Category Archives: Hardware

New Nyko accessory to keep your Xbox One cool

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Nyko Technologies, a leading accessories manufacturer, earlier today announced details around the release of their Intercooler accessory for Xbox One consoles. The Intercooler is a clip-on accessory that once attached will improve the ambient temperature of your Xbox One console. Now available online at Nyko.com, Amazon and other select retailers, the accessory will set you back $24.99.

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The Intercooler for Xbox One works by dramatically increasing the rate at which hot air is pulled away from the console. Built with one quiet, high-efficiency fan, the Intercooler for Xbox One helps ameliorate heat dissipation concerns for gamers who store their console in enclosed spaces or in close proximity with other electronic devices and is powered by a short cord that plugs into one of the console’s USB ports.

Gamers today rarely restrict themselves to a single device. Their game cabinets are bristling with hardware, consoles stacked on consoles in close quarters – under these conditions, ventilation could be an issue. The Intercooler for Xbox One is the answer to this problem.

said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be spending some hard earned $’s on this…

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Phil Spencer reveals controller adapter

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The news from GDC comes thick and fast. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has announced a new gadget that will allow you to use your fabulous Xbox One controllers on your Windows PC.

This will be a wireless adapter so no messy cables to get in your way while playing your Windows games with your trusty Xbox controller.

Spencer said,

The wireless device you use on Xbox One will work on PC as well. We want to see that input isn’t a barrier. Gamers should be able to play the games they want to play.

No price was revealed but it was confirmed that the adapter will be available this year.

The 360 controller was available for Windows machines, with the easiest method being to simply buy the wired version as the touted wireless adapter at the time wasn’t actually that readily available. Good news for any cross-platform titles you may be planning to play in the new, upcoming Windows 10.

ASTRO Gaming launch Battlefield Hardline speaker tags

ASTRO Gaming are well-known for their Speaker Tags and they do love to bring out special edition headsets and tags for their community – whether that’s custom made tags, eSports team tags or gaming tags – whatever your preference, ASTRO have got you covered.

The latest game to receive the tag treatment is Battlefield Hardline and ASTRO have three sets available:

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Class – sold exclusively at Amazon

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Faction –  sold exclusively at ASTRO Gaming

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Hardline – sold exclusively at The Penny Arcade Expo East, Boston, March 6-8, Booth #6124

Each of the tags are also available bundled with an A40 headset. How good are ASTRO’s A40 gaming headset? Watch out for our review later this week.

Ammunition used as Xbox 360 controller buttons

It was reported that yesterday bomb disposal experts were called to a home in West Belfast as a number of ammunition rounds were found. In an update today on the BBC website it has been revealed that the ammunition in question was actually imitation rounds used as custom Xbox 360 controller buttons.

The property in Sliabh Dubh Lane was cordoned off on Tuesday night as a security operation was launched. Since then the Police have revealed the items have been taken away after being declared not suspicious.

A quick image search online reveals a number of modding sites out there offering this service. To any of you who customise your controllers, we’d advise against using imitation bullets. At least if you don’t want the local police department knocking down your front door and confiscating your beloved controller.

Source: BBC N. Ireland

Found via Internet Search - not the controller this story refers to
Found via Internet Search – not the controller this story refers to

Razer unleashes the Kraken upon Xbox One

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The guys behind the hugely popular PC gaming headset Kraken have taken to the Xbox One scene by releasing their first headset for the newest console on the block. The Razer Kraken Stereo Gaming Headset is available now for Xbox One and boasts a set of 40mm neodymium drivers powering each of the left and right headset speakers, while the headband padding ensures comfort throughout your gaming sessions – at least that’s what it says on the tin, hopefully we will report back soon with first hand experience of these sweet looking cans.

Our Kraken headset series has always been popular with gamers who are looking for high-performance audio and product quality,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Like the Xbox One, the Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One is designed to provide gamers with unparalleled power and performance. This new headset is joining the Razer Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One and we are excited to expand our console line further in the future.

As you might expect, the headset comes complete with its own built in mic and even comes with an audio control unit so there’s no need to purchase the additional Xbox headset adaptor before you can use the Kraken.

The Kraken’s finer statistics

Price: US: $99.99 / EUR: €99.99
Availability:
RazerStore: Available Now
Worldwide: December 2014
Headphone features:
Optimized weight for extended wear
Closed ear cup design for maximum comfort
Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Impedance: 32Ω at 1 kHz
Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1 V/Pa): 110 ± 4 dB at 1 kHz Max
Input Power: 50 mW
Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium magnets

Microphone features:
Frequency response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio: 50 dB
Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1V/Pa): -42 ± 3 dB
Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

Audio Control Unit features:
Proprietary port for connection to the Xbox One Controller
Dedicated volume control and mute button
Individual controls for game and chat volume

Xbox One – Special Edition Armed Forces Controller and Headset

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The Xbox News Wire has revealed that US gamers can currently get to grips with a new custom controller. The Special Edition Armed Forces range is set to hit retail with a matching stereo headset as detailed below:

Get ready to own the battlefield with the new Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller and Stereo Headset. As the first set of custom accessories for Xbox One, the controller and headset feature a modern camouflage pattern and military look and are available for pre-order starting today in the U.S and Canada.

The controller and headset will be on store shelves worldwide beginning in October and are priced at $64.99 (Xbox One Wireless Controller) and $89.99 (Xbox One Stereo Headset) USD ERP.

Via: Wire

Xbox One – Stereo Headset and Headset Adaptor Priced and Dated

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Microsoft have finally announced the release date and pricing for the Stereo Headset for Xbox One and the headset adaptor to allow thirdpart headsets to be used on Xbox One.

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Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Stereo Headset will offer a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio. Offering a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio spectrum to ensure fans can enjoy the deepest bass and the clearest high frequencies, the Stereo Headset will also feature a unidirectional microphone for clear voice capture and over-the-ear speakers to keep you comfortable during long sessions with your Xbox One. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will ship with a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter that puts all of the audio controls right at your fingertips.  You can balance the game and chat audio levels to hear just what you want, control the master volume, and mute the microphone each with the touch of a button. It will have a UK retail price of £59.99.

Even before the launch of the Xbox One back in November, xbox users who already had an existing headset were calling to be allowed to use it on the Xbox One. They were told it would require a special adaptor that would be made available after launch and that too will be released in time for Titanfall and the Xbox One Stereo Headset and will have a UK retail price of £19.99. Xbox have added the following extra information for how their adaptor will work with other headsets:

*For use with stereo headsets with 3.5mm audio jack, or Xbox 360 gaming headsets with 2.5mm chat cable. Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One via optical cable or TV via RCA cables (cables not included). Additional requirements may apply for full functionality, see xbox.com/xboxone/compatibleheadsets. Voice chat requires Xbox Live; in-game requires Xbox Live Gold (sold separately).