Gaming Hardware en Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Unveiled at GDC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/camera_dk2.jpg" alt="Oculus dev kit 2" title="Oculus dev kit 2" width="200" height="133" style="float: right;" />The kit will cost $350</h3> <p>The <strong>Oculus VR development team has announced at GDC the Rift Development Kit 2</strong>. The upgraded device implements features from the <a title="MPC Crystal Cove" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Crystal Cove prototype</span></a>, which was unveiled at CES this year, such as the low persistence OLED display rather than the original’s LED display.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the development team, the low persistence OLED display for the DK2 eliminates motion blur and judder, two factors that attributes for simulator sickness when using virtual reality technology. The resolution is 960x1080 per eye with a 100-degree field of vision. There is also a built-in latency tester that will provide real-time, microsecond precision measurements to help optimize the VR experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>The DK2 features out-of-the-box engine integration for Unity 4, Unreal Engine 4, and the Unreal Development Kit as well. In addition, an external infrared camera is included for positional tracking. &nbsp;As for the external control box, that has been done away with and the DK2 can be connected directly to the PC via USB and HDMI.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 can be pre-ordered now for $350 and will be shipped in July.</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Sean on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, and </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></p> <p><iframe src="//" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Crystal Cove Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware oculus rift oculus vr virtual reality vr Gaming News Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:47:55 +0000 Sean D Knight 27472 at Razer's True 7.1 Tiamat Gaming Headset Delayed... Again <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/tiamat_0.png" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Bad news for surround-sound gaming headset fans; Razer's Tiamat 7.1 headset was already delayed from its original 2011 launch, and now it's been delayed yet again. The company recently announced that its January rescheduling was a little too ambitious and now says that the cans will ship next month, instead. (Maybe the name should have been a warning: Wikipedia says Tiamat was "the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos" in Babylonian mythology.) By way of apology, the company's offering some free Razer swag to early buyers.</p> <p>"We feel our relentless pursuit of quality, and our refusal to ship a 'good enough' product will pay off when you plug in your pair and hear them for the first time," <a href="">Razer wrote on its website</a>. "We do not take delays lightly, and you can bet your ass we are busting ours to make this product perfect." If you add your name to the <a href="">Tiamat's notification list</a>, Razer will send you a coupon code for a free Razer t-shirt and flask, which you can redeem when the Tiamat goes up for sale.</p> <p>A quick refresher: Razer pegs the Tiamat as a true 7.1 headset thanks to its 10 individual positional drivers, which it claims is a "world's first." Other gaming headsets use simulated surround sound. Are you thinking of picking one up?</p> Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware Peripherals razer tiamat News Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:35:41 +0000 Brad Chacos 22494 at Shogun Bros. Unveil Sniper-Friendly Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse <!--paging_filter--><p>Gamers already have a ton of options when it comes to gaming mice -- thanks to Shogun Bros., that number just hit a ton plus one. The company claims that its newly unveiled (but not yet available) Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse is tailor-made to make the lives of online campers -- pardon me, online "snipers" -- more cushy than ever before with a bevy of sharpshooter-friendly features.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/shogun_bros_mouse.jpg" width="579" height="407" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">According to Shogun Bros.' press release, the mouse rocks 5,700 DPI and 11,570 fps movement tracking -- when you make a movement, the mouse should definitely register it. The DPI of the X and Y axis are totally separate and open to individual tweaking. The Ballista MK-1 packs in presets with 20 different DPI settings for different gaming types, there's 11 macro buttons, and a side button that allows gamers to drop into a Speed Shot mode. (Hey, that doesn't sound very sniper-like!)</p> <p>No word on pricing, but the mouse will be available in the second quarter.</p> Gaming Hardware gaming mice gaming mouse Hardware mouse News Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:35:14 +0000 Brad Chacos 22333 at Rumor: Microsoft to Unveil Official PC Kinect Drivers and SDK in “Coming Months” <!--paging_filter--><p>Remember when Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft would officially support Kinect on PC “<a href="article/news/microsoft_will_support_kinect_pc_%E2%80%9C_right_time%E2%80%9D">in the right time</a>”? Well, apparently he probably could've waited another couple seconds to add “right about... now.”</p> <p> <a href="">According to WinRumors</a>, Microsoft's currently connecting the dots on an SDK and official drivers for Kinect on PC. Barring any unforeseen stumbling blocks, both pieces of the puzzle will be available for normal folk who haven't hacked their Kinect to pieces “in the coming months.” </p> <p> More specifically, the drivers will be distributed as part of a beta program, and general Kinect support may soon appear in a Community Technical Preview of Microsoft's XNA development tools.</p> <p> In other words, the wait's nearly at an end. Soon, you'll have a tiny, slowly evolving robo-eye watching your every action in your office as well as your living room. And before you know it, there'll only be one thing those seemingly harmless little cameras voluntarily recognize: a blood-spattered white flag.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u46190/kinect_3.jpg" width="415" height="250" /></p> Gaming Gaming Hardware Gaming Software Hardware kinect microsoft news rumor Software Software News Gaming News Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:32:56 +0000 Nathan Grayson 16692 at Holiday Sales Spree Leads to Xbox 360 Shortage <!--paging_filter--><p>Get ready to step into the hot tub time machine and warp back to late 2005, when the Xbox 360 was new and in short supply. Now just over 5 years old, the console could again be in short supply in the coming months, and so could the Kinect, <a href="">Microsoft warns</a>.</p> <p>According to InformationWeek, Microsoft moved 1.9 million Xbox 360 consoles in December alone, with the recently launched Kinect motion control system playing a big role in hitting that number. As a result, Microsoft unloaded inventory in December that was earmarked for January and February.</p> <p>"In order to keep up with holiday demand in December for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Microsoft pulled units from its January and February production," a company spokesman said.</p> <p>Microsoft launched the Kinect in November and sold more than 2.5 million units in the first 30 days. Pretty much everyone who wanted one was able to get one, but that won't necessarily be the case for the next couple of months.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/xbox_360_sold_out.jpg" width="405" height="187" /></p> console Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware microsoft shortage Videogames Xbox 360 News Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:10:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 16679 at Sony Sues PlayStation 3 Hackers <!--paging_filter--><p>As the saying goes, 'Keep your friends close, and sue your customers.' Wait, that isn't exactly right, but it's the motto Sony's sticking with as it takes legal action against a band of hackers who uncovered and published security codes for the PlayStation 3 console, BBC News <a href="">reports</a>.</p> <p>Sony named 21-year-old George Hotz and more than 100 others associated with a hacking group known as "fail0verflow" in its lawsuit.</p> <p>"I am a firm believer in digital rights," Hotz said. "I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony's current action. I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony's action against me doesn't have any basis."</p> <p>If George Hotz sounds at all familiar to you, it's because he's the same person who cracked the iPhone's security measures. In this case, Sony is upset that Hotz figured out Sony's secret codes, including a number used to digitally sign all PS3 games and software as genuine. With that key, any software can be signed as legit, including pirated games.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/ps3_hack.jpg" width="405" height="228" /></p> console copyright court Gaming Gaming Hardware hackers Hardware law lawsuit legal Playstation 3 ps3 sony Videogames News Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:16:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 16613 at Wii Sales Way Down in December, Xbox 360 Shoots Up <!--paging_filter--><p>According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter's numbers, Nintendo moved around 2.6 million Wii consoles in December, edging ahead of Microsoft's Xbox 360 with 2.5 million units and way ahead of Sony's PlayStation 3 (1.2 million units), <a href="">CNet reports</a>.</p> <p>Good for Nintendo, right? Not so fast. If those numbers are accurate, it means Nintendo Wii sales declined 32 percent compared to December 2009. PS3 sales also dropped (to the tune of 12 percent year-over-year), while the Xbox 360 exhibited a healthy 91 percent growth rate compared to one year prior.</p> <p>There's more bad numbers for Nintendo. For the six month period ended September 2010, Nintendo posted a $24.6 million loss, the result of weak Wii and DS console sales. Going forward, Nintendo hopes to gain some ground with its upcoming 3DS handheld console, but with no living room consoles on the horizon, it will be interesting to see if Wii sales continue to decline or have simply leveled out.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/wii_xbox_360.jpg" width="405" height="257" /></p> console Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware microsoft nintendo Playstation 3 ps3 sony Videogames wii Xbox 360 News Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:14:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 16597 at Nintendo Sets 1.5 Million Shipment Goal for 3DS in Japan <!--paging_filter--><p>Nintendo has never had much trouble moving large quantities of its handheld gaming system, so it's understandable why company president Satoru Iwata is so confident the 3DS will fly off store shelves. In an interview with Nikkei Business Daily, Iwata said Nintendo <a href="">estimates</a> it will ship some 1.5 million of the much anticipated consoles after it launches in Japan on February 26, 2011.</p> <p>"It's important that we ensure a continuous supply," Iwata said.</p> <p>Following the launch in Japan, the 3DS will land on North American and European shores in March. By the end of that month, Nintendo reckons it will have sold around 4 million 3DS units worldwide.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/nintendo_exhibit.jpg" width="405" height="278" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: left;">Image Credit:</h5> 3D 3ds Gaming Gaming Hardware handheld Hardware maximum tech nintendo Videogames News Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:07:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 16585 at Razer Reveals Onza Xbox 360 Controller at CES <!--paging_filter--><p>The new Onza Tournament and Standard Edition Xbox 360 controllers will give console a gamers a glimpse into the world of Razer, which up to this point has focused entirely on PC gaming peripherals and assorted gear.</p> <p>Razer says the <a href="">two new controllers</a> are "built for the hardcore competitive gamer," but how do you do that with an Xbox 360 controller? The Tournament Edition offers adjustable resistance analog sticks that gamers can twist one way or the other.</p> <p>Aside from that differentiating feature, both versions sport Multi-Function Buttons (MFB) on the controller's shoulders that allow remapping of buttons. Razer pitches this feature not only as a great way to increase efficiency, but also to make things easier for gamers with disabilities who might have trouble reaching specific buttons on a standard controller.</p> <p>Other features include 4 backlit Hyperesponse action buttons, non-slip rubber surface, quick-release USB connector, and a 15-foot lightweight, braided fiber cable.</p> <p>Both the Standard ($40) and Tournament Edition ($50) will be available for preorder starting January 17 and will ship later this month.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/razer_onza.jpg" width="405" height="284" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Image Credit: Razer</p> CES CES2011 console controller Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware maximum tech onza razer Videogames Xbox 360 News Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:17:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 16565 at Microsoft Will Support Kinect on PC “in The Right Time” <!--paging_filter--><p>We've seen intrepid PC hackers turn Kinect into <a href="article/news/kinect_hacked_3d_radar">a 3D radar</a>, <a href="article/home/kinect_hack_makes_super_mario_even_harder_you_remember">the world's most horrifically awkward Super Mario controller</a>, and, er, <a href="article/news/crystal_laden_kinect_fugly_or_fantastic">this thing</a>, so surely Microsoft's ready to match the demand with some form of supply, right? You'd think so, but for now, the software giant's not ready to let us at its latest goose that lays golden eggs. </p> <p> Speaking with <a href="">the BBC</a>, CEO Steve Ballmer plainly stated that Microsoft "will support [Kinect on PC] in a formal way in the right time."</p> <p> But hey, who needs a bunch of <a href="article/home/foreign_guy_hacks_kinect_launch_day">lightning-quick</a> geniuses creating the all-purpose interface of tomorrow when you can have a range of wonky games spanning <em>three whole genres</em>? With winners like Fighters Uncaged, the affectionately named “Spongebob game,” and EA Sports Get Fit With Mel B On The Biggest Loser While Getting Hit By A UFC Trainer, we think the question pretty much answers itself.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u46190/kinect-sensor-2.jpg" width="415" height="250" /></p> Gaming Gaming Hardware Gaming Software Hardware kinect microsoft news Software Software News Gaming News Sat, 08 Jan 2011 08:18:28 +0000 Nathan Grayson 16541 at Razer Builds a Netbook Concept for Gamers on the Go <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Update: Now with video from the <a href="">CES</a> show floor!</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Razer, best known for its line of gaming mice, sometimes uses CES to launch a product seemingly out of the company's realm. One year it was the Mako 2.1 speakers, which is still the only speaker set in Razer's product portfolio. And this year? Meet the <a href="">Switchblade</a>, a "mobile PC gaming concept design."</p> <p>The Switchblade is basically a netbook of sorts custom tailored for gamers and built around Intel's Atom platform, likely Oak Trail. The idea is to bring a keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen display to mobile gaming, a combo that doesn't really exist with today's handheld consoles.</p> <div style="display:none">416x234 with html5 and api support</div> <p><div class="VAMS_prototype" data-vams-id="jAv8rt2T2A7VG"></div> </p> <p><script type="text/javascript">// </script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The main problem with mobile PC gaming so far is that no one has been able to port the full mouse and keyboard experience onto a small size portable solution," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. "By combining adaptive on-the-fly controls and display, we managed to maintain the full tactile keyboard in a miniature computer while saving valuable screen estate."</p> <p>Not just an everyday netbook, the Switchblade comes with an "intelligent user interface that adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based on game content and user requirements" (the key graphics change, somewhat similar to the Optimus Maximum OLED keyboard), and it sports a custom overlay on top of Windows 7.</p> <p><a href="">Product Page</a><br /><a href="">Picture Gallery</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/razer_switchblade.jpg" width="405" height="302" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: left;">Image Credit: Razer</h5> <p><strong><a href="">Click here for more news and videos about CES 2011, the biggest event in consumer electronics!</a></strong></p> CES CES2011 concept Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware mobile netbook prototype razer switchblade Videogames News Fri, 07 Jan 2011 22:31:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 16489 at Microsoft Denies Link Between Kinect and Red Ring of Death <!--paging_filter--><p>Call it a coincidence or call it Kinect-gate, but as far as ten-year-old Adam Winnifrith is concerned, Microsoft's Kinect motion controller caused his Xbox 360 to give up the ghost, the UK's BBC <a href="">reports</a>.</p> <p>"We plugged [the Kinect] in the day we got it but only played it a few times before we got the red lights. The next day when we tried it again we still had the red rings of death and haven't been able to use it since," Winnifrith said.</p> <p>Microsoft says there isn't any link between the Kinect and the infamous RRoD syndrome, saying the Kinect has been "designed to work with every Xbox 360 sold to date." That comes as little consolation to gamers complaining on message boards of similar problems to Winnifrith's.</p> <p>"I have never had a single issue with my Xbox. I got the Kinect for Christmas and the screen starting freezing randomly. Then on New Year's eve...BAM I got the red ring. Very sad," one user claims.</p> <p>Despite a handful of complaints, Microsoft contends "there is no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and Kinect. Any new instances of the three flashing red lights error are merely coincidental."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/kinect_rrod.jpg" width="405" height="232" /></p> console Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware kinect microsoft red ring of death rrod Videogames Xbox 360 News Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:04:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 16444 at Gamestop Now Accepting Nintendo 3DS Preorders <!--paging_filter--><p>According to several online reports, the much anticipated Nintendo 3DS handheld console is now available for preorder through Gamestop.</p> <p>"Okay well I got the OK to tell about this from my work, but we officially got word in that all U.S. based Gamestop stores will be taking reserves on the 3DS starting on the 26th," a Gamestop employee <a href="">posted</a> on NeoGAF's forums. "Depending on the place holder price you will be required to drop a minimum of $25 on a reserve."</p> <p>It appears preorders can only be placed in-store and not online. If you try to place one and the Gamestop employee looks at you funny, politely ask them to punch SKU number 020132 into their computer and you should be golden.</p> <p>Still no word on how much the 3DS will cost or when exactly it will ship (look for a March release date), but be prepared to drop up to $50 for a preorder.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/Nintendo_3DS.jpg" width="405" height="231" /></p> 3ds console GameStop Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware maximum tech mobile nintendo Videogames News Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:57:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 16282 at Which Company Makes the Greenest Console? <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/tree_hugger.jpg" width="137" height="175" style="float: right;" />Fancy yourself a tree-hugger? That doesn't mean you have to give up gaming on the console, you just have to choose your system wisely. So which one gets the nod? According to findings by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Nintendo Wii consumes about a sixth of the power of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles.</p> <p>"We included only a small sample of the many gaming systems available, but it reveals the differences in energy use can be significant," <a href=";/uspalecp604;7087/publishedcontent/publish/power_play__epri_analysis_reveals_that_video_game_consoles_differ_in_energy_consumption_da_753432.html">said Mark McGranaghan</a>, vice president of Power Deliver &amp; Utilization for EPRI. "With the holiday shopping season in full swing, now is a good time to consider this factor."</p> <p>EPRI conducted its tests by playing EA's Madden 2011 football game for one hour on each system. In doing so, EPRI found that the Wii used an average of 13.7 watts, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 pulled 84.8 watts and 87.9 watts, respectively.</p> <p>"Obviously there are many considerations when looking at a gaming system and we're only about energy use," said McGranaghan. "There are also trade-offs associated with graphics and speed that drive higher energy use and consumers will need to factor those elements in as well. The more graphically intensive systems will, by design, require more energy."</p> <p>Or you could say the hell with it and build a dual- or tri-videocard gaming PC, power consumption be damned.</p> console Gaming Gaming Hardware green Hardware microsoft nintendo Playstation 3 ps3 sony Videogames wii Xbox 360 News Tue, 21 Dec 2010 14:59:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 16211 at What Does the Future Hold for Kinect? <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/minority_report.jpg" width="117" height="175" style="float: right;" />Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensing add-on for the Xbox 360 hasn't even been on the market for two months, yet we're already impressed with what the modding community has been able to do with the device. This is just the beginning, folks.</p> <p>According to Eurogamer, an <a href="">upcoming firmware release</a> will improve the device's compression technology and depth sensor. As it currently stands, the Kinect detects movement at 30 frames per second at a 320x240 resolution, which is dictated by an artificial limit placed on the USB controller to use around 15MB/s even though it's capable of 35MB/s.</p> <p>What Microsoft is trying to do is double the spec of the depth camera to 640x480 via a dashboard update. In theory, this could make the Kinect capable of detecting finger movements and hand rotations, which would open a whole new world for the modding community to play around with.</p> console Gaming Gaming Hardware Hardware kinect maximum tech microsoft motion control Videogames Xbox 360 News Mon, 20 Dec 2010 14:34:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 16188 at