Category Archives: Hardware

Project S wireless racing wheel to be revealed at E3?

Will a new Xbox One wireless racing wheel be heading to Xbox One courtesy of an E3 announcement? According to IGN it could be. The Project S wireless racing wheel is being created by the makers of the updated Xbox One version of the Duke controller – Hyperkin – and will connect via the “Xbox’s wireless chip” and charges via a docking station included with the wheel.

While the source is cited as anonymous, a wireless wheel isn’t a completely random announcement, Microsoft released a U-shaped wireless racing wheel for the Xbox 360, which was announced to coincide with the release of Forza Motorsport – could the Project S be linked to a new Forza at E3? It wouldn’t surprise me and given that Hyperkin were allowed to recreate the Xbox Duke controller for the Xbox One, this could be a good shout from IGN’s ‘anonymous’ source.

Project S wireless racing wheel

ASTRO Gaming to show off A40 TR X-Edition at E3

ASTRO Gaming will lift the lid on their new A40 TR X-Edition at E3, which has been created to celebrate 10 years of what many consider to be ASTRO’s greatest headset.

The X-Edition, which has been teased in a new trailer, uses the successful TR version of the A40 so expect additional X-Edition parts. Coming Fall 2018, the headset will be shown off at E3 – and hopefully the company with reveal more details on what’s new beyond the aesthetic – for now, all we know is that there is a swanky new badge and the headset carries the following tagline: Reimagined. Redesigned. Redefined but never replaced.

If you’re in the market for a new headset, or just can’t get enough of ASTRO headsets, then pop over to the official website to get notified when there are updates about the A40 TR X-Edition.

A40 TR X-Edition at E3

The big guy is back – Xbox One Duke controller

It’s almost time to Duke it out and get your hands on what is destined to be the best special edition Xbox One controller.

The big guy was officially launched April 30 and is compatible with Xbox One and PCs running Windows 10. Hyperkin are the brains behind bringing the original Xbox Duke controller into the modern day.

“It’s a bizarre experience, to see a joke on Twitter become a real product,” Blackley said. “Seeing all these gamers so truly happy to get the new Hyperkin Duke is pretty goddamn superb.”

The Xbox controller has undergone numerous changes over the years and while the Hyperkin Duke is a true modern day replica of the original, a few design tweaks have been made:

  • Original animated Xbox startup screen played right inside the Xbox button
  • Bumpers
  • 9 ft. detachable USB cable (required to use controller)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Option and View buttons

Thankfully the classic Xbox button layout returns, which includes the black/white buttons. But is big really better? Either way, this controller will have early adopters of the original console giddy with excitement – and for everyone else – that animated Xbox startup is pure genius.

If you’re racing to your favourite store to order and live in the UK then hold up, the new Duke won’t reach our shores until May 18.

Microsoft announce the Combat Tech Special Edition Xbox Controller

Microsoft have announced the third controller in the Tech Series, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Combat Tech Special Edition.

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Combat Tech Special Edition embodies a traditional army colour palette with its classic Military Green base colour (the same Military Green offered through Xbox Design Lab), bright orange accents and military insignia. Like the Recon Tech and Patrol Tech controllers that came before it, the Combat Tech controller features a textured laser-etched grip on the front of the controller and rubberised diamond grips on the back to help you stay on target. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Combat Tech Special Edition will be available for £59.99 GBP and will start shipping to participating retailers on March 27.

The first of the controller in the Tech Series, Xbox Wireless Controller – Recon Tech Special Edition, launched last spring and comes in a sleek, dark grey military design. The second controller in the series is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Patrol Tech Special Edition that launched last autumn. It features a dark blue military design. Both controllers are available for £59.99 GBP at select retailers. No need to go Googling as here is a link to the controller on the Microsoft Store.

Xbox One Duke controller now available to order in UK

 

 

Xbox One ‘Duke’ controller now available to order in UK

The Duke controller went down in Xbox history, and not necessarily for the right reason – but it’s shaded past has made it one of the most sought after Xbox prizes and Microsoft are seeking to capitalise on its notorious past by creating an Xbox One compatible version of the giant controller.

Produced by manufacturer, Hyperkin, the new version of the Duke is a ‘faithful recreation’ of the original, with a new OLED screen that shows the original Xbox boot sequence. The controller has been available to pre-order in the US and Canada, now a listing has appeared that prices it at £69.99, with a release date of May 8, 2018.

 

Linksys’ new router will help your Xbox One connect faster

Linksys has created a gaming router that’s will help your connection when playing on the Xbox One

According to Linksys, the WRT32XB will automatically detect an Xbox that’s connected, and then prioritises and accelerates gaming traffic using something known as the “Killer Prioritization Engine” used in their previous router. In simple terms it should reduce lag spikes and cut down on peak ping times up to 65 percent for Xbox One users.

Other features include:

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Four Ethernet ports
  • A USB 3.0 port
  • Four dual band antennas

The WRT32XB is set to be released in February for $299, though there is no mention of a UK release yet..

The cat came back – Mad Catz presses continue…

Mad Catz has come back from what many believed to be game over for the peripheral maker. It seems the company did indeed have another credit left to continue.

Under new management, a new PR agency and promising new ideas and a range of products, Mad Catz seem to initially be resting on their PC successes and will be showcasing a new range of peripherals at CES 2018, including new R.A.T. mice, S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards, F.R.E.Q. gaming headsets and G.L.I.D.E. gaming surfaces.

“We couldn’t be more excited than to begin 2018 by announcing the return of Mad Catz to the global gaming arena. Mad Catz has been a permanent fixture in gaming for almost three decades and we firmly believe it’s best days lie ahead,” said Selena Chang, Director of Sales and Operations for Mad Catz Global Limited. “Through listening to gamers worldwide, we plan to once again forge a path of innovation in the gaming hardware community, and we’re already working on delivering products which we believe will enhance gamers’ abilities and do justice to the Mad Catz name. We can’t wait to unveil a little more at CES 2018 and in the months to come.

The Mad Catz website is currently a little raw and makes no mention about console support or whether their Tritton brand will be making a return.

TiX podcast special: State of the Industry 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the TiX Podcast, a special episode celebrating 2017.

Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrat as they discuss their highlights from the year in terms of games, explore the new hardware paradigm of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, gush over PSVR, and even take a quick stab at the loot box controversy. Welcome to State of the Industry 2017.

Podcast music by Bangmaid
Produced by James Gill
www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid

Thrustmaster Unveils 1st Official Flight Stick for the Xbox One

Thrustmaster is at it again! Not content on delivering a premium experience for the racing community on Xbox and Windows, they are now taking to the skies and beyond with the Hotas One.

Members of the Flight Sim community rejoice, Thrustmaster® has heard your pleas loud and clear. To meet the demands of this growing audience on Xbox One, Thrustmaster decided that there’s never been a better time to release a joystick that will allow the many, many gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7 to experience Thrustmaster’s extensive flight simulation expertise. The T.Flight Hotas One will allow gamers on both platforms to fully immerse themselves in the feeling of flight offered by today’s cutting-edge Flight Sim titles and become part of these amazing aerial worlds in a way that hasn’t been possible until now. Based on the T.Flight Hotas concept, one of their all-time bestsellers, Thrustmaster has developed a comprehensive solution officially licensed for Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7.
How exciting does that sound? Well, if that little tease hasn’t made you dig out your flight suit, then here is a whole lot more information provided to us here at TiX!

  • Official Thrustmaster Flight Stick for Xbox One… (And they aren’t working alone!)
    • Thrustmaster is thrilled to be the first to develop a product that the Xbox One community has been dreaming about since launch.
      Eager to deliver on the growing demand from members of this community, the team at Thrustmaster joined forces with Microsoft to create a joystick specially designed for use on Xbox One, with the T.Flight Hotas One being the end result.
      Thrustmaster has worked with Frontier to fully support the T.Flight Hotas One in Elite Dangerous for Xbox One. Frontier has been keen to deliver an even deeper level of immersion for the Elite Dangerous community on Xbox One and recommends the T.Flight Hotas One, supporting it with an upcoming patch for Elite Dangerous adding T.Flight Hotas One compatibility on September 26th!
  • Complete & Accessible Hotas Flight Stick system for Instant Immersion
    • The ergonomic T.Flight Hotas design (combined with the development of next-generation electronics officially licensed for both Xbox One and Windows 10, 8 and 7, including an “ecosystem-ready” port allowing users to add the TFRP rudder system – Which will be sold separately) allows for instant playability and the ability to adapt to all types of flight simulation (space adventure, modern combat, warplanes, civilian flight etc.) This creates an unrivalled degree of practicality which has become the gold standard set by Thrustmaster over the years.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: Realistic & Ergonomic Flight Control System
    • In the real world, flight controls used by pilots include both a stick and a throttle: this combination is the most effective in terms of performance and precision. The T.Flight Hotas One provides the same level of realism.
      The joystick’s realistic, ergonomic design has been lauded right from its earliest designs. The wide hand rest helps gamers keep their hand in a very stable and relaxed position, allowing the stick to respond to even the most subtle movements, and maintain total comfort throughout long combat missions.
      Gamers can adjust the stick’s resistance according to their needs and preferences. The base is weighted, for enhanced stability during gaming sessions.

  • T.Flight Hotas One: Detachable Throttle
    • Another key feature which has helped to establish the reputation of Thrustmaster’s Hotas system is the fact that it includes a full-size throttle, which gamers can use to easily control the acceleration of their aircraft or spaceship.
      The throttle is detachable, and can be used in either of two different ways:
      – Detached and separated from the joystick, to recreate authentic piloting conditions; or
      – Attached to the joystick, for better stability and to take up less space.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: Dual Rudder System
    • What’s more, the joystick includes an extremely precise rudder function: this corresponds to the pedals used by pilots to turn the steering, allowing the plane to pivot around its vertical axis (therefore making the plane turn left or right, without impacting its elevation). This rudder function is accessible by rotating the joystick’s handle (with an integrated locking system), or via the progressive tilting lever located at the front of the throttle.
  • T.Flight Hotas One: part of Thrustmaster’s Flight Sim ecosystem
    • The T.Flight Hotas One joystick is part of Thrustmaster’s flight simulation ecosystem. It is therefore compatible with the T.Flight Rudder Pedals (sold separately) – the first rudder ever to feature the S.M.A.R.T (Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Tracks) slide rail system, for incredibly smooth turns.

If after that info-drop, you are still unsure about the T.Flight Hotas One then make sure you keep your eyes on TiX for a detailed review in the near future. In the meantime, stay safe whilst making your cardboard / wooden cockpits to go with your new Hotas One!

Three new Crystal Dualshock controllers revealed

Three new Crystal Dualshock controllers are joining the official PlayStation range. Available October 17 the controllers come in red, white and blue.

It’s not the first time PlayStation have released a special edition crystal edition of the Dualshock – a simple white crystal controller was released last year. These new editions are slightly different though, the colour aside, the controllers feature a redesigned touchpad that “reveals the light bar from above to provide in-game cues, such as your health status”.

As with most releases, there are some caveats – the Crystal range isn’t available in Russia and the red and blue controllers aren’t available in the UK – they give with one hand, take away with the other.