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Vive

Expect a 'limited quantity' of Valve's VR headset Vive


Most of us will have to wait until Q1 2016
Aug 28
// Vikki Blake
Valve's virtual reality headset, Vive, will only be available in a "limited quantity" when it launches later this year. "Larger quantities" will be available from Q1 2016.  "Vive developer kits have been available f...
Racing photo
Racing

Can video games make you a better driver?


It works for F1 drivers
Aug 27
// Vikki Blake
F1 driver Max Verstappen has been honing his driving skills by way of racing sims. By using simulators like Assetto Corsa, iRacing and rFactor 2, Verstappen's been able to familiarise himself with the F1 c...
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Nintendo

Is global voice chat finally coming to Nintendo consoles?


Patent hints at new external device
Aug 27
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo may finally be introducing voice chat to its hardware. Though it's unclear if this relates to current or upcoming systems, Nintendo has filed a patent for an external device designed to enable in-game voice chat. 
Intel unboxing photo
Intel unboxing

Watch me unbox (and break) the Intel Box Master System


Including an i7-6700K and 750 series SSD
Aug 21
// Jed Whitaker
Intel decided to send us two giant boxes full of things, including its hot new 8-bit Intel Box Master System featuring wood side paneling to unbox on video. I couldn't possibly do a straight unboxing video -- that isn't my s...

iOS controllers photo
iOS controllers

The Gamevice is the best controller I've used for iOS devices to date


Only for iPad mini though
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
MFi (made-for-iOS) controllers have been around for almost two years now, and slowly but surely, they've risen above their once niche appeal. Previously they were only available for a few devices, and could run upwards of $10...
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Logitech G29

Logitech's G29 Driving Force PS4 wheel is expensive, but functional


Just be aware of the lack of PS4 racers
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
I've only had one racing wheel in my life outside of the one Logitech just sent me for testing. It was really cumbersome unit for the original PlayStation, and as a kid, it was tough to find room for it long term. By the time I left for college, it was lost to the void. During the past week or so I've been re-introduced to wheel life, and my god, the tech has come a long way.
Xbox Elite App photo
Xbox Elite App

The Xbox Elite controller's app lets you customize everything


But when will we get sexy colors?
Aug 06
// Jed Whitaker
At around 38:33 in the video above, we get our first in-depth look at the Xbox Elite's controller app, and it looks awesome. The app allows you to configure your controller in basically every way imaginable from stick sensit...
Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Seagate's 2TB external Xbox One drive works like a charm


It's also not outrageously priced
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
Yesterday, Microsoft announced its first official HDD for the Xbox One in the form of a Seagate 2TB external. Although most units around that storage capacity are priced at $80 or so, the $110 pricepoint isn't too bad, especi...
Xbox One HDD photo
Xbox One HDD

Microsoft announces first official 2TB external HDD


From Seagate
Aug 05
// Chris Carter
The Xbox One's onboard 500GB limit is woeful. After Wolfenstein hit, games reached the critcal mass of 40GB for the average AAA title, which cleaned out my space in seconds. Publishers are now expanding upon their planne...
Xbox One chatpad photo
Xbox One chatpad

Lovely Xbox One controller gets an ugly chatpad


Function, not form
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
I mean, hey, it works. Anyone type enough on the Xbox One that they're picking this bad boy up when it launches in November?
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Shield recall

Nvidia Shield recalled over fire hazard


That thing'll kill ya!
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
Have you had more money than sense over the last year (July 2014-July 2015) and bought an Nvidia Shield gaming tablet? Well, it could literally kill you. Nvidia is urging users to check which battery their Shield uses to see ...
Sony photo
Sony

Sony sold more PS4s than Xbox One and 360 combined last quarter


That's 25 million PS4s sold since launch
Jul 30
// Vikki Blake
Sony sold 3 million PlayStation 4 consoles between April and June 2015, with more than 25 million PS4 sales since the console launched in November 2012.  According to the latest Sony financial report, that's up from 2.7m...
PS4 PC-style controller photo
PS4 PC-style controller

PlayStation 4 is getting a keyboard/mouse controller


Courtesy of Hori
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
With a name like Tactical Assault Commander 4, you know shit's about to get real. Hori is creating another PC-style wired controller for consoles following its hybrid keyboard/mouse controller for PlayStation 3. This new one,...
Red PS4 photo
Red PS4

Blood red Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain PS4 up for pre-order


Exclusively through GAME in Britain
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
That Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain special edition with the robot hand and the limited run blood red PlayStation 4 are up for pre-order through GAME, bundled any which way you want it. Unless you want it for North Amer...
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Pro Evolution Soccer

PES 2016 will run at 1080p on Xbox One


PES 2015 was 720p
Jul 23
// Vikki Blake
Konami has confirmed that Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will run at 1080p on Xbox One. Despite its predecessor PES 2015 running at 1080p on PlayStation 4 last year, its Xbox One sibling could only muster 720p.  Now, it ...
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Microsoft

Xbox revenue up 27 percent, says Microsoft


Thanks to price drops and first-party games
Jul 22
// Vikki Blake
Microsoft has confirmed that it's total Xbox revenue grew 27 percent in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. Microsoft's Q4 financial report chiefly attributed the rise to first-party games and Xbox Live revenue, although s...
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Nokia VR

Nokia might be announcing its own VR hardware next week


Strap an N-Gage to your face
Jul 22
// Joe Parlock
Virtual reality is like the bus: you wait twenty years for one, and then four of them come along at once. Typical. This time, it’s Nokia stepping into the VR ring, going up against Sony’s Morpheus, Valve and HTC&r...
Xbox One bundle photo
Xbox One bundle

This Xbox One bundle has Madden NFL 16 and a year of EA Access


Good head start
Jul 20
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft is rolling out another Xbox One bundle on August 18, 2015 and if you're into sports games, it's worth a look. For $399, it comes with a 1TB hard drive, Madden NFL 16, and a year subscription to EA Access. The latter...
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Deals

Here are the top gaming deals with Amazon UK Prime Day


Get Primed
Jul 15
// Vikki Blake
Amazon has been hyping up "Prime Day" as Black Friday's more generous sibling, and there's plenty on offer today for those of us with a penchant for gaming. The catch? You need to be a Prime Member to access the sale. Althoug...
Virtual reality photo
Virtual reality

Valve and HTC are touring with the HTC Vive


Across the US, Germany, and France
Jul 10
// Jordan Devore
This was the year I went from not caring much about virtual reality (yet) to mentally committing myself to buying an Oculus Rift when its consumer model releases next year. The company's E3 2015 showing, which included a one-...
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GoW: UE for free

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to come bundled with Xbox One


Curb stomp for the low price of free
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
Rod Fergusson, head of The Coalition, announced today at the Gears of War panel at San Diego Comic-Con that the base model of Xbox One will come bundled with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. The bundle includes a 500GB Xbox On...
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Nintendo NX

Will we see the Nintendo NX in July 2016?


According to rumours... YES!
Jul 03
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo may be intent on keeping us in the dark about its latest hardware, but Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn Electronics has reportedly been given the go-ahead from Nintendo to commence "pilot production" of the NX as ...
Xbox photo
Xbox

Ex-Xbox Boss: Red Ring of Death was 'sickening'


'If we don't address this, this brand is dead'
Jul 03
// Vikki Blake
Ex-Xbox boss (and now EA head) Peter Moore has admitted that when he learned about Xbox 360s bricking courtesy of the now infamous red-ring-of-death error, he sat trembling in front of his then-boss Steve Ballmer and said: "i...
Steam Hardware photo
Steam Hardware

Steam Hardware's early stock is sold out


November 10 release date for the rest
Jun 30
// Joe Parlock
Were you hoping to get your hands on one of those early release versions of the Steam Controller, the Steam Link, or a Steam Machine when they come out in October? Well bad news, they’re all sold out. If you pre-order t...

Review: AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME

Jun 29 // Jed Whitaker
Product: Live Gamer EXTREMEManufacturer: AVerMediaMSRP: $179.99 1080p, 60fps is the holy grail of console games these days and the Live Gamer EXTREME (LGX) handles those specs without issue. Footage looks exactly as intended by the game's developers. The LGX also has all the frills you'd expect a capture device to have such as HDMI input and output, its own recording software, but also includes some things I've never seen on other cards. Included in the box is an HDMI cable, a component cable, a 3.5mm cable, and a PS3 cable. The latter cable can be used to connect directly to a PS3 instead of connecting it with component cables, a feature only on the LGX, though I'm not sure how useful it is as it seems gamers and game publishers have mostly moved on from the previous generation. A component cable adapter is also included for capturing legacy consoles.  The included 3.5mm cable can be used to connect an external audio input source to be mixed into streams and captures alongside a 3.5mm microphone jack. Personally I opt to go with USB microphones, as they tend to offer a better sound quality overall, but for those on a tighter budget, a 3.5mm microphone might be a better fit as they are typically less expensive. The purpose of the 3.5mm jacks is to allow the LGX to be used in place of an external audio mixer, though most streaming software allows you to do this already. Also in the box is a manual, the Rec 2 -- AVerMedia's own capture and streaming software -- and a three-month subscription to the streaming software XSplit. I could go on for days about the various streaming software out there, but currently there is no one true winner. Rec 2 is pretty simple and great for beginners, allowing for picture in picture and layout designs with ease, while XSplit has more options and advanced features but runs a monthly fee. I personally use OBS, as it is free and covers most of my needs, though sometimes I still use Rec 2 or XSplit if they have a specific feature I need at the time.  The main feature that the LGX touts is ultra-low latency uncompressed video, meaning you see the game as intended with no real lag or delay between what you'd see on your TV. In my pseudo-scientific tests, I shot 240fps footage with my iPhone of my computer screen versus my TV screen with Mario Kart 8's timer on the screen, and found that AVerMedia's claim of under 0.05 seconds of latency is true. On average, it seemed be around 0.04 seconds, sometimes going up to .08 at worst and .02 at best. The latency is better than any previous capture device I've used and allows me to play off my computer screen instead of switching inputs, as I use a single-screen setup with my desktop in the living room connected to my TV. This allows me to react to my onscreen follower and subscriber alert without having an impact on my gameplay.  Also included is the ability to print your own cover image for branding and vanity purposes. It doesn't serve much purpose, in my opinion, but you can easily make what you'd like with the included cover creator software. I personally suggest a Red Bull can overlaid onto an image of Destiny for the coolest of covers. Overall, AVerMedia has made the Live Gamer EXTREME the capture device to beat. It is more feature rich than competitors at the same price point, and no other device has offered the minimal latency. [This review is based on retail hardware provided by the manufacturer.]
AVerMedia LGX review photo
Live streamer's delight
I've been making gaming videos and streaming for what seems like forever, and I've gone through my fair share of capture devices. My original card only did 720p and 30fps, required hard drives setup in a RAID, and only captur...

Review: The Controller Shop custom DualShock 4

Jun 26 // Kyle MacGregor
Okay, so maybe it wasn't a complete enigma. Still, cracking the case open and laying eyes on the controller for the first time, I was taken aback. It wasn't at all how I pictured it in my mind's eye. The thing literally glittered, metallic paint beaming in the sunlight, its splashy buttons distracting from the intricate detailed artwork in the periphery. It was shocking, really. Maybe a little gaudy. Certainly more than I bargained for, more vibrant and impressive than anything I might have conjured up. My attention was soon drawn to the portrait of Mr. Destructoid along the left handle. At a glance, our robot mascot looked flawless, so impeccable that I figured it was a decal. Upon closer inspection, though, you can see its tiny imperfections. This didn't roll off a conveyor belt in a factory somewhere. It was painstakingly rendered by hand, a labor of love. Subtle stripes and understated circuitry art accent the front panel, while the rear is underscored by a dozen or so little Space Invaders and an elaborate pattern of triangles clustered around the edge. While The Controller Shop offers rear paddles (similar to the ones featured in Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One Elite Controller) and foot pedal accessories, ours didn't come included with any significant hardware upgrades. But that isn't to say it feels identical to a standard DualShock 4. The surface is more glossy than matte, and the anterior lacks the grippy feel of other DualShock 4s. Having spent an extended period of time gaming with it, I can't say I prefer it over the basic edition, nor can I say it's any worse. Just different. Though there are a few specific instances where I might favor one over the other. In a side by side comparison, The Controller Shop's face buttons feel more satisfying. They're a tad clickier -- if that makes any sense. The shoulder buttons feel slightly heavier. The biggest difference was the D-pad, though. It takes more effort to move around, making it feel ill-suited for fighting games or other genres where a more rigid range of motion might be an impediment. On the other hand, the analogs feel firm and potentially more durable, which could be a plus, given how the set on the standard model are prone to falling apart. Whether or not a custom look and vaguely different feel is worth $100+ (or, in the case of this one, closer to $250 due to its hand-painted graphics and whatnot) is debatable and highly subjective. I can say that if you're in the market for such a luxury item, you could certainly do a lot worse. This may not have been the particular design I would have chosen for myself, but that was kind of the point. I wanted to see what The Controller Shop could do, and they produced a finely-made work of art that exceeded my expectations in many respects. If you can afford to channel that craftsmanship into your own style, it might very well be worth it. [This review is based on a retail unit of the controller provided by the manufacturer.]
REVIEW: Custom Controller photo
Handcrafted hardware
When a custom controller outfit offered to let us design our own tailor-made gamepad, it was a proposal we couldn't refuse. Except designing things is hard. So we rolled the dice and left that task in their hands, hoping thei...

Nintendo photo
Nintendo

'Competitors may take our NX ideas,' says Iwata


He's not paranoid; he just doesn't trust anyone
Jun 26
// Vikki Blake
Wondering why Nintendo glossed right over the NX during its E3 presentation? Blame Nintendo's competitors -- Nintendo boss Iwata certainly does.  "We can't talk about the NX," Iwata said in yesterday's investor call (acc...
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New 3DS in America

Is the New 3DS coming to America or is Reggie trolling us?


You know, the one with the backplates
Jun 24
// Jed Whitaker
The Nintendo of America boss, Reggie Fils-Aimé, has seemingly teased the release of the standard-size New 3DS for America. "We've certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the b...
PS1 throwback photo
PS1 throwback

Standalone PS1-style DualShock 4 out this September


20th anniversary headset, too
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
For most of us, that limited-edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 was something to look at and nothing more. Sony didn't produce enough of them to meet demand. But at least with the controller, we're getting a second chance...
Batman: Arkham Knight photo
Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight's minimum specs tweaked overnight


Holy graphic cards, Batman!
Jun 23
// Vikki Blake
The minimum spec requirements to run Batman: Arkham Knight on PC have been updated overnight. As gamers attempting to play Batman: Arkham Knight on PC continue to experience problems, it has now been acknowledged that AMD gra...

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