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Mad Catz

Mad Catz' new controller looks like a Michael Bay Decepticon


And it's as expensive as one too
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
I can't look away from Mad Catz' new controller for Android devices and PC. I just can't. The L.Y.N.X. 9 is meant to "offer a premium [see: $299.99; yes, really] gaming experience in almost any situation," though it's primari...
3DS discontinued photo
RIP 3DS
[Update: Nintendo's official response is as follows: "Nintendo has nothing to announce about the production status of Nintendo 3DS."] We have reason to believe Nintendo of America has completely ceased production of the origi...

PSTV + Xbox One contest photo
Enjoy the latest Titan One firmware, free of charge
[Update: Contest over! Winner is theraden!] To celebrate the news that their Titan One cross-compatibility device now offers full support for Sony's PlayStation TV, our friends at ConsoleTuner are offering up a PlayStation TV...

Nintendo photo
Nintendo

Miyamoto on Zelda Wii U, amiibo cards, and the next Nintendo console


Company 'working on ideas for new hardware systems'
Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
In an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about several topics, including sold-out amiibo figures, the future of Mario, and next year's open-world Zelda. On missing exclusive in-game content...
Farming Sim controller photo
Farming Sim controller

So, Mad Catz is making a controller for Farming Simulator


Might as well quit your job as a farmer and do this instead
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
Peripheral maker Mad Catz and Farming Simulator developer Giants Software are working on a range of Saitek-branded hardware for the PC simulation game we can't seem to stop talking about. The controller, which is planned for ...
PS1-looking PS4 photo
Only 12,300 available
Just for a second I thought this was colored like the silver PS2 I always thought was kind of sucky (or the recent Dragon Quest PS4), and then I saw those PlayStation Japan live stream pictures (via Kotaku) with that ma...

Persona Q 3DS photo
Persona Q 3DS

That cool blue Persona Q 3DS XL is now available


Download the free sub-persona Kaguya
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
Kyle would've written this post about the awesome limited-edition Persona Q 3DS XL but didn't want to quote his own review of the game, so here we are. The GameStop-exclusive system is available as of today in the United Stat...

Review: Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Nov 23 // Darren Nakamura
G910 Orion SparkManufacturer: LogitechMSRP: $179.99 Logitech has been making gaming keyboards for a while now, but the G910 Orion Spark is the first to use the specially engineered Romer-G mechanical switches for the keys. These are tactile switches -- they require a minimum applied force before they will begin to depress -- but the actuation distance is lower than that of its closest competitors, which theoretically improves actuation speed. A more obvious design element are the facets found on the keys. More angular than standard keys, the intent is to keep the user's fingers centered over the keys in order to decrease unintentional key presses. Almost all of the keys at least have inclines on the right and left sides, but each key within three spaces of WASD also has a lip on the top side. I could not detect a noticeable improvement in accuracy due to these facets, but they do feel like they can help keep fingers from sliding around unintentionally. Among the three-faceted keys on the G910 are the nine custom G keys: G1 through G5 run down the left side of the keyboard and G6 through G9 span across the top of the F1 through F4 keys. Fully programmable, these keys are meant to take the place of additional functions that are usually assigned to keys furthers from WASD, or to use as macros in place of multiple key presses. The keys along the left side took some getting used to, because I could typically hit the CTRL key without looking just by finding the bottom-leftmost key on the keyboard. With G5 in that place, I mistakenly hit it a few times when trying to quickly copy and paste outside of a game. It is not a huge deal, but it requires a bit of reprogramming, either of muscle memory or of the G5 key itself. [embed]284169:56422:0[/embed] The last design innovation of the Romer-G switch worth noting is that it is built to allow the most light through, allowing the LED underneath to really shine (so to speak). The G910 comes with four lighting modes, each boasting millions of colors. The first lighting mode is Freestyle, which simply allows the user to assign any color to any key at will. For regular use, I just go with this, with all of the keys set to a dark green. The Zones mode groups certain keys together and lights each group individually. WASD is its own group, lit up while the rest of the letter keys are dark, the G keys are a group, the F keys are a group, the number keys are a group, the arrow keys are a group, and the keys to the right and left of the space bar are a group. This could be used to quickly find important keys and re-center for those who look down and move all around the keyboard. The Commands mode seems more functional for learning a new game or keeping track of games that use a lot of key commands. Upon loading the Logitech software, common games are detected and their profiles loaded. When playing a particular game, only those keys that have a function are lit; useless keys are unlit. Some of the newer releases were not automatically added (for example, Civilization V was detected but Civilization: Beyond Earth was not), but profiles can be manually created for any new games. The last lighting mode, Effects, is simultaneously the silliest and the prettiest. Different visual effects can be applied, including a rainbow wave, a slow illumination and delumination, a random key twinkling, and lighting that shows up and slowly fades after a particular key has been pressed. They are neat to play around with, but they are far from functional. Another use for the lighting is to help visualize the heat map, which is probably the most useful feature for the average gamer. Before starting up a gaming session, the user can initiate key press recording. This part of the software keeps track of the play session, counting how many times each key is pressed. The reason this is useful is that it provides a visual for which keys are used and to what extent. For instance, if the Y key is used more frequently than the T key, it would make sense to switch the mapping in order to decrease the travel distance of the finger between WASD and the desired function. In extreme cases, it can help to move a game function from a key that requires the player to look at the keyboard to one that is easily touch-typed. The one major downside to the heat map is that the key recording seemed to take a significant chunk of my CPU process, slowing down the game I was playing while it was active. My rig is getting on in its years, so newer systems may not be affected like this. Along the top of the unit is a simple docking area for a phone or a tablet. This is not a true docking station with any sort of electronic connection, but it is meant to be used for games with second screen capability or along with the Logitech companion app ARX Control. This app can be used to quickly launch games, monitor vital system statistics, remotely control audio and video, and easily remap the G keys. The app's functionality is not necessary for the operation of the G910, but it is a cool free addition.  Overall, the G910 Orion Spark is a fine product. Though most non-competitive players will not notice a huge difference in performance, it is clear that a lot of work went into engineering it specifically for gaming. The keys have a nice tactile feel without being too clicky and loud. The lighting modes run the gamut between form and function. The key press heat map can help improve players of all skill levels. For those willing and able to plunk down the cash, the G910 Orion Spark is a great gaming keyboard. [This review is based on a retail unit of the keyboard provided by the manufacturer.]
Logitech G910 Orion Spark photo
Reaching for the stars
In high-level competition, every little advantage counts. It is why Olympic swimmers shave their bodies before a race, why pre-med students fight tooth-and-nail for every half point on every test, and why gaming keyboards exi...

Nice photo
Nice

Nintendo channels Game Boy Color with translucent 2DS


$100, red and blue
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
Need something to match your Pokemon X and Y 3DS? Need something to play Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? Want to relive 1998 without the Y2K scare and having to hear "My Heart Will Go On" until you're sure that ...
Titan One photo
Titan One

ConsoleTuner's Titan One adapter lets you plug your 360 controller into a PS3


Or vice versa, if you're crazy
Nov 03
// mrandydixon
Incoming bias! Prior to the DualShock 4, I've never been a fan of Sony's controllers. My thumbs always bumped against each other when I circle-strafed, my fingers slipped off the convex triggers and thumbsticks, etc. We just ...
Nintendo Health photo
Sleep monitor announced
Nintendo revealed its first foray into the quality of life business today, announcing a non-wearable sleep monitor designed to help people develop better sleeping habits. The project is a collaboration with ResMed, a manufact...

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Weekend Deals

Weekend Deals: Civilization: Beyond Earth and BF4 Premium


There goes the weekend
Oct 24
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Spot something we didn't see? Let us know in the comments. 4X fans know this already (in fact, they're prob...
PS Vita on your TV photo
PS Vita on your TV

PlayStation TV is out, wait, tomorrow?!


Could've fooled me
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
When PlayStation TV was first announced for Japan, I was fond of the device, at least conceptually, as someone who still doesn't own a PS Vita (sorry, Steven). But I haven't given the microconsole much thought since then -- i...
New 3DS photo
New 3DS

Switching face plates on the New 3DS looks easy enough


Screwdriver required for the lower plate
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
Feels like the New 3DS was only just announced the other week, but it's already available in Japan. Nintendo has been busy uploading videos like this one which details how to swap out the system's face plates. Interestingly, the stylus can be used to pry them open. Neat design! There are also a ton of videos showing the various 3DS themes.
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Look at this super skinny gaming rig from PiixL, two inches thick


Straps to the back of your TV
Oct 10
// Dale North
I've hid my gaming/media PC rig behind or under my television for years. It's much easier these days with all of the small form factor boxes available.  But I don't care how lovely they make these things; I'm still hidin...
Xbox 360 bundles photo
Xbox 360 bundles

That Xbox 360 is blue!


Three holiday bundles announced
Sep 12
// Jordan Devore
Consoles sporting nontraditional colors can be hit or miss, but I have to say, I'm liking this blue Xbox 360. It'll be available starting October 7 in the US at Walmart with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a...
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SEXYSEXYSEXY

That sexy 'glacier white' DualShock 4 is out now


Also, an alabaster audio accessory
Sep 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Destiny launches today astride this "glacier white" PlayStation 4 bundle -- something that exists purely to taunt those of us with boring old launch systems.  Luckily, Sony is also offering a pair of attractive...
New 3DS photo
New 3DS

New 3DS is region locked because of course it is


Those colored buttons had better be the same in the West
Sep 03
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo announced the New 3DS and New 3DS XL last week during a Direct presentation. These are coming first to Japan this October with a new C-Stick, additional shoulder buttons, better 3D, near-field communication for amiib...
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Project CARS lists supported steering wheels


And even 12K display support
Aug 29
// Dale North
Project CARS wants you to use your existing racing gaming hardware. That's great news for this racing game enthusiast. But they really mean it: wheels, controllers, VR headsets, 4K televisions...hell, even 12K displays. You'l...
White PS4 photo
White PS4

Here's an obligatory unboxing of the white PS4


Hey, it's Hollie!
Aug 22
// Jordan Devore
So it's come to this, Friday videogame news. Okay. You win. I'm not usually one for console unboxing videos, but the glacier white PlayStation 4 is a thing of beauty. The console shown in this video from PlayStation Access i...
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This modular PS4 controller charge station makes perfect sense


Nyko White Modular Charge Station for PS4
Aug 20
// Dale North
Where do you put your controllers when you're done with them? I tried one of those cloth- lined baskets, but I found that unless I laid them in there very carefully I'd accidentally hit buttons, turning all of my consoles on....
Samsung photo
Samsung

Here's the more expensive version of Google Cardboard from Samsung


Samsung's new VR headset will be a lot pricier than cardboard
Aug 14
// Brittany Vincent
Samsung has announced that it will be showing its rumored virtual reality headset, codenamed "Project Moonlight," at its upcoming product event show in early September where it is widely expected to also announce the Galaxy N...
Wii U photo
Wii U

Take a closer look at PDP's GameCube-style controllers for Wii U


Yoshi's my favorite
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
I think I'll be perfectly set with the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U, but PDP's line of GameCube-inspired controllers (known officially as "Wired Fight Pads") are another valid option. Courtesy of Amazon, we now have ...
PlayStation TV photo
PlayStation TV

PlayStation TV coming in PAL territories in November, PS Now beta in 2015


TV is priced at 99
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
[Update: Sony has confirmed a US launch date for PlayStation TV of October 14th.] Sony had a few hardware related bits of information to announce today at gamescom, most notably the fact that PlayStation TV will launch in PA...
Hardware photo
Hardware

MSI unveils WS60, the second lightest workstation ever


Slap a 880m in it and I'll buy it for a dollar
Aug 07
// Brittany Vincent
MSI has unveiled its WS60 ultralight workstation. It features a choice of 1080p or 3K resolution screen, 16GB of DDR3L ram, 128 GB SSD + 1TB hard drives, and the ability to stream 4K video via its Thunderbolt 2 connectors. It...
3DS controller mod photo
3DS controller mod

Someone made a custom GameCube controller adapter for 3DS


Well, 2DS, if you want to be exact
Aug 06
// Jordan Devore
A guy by the name of Loopy previously came out with video capture boards for 3DS, and now he's back with another cool project: a GameCube controller adapter. Why? Because he can. Here's a demonstration of Super Street Fighte...
Oculus Rift photo
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift DK2 uses a Samsung smartphone screen as its display


This thing's got the biggest bezels I've ever seen!
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
During a teardown of the new Oculus Rift DK 2 unit, iFixit.com has found that the Oculus Rift uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen as its display unit. Speculation is that with Oculus trying to ship 45,000 units as well as ha...
Logitech photo
Logitech

Here's Logitech's attempt at creating the world's fastest gaming mouse


Call it Algernon and send it flowers
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
Logitech has announced its G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse that claims to have taken the throne as the worlds fastest gaming mouse. The G402 can reliably track over 500 inches per second and includes Logitech's exclusive Delt...
Xbox One photo
Xbox One

There are a ton of collectible Xbox Ones at SDCC


But most of them are ugly
Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft has a bunch of custom Xbox Ones on display at San Diego Comic-Con and one of them could be yours. Convention attendees who take a photo of one of the consoles at the Xbox Gaming Lounge need only tweet it out with #X...






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