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2:00 PM on 05.03.2014

Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

Before I tell you why you need this DAC or any other, let me tell you what it actually is.  Think of a Digital to Analog Converter as an external upgrade for the circuitry of your audio device's innards. Every modern aud...

Dale North


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate photo
Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
by Dale North

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Home key attack! It feels so good to type on super responsive keys, especially for someone that spends 6-8 hours a day typing on those chicklet-style laptop keyboards. Razer's new BlackWidow Ultimate has the key action that makes it hard to go back to my work keyboards. It feels like I'm typing faster. I feel connected to the machine. 

But how is this keyboard for gaming?

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Review: PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset photo
Review: PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset
by Dale North

When I opened the box for the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset there was a big, black hair waiting for me. A greasy one.

Greatness Awaits!

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Review: Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HD for Laptops photo
Review: Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HD for Laptops
by Dale North

Connecting your PC (or game console) to your television isn't necessarily difficult, but the cabling can be a bit of a hassle. The HDMI outputs on better laptops and most GPUs make it easier by sending both video and audio over one cable, but an optimal setup would still require Ethernet cabling as well. And if your PC is far away from your television, the situation gets a bit messier. 

What if you could just leave your PC in its room and send the audio and video signals wirelessly? Nyrius' Aries Pro lets you do exactly that. I spent a week with the set in my home, trying it out on console gaming, PC gaming, and a bit of web surfing. Read on for our full review

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Review: SteelSeries Stratus iOS controller photo
Review: SteelSeries Stratus iOS controller
by Chris Carter

MFi controllers really have the ability to be a game changer for iOS devices. But they're in their infancy, and not only are a select amount of games supported, but they also have some limitations. So far, I've reviewed the Logitech Powershell and MOGA Ace Power -- two controllers that are wired, and only work for specific iPhone flavored devices.

Out of nowhere comes a new challenger -- the SteelSeries Stratus line for iOS, which allows for the same four trigger, dual analog control system of the Ace Power, but this time, with wireless support.

If only it were priced a tad cheaper.

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Review: D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router photo
Review: D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router
by Joshua Derocher

Having a good router is a necessity these days. Every electronic device you own connects to the internet, and many play games online and stream HD video. Your PC and consoles are beginning to rely more and more on digital copies of games, and patches for those games are growing in size. In my apartment we have several computers, iPods, iPads, phones, and game consoles, and they are all hooked up to the internet. I need a good router to keep up with demand.

I've had D-Link's newest gaming router, the DGL-5500, hooked up for a few weeks now, and I am actually surprised at well it's been working out. It might not be the best router you can buy, but it certainly won't disappoint.

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Review: Logitech PowerShell iOS controller and battery photo
Review: Logitech PowerShell iOS controller and battery
by Chris Carter

The time has finally come for iOS gaming to shine with those of you who hate touch controls. For years mobile gaming has alienated those who can't stand playing things without tactile feedback, so iOS 7 and various peripheral manufacturers have answered the call.

I already gave the MOGA Ace Power a pretty positive review, so how does the Logitech Powershell fare?

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Review: MOGA Ace Power iOS controller and battery photo
Review: MOGA Ace Power iOS controller and battery
by Chris Carter

As you may have heard, MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers have started to roll out. In a nutshell, they work with a limited amount of games, but they allow you to use real, physical buttons for titles that may not work as well on the touchscreen. Think games like Bastion or Limbo, which would benefit greatly from controller support, and you have a general idea of what these devices are trying to accomplish.

Right now there are a few controllers in the works, but the major two players that are out currently are the Logitech Powershell, and the MOGA. I spent the past week testing out both extensively, and in the end, I have one clear-cut favorite.

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Review: Roxio Game Capture HD Pro photo
Review: Roxio Game Capture HD Pro
by Chris Carter

Game capture devices have gotten easier and easier to use with each passing year. What once was an elite craft is now easily accessible with the right unit, as it's as simple as plug-and-play functionality. Recently I had the chance to test out the Elgato HD -- a device that I now use on a weekly basis for all my recording needs.

So how does the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro compare? Well, it works as advertised for the most part, but it's a bit of a downgrade.

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Review: SteelSeries H Wireless Headset photo
Review: SteelSeries H Wireless Headset
by Chris Carter

Wireless headphones can be pretty expensive, but they can also be pretty damn convenient. Sometimes I don't feel like fumbling with wires, as it helps keep my setup clean, and the ability to wander around within a limited distance helps keep me in the action -- say, while I'm respawning in an FPS and grabbing a quick drink.

Every once in a while you do need to plug them back into something though, especially after some lengthy gaming sessions. The SteelSeries Wireless H does a great job of handling the power issue with two swappable battery packs -- so you're always charging a backup. I wish every wireless headset was this simple to use -- but expect to pay for the convenience.

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Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones photo
Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones
by Dale North

If you read this site regularly you'll know that I've reviewed a lot of headsets. A lot of gaming headsets, I should say. I'm not out to dump on any of them, but I want to start this review by saying that these Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones sound better than any of the phones I've reviewed for this site.

Flat out. No question. 

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Review: Xbox One photo
Review: Xbox One
by Dale North

Microsoft's Xbox 360 grew from being a simple game console to an all-in-one entertainment box over the last eight years or so, somehow squeezing in everything from multiplayer gaming to streaming movies and television.

And now that they're on a roll, their new console, the Xbox One, embraces that complete system idea. They've packed the Xbox One with the technology and features needed to give us the games and other entertainment forms we'll seek out in this next generation, while adding in new control schemes and television support.

In other words, they've built a big box for their big push into our living rooms.

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Review: PlayStation 4 photo
Review: PlayStation 4
by Dale North

Remember daydreaming about a system that would let you buy and download games online, and then let you share your experiences socially? There was a day when the concept seemed so far off, but now that system is finally here. We've been talking about Sony's next game console for years, so it feels kind of weird to actually have one now.

The PS4 is a blend of technologies we expected and features we didn't. It's a clear step forward from where the PlayStation brand has come, and a statement on where Sony thinks games are going. It's less about what it is and more about what it does. 

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Review: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset photo
Review: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset
by Chris Carter

Over the past year or so, I've acquired a decent amount of headphones. Some of them have fallen by the wayside, some of them relegated to certain devices, and a few have become decent "catch-alls" for most of my needs.

Seeing as the Siberia Elite was my first introduction to SteelSeries, I had high hopes. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint, and I now have a new catch-all solution for my headphone needs.

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Review: Nvidia Shield  photo
Review: Nvidia Shield
by Jim Sterling

[Disclosure: Nvidia has provided Destructoid with a number of computers for PC game review purposes in the past. If you feel that may make our reviews of any of their products "biased" or "paid off," you are welcome to.]

The number of handheld devices hitting the market are becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of, a situation made all the more overwhelming by the continued erosion of the boundary between smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and machines built solely for the purposes of showing your friends that "Blurred Lines" video. 

Several oddities have cropped up in this maelstrom of technology, one of which is the Nvidia Shield. Joining the Razer Edge in the "almost shockingly niche" category, this Android-powered, Steam-streaming, undoubtedly powerful system is heavy, expensive, and focused on a unique brand of gamer -- a cocktail of concerns that has led to many a cynical attitude toward it. 

I was cynical. Hopeful, as I am for all new gadgets, but cynical nonetheless. Having spent a good deal of time with the Nvidia Shield, however, I absolutely love the thing. It's still heavy, it's still expensive, and it's certainly going to appeal to a select few. Those few, however, will adore it. 

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Review: Wikipad 7-Inch Gaming Tablet photo
Review: Wikipad 7-Inch Gaming Tablet
by Chris Carter

I'm constantly reminded that we're in a rather strange era of gaming. While past generations have decidedly kept console and portable gaming completely separate, the two experiences are converging more and more with the rise of Apple and Android devices.

What were once privileged devices have become a lot cheaper, and they're starting to dip into Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo's profits as the mobile arena is poised to slowly start chipping away at the industry proper.

Enter the Wikipad -- an Android supported tablet that's targeted directly towards the gaming community.

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