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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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Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers rock your world

When it comes to audio peripherals that work well with a computer, you know that you will not be able to go wrong with the Sound Blaster name. That name has certainly come a long way since its early days of churning out 8-bit sound cards that fit into an ISA slot back in the days when games on PCs ran on EMS or XMS, with MS-DOS as the operating system. Fast forward to today, and Sound Blaster does a whole lot more than just soundcards — in fact, they have for a long time now, jumped into the lucrative speaker market. Their latest generation speakers for gamers would be the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers.

We would like to think that once you have the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers, there is no more need to upgrade, perhaps not for a few more years. This would be an all-in-one 24-bit under-monitor audio system that delivers a whopping 150W of peak power, how does that sound (pun not intended) to your ears?

What makes the Sound BlasterX Katana so special actually ? Touted to be the very first of its kind, it has an Under-Monitor Audio System which will be accompanied by Creative’s most powerful multi-core audio DSP to date, allowing it to function as a high-end Sound Blaster sound card/DAC which can project 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound. Thanks to a future-forward tri-amplified design which will power 5-drivers that comprise of 2 up-firing midbass drivers, a pair of high-excursion tweeters, and a long-throw subwoofer, each of them will be individually powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier in order for gamers to enjoy precise audio reproduction at each part of the audio spectrum.

The BlasterX Acoustic Engine and a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder are also part of the eal, providing users with immersive audio for both games and movies. The entire audio system is aesthetically pleasing, being crafted with brushed aluminium, while it boasts of a programmable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million colors.

The Sound BlasterX Katana will be out later this week on 22 November 2016, with a $299.99 price point. Will we see an instant price slash when Black Friday comes around?

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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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Turtle Beach delivers new Stealth 520 and 20X + wireless gaming headsets for consoles

turtlebeach-headphonesTurtle Beach and gaming headsets have always gone hand in hand, and it does not seem as though this particular tradition is going to end up extinct anytime soon. In fact, we have received word that console lovers — in particular PS4 and Xbox One owners, will be on the receiving end of the Turtle Beach Stealth 520 and Stealth 420X+ wireless gaming headsets.

These might seem to be rather familiar in design, and that is because they are the respective sequels to the best-selling Stealth 500P and Stealth 420X models. The Stealth 520 and Stealth 420X+ will retail for $129.95 and $149.95, respectively, where they should have gone on sale from today onward, bringing gamers exactly what they need to hear everything — as well as a competitive edge by defeating everyone via Turtle Beach’s exclusive Superhuman Hearing sound setting.

The Turtle Beach STEALTH 520 gaming headset is 100% wireless for the PS4 and PS3 consoles, where it comes with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, Superhuman Hearing, and a wide range of additional features that all gamers should be able to appreciate. Boasting of full-range 50mm Neodymium speakers as well, one can enjoy amazing 3D 360-degree soundscapes with unmatched spatial accuracy. Other features include Dynamic Chat Boost, Mic Monitoring and Adaptive Mic Performance, independent game and chat audio controls, a 15-hour rechargeable battery and mobile compatibility.

As for the Xbox One-bound Stealth 420X+, this gaming headset will be chock-full of features as well, boasting of Superhuman Hearing that provides a competitive advantage by allowing players to hear soft sounds like enemy footsteps sneaking-up from behind and weapon reloads off in the distance, Bass Boost and other audio presets, Mic Monitoring for players to hear their own voice, a 15-hour rechargeable battery and mobile compatibility. Looks like it is time to bring your gaming to a whole new level with these two headsets!

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Dlodlo V1 wearable VR device jumps aboard crowdfunding bandwagon

dlodlo-v1The world of virtual reality, or VR, is a rapidly expanding one. No longer are we tethered to old school devices that find it burdensome to crank out a semblance of realistic surroundings, where you are even able to keep track of the number of polygons on the screen — or even the headache inducing Virtual Boy project by Nintendo. No sir, with the likes of Oculus and Samsung Gear VR, you know that VR has broken new boundaries, and we have a crowdfunding project known as the Dlodlo V1 wearable VR headset which decides to jump into the fray.

The Dlodlo V1 wearable VR headset is an 88 gram device, which boasts of the unique design where it resembles an actual pair of stylish sunglasses in the real world. This is a far cry from even the existing VR headsets that tend to be bulky in nature. With a target of raising $200,000 in a matter of just 40 days, the Dlodlo V1 wearable VR headset will be offered at a value price for customers at $559 a pop.

Not only is it small, lightweight, fashionable and durable, the Dlodlo V1 also does come with a number of technological breakthroughs underneath the hood. For starters, the 88 gram weight that is accompanied by 16mm glass, a 2400 x 1200 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, alongside a 105 degree field of view. It will also be able to help reduce dizziness by minimizing most of the dynamic delay thanks to Dlodlo’s self-developed prediction algorithm. Not only that, the Dlodlo V1 is able to automatically correct distortion to improve user’s experience with visual contents. Dlodlo has gone ahead to install special settings which can adjust to the needs of short-sighted users, ensuring that regular glasses wearers do not have to go through the hassle of wearing extra corrective eyewear, now how about that for innovation? Are you interested?

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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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GoPro’s first quadcopter drone is the Karma

gopro-karmaGoPro is a name that we are all extremely familiar with when it comes to HERO action cameras, and for good reason, too. They are not only tough as nails, but they also do their bit in capturing great videos and photos of a particular adrenaline-pumping stunt. Well, GoPro would like to extend its reach in the action camera market through the introduction of a spanking new product that is known as the GoPro Karma.

The GoPro Karma is not another action camera, but rather, a quadcopter drone that will be able to let you capture stunning videos and photos from afar. The GoPro Karma has just been launched, and it is a whole lot more than a regular drone since it comes with Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization. Each purchase of the $799 GoPro Karma will arrive with a backpack that allows you to tote it around without missing a beat.

Not only that, the GoPro Karma comes with an image-stabilization grip which can be removed whenever you want to use it as a handheld device, or opt to have it mounted to vehicles and gear, among others. The game-style controller will boast of an integrated touch display to make controlling the Karma fun, and it is fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees. With its removable 3-axis camera stabilizer, you can be sure that even handheld shots will be shake-free.

Those who are interested will be able to pick up the GoPro Karma from October 23rd onward, and apart from it being a standalone device, it can be bought as a bundle. The GoPro Karma bundled with HERO5 Black will retail for $1,099.99, while those who have the patience to wait until early next year can pick up the GoPro Karma that arrives bundled with the HERO5 Session for $999.99.

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