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NVIDIA GRID On-Demand Gaming Service Announced

The NVIDIA GRID on-demand gaming service has just been introduced, where it intends to push forward the idea that gaming gratification should be fulfilled in an instant. Out in North America on November 18th, as well as making its way across the pond to Europe in December, while the rest of Asia will have to wait until next year, GRID happens to be free on the SHIELD tablet as well SHIELD portable all the way through June 30, 2015.

GRID would be able to make gaming gratification immediate, but it did take NVIDIA a decade to come up with the technology required in order to get the streaming service up and running, where it streams GeForce GTX-quality graphics to SHIELD devices. Some of the technologies found in GRID happen to be super-low-latency from controller streaming to graphics and all the way to game streaming. Apart from that, there is also virtualization to take into consideration in order for gamers to share the Geforce cloud gaming supercomputer.

After that, there is the hard work of having to place up to thousands of GRID GPUs into data centers that are located all over the world. This is a gargantuan effort by any means, where we would end up with having up to 20 petaflops of graphics processing compute power placed right into the cloud, making it more or less on par with that of the fastest supercomputer in the U.S.

As for the gaming titles made available, you will be spoilt for choice – there are triple A titles including Batman: Arkham City and Borderlands 2, in addition to classics that will roll back the years, such as Brutal Legend and Psychonauts. There will be 20 great games on GRID at launch that are worth more than $400, with the plan to introduce additional games with each passing week. Can your patience hold out until November 18th?

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Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice revealed

Gaming peripherals are dime a dozen out there in the market, but which particular model do you pick when it comes to making a purchase? Of course, brand loyalty does amount to something, but there are times when one would make a decision purely based on getting the best amount of bang for one’s hard earned buck. Having said that, Corsair has just revealed their Sabre RGB Mice that will come with a choice of either optical or laser sensors.

The Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice has been specially designed after obtaining input from veteran pro gamers, where the new gaming peripherals have been engineered with a new sleek, ergonomic form factor, all built into an extremely light chassis so that it can deliver quick, fluid and precise movements – regardless of how long of a marathon gaming session you are having at the moment.

Apart from that, there will also be advanced CUE software which enables gamers to be able to fine-tune their performance characteristics such as DPI, acceleration, and smoothing, not to mention having the ability to customize button assignments and macros for optimal gameplay. The two mice will also come with four-zone illumination with up to 16.8 million customizable colors, which makes them the perfect companion to other Corsair gaming products, including the likes of the Corsair Gaming K70, K95, or K65 RGB mechanical keyboards, and the Corsair Gaming H1500 and H2100 gaming headsets.

The optical sensor has a resolution of 6400 DPI, while the laser sensor model delivers 8200 DPI alongside ultra-precise tracking on just about any surface out there. Of course, it goes without saying that the Sabre RGB Laser mouse would be a wee bit pricier at $69.99 each, while the Sabre RGB Optical Mouse would set one back by $59.99. If you are a hardcore gamer, which of the two would you decide on while being in the market for a new mouse?

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HP Omen notebook delivers high end PC gaming on the move

I am quite sure that there is a fair number of gamers out there who probably figure out that there really is no substitute when it comes to PC gaming – consoles are not quite up to the mark, especially when it comes to genres like CRPGs, while FPS games are always played in a more accurate manner using a mouse and a keyboard. However, there has been quite a fair number of decent attempts in the past by the like of MSI to roll out gaming notebooks, and this is one particular market that HP too, would like to explore – what with their latest HP Omen notebook.

The HP Omen is touted to be a gaming machine which will merge performance, portability and style – all rolled into a single package that has been specially designed for gamers. After all, which gamer would like to play and not win? Surely all of them participate in it in order to come out tops, and the HP Omen intends to be the tool and platform to fulfill that wish.

Expect the HP Omen to be stutter-free, as it is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M and quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, accompanied by a 15.6″ diagonal, 1080p touch-enabled display, a 128GB SSD for faster loading times (with options for 256GB and 512GB, depending on your budget), apart from a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. As for your graphics memory, you can opt for 2GB or 4GB.

HP has also concentrate on what is on the outside, where its industrial design has been specially concentrated around gaming. Since heat tends to be the enemy of performance, the has been engineered from the ground up in order to manage thermals. There are dual fans that will keep the entire chassis nice and cool as it pushes hot air through exhaust fans at the rear of the system, allowing you to enjoy marathon gaming sessions without having it heat up.

All in all, the HP Omen will measure 19.9mm thin and tip the scales at 4.68lbs, sporting a starting price of $1,499.99 onward.

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Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA gaming mouse

Swiss-based Logitech does have its fair share of gaming peripherals released in the past, ranging from tubthumping speakers all the way to keyboards and gaming mice that ought to fill a niche and purpose, depending on the gamer’s preference as well as genre of the game itself. Having said that, the Logitech G series of gaming mice have thrown up some noteworthy models in the past, including the Logitech G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse, but today, the focus will be on the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA gaming mouse instead.

The Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA gaming mouse has been specially designed for and tested by professional gamers, so if it is good enough for those who earn a living from playing games, it ought to be good enough for you, too. In fact, the Logitech G302 has been designed to withstand the rigors of the highest tiers of professional eSports gaming, thanks to its exclusive metal spring button tensioning system that is touted to improve click responsiveness – crucial aspects whenever it comes to making in-game actions fast and accurate.

Apart from that, the buttons, shape and weight of this mouse have been uniquely tuned to the demands of professional MOBA gamers, sporting fast and responsive left and right-button clicking. To ensure that everything moves on without a hitch, the Logitech G302 also incorporates Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor technology, where it will merge exclusive lens design, illumination geometry, and algorithms so that one gets to enjoy the most accurate translation of hand movements to on-screen actions. This is starting to sound like a case to “play with it to believe it”, right?

Sporting six programmable buttons, you will also have the advantage of switching between the four DPI settings on the fly, allowing you to shift down for pixel-perfect targeting, or perhaps shift up for high-speed navigation without losing one bit of precision. It is said to have been tested for more than 20 million clicks, and those who are interested can pick it up for $49.99 a pop from this month onward.

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Razer Naga Epic Chroma Mouse caters for the wireless MMO gaming niche

Razer is a well established name when it comes to the world of gaming peripherals, having rolled out a fair number of various gaming devices that range from keyboards to headphones and mice. Of course, different game genres would require specialized kind of gaming peripherals in order to have you maximize your enjoyment – as well as efficiency of the gaming session. In an MMO, the mouse does play an extremely important role, and this time around, Razer has updated their Naga Epic mouse by rolling out the Razer Naga Epic Chroma mouse that will sport a whopping 19 buttons alongside having up to 16.8 million color options, now how about that?

This new gaming mouse would boast of MMO optimized buttons in order to keep up to the entire purpose of its existence, offering wireless gaming-grade technology alongside Chroma lighting features that will surely make your gaming experience a whole lot better and more interesting.

With the Razer Naga Epic Chroma, it will boast of the new Chroma lighting on its tilt-click scroll wheel alongside mechanical thumb grid, which is a feature that enables one to program his or her personal color customization thanks to Razer Synapse. This is no ordinary mouse, since it sports a one-size-fits-all ergonomic model, where all 19 buttons and its dozen mechanical buttons will be located on the iconic Razer Naga’s thumb grid. Apart from that, it also comes outfitted with an 8200 DPI 4G laser sensor that is capable of capturing up to 200 inches per second, while offering a maximum acceleration of 50 G, in addition to featuring both a wireless and wired mode with 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling and a 7-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable.

It will feature zero acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet for smooth movement, as well as a braided fiber cable that measures 1.3 meters in length, all the while tipping the scales at just 150 grams, making it feel solid enough in your hand. Those who are interested can already start placing an order for it as it costs $129.99 or 129.99€, depending on which continent you reside on.

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MSI reveals the GT80 Titan

When it comes to gaming notebooks, there aren’t too many players out there in the market, although those that happen to deal with this particular niche market tend to do a pretty good job while they are at it. MSI is one of them, and their latest release happens to deliver yet another first when it comes to having a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop. Unlike other gaming notebooks from MSI in the past such as the MSI GT Dominator, the GT80 Titan will boast of a SteelSeries gaming keyboard that comes complete with Cherry Brown MX switches within the 18-inch gaming beast.

Mechanical keyboards offer superior tactile feedback, better durability, all the while enhancing your overall gaming experience through the elimination of key jamming – even when you are involved in an extremely heated battle session. The standard Cherry switches used alongside a standard keycap with 27mm of thickness, offers nearly 5 times of traditional laptop keyboards. Apart from that, it is also the world’s slimmest and lightest 18-inch gaming laptop, now how about that?

The MSI GT80 Titan measures 17% thinner as well as 22% lighter compared to its closest competitor. In order to fully optimize the keyboard, the GT80 Titan will also boast of an enhanced SteelSeries Engine with CloudSync, so that gamers have the ability to save and synchronize settings through the SteelSeries cloud storage. In other words, you get the performance of a high-end gaming desktop while being able to enjoy the mobility of a notebook. Granted, lugging around 18” of notebook is not exactly everyone’s cup of tea.

Of course, it goes without saying that having a mechanical keyboard is not going to be optimal if you do not pair it up with a decent gaming mouse. After all, a touchpad, no matter how good, will still remain as a touchpad, hence it is best to shop around for a gaming mouse that you are comfortable with to go along with the MSI GT80 Titan.

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Satechi Edge wireless gaming mouse looks pretty mean

When it comes to gaming peripherals such as the mouse, there are dime a dozen models to choose from, and the budding beginner could end up with a plethora of candidates that he or she might be paralyzed and overwhelmed with the selection. While some folks do swear by a wired mouse for superior and guaranteed reaction with each click and flick, I am quite sure that technology has moved along over the years to ensure that a wireless gaming mouse too, is capable of offering competition-grade performance. Satechi’s latest offering, the Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse, is being paraded to be a quick and efficient mouse ideal for high-speed gaming, and rest assured, it is more than qualified to handle casual browsing to boot.

The Satechi Edge wireless gaming mouse will come with seven high-function buttons, where it intends to provide gamers with an advantage over the competition while hopefully is capable of bringing one’s gaming experience to the next level. Of course, if you have hit a plateau in your gaming performance, some times changing the hardware that you use could see you elevate yourself to a whole new world.

The Satechi Edge will boast of a “Gaming Mode,” where that would then provide users with the luxury of pressing the “Turbo Button” in order to double-click with a single keystroke, hence doing away with the need for an actual double-click action. In the long run, this is going to shave seconds off your performance, and it might actually be the razor-thin difference between a victory and a defeat.

Apart from that, the Satechi Edge will also come with a “Video Control Mode” that is handy whenever one is not gaming. In this mode, the functions will switch into play/pause, fast forward/backtrack and clear screen buttons with a single click, while the scroll wheel is used to make manual adjustments to the volume.

In addition, one is able to enhance the mouse’s precision and speed with just one single touch, thanks to on-the-fly DPI adjustment. Gamers will be able to tweak the DPI between 800, 1600, 2400 or 4000 DPI, and it comes with a 250Hz or 500Hz of return rate on the speed of transmission between the computer and the mouse. Powered by a couple of AA batteries, the Satechi Edge wireless gaming mouse will retail for $19.99 each.

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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset ought to appease your ears

ROCCAT_Kave-XTD_StereoWhen it comes to playing games, there are many aspects of a particular title that will definitely pique the interest of a particular gamer. For some of them, having fantastic looking graphics is of the utmost importance, while for the others, it will require more than just fancy visual effects, but a solid story line certainly plays an important aspect, not to mention having lifelike audio. ROCCAT Studios knows this, which is why they have rolled out the likes of the KAVE XTD 5.1 Digital gaming headset in the past, and this time around, you can add yet another “weapon” to your gaming arsenal in the form of the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset.

The ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset will be able to deliver high class stereo sound with outstanding design and unmatched quality, and these are claims that ROCCAT Studios are more than willing to back up. The Kave XTD Stereo intends to push gaming industry standards to the edge by offering rich stereo sound through a pair of 50mm neodymium speakers that boast of a massive dynamic range. It will deliver crystal clear sound which enables gamers to hear even the most distinct details, and these can range from boots which are rustling through the grass to opponents who whispering to one another. How about tuning in to the conversation and ambient noises in a raiding party?

Specially designed for the gamer’s comfort, even when you are going to indulge in a little bit of an all night gaming marathon, the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset is more than up to the task, where it will boast of padded ear cups, an extremely lightweight and yet durable frame, not to mention an easily accessible clip-on in-cable remote with volume control and mute switch. Apart from that, there will also be a 360-degree rotatable and detachable noise-canceling microphone that works wonders if you happen to need to communicate with another team member. Gaming is not the only thing that the Kave XTD Stereo is good for, since it also performs well when listening to music and carrying out Skype conversations with friends.

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Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse focuses on color customization

There are quite a number of gaming mice that are out there in the market, but with so many different models to choose from, how do you really go about picking one from the crowd? This is the million dollar question, and the answer really lies in you using what fits you best – where the game genre of your choice would definitely play an important role in the final decision, not to mention the kind of hand movement that you use when making short work of your digital opponents. Corsair, a name that is more often than not associated with memory products for computers, did introduce the M65 RGB gaming mouse in black and white shades.

The Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse happens to be a high end gaming mouse, where it will go above and beyond the call of duty. By saying this, I mean that this particular gaming mouse is special in a sense where it sports an integrated three-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, which is far from being the industry norm. Not only that, it comes housed with a durable aluminum unibody chassis, allowing you to have a firm and solid grip. With its 8,200 DPI gaming-grade laser sensor, gamers ought to be able to see a marked improvement in their gaming when they make use of the Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse, but if the results proved otherwise, you might not want to quit from your day job just yet and perhaps rethink the whole idea of being a pro-gamer.

Other features of the Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse include a sniper button that will hopefully make all of your critical shots stay on target. It comes with a rubber-grip metal high-mass scroll wheel, eight programmable buttons, and adjustable weight turning zones, delivering a balance of precise control and intelligent tracking, not to mention accompanied by innate comfort and style. Its three-zone backlighting with up to 16.8 million colors paves the way for virtually infinite customization, and there is also on-the-fly DPI switching capability that allows you to match your mouse speed instantly to meet gameplay demands. Each $69.99 Corsair M65 RGB gaming mouse purchase comes with a 2-year warranty for added peace of mind, now how about that?

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MSI delivers GTX 900M Graphics Into GS Stealth/ghost and GT Dominator series

More often than not, serious gamers have a rather high powered desktop that has all the bells and whistles thrown into the mix in order to deliver a truly astounding gaming experience, with high frame rates and all that jazz. Translating that gaming experience over to the mobile front is more challenging, and these gaming notebooks tend to be large and heavy, really not ideal for long haul travel especially if you need to tote it around on a showfloor for the entire day. Still, gaming notebooks do not really have the kind of hardware capability that can match up to a dedicated gaming desktop, but this has not stopped MSI from trying as they have just announced that the GS Stealth/Ghost Series and GT Dominator Series gaming laptops will feature NVIDIA’s latest GTX 900M Series graphics.

With that you know for sure that your gaming notebook will come with an unprecedented level of power alongside an array of cutting-edge features, where among them include MSI’s new SHIFT technology. These new gaming notebooks are touted to deliver up to 28% more graphics performance, ensuring you get to bring your gaming experience with you the next time you are on the road.

The exclusive SHIFT power adjustment technology will be able to let one tweak both CPU and GPU performance easily in order to best suit one’s needs. SHIFT will feature a trio of proprietary modes: Sport to maximize CPU and GPU usage for extreme performance, Comfort for a smooth and balanced ride, and Green, which enables the lowest power consumption of both CPU and GPU while maintaining the coolest constant temperatures for both.

There will also be an extreme level of customization found in all NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900M Series graphics equipped laptops thanks to the Dragon Gaming Center and SteelSeries Engine from MSI. This way, gamers are able to SHIFT CPU and GPU usage via the Dragon Gaming Center as well as monitor system performance, temperature, network speed, power consumption, and fan speed, among others. The presence of the SteelSeries Engine provides gamers with the ability to personalize playing style with over a billion customization options.

Well, avid gamer, what are you waiting for? The MSI GT72 Dominator, GT70 Dominator and GT60 Dominator gaming laptops that come equipped with NVIDIA’s GTX 900M graphics will have a starting price of $1,599.99 each.

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