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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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Capture the Flag REDUX – a new age of play

When you think of summer, notions of going to the beach, tossing a ball around, or going to the park arise in your mind. Of course, these are usually daytime activities, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to play at night. The only issue is that it’s harder to see, and not everyone is equipped with night vision. Capture the flag can be played whether it’s day or night, but it’s very hard to keep track of who is on what team or see where your objective is past sundown.

If you like putting a modern spin on games you used to love as a kid, then Capture the Flag REDUX is going to be your new favorite way to play at night. The rules are the same, but instead of having a boring traffic cone or ball be the flag, you’ll have a glowing orb which you must take to your side. One is blue and the other is green, with a plethora of glow in the dark wristbands which you can use to denote who belongs on what side.

You’ll need 8-20 people to play this game at its full potential, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it with fewer. While this seems more like a game for children, that doesn’t stop us adults from enjoying a game that gets your blood pumping. This kit will cost you $48, but will definitely be worth it for the amount of fun you’ll get out of it for so many people.

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Most Realistic Racing Simulator lets you rev things up at home

The world of precision motorsports is definitely worth watching, especially when you take into consideration the amount of care and detail that has gone into it. For instance, even the kind of fueling strategy used by your team could spell defeat or victory. If you love the smell of burnt rubber and asphalt, but do not want to get your hands dirty with all the grime and oil, perhaps it is time to set aside your nest egg to pick up this $185,000 Most Realistic Racing Simulator.

The Most Realistic Racing Simulator happens to be a simulator which will be able to offer riders with the most realistic car racing experience to date. It has been selected by Ford Motor Company in order to demonstrate ride experiences, as the simulator makes use of linear servo actuators which will enable its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. In other words, it has all the necessary bits and pieces required to faithfully reproduce actual racing conditions including entering a turn at 200 MPH, or perhaps to move up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent. You will notice that the chassis’ front dips when braking at hairpins, and pushes forward when accelerating during passes.

As long as you do not tip the scales at more than 300 lbs., the actual racing seat, seatbelt, and “doors” should be able to keep you nicely secured. Other features include a pair of paddle gear shifters, a steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch, all of it taken from real race cars and modified for simulator use. At this price, it packs far more punch compared to the Full Immersion Professional Racer’s Simulator.

It is said that the force-feedback steering system is capable of generating 10x the forces of lesser simulators, where there are a dozen race cars to choose from that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, with the simulator replicating precisely modeled signage and backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses. Your eyes will be teased by the 108″-wide, triple HD monitor display and ears appreciate the 500-watt audio system.
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The Oculus Touch – Finally, I can touch corn in Farmville

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We’ve been inching closer and closer to realistic VR, and while we’re not quite there yet, new innovations are cropping up left and right. The Oculus Rift has been on the radar for quite some time, but we know for certain that it’s going to be coming out in the first quarter of 2016. There have been a few other attempts at realistic experiences, but they’re oftentimes a bit too big for the living room, and are way out of our price ranges.

Where the Oculus Rift gives you sight and sound, the Oculus Touch is going to let you interact with your virtual worlds in a whole new way. There are a variety of ways to interact with these controllers including hand presence, manipulation, and communicative gestures. They look like a PlayStation controller split in two with a melted circle surrounding it, but it is said to act like an extension of your hand.

Each side has an analog stick, two buttons, and a trigger. Of course, just because the buttons are familiar doesn’t mean the experience is going to be. The gap between the worlds of games we’ve always wished to be a part of but could never really experience without the separation of us and the screen is closing inch by inch. Too bad that you’ll have to have oodles of money within the next year to experience it though as this is not going to be a cheap purchase.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X wireless Xbox One headset makes team gaming a snap

Turtle Beach, a leading-edge audio technology company that is an expert in the realm of gaming audio, is pleased as punch to announce its latest – and third 100% fully wireless Xbox One headset, where it will be known as the Ear Force Stealth 420X. Already available for pre-order, it will end up available for the masses this coming July 18th.

Audio in the realm of computer and console gaming is always on an upward trend when it comes to improvements, and this bodes well for gamers in the long run as they get to enjoy more and more realistic sounds, from the burst of machine gun rounds, to bone crunching punches, the whole works. Not only that, team based gaming has also become more popular thanks to faster Internet connections, and one will always need to communicate in a team – and barking out orders is a whole lot faster than typing them.

Hence, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X is born. This is the third 100% fully wireless Xbox One gaming headset from the company, and similar to its predecessors, the Stealth 420X will boast of their renowned audio and microphone quality, arriving in a comfortable headset that has been specially designed in order to provide gamers with the most immersive and enjoyable gaming experience possible.

Not only that, it also happens to be an officially licensed gaming headset for the Xbox One, and will arrive loaded with a suite of must-have features that Xbox One gamers are sure to enjoy. It is 100% fully wireless, and despite that, there will be no worries of not having crystal clear game and chat audio as it makes use of the latest, intelligent channel-hopping technology.

It is also a snap to set up, as all it takes is a USB connection to the Xbox One and you can make sure that all your wireless gaming dreams come true. Mic Monitoring will also allow players to hear their own voice in the headset so as to avoid shouting, which in the long run, is good for your ears. There are also independent controls for both game and chat audio as players can tune the mix to their preference.

The Ear Force Stealth 420X will retail for $179.95 a pop if you’re interested.

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Sony unveils new range of wireless speakers for the audio enthusiast

sony-srx-77Sony is a consumer electronics juggernaut that you know for sure have the capability as well as technology to roll out some really, really cool stuff. Their Aibo robotic dog was cool – and still would be even today, assuming they continue to update and refresh it from time to time, and so are their waterproof range of Xperia handsets. As for the speaker department, it is not as though Sony has no experience at all, as they have recently introduced the Sony Smart Bluetooth speaker. Well, Sony Electronics has just announced not one, but a trio of new premium wireless speakers, namely the SRS-X77, SRS-X88 and SRS-X99.

Similar to the Sony HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 sound bars and the Sony STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 A/V receivers, all three of these wireless speakers will come with Google Cast as well as Spotify Connect, in addition to multi-room capability thanks to the Song Pal app. The SRS-X88 and SRS-X99 speakers will also sport Hi-Res audio capability that – pardon the pun, will be music to your ears.

First of all, the SRS-X99 will come with truly immersive sound thanks to 154 Watts and seven speakers, where there will be a pair of super tweeters, a pair of front tweeters, two mid-range drivers and a single subwoofer. The two Super Tweeters are able to extend clarity at the higher frequencies, resulting in a wide soundstage ideal for Hi-Resolution listening. A Subwoofer and dual passive radiators will also round out the mix that delivers precise and powerful low end, while S-Master HX digital amplification circuitry which has been specially tuned for Hi-Resolution music files, will add faithful wide-frequency audio reproduction.

As for the SRS-X88, it will boast of 90 Watts and five speakers: where there be two front tweeters, two mid-range drivers and a single subwoofer. All five speakers can deliver clear sound with minimal distortion, whereas the two super tweeters extend clarity at the highest frequencies.

Last but not least, the SRS-X77 (as you can see above) will feature incredibly vibrant sound, courtesy of Sony technologies such as DSEE and S-Master, so that music lovers can make the most of their favorite tunes on-the-go or at home. It will boast of 40 Watts, which means your ears will enjoy rich, full and powerful sound, while the built-in subwoofer and dual passive radiators provide extended bass response. The SRS-X77, SRS-X88 and SRS-X99 will retail for $299.99, $399.99 and $699.99, respectively, where they will hit retail stores at the end of this month.

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Aerobull Speaker is obedient to your every command

aerobullSo, you have more or less figured out that you would like to decorate your brand new home with a speaker – after all, music is the stuff that makes life a whole lot more beautiful, and since this is your very first home, you would want to make the best out of the situation. To have the best decorations, to ensure that all of the fittings would work nicely together, and that there will be no signs of sloppiness anywhere. Since you are a fashion forward person, how about making sure your speaker is not only wireless, but is also one that makes a statement? Enter the £1,200 Aerobull Speaker.

The British Bulldog is the quintessential pet for anyone who loves everything about the Union Jack. Hence, it is no surprise at all to check out the existence of the Aerobull Speaker. This majestic mutt does harbor high definition speakers, where you can more or less say that its “bark” is worse than its “bite” – packing in 100W of power, now how about that? Apart from that, it will also come with a pair of 2.25” satellite drivers and a 5.25” subwoofer. It is also Bluetooth ready in order to enable wireless streaming, and thankfully, it comes with a docking station to help you get started right out of the box. NFC technology also opens up the door for quick pairing with mobile devices, and just in case all else fails, there is always a 3.5mm line in and line out.
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Altar Upcycled Pinball Tables expensive but well worth it

I would like to think that pinball tables are classic items that need to be preserved, as an entire generation grew up with this as part of their exposure to the teen years at dingy looking arcades. Having said that, to own a pinball table these days would require a fair amount of investment due to the kind of effort that is required to build one of these bad boys, which is why folks have more or less moved on to a digital pinball table. While those might not offer the physical thrill of playing with the real deal, it has far better graphics and more options. If you have some cash to splash, the £12,000 Altar Upcycled Pinball Tables sound like a decent addition to your living room.

The Altar Upcycled Pinball Tables will be a whole new ball game, pardon the pun, as it reincarnates classic pinball tables in the form of stunning coffee tables. These aged cabinets have been given a real face-lift by master-craftsmen, where no two are alike since each one of them happen to be customized by hand, making them a true blue one-of-a-kind collectors items. These timeless playfields have been restored to their buzzing, flashing former glory, and you will most probably never see anything like it ever again.
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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.

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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.

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