Category: Gaming

HP’s Crown Jewel In Gaming: The Star Wars Special Edition Notebook

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It comes as a surprise that HP has been working with Disney for the past 12 months on building a mid-range gaming machine themed around Star Wars, and better yet, with 1,100 never-before-seen files pertaining to current and past Star Wars media.

It’s a plethora of happiness for the Star Wars diehard or newcomer, and even comes with sound packs that derive directly from the sounds certain characters make, like R2-D2.

Regarding the chassis, HP is siding with the dark side, because “honestly it sells better” (words taken from an HP representative). Thus, a “battle-worn” look is achieved through a scratched aesthetic. Even the packaging is centered around the theme; the foam inserts that keep the laptop protected inside the box are actually modeled after TIE fighters — the dedication by HP here is real.

Star Wars happiness aside, this is a tech blog, and this is a gaming machine we’re talking about here, s specs are important. A full HD display (touch optional version) at 15.6 inches is your window into the digital world, Skylake (sixth-gen) Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to 2TB of HDD and 12GB of RAM, optional HD Graphics 520 and NVIDIA GeForce 940M GPUs, an optical drive, and dual speakers and audio mastered by none other than the Denmark-based Bang & Olufsen.

The starting price is $699, and it launches later this Fall.

Finally Taking PC Gaming Seriously, Lenovo Launches The New Y Series

20150901_140454Lenovo has taken gaming seriously this year, introducing a new Y series line of gaming computers and accessories at a press briefing in New York City. The feature presentation of the new series are the Ideacentre Y900 and Y700, full ATX tower desktops priced at $1599 and $999 respectively, launching in November. Both systems feature the latest 6th generation Intel processors, 625W power supply, up to a GTX 980 graphics card, air filters within the chassis design to improve air flow and an exuberant red lighting scheme.

Here Are The (Prototype) Wireless Controllers For The HTC Vive VR Headset

20150715_142612Wading it through storms and showers in New York City (to the Dream Hotel, no less) this week was thoroughly worth it — because, a demonstration of HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset was in order. The experience is fluid despite needing more work in the user interface (which is designed as a gallery that you “walk” in), as well as the two mounted sensors that will be simplified for consumer use — they fill the room with lasers and in layman’s terms, assist in the calibration and recognition of the user’s real-world space.

And surprisingly, HTC is close to Valve, evening going as far as developing a Portal VR demo.

Sony’s ‘Ultimate Player Edition’ PS4 Is Really Just 1TB Of Storage

ps4Don’t get too excited, as it’s not a major update to the next-generation games console that’s currently winning in terms of sales. Much like their competition in Redmond, Sony is getting ready to release a 1 terabyte storage (1,000GB) version of their console, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price, but with a debut across Europe on July 15th.

As for the earlier 500GB version? The glossy section has been replaced with a matte finish and has been tweaked to be 10% lighter and 8% more energy efficient. So, there’s that.

Via: PS Europe

Xbox Elite Controller: It Does Look Pretty Legit

xbox-elite-2Ah, yes indeed: “an elite controller for the elite gamer”. Microsoft is hurling new developments at the world at this year’s E3 (and at Sony). In doing so, one new addition to the Xbox war chest is the Elite controller: swappable components, stainless steel, four new rear paddle buttons, custom game settings, trigger sensitivity, button mapping, and customizable thumbstick sensitivity — the whole package, really.

Asking price? A elite $149, with support for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Via: Xbox

Oculus Touch: “Natural Input VR Controller” Is A Thing Now

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.32.59 PMAbove is the Oculus Touch being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift. 

The primary function of the Touch is to provide a more natural input for playing VR games with the just-finalized VR headset. While it won’t debut in Q1 2016 alongside the Oculus Rift’s consumer launch, the Touch will accompany the company’s catalog later on in 2016.

Some notes on what the two controllers actually are: they have capacitive touch input, gesture recognition, haptic feedback and a set of traditional buttons as well.

In short, you’ll be able to “feel” certain things in the VR space thanks to the Oculus Touch — which will complete the experience. Why can’t this come any sooner?

Via: Oculus

Oculus Will Team Up With Microsoft To Bundle Xbox Controller With The Rift

oculus_stepintotherift1It’s a very interesting partnership and further cements Oculus’ place as the first solid purveyor of VR gaming. The Oculus Rift final consumer model has been unveiled as part of a press conference today, and with it, the consumer bundle. An Oculus Rift kit will include a wireless Xbox One controller, the Rift headset, and a small table-top camera that observes LED markers to track head movements.

Some notes on the new Rift headset: Oculus managed to include a pair of headphones capable of 360 immersion, a low latency tracking system that’s been refined over the course of the past few years, and finally, two OLED screens.

On top of all of that, Rift will work natively with Windows 10 come its launch in Q1 2016.

Via: Oculus

Microsoft Debuts 1TB Xbox One with New Controller, Ships The 16th For $400

XboxOne_Controller_620Microsoft is keen on making the Xbox One a resounding success, no matter the shaky month-by-month sales figures or the intense competition that the PS4 assails the platform with.

Today, the company at Redmond continues the mission with the announcement of a 1TB (1,000GB) Xbox One, as well as the debut of a revised wireless controller that (finally!) uses a 3.5mm headset jack for audio (a la PS4), with revised bumpers that offer increased performance along the entirety of the button(s). Also, wireless firmware updates, because no one wants to connect a controller to a console for an update — it’s 2015.

The new 1TB Xbox One is shipping in the US on June 16th for $399, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a bundled game “for a limited time”.

Meanwhile, the existing 500GB One got a price cut, to preppy $349.

Via: Xbox Wire