At a glance, Razer's newly announced Anansi keyboard looks like any other modern gaming plank. Ask Razer, however, and they'll tell you the Anansi is the world's first MMO gaming keyboard, and a perfect compliment to the company's Naga MMO mouse line.
"The Razer Anansi gaming keyboard is the new weapon of choice for MMO gamers," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "Let’s face it, the regular keyboard that came with your PC was designed and built for typing, not for MMO gaming. With its revolutionary seven thumb modifier keys, every key combination that you had before is now multiplied by seven times. The Razer Anansi allows you to use every spell, ability or custom macro in your arsenal -- both instantly and in complete comfort."
Razer's Anansi sports seven thumb modifier keys, over 100 programmable "Hyperesponse" keys with on-the-fly macro recording, 20 gaming profiles with one-button profile switching, five additional gaming keys, customized backlight options, anti-ghosting, and a gaming mode that disables the Windows key.
Depending on how much weight you want to put on Kotaku's "several sources," Sony's PSP2 console is shaping up to be a killer handheld.
Sources confirmed a previous rumor that there will be a touch panel on the back of the hardware, sort of like a giant trackpad. The PSP2 will also come with dual analog sticks, a feature that's missing on current iterations of the PSP.
Sony also decided to go with a larger screen (again, according to Kotaku's sources), which will be sharper than what's on current PSPs. Sony is said to be referring to the screen as "HD" behind closed doors.
Finally, the sources say the PSP2 will ship this Fall beating the holiday sales rush.
Fan created mockup of the PSP2, not an actual prototype.
For those of you who care, Sony has officially announced price cuts for its PSP Go handheld console, rumors of which have been floating around the Web for weeks.
In Japan, the PSP Go is dropping from around $332 to $208, while in the U.S. you can soon expect to pay $199 instead of $249. Or you can do so right now with a little bit of Google-Fu. While Sony still lists the MSRP as $249 on its Website, some vendors -- like Amazon and Target -- already have the new pricing in effect.
Anyone tempted to pick one up at this price, or are you holding out for Nintendo's 3DS console?
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. game on the original NES, Nintendo is offering limited edition runs of its Wii and DSi XL consoles dressed in red, as well as a new Wii Remote Plus with Wii MotionPlus built-in.
"Whether shoppers want to add a cool new look to their gaming setup or expand their supply of controllers with an exciting game, Nintendo offers a great value for the holidays," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. "For anyone who is still on the fence about whether to join the world of video games, we’re offering many fun, easy, economical ways to get involved."
The red Wii bundle ($200) includes New Super Bros. Wii, a red Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii Sports, and a red Nunchuck. The red DSi XL bundle ($180) comes with Mario Kart DS, as well as some pre-loaded software, including Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Photo Clock. And finally, Nintendo is offering a FlingSmash bundle ($50), which includes the FlingSmash game and the new Wii Remote Plus controller.
Nintendo's new products are slated to launch on November 7, 2010.
Razer didn't become arguably the most popular gaming peripheral maker on the planet by accident, the company did it by pandering to its target audience. It started simple enough with the release of the Boomslang gaming mouse over a decade ago, and continues today with the announcement of a line of peripherals intended specifically for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty fans.
"We have been anticipating the moment we could get these gaming peripherals into the hands of gamers and StarCraft players," said Robert 'Razerguy' Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "We could not be more happy with the massive feedback we’ve received over the unique APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System feature and remarkable design. This new line offers StarCraft II players a great new way to complement and customize their real-time strategy gaming experience."
There are three StarCraft themed peripherals in all, including the Spectre gaming mouse ($80), Marauder keyboard ($120), and Banshee headset ($120). Each one sports the StarCraft II logo and multi-colored LEDs.
Look for these devices to start shipping in November.
You want to know what separates Thrustmaster's new Hotas Warthog joystick from the competition? A hefty price tag, for one. At $500, the Hotas Warthog isn't for the faint of wallet.
What you get in return is a replica set of the joystick, dual throttle system, and dual throttle control panel of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. The entire thing weights over 6.5kg and uses plenty of metal in the construction (joystick, throttle handles, and bases).
There are 55 fully programmable buttons to play around with, as well as 2 four-direction hat switches, each with their own built-in push button. According to Thrustmaster, this is the first joystick in the world to sport this feature.
The Hotas Warthog will be available later this month.
It's hard not remain fixated on Razer's price tag for its new Ironclad mousepad. After all, at $60, it's pricier than some gaming mice. So we'll go ahead and get it out of our system now -- the ironclad if frakking expensive! We feel better now.
Moving on, the Ironclad is the only metal mat in Razer's lineup. Combined with a finely sandblasted surface, Razer promises it's all smooth sailing, quite literally.
"The Razer Ironclad stands apart from the pack because it delivers the highest form of comfort and long-lasting performance with its ultra-smooth surface and sturdy metal body," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "We understand the diversity of gamers out there, from ones who demand a large surface area to those who want superior tracking precision. We produced the Razer Ironclad to make winning feel easy, and give every type of gamer the feel, traction, and durability that they need to do so."
The Ironclad is made from anodized aluminum and "features a robust unibody construction for reinforced strength and extreme durability," as well as a non-slip rubber base. It measures 320mm (L) x 270mm (W) x 2.5mm (H), or 12.6 inches (L) x 10.6 inches (W) x 0.1 inches (H) for those who shake an angry fist at the metric system.
3D is everywhere these days. From new TVs to Hollywood blockbusters to gaming consoles, the technology, which has been around for ages, is now poised to give consumers a more immersive, in-your-face form of entertainment in the home. And the PC is no exception. In fact, it’s a natural fit. The PC games we’ve been playing for years are already rendered with a 3D engine—stereoscopic technology and a suitable set of glasses just bring them to life. Newer games will only optimize that potential. Add to this a spate of Blu-ray 3D movies coming down the pike and you can see why the PC is well within the clutches of this latest trend.
Sure enough, a cadre of new 3D laptops and monitors make it possible for you to enjoy stereoscopic content both on your desktop and on the go. The vast majority of these offerings rely on Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit—a set of powered shutter glasses, a USB-connected IR emitter, and the appropriate drivers—which, when paired with the right GPU (a GeForce 8 series or newer) and a 120Hz screen, provide an “active” 3D experience. In other words, as a rapid succession of alternating screens presents slightly different views to each eye, the shutter glasses ensure that the correct view is seen by the correct eye by shuttering the opposite lens accordingly.
Acer probably takes the name of its gamer-specific Predator desktop range too literally. The world's second largest PC maker has left no stone unturned in making every singly Predator desktop look curiously intimidating. The latest members of the Predator family also manifest this design philosophy. But let's for once turn blind to the exterior so we can sift through their innards.
The Acer Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222 packs in a quadcore Intel Core i7-930 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 graphics, 1.5TB storage (supports up to 8TB), and 12GB SDRAM. Acer is asking $1,999 for the liquid-cooled AG7750.
But if you can't justify giving an arm and a leg for the AG7750, then try to justify spending $1,350 on the mid-range AG5900, which features a Core i7-870 CPU, 8GB of memory, 1.5TB of storage space and ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB graphics.
“We’re now offering two killer Predator models with the goal of satisfying a wider range of gamers,” said Steve Smith, senior business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America. “Not everyone needs the most extreme gaming rig, so we designed the AG5900, a more mainstream alternative to our premium AG7750. The AG5900 boasts excellent core features, such as a high- speed processor, excellent graphics and tons of memory to hobble the competition at an affordable price.”
Electronic Arts has finally ported its Scrabble game over to the Kindle, which also happens to be the first premium app of any kind for Amazon's popular eBook Reader. At $4.99, it's exactly $4.99 more than Shuffled Row and Every Word, two addicting word games in their right, but neither of which offer the full Scrabble experience.
The controls are simple -- just use the directional pad to move around, choose a direction, and type out your word. If you're stuck, or a weenie, you can use the Best Word feature to cheat your way to the highest scoring word possible with your combination of letters.
Unfortunately, Electronic Arts didn't tap into the Kindle's Wi-Fi or 3G functionality, and as such, it's impossible to play against friends remotely. There is a Pass N' Play option, though, which is exactly like it sounds.