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Last month we talked about mouse and keyboard support coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft made its intentions very clear when it announced that support for the mouse and keyboard would be implemented at the hardware level, but game developers could choose whether to add support in each game. Almost exactly a month later, Xbox Insiders in the Beta Ring can try out the controls. The caveat about mouse and keyboard support is that it has limited capability at this point; only Warframe offers support at this time. Microsoft is a bit confusing in its announcement stating that it has "enabled mouse support... Read more...
PC gamers trying to make the crossover to gaming on consoles have long wanted full mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One. Microsoft has mulled support for the preferred PC gaming input method for years, and reports in June claimed that Microsoft held a conference with Razer detailing the Turret keyboard and mouse. Microsoft and Razer have now made that partnership official with Microsoft announcing that it will be enabling mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks. Microsoft notes that with support for the mouse and keyboard at the platform... Read more...
For anyone who sits in front of a PC for extended periods of time, ergonomics is an important consideration, not just for comfort but also to avoid lingering issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. Dealing with that sort of thing is not fun. Logitech is doing its part. The peripheral maker developed a new mouse that it says i the most advanced ergonomic rodent on the planet, the MX Vertical. Logitech's claim is rooted in science, and while the MX Vertical might look funky to some, the company is adamant that there is a real purpose behind the non-traditional design. "Scientifically tested and ergonomist... Read more...
Tech geeks like ourselves tend to be a nostalgic bunch. We can remember when Tandy computers were sold in Radio Shack and when one of the choices we faced was to go with a Sound Blaster 16 or Ad Lib audio card. Every so often, a company will tap into our penchant for nostalgia. That is the case right now with Microsoft bringing back its iconic IntelliMouse, which was first introduced back in 1996. The thing about old hardware, however, is that it's not always suited for modern times. In fact, Microsoft continued to update the IntelliMouse for several years, up through 2003 when it released the... Read more...
Gigabyte is pulling the covers off some new gaming peripherals and other PC component hardware at Computex 2018. One of the products is the company's new AORUS RGB gaming RAM. The memory is a 16GB kit using a pair of DDR4 8GB DIMMs. It operates up to clock speeds of 3200 MHz with has timings of 16-18-18-38. Voltage is 1.2V standard and when XMP is enabled 1.35V is consumed. The DDR4 DRAM chips employed are Samsung B die parts and the sticks are fitted with a fancy looking symmetric high-efficiency heat spreader. The RGB LED lights on the RAM supports 5 DDR light effects. Gigabyte says that... Read more...
There are plenty of rivalries in gaming; we have PS4 vs. Xbox One, PC vs. console, and mouse/keyboard vs. gamepad. Ask a bunch of PC gamers why they dislike console gaming and odds are many of them will say they hate gamepads and prefer the mouse and keyboard combination. So why not use a mouse and keyboard on a console like the Xbox One? Some feel that the mouse and keyboard players would have an unfair advantage over the gamepad players. Microsoft has said in the past that an official mouse and keyboard might come for the Xbox One, but so far, the only way to get PC controls on the console is... Read more...
Trackballs were all the rage a couple of decades back, when mice weren’t nearly as accurate, maintenance-free, or ergonomic as today’s offerings. Logitech was a leader in the space back then, and had a handful of popular trackball designs in its line-up, including – my favorite -- the Trackman Marble, but over time their popularity waned and mice got infinitely better. Although trackballs never really went away completely, Logitech made some noise recently with the introduction of the MX Ergo. The new Logitech MX Ergo is a modern trackball with increased accuracy, a comfortable design, and lag-free... Read more...
Participants of the Xbox Insider program were recently treated to a Minecraft beta that added mouse and keyboard support to the mix. If you have been wondering when Microsoft will roll out official support for keyboards and mice to the Xbox One community at large, Microsoft still does not have a specific date to share, though Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra did promise that it is coming soon. "Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say 'you can't do this because of fairness,'... Read more...
One of the things that have set PC and console gamers apart from each other since the console first landed on the scene, is the platform input and control method. PC gamers typically play with a mouse and a keyboard, while the console gamer plays with a gamepad. Sure gamepads will work with Windows PCs, but it's hard to find a PC gamer willing to give up the accuracy and speed of their mouse and keyboard for a gamepad, for most genres of games. Many console gamers want to be able to use a mouse and keyboard with their Xbox One consoles and that has been impossible, but things appear to be changing.... Read more...
Imagine rocking a system with a 24-core processor that supports Hyper Threading, 64GB of RAM, and a fast solid state drive. Pretty rad setup, right? The last thing you would expect is that performance would be a problem, but for an engineer who owned such a configuration, it was not enough to prevent his mouse from developing a hitch and sometimes even freezing for seconds at a time. In fact, having such a burly CPU may have actually exacerbated the issue. How so? The real culprit is Windows 10, and specifically a "serious process-destruction performance bug" in the operating system that was discovered... Read more...
Microsoft had a lot to talk about when introducing a new Surface Laptop and specialized version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 S. With so much to discuss and Surface boss Panos Panay at one point saying he was running behind, Microsoft ran out of time to formally introduce its Surface Arc Mouse, a slick looking companion rodent for the Surface Laptop. The Surface Arc Mouse is essentially a redesigned version of its Bluetooth-enabled Arc Touch. It features a slim design that lays almost completely flat until you "snap" the spine into place, giving the rodent a more traditional curved body. The... Read more...
Now that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is in full swing, you can expect a bevy of product announcements, everything from new desktops and crazy expensive laptops on down to routers and gaming peripherals. As it pertains to the latter, Patriot used the convention as a launchpad for several new gear, including a pair of mice, the Patriot Viper V570 RGB and V530 LED. The one with the higher model number is also the fancier of the too with an Avago 9800 laser sensor capable of up to 12,000 DPI. It has a unique auto-speed feature (available through the accompanying software) that... Read more...
If you've never heard of Razer's DeathAdder gaming mouse, then chances are good that you're not a PC gamer. Since the launch of its original model ten years ago, the DeathAdder became the de facto gaming mouse, one that few seemed to have complaints. That's to be expected given its great comfort, great control, and of course, great aesthetics. Continuing the DeathAdder legacy is the brand-new DeathAdder Elite, a mouse that features Razer's own 5G optical sensor to speed movement up to 16,000 DPI at 450-inches-per-second. Razer says that both metrics set a new standard for the industry, and if you... Read more...
Whether you have a $10,000 beast of a gaming rig or a hand me down that isn't any more powerful than a toaster, having the right input devices can make a significant improvement in your work and play. Mice in particular come in all shapes and sizes to meet anyone's comfort and performance needs. That bargain bin mouse may be fine for browsing cat pictures, but its cheap sensor and total lack of ergonomics may be holding you back from pwning n00bs like you deserve.To help step your game up we're checking out three new mice that recently slid across our desk: Tesoro's Sagitta Spectrum H6L Gaming... Read more...
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