon
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Steam Link – PC gaming gets a lot more comfortable



We love to play video games at pretty much any possible moment. You can play on your mobile phone, portable gaming device, console in your living room, or PC in your home or office. Of course, whether you play for five minutes or five hours, you want to be comfortable, and there are all sorts of accessories that are catered to making that happen.

If you are part of the PC master race, but wish that you could play games on your living room TV easily, then you’ll need to do a little finagling to make it work. Of course, if most of your PC game library is on Steam, then you might be interested in Steam Link. By connecting this to your TV and home network, you can have access to your entire game library from whichever is your most comfortable spot in front of the largest screen you own.

Setting this up is as simple as connecting it to your TV and home network, and it will automatically find your computer if it’s running Steam. This uses the power of your computer for streaming video and audio, so you should be getting 1080p resolution at 60FPS. It can pair with the Steam controller, and supports the Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or the good ole fashioned keyboard and mouse by way of its two USB ports. It comes with a power cable, adapter, HDMI 2.0, and an Ethernet cable. You will obviously need a decent computer and TV to get the most out of this setup, but should your rig meet the requirements this will only cost you $49.99, or $99.99 if you want the Steam Controller too. This is currently only available for pre-order, and will start shipping October 16th (to a limited number of the pre-orders), though it will start hitting the shelves on November 10th.

Available for pre-order on Steampowered, or for cheaper shipping through other sources
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The CouchMaster Pro – living on your couch is serious business

If you always make sure you have time to game, your setup is very important. Those few hours you have in the evening are the best way to relax, so it only makes sense that you want things to be perfect. If you are a PC gamer and like to play on your couch, then you know how annoying it can be to try and find a flat space to put your keyboard and mouse.

If you want to be serious about your couch potato gaming lifestyle, then this Couchmater Pro will be a must-have. This has a 4-port USB hub, 16-32 foot long cable, practical cable management, and more. This ergonomic design comes from Germany, and has removable cushions for the heel of your hand. There’s also a pocket for your mouse, and a side bag for even more accessories or cans of energy drinks to fuel your gaming session.

There are of course, add ons such as a mobile holder, ash tray, and tablet holder that will make sure you’re never far from a source of entertainment. That’s going to put more on top of the $169 you’ll have to pay initially for this though. There are a variety of colors to choose from for the leather, and no effort will be required from you to set this up as it is plug-and-play. This would also be great for laptop usage for those that like to game in bed or on the couch. Nothing quite like having a portable desk to game wherever you want.

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The ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Analog Headset – when good gets better

Once you find a hardware company you really like, it’s easy to be biased. However, you can also call bull whenever they come out with something terrible. We’ve seen lots of peripherals from ROCCAT in the past, and while the Kave and Kave 5.1 Digital were great, there’s always room for a bit of improvement.

The Kave 5.1 Analog has a 40mm driver and 30mm vibration unit for each ear cup. This is not only going to give you the sound that every gamer dreams of when playing fast-paced games, but will also give you a fully-immersive experience thanks to the added vibration. There is zero noise technology which uses an interference isolator to cut down the noise that’s not supposed to be there. The ear cups and headband have plenty of padding, so they should be comfy cozy for those long gaming sessions.

The mic is detachable, so you won’t have to worry about it constantly being in your face when you’re not gaming with friends. If you want to mute, you can press a button on the remote, and an LED light will illuminate on the inside tip of the mic so you will always see whether or not it’s on. There’s also a solid remote stand so you can make sure the remote stays on your desk if you don’t want to clip it onto your person. This is going to cost you around $130, but you’ll have to wait for a bit, as they’re not shipping to anywhere that isn’t Germany or Austria just yet.

Available for purchase on ROCCAT
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Maingear reveals the Drift Steam machine

maingear-steamMaingear is a name that many of us would associate with the churning out of gaming oriented computers (both desktops and notebooks, of course), and this time around, Maingear has decided to embark on a slightly different path with the unveiling of the Drift. The Drift is not some sort of interdimensional portal, but rather, it is a Steam machine as well as a gaming PC that has been specially designed in order to deliver a level of unparalleled gaming performance despite being located in compact spaces.

Needless to say, the Drift will pack some of the latest in gaming technology, where among them include an Intel Core i7-4790K CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 290X GPUs. It is said that the Drift is more than capable of delivering pixel-shredding performance which will rival other full-sized desktops, except that this bad boy would arrive in a console-sized unit instead. This compact speedster will have the equivalent of an F1 engine that features a stylish unibody aluminum chassis that is whisper quiet, made possible courtesy of an Epic 120 Liquid Cooling system and superbly designed airflow.

Just how is it possible for Maingear’s Drift to deliver 4K gaming to the living room despite the extremely squeezed out form factor? Well, it has a versatile design that enables it to be placed both vertically or horizontally, not to mention being able to support up to 16GB of DDR memory, with the ability to carry a pair of 1TB SSDs and a 6TB HDD, now how about that? Do not think that the list of goodies stop here, since it is also full well capable of being fully upgraded and customized thanks to Maingear’s true automotive paint finish available in any color and combination.

Those who are interested to giving the Drift a go will be able to place a pre-order with or without an operating system, with prices starting from $849, where you can also configure it to boot directly into STEAM big picture mode with Windows. As for the Drift Super Stock edition, that model will arrive in a special bodyshell travel case and a STEAM OS version, and will be released later this coming November.

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