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Overwatch Razer gaming mouse, mat, keyboard and headset are ready to rock and roll

When it comes to high end gaming peripherals, you can be sure that one particular name would be able to stand out like a star – and that is none other than Razer. After all, the folks over at Razer have definitely done their bit over the years to enhance their legendary name in this niche market, and it does not look as though Razer is about to stop anytime soon. No sir, in fact, we now have received word that the availability of PC peripherals for Overwatch, the highly anticipated team-based shooter by Blizzard Entertainment, is now available for purchase by the adoring masses, and it has the Razer ManO’War Tournament Edition (TE) analog wired gaming headset to lead the crowd, followed by a BlackWidow Chroma keyboard, DeathAdder Chroma mouse and Goliathus Extended mouse mat.

In other words, if you know that you are going to be a big time in Overwatch, then you might want to make sure that you are dressed for the occasion as well. After all, there is nothing quite like the boost in confidence as well as ego, knowing that your hardware choice would be looked upon by others with a green eye. Apart from enjoying an array of dynamic Razer Chroma lighting effects with the Overwatch-themed mouse and keyboard from Razer, you know that these Overwatch themed peripherals will do their bit in enhancing your aura as a gamer to your opponents.

The Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE gaming headset has been specially designed for performance and comfort over hours of play, where it boasts of a fully retractable MEMS mic with inline volume and mute controls, ensuring that verbal communication remains easy to adjust and crystal clear even in the heat of battle. There is a fully retractable microphone boom that pulls out from the left ear cup as needed and its flexible design allows it to be adjusted to a player’s needs on the fly. You can expect the same kind of specifications with the other Overwatch series products, too. Any takers?

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Turtle Beach rolls out new elite gaming hardware

When it comes to high end gaming hardware, you can be sure that there are many different peripherals out there from which one can choose from, especially when one has a seemingly bottomless amount of money to use. Well, Turtle Beach is back with its fair number of offerings delivering the likes of the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset (as seen above), the Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.) and Elite Pro accessories which have been specially designed for competitive gamers, all the while establishing a new standard for eSports gaming audio performance and comfort.

Turtle Beach’s “Elite” series products will represent the highest level in audio and build quality, where the all-new Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset is a ground-up redesign of the competitive gaming headset which will see multiple first-and-only innovations in the core mechanics of headset design, weight and fit. The Elite Pro Headset is proud to deliver Turtle Beach’s best-in-class game audio and chat performance, at the same time accompanied by groundbreaking comfort-driven technologies, such as the ComforTec Fit System with multiple adjustment points for a truly personalized headset fit and feel, Aerofit Ear Cushions that stay cool in the heat of battle, and Turtle Beach’s all-new patented ProSpecs Glasses Relief System that is self-explanatory – those who wear glasses will not find it a bane after a few hours.

As for the Elite Pro T.A.C., this is touted to be the most powerful audio controller ever designed for eSports, where it merges cutting-edge audio technology like DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing alongside incredibly powerful chat and microphone tuning tools. This unique combination is very potent, as it provides eSports athletes just about everything that they need to win.

Seems like all of these mentioned are set to arrive later this summer, so you might want to start saving up to revamp your gaming hardware collection from now on!

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JoyTops make your joysticks look a whole lot better

When it comes to gaming, there are a few ways to enjoy your favorite genre. First person shooters work best with a mouse and a keyboard, and so too, will real time strategy titles. However, joysticks work best when it comes to beat ‘em ups, as well as shoot ‘em ups, so there is a little bit of something for everyone. Joysticks are not confined to just desktops and consoles, but tablets too, have had their fair share of joystick accessories in the past. Having said that, here is something from DesignStein Studios, LLC that will certainly make your day if you love joysticks – their recent client, JoyTops, is said to start to produce a new, innovative joystick topper which has a two-fold purpose, to prevent or cover joystick wear and tear, and at the same time, to enhance the user’s performance while show boating one’s competitive spirit and team colors.

Carlos and Brandon, who happen to be former athletes – the both of them, are practicing gamers and the inventors of JoyTops, hence their vision is explained this way. “We’re not your typical gamers, we’re sports fans with a nasty competitive spirit. JoyTops was born out of need. There were no products available that prevented thumb slippage, gave you precision joystick control and the ability to customize your controller with your favorite team or sport.”

It certainly looks good on any console controller that has a really small joystick, and at least it also ensures that hardcore gamers do not need to worry about making their joystick “bald” after a lengthy period of wear and tear. Not only that, it will also be a whole lot easier to ensure that the joystick is kept clean and tidy, as grease and other kinds of nasties will end up on the JoyTops, leaving the controller in its pristine state as much as possible.

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Razer ManO’War gaming headset ups the ante further

Razer has certainly done its fair bit to deliver a number of high end gaming peripherals over the years without any exception, and this time around, they also happen to be able to cater to those who are on the lookout of a gaming headset par excellence. Just in case you are in the market for a new gaming headset that will be able to deliver all of the different nuances regardless of the game genre, Razer steps right up to the plate to get the job done, in the form of the ManO’War headset.

Of course, this will not be a tethered headset, but rather, it will be a wireless one that provides freedom and uninterrupted play for long hours on end, now how about that? Boasting of an all new design that promises to also extend battery life, while you enjoy 7.1 surround sound in a zero lag environment, you can be sure that you will be the envy of the rest of your mates whenever you don the Razer ManO’War headset.

The Razer ManO’War is deemed to be an ultra-compact wireless USB adapter which delivers plug-and-play connectivity from up to 12 meters, but of course, if you think that this is not enough simply because you live in a really, really large mansion, there is the optional extension dock that will be able to offer an even greater 14 meter range. The aforementioned immersive 7.1 channel virtual surround sound in the Razer ManO’War happens to be supported by the Razer Surround software engine, where it is paired with the Razer ManO’War’s custom tuned 50mm Neodymium magnet drivers, allowing your ears to enjoy virtual soundscapes that come alive thanks to 360-degree fidelity.

Hidden in the left ear cup would be a unidirectional digital microphone boom which can be easily pulled out when required, and it can also be adjusted to whatever position that is desired. All in all the Razer ManO’War will arrive worldwide this May for $169.99.

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SteelSeries Apex M500 mechanical keyboard enters the eSports arena

When it comes to gaming, many gamers are on the lookout for the best possible hardware that will be able to suit their current configuration. Of course, there are many different kinds of makes and models out there, and depending on the type of game as well as gamer whom you are, in addition to the genre that you would like to get involved in. SteelSeries, a name that has long been revered as one of the better gaming hardware manufacturers out there, has just revealed their SteelSeries Apex M500 mechanical keyboard.

In a nutshell, you can call this a battle-ready mechanical keyboard that will target performance purists who will then be duly armed with Cherry MX and SteelSeries Engine software. Being tournament-ready at all times, this mechanical keyboard will come outfitted with Cherry MX Red gaming switches as well as SteelSeries Engine customization software. The asking price for such a high performance piece of gaming hardware would be $99.99 a pop, where it will boast of a traditional key layout for universality, Anti-Ghosting technology and blue LED backlighting.

SteelSeries’ acclaimed software that comes with each purchase will be able to deliver the ultimate level of individual customization for gamers. Both pros and enthusiasts are able to program individual keys for unique combinations, create advanced macros for faster gaming commands, launch game profiles automatically, and create unlimited profiles to unlock infinite gaming possibilities. Throw in a smart cable management system with a trio of cable guides that will adapt to your keyboard setup to eliminate tangles and interference, and you’re good to go. It will also be armed with 100% Anti-Ghosting technology with 104 key rollover to ensure precision no matter how fast you play. Definitely you will no be able to press the buttons on this keyboard faster than it can register the movements, which is a good thing for sure.

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The Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones make sounds as crisp as Fall leaves

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When you’re playing games on your computer, you know you’re going to want to use headphones to get the full impact of the noises in-game. You need to know if enemies are on your left, right, or behind you, and headphones are the best way of getting that information. While two pairs of headphones can definitely be built the same, the quality can vary greatly between different price brackets.

These Sennheiser HD 855 headphones are mainly aimed at music and movie lovers, but they’re built well enough to do any audio experience justice. These are over-ear, open-backed headphones that are plush and lined in velour, which sounds far fancier than it might actually be. There’s also a headband cushion to make sure long listening sessions don’t give you an external pressure headache. Of course, these are all just the physical aspects.

These have an internal surround reflector, and use software that appropriately channels the audio signals into your ears. This is supposed to be the aim of every audio reproducing headset, so hopefully it does this better or more adequately than others. It also uses Duofol diaphragms that will deal with resonance issues. It uses a gold-plated 1/4” plug with an 1/8” adapter, and has a neodymium ferrous magnet system. These are $95 a pop which is pricey, but they seem like decent quality so far as mid-range headphones go.

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LucidSound announces LS30 Universal Wireless Gaming Headset

If you happen to be a gamer, then surely you would know that there are many different kinds of hardware specifications as well as configurations in which you can work with, based on your budget, as you make a decent attempt to squeeze out every single drop of performance from the existing setup. Having said that, it seems that with so many different kinds of options available, those who are well into team-based games rather than solo efforts like an FPS deathmatch might want to look into a gaming headset that not only helps to get the message across nice, loud and clear, but also makes you look good while wearing it. Perhaps LucidSound might have stumbled upon quite the winning combination with the LucidSound LS30 Universal Wireless Gaming Headset.

LucidSound, the name behind many a groundbreaking headset where gaming is concerned, has just announced the LS30 Universal Wireless Gaming Headset’s availability in the US, while folks who happen to live across the pond should be able to pick it up some time later this month. The LS30 was specially developed with gamers in mind, where it has a focus on an innovative interface, ultimate comfort, solid construction, and incredible style, of course. It will also boast of intuitive controls when it comes to controlling the in-game volume, chat volume, and game and mic mute.

It will also play nice with the likes of the Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, mobile phones, and mobile gaming devices. Boasting of 50mm Neodymium drivers, your ears will be able to experience deep bass and clear highs, while a trio of audio modes: Normal, Bass Boost and Treble Boost, will let gamers check out the best possible sound for a wide range of gaming, whereas the rechargeable battery delivers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted, comfortable gameplay.

The LucidSound LS30 will come with a sticker price of $149.99 a pop – not cheap at all, but worth every penny if you would like to squeeze out every single drop of performance from your hardware.

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PlayStation employee assists gamer with Cerebral Palsy with custom DualShock controller

sony-ps4Now here is a modern day story that will certainly warm your hearts and send tingles down your spine – a PlayStation employee (who is obviously under Sony’s payroll at the end of it all) decided to help out a gamer who suffers from Cerebral Palsy by delivering a custom DualShock 4 controller.

This employee was alerted to the particular gamer’s situation after the gamer contacted PalyStation support, who explained just how the DualShock 4’s touchpad made life difficult for him to enjoy games on the PS4. Peter Byrne, who is based in New Jersey, made mention in a Facebook post, “When I use the PlayStation 4 controller my game constantly pauses because my left hand hits the touchpad which is frustrating for me. Around two weeks ago, I decided to message PlayStation support and they gave this email address and said tell them my issue and wait for a response.”

Alex Nawabi answered this call, who then went ahead by conjuring a custom one-of-a-kind controller which would disable the touchpad, and a button located at the back of the controller would replace it. It was Nawabi’s first ever attempt at something of this nature, as he happens to be in PlayStation’s retail marketing operations.

Peter was obviously touched by what Nawabi did, sharing later on, “I honestly got choked up reading the letter as I did not expect anything like this to happen. Mr. Nawabi really cared about my situation and did this on his own time to make my experience better. I honestly can’t thank him enough for everything he did for me. Thank you Mr. Nawabi it really means a lot too me!”

Nawabi remained humble as he started to receive much words of support and praise, saying, “Really didn’t expect this. Thank you all for the kind words. I’m eternally grateful. Seeing how happy he is, and how stoked his mom got, has me in tears. Please keep in mind that the Research and Development team at PlayStation is filled with some absolutely astounding individuals who wake up every day and try to come up with a solution for everyone. What I did only works for a single individual and it should not undermine their work in any way. I cannot stress this enough. Without them, we wouldn’t even be close to what we are today. If you’re not aware, they’ve recently added more accessibility settings that let you remap buttons to help with a large portion of needs. Their team members are the true MVPs.I’ve always cared, I always will care.”

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Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack rolls back the years

If you were one of those who happen to grow up in the 1980s, surely you would have come across the likes of the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short in many homes of your friends and contemporaries, so much so that you bugged your parents to get you one as well so that you can be with the “in” crowd. In fact, the NES proved to be quite the tool that kept you glued in front of the TV regardless of how the weather is on the outside, and now that you are all grown up with an Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U in your home, how about rolling back the years for your little one with the $35.99 Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack?

You would definitely feel as though this is one backpack that is full of power, where the custom zipper pulls do happen to resemble that of controllers, and there are dimensional details located right on the outside as well. In addition, there will be adjustable and padded shoulder straps for comfort, making this piece of officially-licensed Nintendo merchandise a must-have the moment you lay your eyes on it. It has a maximum capacity of 50 lbs. And is made from 100% PU. Best of all is, nostalgia will “power” it rather than a power supply.
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Corsair M65 PRO RGB gaming mouse sports highest DPI ever from the company

It has been a more or less a couple of years since the Corsair M65 was released, and back then, such a gaming mouse certainly made waves as it did not break the bank and yet came with its fair share of gaming capability. Having said that, isn’t it time for an upgrade for the Corsair M65? The time has arrived, where the Corsair M65 PRO RGB gaming mouse has been announced. To sweeten the deal even further, this is one gaming mouse from Corsair that is touted to boast of the highest DPI ever from the company.

Just how high can the resolution go? We are looking at a 12,000 dpi optical sensor to get the job done, which should be more than enough to ensure that every single twitch of your hand will result in a corresponding movement on the screen itself. The advanced 12,000 dpi optical sensor will not stand alone, as it is accompanied by a revolutionary surface calibration tuning utility and high-precision switches, ensuring that the M65 PRO RGB will build on the original Corsair M65’s legacy when it comes to durability and comfort, at the same time include the latest in-mouse sensor and customization technology.

In addition, the latest Corsair M65 PRO RGB gaming mouse happens to be a competition-grade FPS gaming mouse, where its aircraft-grade aluminum chassis will be able to deliver low weight and high durability, sporting a dedicated sniper button, as it takes advantage of on-the-fly dpi switching so that you can instantly match mouse speed to gameplay demands where extreme accuracy is concerned. There is also an advanced weight tuning system that enables the gamers to adjust the mouse’s center of gravity to match their play style; where lighter is required for fast-deadly precision and heavier for decisive movements. The asking price ain’t that shabby either, as it goes for a highly affordable $59.99 a pop.

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