Oh great, as if it wasn't bothersome enough knowing that all our online communications are susceptible to government spying with very little we can do about it, now we've come to find out that just by having a USB port, there exists a pretty serious security risk every time we plug in a compatible peripheral. The problem is that virtually any of the millions of USB devices out there can be reprogrammed for malicious purposes, and there doesn't appear to be much we can do about it.
Logitech added the G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse to its stable of mice today, though unlike any other previous mechanical rodent, this is supposed to be the fastest mouse on the planet (sorry, Speedy Gonzalez). The heart and soul of the G402 is Logitech's exclusive Fusion Engine, which combines a sophisticated optical sensor with the company's Delta Zero sensor technology to enable reliable tracking in excess of 500 inches per second.
Thermaltake this week added a new self-contained liquid cooling kit to its lineup, the Water 3.0 Ultimate. It sports a large 360mm radiator with three "Triple Curve" 120 PWM fans that spin at 1,000 RPM to 2,000 RPM. If that's not enough for your overclocking efforts, Thermaltake says the large radiator supports three additional fans, bringing the potential total to half a dozen 120mm fans.
A gaming plank with purposely chosen membrane key switches
Most high end gaming keyboards these days feature mechanical key switches, of which there are a variety of types to suit different typing styles and preferences. However, TteSports said it specifically wanted to stick with membrane key switches for its new Challenger Go, which is the company's latest keyboard for gamers. According to TteSports, the membrane switches offer a "very short travel distance to actuation on each key" for an extremely fast response.
Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.
It's estimated that around 10 percent of the world's population are left-handed. If you whittle that down to PC gamers, the market quickly shrinks, though that doesn't come as any consolation to left-handed gamers lamenting the fact that most peripherals are geared toward right-handed users. Most, but not all. For example, Tesoro's Tizona mechanical keyboard sports an optional mechanical numpad that can attach to either side of the plank.
If you're obsessed with Dota 2, perhaps you'll be interested in a new rodent from SteelSeries. It's the SteelSeries Rival: Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse, which is a themed version of the peripheral maker's Rival Optical Mouse. The new mouse, which is being handed out this weekend to attendees of the International 4 Dota 2 Championship in Seattle, comes with an exclusive in-game item, Hell's Glare for Doom.
Roccat's latest attempt to appeal to an American audience is to give its Kone Pure mouse and Sense mousepad military themed makeovers. The German manufacturer is offering its Kone Pure Military in three visual styles -- Camo Charge, Naval Storm, and Desert Strike. All three sport a 5,000 dpi Pro-Optic (R4) sensor and manually configurable lift control for lag-free, ultra-precise gaming.
Feeling some good vibrations in the KOR FX booth at E3
A company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts is trying to raise $75,000 on Kickstarter to fund a gaming vest that offers haptic feedback. The company is KOR FX and its gaming vest uses "4DFX" technology to transform audio coming from your games or media into pinpointed high-definition haptic feedback so that you can feel movements, bullets, explosions, and more. Our tireless Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to KOR FX's booth at E3 to see the vest in person and learn about the technology behind it.
Roccat experiements with peripheral design for the living room
A portion of PC gamers are migrating to the living room thanks to hard pushes by hardware vendors to build small form factor systems that look like game consoles. We've seen it with Valve and its hardware partners (Steam Machines), as well as boutique builders opting for Windows-based PCs that can take advantage of Big Picture mode in Steam. What's missing, however, are living room peripherals. This is where Roccat is stepping in -- Roccat is showing off its Sova keyboard prototype at E3, so we stopped by to take a look.