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Turtle Beach Ear Force Z60 – Sounds Just Right

I like an immersive gaming experience, but most surround sound systems seem to  place the sound about eight feet in front of the listener, which I guess, works for most TV shows and movies, but with my favorite first person shooter games the sound is supposed to be coming from my character, footsteps, breathing, and the all important, spent shells hitting the ground… 

Well, the folks over at Turtle Beach thought of everything. Check out their new Ear Force Z60 headphones, designed to make your movies, music and games sound spectacular through your headphones.. Utilizing special presets, you can configure the perfect delivery of your sound experience based on just what it is you’re listening to.

These wicked 7.1 channel DTS Headphones provide surround Sound on any PC or Mac. They deliver a chest thumping bass response through PC gaming’s largest speakers, while the dynamic Chat Boost keeps your communication levels well above the action.

The Ear Force Z60′s have an easy USB setup with no software to install as the surround processing is done through the In-Line Surround Sound Control Unit. So If you want to get lost in your next gaming session or be overwhelmed by an on screen epic, The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z60′s might be something you need to bring home, available today…get yours at amazon.com for right around 120 bucks, and remember, if all else fails, call an airstrike.
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Xbox One Controller arrives for the PC

When it comes to the choice of gaming peripherals for hardcore gamers, they can be rather particular about the make and type, and brand loyalty, too, would play an extremely big role in influencing their final decision. Having said that, if you love playing console games that have been ported over to the PC, or titles on the PC platform that would work better with a typical console game controller compared to a keyboard and mouse setup, perhaps it is time you consider picking up the Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows.

Arriving later this coming November, this is a Windows 7 and Windows 8-compatible controller that will bring the feel of the Xbox One to your PC. The Xbox One Controller + Cable is the final product after going through more than 200 prototypes (phew!), and it boasts of more than 40 awesome innovations, making it the best PC controller that Microsoft has ever rolled out. It takes on a plug-and-play function, and it works great on your Xbox One as well, letting you kill two birds with one stone.

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Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard announced

Swiss-based Logitech has come up with its fair share of mechanical keyboards in the past, such as the Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, and those have more often than not pushed the envelope, moving the entire industry forward by more than just a couple of steps. Hence, it is far from surprising to hear that the folks over at Logitech have come up with a brand new Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard, where your entire gaming experience is set to change and be elevated to the next level. After all, it will boast of Logitech’s exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, which will offer 25% speedier actuation compared to any other mechanical switch in the market, not to mention improved durability and intelligent Illumination.

This is the result of years of ongoing development by Logitech’s engineering team, where they have incorporated feedback from gamers and eSports athletes in order to churn out a next-generation mechanical key. The Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard will merge the attributes of lightning speed responsiveness, improved accuracy with superior RGB illumination in a performance-driven design.

In fact, the new Romer-G mechanical switches cannot be found anywhere else, boasts of an actuation point of 1.5mm, and is capable of registering your key presses up to 25 percent faster compared to competing mechanical switches. It also sports improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, which is up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, letting it handle some intense gaming, and then some.

You can also customize the lighting in every key of Orion Spark individually, choosing from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The keys can be marked by color to help you keep track of spells and other commands, and you can change the colors to match your setup, or set the lighting depending on the game you are indulging in at the moment.

Expect the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard to arrive in the U.S., Europe and select countries in AP from November onward with a recommended retail price of $179.99 a pop.

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Moga unveils Rebel game controller for iOS devices

Gone are the days where the go-to portable gaming device comes in the form of a Nintendo or Sony handheld like a Nintendo 3DS or Sony PS Vita only. The rapid adoption of smartphones among the masses has also increased the number of casual gamers who are always on the move, creating an entire new market in the process. While gaming on an iPhone is easy and convenient, on-screen controls are not exactly the best way to go about things in the long run, which is why Moga has come up with their latest Moga Rebel.

The Moga Rebel happens to be a new full-sized, console-style, premium game controller that will cater for the likes of the iPhone, iPad, iPad air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) which runs on iOS 7+. Those who are interested in the Moga Rebel will be able to pick it up in Apple stores in North America from September 17 onward for $79.99 a pop.

The Moga Rebel intends to deliver the very best features of a tablet game controller alongside the added ability so that it can be used portably with the iPhone or iPod touch. Being comfortable to the touch, this high-quality, Bluetooth wireless controller delivers precision control, ensuring that gamers will be able to enjoy an unparalleled console-style experience. It has a size and shape that would not be a stranger to majority of the console gamers out there, letting you feel at home right from the get go.

Gamers who rock to an iPhone or iPod touch (5th generation) will also be able to transform their phone into a complete mobile gaming system, as long as they secure their device using the Moga Rebel’s flip-up MOGA Arm with S.M.R.T. Lock technology. The MOGA arm can expand in order to accommodate even the largest new phones.

Features of the Moga Rebel include an extended control set, comfortable dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons, a D-pad, and a quartet of action buttons, all running on a 680mAh rechargeable battery.

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GAEMS Vanguard – video games are moving away from the couch

Is playing video games the best part of your day? Do you wish you didn’t have to be home in your living room or at your desk to play? Using your phone to play an app-version of a game that would be far more exhilarating on a bigger screen is only so much fun. What if you had a portable gaming station that had everything you needed to play your favorite games on the go?

The GAEMS Vanguard is an important-looking briefcase that will carry your preferred console anywhere you care to bring it. While their page says to use either a PS3 or Xbox 360 (not included), I’m sure you can use whatever console will play along with the monitor and speakers (it may not fit in the foam padding perfectly though). The LED display is 19”, and the stereo speakers plug in via 3.5mm jack.

There are spaces to secure your console, controllers, and power supply so you don’t have to worry about over-loading the bag that carries your regular arsenal of daily gear. This comes with an HDMI cable and a 100-240v power supply. If you are prepared to pay $350 for what is essentially a carrying case, make sure you would actually put it to use. Of course, do try and make sure you’re not playing Call of Duty while at work. This would be perfect for those who live on the road, or people who live alone and don’t want to buy an entire entertainment center.

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DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet lets your creative juices flow

Ever wondered how fun it would be if you were to actually live in an arcade itself? You know, being surrounded by arcade cabinets and all. It would certainly be a dream for a fair number of us out there, but then again, such a scenario is practically impractical in this day and age, although you might be able to pull it off if you were single. What if you do not have to purchase life sized arcade cabinets? What if you were to settle for the wonders of miniaturization, in the form of the $159.99 DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet?

Those who have laid their eyes on the DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet would say that this is the most adorable MAME cabinet to be released so far, but unless you have a penchant for DIY projects, you might want to give this particular one a miss since it requires a fair bit of assembly to get the job done. Also known as the Cupcade, this happens to be a Raspberry Pi-powered micro arcade cabinet kit that is ideal to deliver gaming on the move, wherever you are, without folks around you suspecting anything else other than you being extra productive. You can basically play ROMs that are loaded onto an SD memory card, including the likes of Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, and Gauntlet, alongside other classic Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) titles at full speed. Just make sure you are pretty adept at soldering and coding before you pick this up.
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MSI rolls out new gaming notebooks

When it comes to gaming notebooks, you know for sure that MSI will be at the forefront of things. They have just announced the availability of the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks that are set to win you over in terms of its aesthetics, thanks to it arriving in a luxurious golden chassis. These limited edition golden gaming notebooks will feature top-of-the-line technology, where it will be accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics, a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Killer Gaming Networking capability, and a Steel Series keyboard with Steel Series Engine.

The limited edition GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks will arrive preloaded with MSI’s fantastic range of programs, where among them include the SteelSeries Engine and XSplit Gamecaster. With SteelSeries Engine, it will optimize the multi-backlit gaming keyboard so that one can enjoy unparalleled customization power with advanced macro and micro programming of individual keys. As for the XSplit Gamecaster, gamers will be able to enjoy the ability to easily stream games; where it includes the capability to add, resize and position a webcam feed; being able to draw on screen with in-game annotations; and organize and upload videos.

The GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks are capable of pleasing your ears with ultra-realistic audio thanks to a pair of Dynaudio speakers, accompanied by Sound Blaster Cinema 2 and MSI’s Audio Boost with an internal AMP and gold flash audio jacks. As for the Matrix Display technology, it will be able to take full advantage of NVIDIA’s latest video card by connecting to a couple of external monitors for an unmatched visual experience. Those who want a higher resolution count, then the gold edition could be made available with a 3K display. Pricing starts from $1,899.99 onward. Are there any takers for this high powered gaming notebook?

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Geek Chic appeals to the refined nerd

When it comes to buying furniture, most of us aren’t going to pay too much attention to quality. If it works for our purposes and doesn’t cost much, we’ll be on board. However, if you do have some disposable income and want to have furnishings that you could pass on in the future, you’re going to want something sturdy, beautiful, and useful. If you have enough left over from buying regular things like chairs and bookcases and happen to enjoy tabletop gaming, then a table specifically for your game nights might be in order.

There are options out there that have extra storage, but they’ll never be catered to your individual needs. If you want to impress your friends, and have a place to play that is both geeky and refined, then Geek Chic has you covered. They’re a company that creates custom geek furniture with a special attention to detail. They make hand-crafted chairs and cabinets for storage, but the real point of interest is their gaming tables.

There are several different base models to choose from, and from there the customization can go all over the place. You can choose the length, width, wood, insets, lids, accessories, and more. On their page they state very clearly that these are made to order. They work very closely with each customer to give them what they want while still making it a functioning part of your home. The price is obviously going to vary, as you can be in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands. Having seen these tables in person at a convention, they are truly a sight to behold. If you have the money and live in a family of tabletop-lovers, this is an heirloom-worthy piece of furniture. Seeing that this is not an impulse buy, be prepared to go through several steps and wait for a year or more to get your custom order.

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Razer unveils all-new Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard

Avid gamers are a pampered lot, and if you happen to fall under that particular category, you would be able to know just what I am talking about. The folks over at Razer, who are extremely passionate about the kind of hardware that they roll out for the masses, have upped the ante this time around with the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard. This is no vanilla BlackWidow keyboard that we have seen in the past, but it involves a tie in with one of the world’s premier eSports teams in order to deliver a custom-branded Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard that works wonders when paired with an exclusive Razer mouse.

The CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth gaming keyboard will be able to offer CLG players and fans a customized gaming setup, where you will find the team’s logo having been imprinted onto a unique two-tone black and white body, and the keys themselves will come illuminated in CLG’s white coloring.

Forget all that you know about traditional mechanical switches that have been designed for typing, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches were specially designed and engineered from the ground up for gaming – and nothing else. Extensive research has seen Razer’s engineers figure out the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter, where they reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half so that one can enjoy more precise gaming commands. Not only that, there are also gold plated contact points that results in a projected lifespan of up to 60 million keystrokes, now how about that when it comes to durability and quality?

Those who are interested in picking up the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard will be able to do so for $149.99 a pop over here in the U.S., and if you happen to live across the pond, it is going to burn a €149.99 hole in your pocket.

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Razer delivers all-new Chroma feature

When it comes to gaming peripherals, there is one particular name that has consistently rolled out quality devices – and that would be none other than Razer, where we have seen keyboards and mice alongside fighting sticks being announced, not to mention wearable technology like the Razer Nabu SmartBand. Still, there is always room for more improvement and additional releases, which is why this time around Razer decided to go full spectrum color with the brand new Chroma feature.

Chroma will be made available for selected 2015 as well as 2016 Razer peripherals (talk about planning ahead of time!) that delivers over 16 million color options, and these can be synchronized across multiple connected devices. The SDK itself will be made available for developers so that they can begin work to customize advanced lighting effects for games.

In a nutshell, the all-new Chroma feature would pave the way for full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting to make an appearance on enabled and compatible Razer devices. With the open SDK, developers can integrate advanced lighting effects that are customizable on a game-by-game basis.

As mentioned earlier, Razer will be performing an update to its 2015 and 2016 range of peripherals, and to kick start things, the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, the DeathAdder gaming mouse, and the Kraken 7.1 headset will all feature the all-new Chroma feature.

All Chroma enabled devices will boast of distinct lighting effects which have been specially designed to synchronize perfectly with one another, all the while featuring the following lighting patterns that are available for selected enabled products; Spectrum cycling that will slowly cycle through the entire spectrum of colors for a subtle yet visually stunning look, Breathing that gently pulses in a color of choice every 7 seconds as part of replicating the steady breathing pattern, Static which will choose a random color from 16.8 million options to light up the ear cups on your Kraken 7.1, the scroll wheel and Razer logo on your DeathAdder or each individual key on your BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, as well as a Custom option.

Life’s so much better in color, right?

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