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Plantronics launch BackBeat PRO Wireless Headset

Plantronics   BackBeat GO Wireles Gaming Headset                    GmP   image        boxed 1Signature over-the-ear Bluetooth® headphones offer up to 24 hours of listening time on a single charge

Plantronics , a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today announced BackBeat PRO, wireless active noise-cancelling headphones with battery power to outlast your playlist. The latest addition to its award-winning BackBeat stereo product family, the over-the-ear BackBeat PRO headphones offer Plantronics signature audio performance and design for all-day wearing comfort at home, in the office, and on the go. Bluetooth wireless freedom cuts the cord, and advanced active noise-cancellation (ANC) technology minimizes background sounds so you can fully immerse yourself in your music.

“People want to enjoy their music anytime, anywhere, without having to compromise. That’s why we created BackBeat PRO,” said Stuart Bradshaw, head of consumer marketing and business development at Plantronics. “We designed BackBeat PRO to eliminate distractions with active noise-cancellation, and Bluetooth wireless and ridiculously long battery life melt away the frustrations of limited charge and a tangled mess of cords.”

Host a personal concert for one, even in a noisy office or a busy flight, with BackBeat PRO headphone’s signature rich, brilliant audio and advanced active noise-cancellation technology. Using a unique dual-mic solution, the headphones draw in background noise and eliminate it, tuning out external sounds and resulting in clear, life-like audio. Alternatively, if you want to hear what is going on around you, with a touch of a button the adjustable OpenMic feature pushes the music to the background and amplifies environmental sounds; have a conversation with a co-worker, listen for your boarding call, or answer a fellow commuter without having to remove your headphones.

Plantronics innovation in power management gives the BackBeat PRO up to 24 hours of listening time on a single charge, and an included 3.5mm cable serves as a backup, allowing you to plug in and keep enjoying your music in the unlikely event that you run out of battery. Used alone, its active noise-cancellation is capable of eliminating background noise for up to 60 hours – enough to tune out airplane noise on a flight around the world. BackBeat PRO is always ready for action, with up to 21 days of standby power, and up to 6 months in DeepSleep hibernation.

BackBeat PRO is the newest member of the popular BackBeat family of stereo products. The award-winning BackBeat GO 2 + Charging Case wireless earbuds offer premium audio in an incredibly small and light form factor, and the included charging case protects the earbuds and extends listening time to over 14.5 hours. The BackBeat FIT sweatproof wireless headphones features a unique, safety-orientated design and a stable, comfortable fit that stays in place no matter how hard you work out. BackBeat GO 2 and BackBeat FIT are currently available at retailers.

BackBeat PRO will be available in Europe starting October 2014. MSRP is €249.99 EUR, £249.99 GBP. For more information, please visitwww.plantronics.com/uk.

Plantronics Brings PC Games to Life with RIG Surround

Plantronics-Rig-SurroundDolby® 7.1 Surround Sound headset offers full-featured audio controller and peerless audio performance

Plantronics a global leader in audio communications, revealed two new PC gaming headsets, RIG Surround and RIG Flex at this years Gamescom 2014, the world’s largest event highlighting interactive games and entertainment. The new headsets showcased to an enthused audience of avid gamers and will be available worldwide for Holiday 2014.

“PC gamers know they can rely on Plantronics to deliver premium gaming audio and headsets that can take on serious gaming sessions,” said Dorothy Ferguson, head of global marketing at Plantronics Gaming. “RIG Surround takes everything PC gamers love about Plantronics headsets – performance audio, long-wearing comfort, form perfectly suited to function – and takes everything a step further, offering a feature-rich premium gaming audio system at an unbelievable price.”

The successor to the top-selling and critically-acclaimed GameCom 780, RIG Surround raises the bar for wired PC gaming headsets. Offering Dolby® 7.1 Surround sound and signature Plantronics audio precision, RIG Surround will get your adrenaline pumping with totally immersive positional audio. Chose from three EQ settings:Pure for improved voice clarity, Intensify for bass and mid-range boost, and Seismic for earthshaking bass without rumbling or distortion. RIG Surround includes a full-featured audio controller allowing for a totally customizable auditory experience, allowing gamers to connect to a smartphone or tablet to mix in a custom gaming soundtrack, or stay connected to their apps and notifications when engaged in a marathon gaming session. And with a touch of the toggle, switch the mic from game to side chat to amp up your strategy. RIG Surround will be available this holiday season for $99.99, £89.99 and €99.99 (MSRP), making premium gaming audio more accessible than ever before.

Plantronics also introduced RIG Flex, a lightweight stereo headset for PC, Mac and mobile devices. The 40 mm speaker drivers deliver Plantronics audio performance with sharp highs and deep bass, and the noise-canceling boom mic ensures crystal clear chat and voice commands. Swap out the boom for the inline mic and take RIG Flex out of the house for music and gaming on the go. The cushioned headband and padded earcups make for hours of comfortable wear while gaming, watching movies or relaxing with music. RIG Flex will be available this Fall for $79.99 USD, £69.99 and €79.99 EUR (MSRP).

Plantronics Gaming offers a range of audio peripherals at a range of price points to meet the needs of every gamer, whether they play on mobile, console or PC.

Gioteck take the EX-05 Headset to the Ps4: review

Gioteck EX-05 Wired Gaming Headset                          GmP                    image 1For those gamers out there who like the Playstation 4, and according to Sony there are already a reported 9 million of you, then by now you will no doubt you will have been scouring the internet in a bid to track down the best and most affordable headset to accompany your spanking new console. Fear not, good readers, for Gioteck has the solution in the all-new EX-05 HD Gaming Headset.

Technically  capable and aesthetically pleasing, the Gioteck EX-05 weighs in at a mere 1.4 lbs and headphone has dimensions of 8.7 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches with a weight of 1.4 pounds. But the pleasures described in the units specifications do not always amount to a genre leading experience.

The main problem, as we see it, for Gioteck is that in their bid to become the affordable option for the gamer on a tighter budget that somewhere along the lines during production compromises must be made to keep the manufacturing costs down. Unfortunately this means that the performance of the unit is rather underwhelming when you stand it alongside its rivals. ( albeit that said rivals have a far greater price tag )

Yes, the unit boasts some pretty decent gadgetry ‘under the bonnet’, so to speak, but when push comes to shove the Gioteck EX-05 just does not have enough horses to compete with Ferrari’s and Pagani’s of firm favourite thoroughbred’s such as Turtle Beach and SteelSeries.

The days of the uniformed consumer are long gone, and Gioteck should really have known better, particularly being that this very pastime we all love and favour is a based on technology and keeping abreast of the latest developments and breakthroughs so that a player may better enhance their own experiences. Take the very console that the EX-05 is reinventing itself for, the PlayStation 4.  This is a ‘next generation’ system, but Gioteck are hoping that you have last gen knowledge and that even though you have just forked out a whopping £400 to play your Killzone Shadowfall on the very cutting edge of console technology, that you will not mind slapping any old bean cans on your ears to ‘enjoy’ the sound. Really…Gioteck?

Yes, the unit comes armed with a fairly decent set of over the ear cups, complete with integrated speakers that do provide adequate performance for the layman, but all in all it ends up being a lesson in mediocrity for the more experienced gamer.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the UK-based manufacturer.

Gioteck EX-05 Wired Gaming Headset                          GmP                    image 2The Gioteck EX-05’s do have a certain appeal in that there is absolutely nothing like them on the market, and certainly no other company has had anything even remotely approaching the brass cojones to bring gamers an affordable option as opposed to milking them for every penny they can. Without a shadow of a doubt the EX-05 is a competent headset, especially when you consider that its nearest competitor is a staggering £100 out of reach.

In its favour the EX-05’s do have an arsenal of pluses, and very few minuses, such as the outstanding build quality, value for money and compatibility with just about every major format from the Xbox360 and PS3 right through to the PC and PlayStation 4.  ( it is also possible to take advantage of the units cost-effective pricing for the Xbox One by purchasing one of the official adaptors from Microsoft.  Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor )

Compatibility with the PlayStation 4 does come at a cost thanks in no small part to the enormous 12 foot wire draping itself snakelike across your gaming room floor, ( six times this cable was detached by dogs, people and children even though it was laid as flat to the floor as we could possibly get it without actually nailing the damn thing there ). The set up is tricky and fiddly and will, no doubt, require Gioteck to upload a helpful ‘How To’ video guide on their Youtube channel.

Don’t misunderstand us here, either. The Gioteck EX-05 is still a very good headset, especially considering the price, but we would argue that it is aimed more toward the casual gamer as opposed to the more core player.

Sound issues for the hardcore gamer arise when trying to play either solo or multiplayer, and they are legion. In any shooter title players will be left uncertain as to the direction of encroaching footsteps, just as they will be unable to identify the location of a gunman taking potshots at them

Hissing is also a major problem with dialogue in solo campaigns sounding like it is being performed by Daffy Duck, and when we tried to rectify the situation by reducing the volume another issue reared its ugly head when the sound quality was adversely affected and instead of delivering deep, rich tones, as promised, the EX-05’s sounded ‘tinny’ and hollow with a distinctly ‘plastic’ feel.

Racing games where also an ordeal as due to the loud and aggressive nature, not only of the cars but also the accompanying soundtracks, the EX-05’s struggled to make any kind of sense of the myriad of different sounds coming out of the console and so the result was a blotchy mess of muffled music and monotone motors.

Maybe if Gioteck decided on which section of the gaming market they wanted to appeal to the resulting peripherals would have some direction, but until this happens then we fear the products are likely to remain cheaper alternatives with little attraction other than a budget stop-gap as you save for the ‘real thing’.

This is truly a shame, as Gioteck do have some great idea’s and are not short of talent in the design and manufacturing departments. This has been proven time and again with some genuine gems such as their HF-02 controller and the excellent docking stations. But, Gioteck do need to decide what they want to be noted for, quality or budget products.

number 6 pool ballThe main problem, as we hinted at earlier, is that in today’s market gamers know that now more than ever the phrase, “ you get what you pay for “, has never rang more true. Gioteck should take note of this and understand that gamers don’t actually mind spending a little more on a peripheral just as long as the item they are buying delivers on the promises made.  For this sentiment, and also for the reasons listed above we award the Gioteck EX-05 Wired Gaming Headset a 6 out of 10

ALL-NEW COUNTER LOGIC GAMING RAZER BLACKWIDOW KEYBOARD RELEASED

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard       GmP Gaming    image 1One of the world’s premier eSports teams gets custom-branded Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard to pair with exclusive Razer mouse

Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, along with Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), a longtime eSports partner and premier North American organization, announced the launch of the new Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard.

The CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth gaming keyboard continues to give CLG players and fans a customized gaming setup. Late last year, Razer unveiled a limited edition CLG version of its best-selling DeathAdder mouse in the team’s iconic black and white colors. The new keyboard is wrapped in a familiar finish. The team’s logo is imprinted onto a unique two-tone black and white body and the keys are illuminated in CLG’s white coloring.

“CLG is one of the driving forces behind the explosive growth of professional gaming in North America and the world,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “The new CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard features the only unobtrusive mechanical switch that was specifically designed for gaming.”

While traditional mechanical switches were originally designed for typing, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches have been designed and engineered from the ground up for gaming. After extensive research, Razer’s multi-award winning engineers identified the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter and reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half to allow for faster, more precise gaming commands when compared to standard mechanical switches. Furthermore, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches are made using an ultra-precise manufacturing technique that, along with gold plated contact points, result in a projected lifespan of up to 60 million key strokes.

These switches were tested extensively by the world’s most demanding eSports athletes from Team Razer, including CLG pros, who validated the new Razer Mechanical Switch in some of the most intense professional gaming tournaments.

“We’re really happy to be working with Razer, a company that pioneered the gaming peripheral category, on our custom-branded gear for our players and fans,” says George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis, CLG co-founder and President. “We’re proud to extend our ongoing partnership that will result in giving our players and fans the best gaming gear on the planet.”

Razer made history with eSports legends since the early days of eSports and has been integral to the growth and development of the competitive electronic gaming generally. The brand’s work has leading the way in partnerships, business development and product evaluation in the gaming industry. For more information on Team Razer and its elite eSports athletes, visithttp://www.razerzone.com/team

Razer’s reputation in the gaming space has led to licensed products along the lines of CLG’s range of peripherals. Game publishers and eSports organizations alike are using Razer’s award-winning technology. For more information, check out http://www.razerzone.com/licensed-and-team-peripherals.

Price: USA: $149.00/EUR: €149.99

SteelSeries Wireless Sensei severs the ties

steelseries-sensei-wirelessWired mice have always had the edge when it comes to gaming on PC. Players with the cable attached just had that millisecond of connectivity to assure a faster response time and latency free experience, but thanks to the all-new SteelSeries Wireless Sensei a new wave of wi-fi wonders is set to turn the world of online C gaming upside down. Free your system and your mind with the sharpest Wi-Fi gaming mouse on the market. The Sensei is in and ready to teach wired disciples a lesson!

Leaping right in to the action we unwrap our sleek delight from its snazzy packaging and unfurl the accompanying leaflets and instructions in preparation for the expected convoluted experience that is the initial set up.

We need not have worried.

The Wireless Wonder that is the latest version of SteelSeries’ long time fan favourite the ‘Sensei’ is just about the most simple and painless of set ups that we have ever encountered…just plug and play, it really is that easy.

No messy connections. No lengthy installation of additional software and drivers, nothing. Just insert the mouse pad’s USB into the appropriate housing and you are good to go.

Of course, the mouse pad has a dual function in that it not only offers up a timely recharge docking station during marathon bouts of MOBA or dynamic Dark Souls 2 duels, but rather it also allows the user to take advantage of the mouse-house and its wireless interface capabilities thanks in no small part to its Wi-Fi receiver status.

Now, the big question regarding a wireless mouse version over its more traditional wired brethren is in the lag and latency. Following extensive testing in these area’s our findings show that due to the Human factor in recording results of this nature we can safely say that the difference between wired and wireless versions of the Sensei gaming ice is negligible.

However….

These tests were completed using ONLY a Sensei in both of its wired and wireless guises. We stress this point as no doubt there will always be the inevitable speculation and discussion on Twitter and our Facebook page regarding the performance of such peripherals and, as we have noticed in the past when debating this very subject matter, gamers always through up comparisons and statics from a wildly variant array of gaming mice. So, again, with that in mind we emphasise that the negligible performance findings are there ONLY on the Sensei range. Your own brand of mouse may still vary significantly due to many factors, not least withstanding a lower performance output in the beginning.

Moving on, then, to technical specifications we come to the Wireless Sensei’s cutting edge innards in all their powerhouse performing glory:

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– 50 to 8200 Adjustable CPI
– 1 ms Response Rate / 1000 Hz Polling Rate
– 150 Inches Per Second (IPS)
– 30 g Acceleration

PROPERTIES

– 16 hrs Battery Life, Max 20 hrs
– 8 Programmable Buttons
– 16.8 M Color Illumination w. 4 Zones
– Soft-Touch Coating
– Cable Texture: Braided

STEELSERIES SWITCHES

– > 30 Million Click Durability

SIZE & WEIGHT

– Weight: 120 g (0.264 lbs)
– Height: 41 mm (1.61 in)
– Width: 69 mm (2.72 in)
– Length: 129 mm (5.08 in)
– Cable Length: 2 m (6.5 ft)
– Base: 165x100x24 mm, 208 g

The list above demonstrates the SteelSeries commitment to perfection as they chase that elusive ‘like-for-like’ performance. Many manufacturers have claimed to have produced a wireless peripheral worthy of a gamers hard-earned shekels, but in truth? None has worked anywhere even remotely close to the outstanding functionality and flawless delivery of the SteelSeries Wireless Sensei.

Weighing in at a paltry 120 grams the Wi-Fi version of the award-winning Sensei is as light to the hand as it is to the touch as it outperforms even some of the more expensive wired gaming mice whom it aims to compete with.

Unfortunately there are a couple of omissions from the original wired Sensei, such as the underside LCD and the allowance for gamers to alter profiles as and when required, but if comfort and reliability in your wireless peripheral is what you are looking for then the Sensei’s sacrifice of these ‘minor’ features for the Wi-Fi receiver and the incredibly long battery are perfectly justifiable

Entering into the ‘brain’ of the Wireless Sensei is to stumble upon a utopian paradise of technology at its finest. The SteelSeries Engine 3 produces some of the most silky smooth performance we have witnessed in any gaming mouse, be it wired or other, and such are the functions and features of this technological marvel that  macro’s and multi-tasking facets are a given.

A new addition to the software side of the Sensei see’s the new wireless version being granted access to a Cloud storage solution, as opposed to the more traditional ‘on-board’ system that many may be used too, this has it pluses and its minuses.

On the plus side of things the new Cloud Storage for profiles, macro’s and preferential settings is a cost-effective breath of fresh air that allows instant access on any computer following installation of the accompanying software.

On the minus side…? It has to be the set up of the installation software every single time you log into any other computer that is not already running your set up. But as far as inconveniences go this is a minor hiccup, and not one that should ever influence a decision against purchasing this champion of mice.

So, then, to summarise: What do we think of the first genuine attempt by a manufacturer to produce a wireless gaming mouse that has something even approaching a challenge to its wired counterparts?  In a word?

Outstanding!

GMP--EDITORS-CHOICE-AWARD-300x300SteelSeries have simply outdone themselves with this product, and should they continue tweaking and enhancing the performance of their wireless Sensei range then one thing is assured and that is that the days of the wired peripheral as the king of the hill in the competitive gaming arena are severely numbered.

Stunning performance is not to be outdone be flawless functionality and should you buy one mouse this year to satisfy all of your gaming needs then we cannot recommend the Sensei Wireless highly enough.  Editors Choice and well deserved.   10 out of magnificent 10

Time to get serious about your gaming PC

eBuyer     Zoostorm              Watchdogs bundle           GmP Gaming   image 1As any gamer worth their salt will tell you power makes performance makes a game, so with that in mind we introduce you to the latest retailer to allow UK gamers the chance to get the latest technology for yesterdays prices.

Laydeez and Gennelmen, we present eBuyer: the PC gamers new BFF.

Having seen retailers come and go over the years we were not particularly enthralled about yet another online store plying its wares to gamers around the UK and Europe. However, it was with more than just a raised eyebrow that enquiring minds took a closer look at the eBuyer website when we spotted the kind of deals and packages that we will give you all but a small taster of here today.

Of course, readers will always be well aware of gaming and review sites that are ‘promoting’ particular companies who, it is painfully obvious, supply them with equipment and goodies along the way. Tit for tat, quid pro quo, you scratch my back and all that kind of malarky. However, when GmP offers up this kind of information you already know that we are mightily impressed with what we see, so much so, in fact, that we feel it only correct to bring light of this information to our avid readership and audience. ( no Youtube scandals or Twitter styled shenanigans here, at least not whilst we were attended the shambles that has become the Games Media Awards ).

So, without further ado we will bring you just a sample selection of the kind of offers, deals and packages that we were made aware of and you can make up your own minds. Personally, we here at GmP think that you will all discover that there is something for everyone, and everyone will walk away feeling like they have just snatched a bargain,

As it should be when a recommendation purchase is made.

The first package from eBuyer is an eye-catching little number that shouts out for all manner of attention. The rather elegant and excellently specc’ed tower that is the Zsostorm.

eBuyer     Zoostorm              Watchdogs bundle           GmP Gaming   image  logo 1Zoostorm Gaming Desktop

We have deliberately shosen item’s that reflect a hard choice between what you would get for the same amount of cash via the console market, only as we all know when you make the decision to jump on into the ‘big pool’ of PC gaming that £500 will not exactly get you the cutting edge of systems. Think again.

The Zoostorm may come OS free ( leaving you with the decision of which OS you would prefer to install, but when you consider that most of you will be in the market for a Windows 8 upgrade, if you have not already, then you either already have your Windows 7 discs, or you will be acquiring your Windows 8 version soon enough. Problem solved ).

With that we move directly into the sleek power of towers specifications and it comes in strong in every department:

Processor

  • Intel Core i5-4460 3.2ghz Haswell CPU
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.4Ghz
  • Cache: 6MB

Memory

  • 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
  • Supports up to 32GB
  • 4 x DIMM sockets (1 used)

Hard Drive

  • 2TB SATA HDD

Optical Drive

  • DVDRW

Software

  • No Operating System

Chipset

  • Intel B85 ChipseteBuyer     Zoostorm              Watchdogs bundle           GmP Gaming   image        i5 CPUDisplay
  • N/A

Graphics

  • 2GB nVidia GTX660 Graphics Card

Audio

  • High Definition Audio, 7.1 channel

Input Devices

  • No Keyboard or Mouse

Networking

  • Realtek 10/100/1000 LAN

Power Supply

  • 500 watts

Dimensions

  • Height: 432mm
  • Width: 190mm
  • Depth: 495mm

Interfaces

  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
  • 1 x D-Sub VGA Port
  • 1 x DVI-I Port
  • 1 x HDMI Port
  • 5 x USB 2.0 Port (1 front and 4 rear)
  • 4 x USB3.0 Port (2 front and 2 rear)
  • 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 6 x Audio Jacks

Expansion

  • 2 x PCI-e x 16 Slot (used)
  • 2 x PCI-e x 1 Slots
  • 2 x PCI Slots

Case

  • ATX Tower Case

Warranty

  • 1 Year Collect and Return Warranty

 

eBuyer     Zoostorm              Watchdogs bundle           GmP Gaming   image  2Add in to the equation the fact that eBuyer are also throwing in the monitor, keyboard, mouse and even a spanking new copy of Ubisoft’s open world masterpiece Watchdogs and what you have is a sure fire gaming rig with a top notch title right out of the box. What more could anyone ask?

Well, we suppose you could ask for a price tag that would be easy on the wallet for all this power, performance and gaming goodness…and thanks to eBuyer’s no nonsense, no rip-off’s approach to gamers here in the EU and UK you will get one.

The Zoostorm comes in a paltry £544.22.  When you consider that to purchase the upcoming Xbox One FIFA 15 bundle you will be paying the same money then the words ‘no brainer’ and ‘where do I sign’ instantly come to mind.

If you would like to take a look at this, or any other of many bundles and deals that eBuyer has on offer for you across a wide spectrum of not just gaming related technology but also entertainment, multimedia, TV’s, Blu Ray, Home, Leisure and even office and storage then just follow the link eBuyer to be magically transported across to their official website.

 

We’ll have another staggering deal for you tomorrow after we have a lie down and get over all of the juicy goodness contained in this offer.

TURTLE BEACH NARROWS DOWN ITS SEARCH FOR THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Turtle Beach logo     thumb 1          GMPAfter receiving hundreds of nominations via the ‘Your Beautiful Game’ microsite, Turtle Beach has collated the votes and created a shortlist of the community’s favourite games.
The following list contains the top video games that fans have passionately campaigned to be included in the final poll to be crowned the best game of all time.
The Top 15 Beautiful Games

  • Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Dwarf Fortress
  • Far Cry 3
  • FIFA 14
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Halo 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • Pac Man
  • Resident Evil
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Last of Us
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

From now until July 18th, gamers can vote via http://yourbeautifulgame.com/ for the one game in the shortlist that they feel deserves the title of the true “Beautiful Game.”
As an added incentive everyone who votes in the poll will also be in with a chance to win a Turtle Beach gaming headset.
Voting and full terms and conditions are available at   http://yourbeautifulgame.com/

HYPER JAPAN returns with a bigger and better Technology and Gaming Zone

hyperjapan2014HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool, is back for a fun-filled 2014 event.

Moving to the venue of Earls Court One to accommodate the event’s ever-increasing popularity, HYPER JAPAN is proud to announce the return of the tech and gaming arena. This year Nintendo is back as an official sponsor, with a bigger and better area than ever before!

Proud sponsors Nintendo will be taking the tech area by storm. With a vast selection of the latest Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games for fans to try out this is one not to miss. There will also be a pop-up store where you’ll be able to get your hands on some exclusive new releases.

From the Walkman to robots, Japanese technology has become synonymous with innovation and quality. This year HYPER JAPAN is fortunate enough to welcome a wide range of Japanese technology as well as cutting edge Japanese culture in the form of Opera AOI. This innovative performance features traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets, who have been given voices by Yamaha’s VOCALOID software in a modern retelling of a chapter of the famous “Genji Monogatari” (The Tale of Genji), considered by some to be the world’s first novel!

VOCALOID is a singing voice synthesis technology and can therefore sing beyond human vocal range. It can sometimes sound otherworldly, while Bunraku puppets can also act beyond the limits of human actions. Opera AOI is a collaboration of VOCALOID and Bunraku puppets, the like of which has never been seen before, not even in Japan.

Of course Japan’s famous robotics feature highly too, as we welcome guests ITK and Robot Garage. These talented machines will be performing dances, kicking balls and making eerily human facial expressions. As well as this HYPER JAPAN is honoured to announce that that the amazing robot Hirata, brother unit of Kirobo, the communication robot on board the International Space Station, will be making a special appearance.

SteelSteries Wireless Sensei Laser Gaming Edition review

 

Time stands still for no man.

Unless of course you are using a wireless gaming mouse during any one of the myriad titles that players love to populate as they strut their multiplaying stuff across the digital ether. Then, ‘then!’ its a totally different Percolator of Pilchards.

Then!’ its more a case of gamers the world over, and since time immemorial,  ( well, maybe ‘time since the Eighties‘?), suffering staggered frame rates, delayed actions and reactions and teeth-gnashingly annoying bouts of what seems like ‘buffering‘ that are enough to drive grown men into the arms of the console manufacturers….well, maybe not quite ‘that‘ far?

Because of this drop in performance between wired and wireless mice, gamers have always be savvy to the many issues and pitfalls surrounding the wi-fi versions of this imperative peripheral when attempting to partake in their favoured pastime ‘a la PC’.

The dreaded demonic chuckles of ‘ ‘The Lag Leviathan’ can be heard cackling their way across the airwaves through the headsets of frustrated players around the globe as gamers stutter and splutter their way through dungeons in Diablo, and get sprayed as they pray in the ultra realistic military simulator ARMA III.

But no longer, thanks to the talented types that make up gaming’s coolest collection of gadgets and gizmo’s across at SteelSeries.

Bad-Assery as standard! Scuf Gaming in partnership with Avenged Sevenfold!

Scuf Avenger                       Avenged Sevenfold controller      GmP Gaming   image 1The New SCUF ONE Avenged! By Scuf Gaming in partnership with Avenged Sevenfold!

Scuf Gaming continues their partnership with famous American rock band, Avenged Sevenfold to release the LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged controller for use on the Xbox ONE. The LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged boasts a repeating print of the band’s logo; a skull with bat wings (Death Bat) on the guide button and LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged Sidewinder paddles on the reverse of the controller. Only 2,000 LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged are available! They’re hand crafted, unique and come with an authentication certificate with signatures of band members. The band’s lead vocalist, M. Shadows, is an avid Call Of Duty gamer and fell in love with SCUF controllers since using them in early 2012. In August of 2013, SCUF partnered with Avenged Sevenfold releasing the SCUF Avenged Hybrid controller, which gathered an astounding response.

 

Shadows says, “The band is thrilled to be working with SCUF again. When the SCUF Avenged Hybrid, for Xbox360 & PS3, was released last year, the response was amazing and the only reason more people didn’t get one was because they were waiting on the release of the Xbox ONE Console. Now that SCUF have released the LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged, I can imagine the response will be huge, as I know our fans love SCUF like I do – the new back paddles are a must and the other new features are very cool! Since using SCUF, I’ve been hooked and as an avid gamer myself, it’s really improved my game! SCUF Controllers are still a hidden gem in the mainstream, but are extensively used in the Pro Gaming scene where most Top Pro Gamers use a SCUF to play Call Of Duty!”

The LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged combines the familiarity of the XBOX ONE controller with even more unique SCUF features. With over 4 patents granted and another 23 applied for, the LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged optional features are rich, interchangeable and robust; from Paddle Hatch to the new concealed Internal Hair Trigger & Stop mechanism to the innovative Electro-Magnetic Remapping (EMR), every aspect of the LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged is designed to increase hand use, improve comfort and reduce latency in an intuitive and ergonomic way. Fully customize function, feature, form and design to the gamer’s preferred style of gameplay, feel and look. The LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged enables you to use more of your hand in a safe and ergonomic way and truly become the best gamer you can be!

Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Co-Founder Scuf Gaming, says “We’re honored to be working with M. Shadows and Avenged Sevenfold again for the launch of the LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged. M. Shadows is a great gamer and huge name in the Call Of Duty community. We had an incredible response to the SCUF Avenged Hybrid last year as Avenged fans crashed our website on the first day of release! Fans have been requesting the LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged for months now so we’re excited to finally release this great new product.”

Scuf Avenger                       Avenged Sevenfold controller      GmP Gaming   image 2SCUF ONE AVENGED FEATURES & BENEFITS

The LIMITED EDITION SCUF ONE Avenged controller is available for purchase at www.scufgaming.com. Base price starts at $159.95, additional upgrades are available. Direct link: http://scufgaming.com/shop/scufone/scuf-one-avenged/

Functions – (Hand Assembled)

§ Choice of 2 SCUF Thumbsticks – (Included)
§ 2 custom Avenged SCUF Sidewinder back Paddles(*NEW patented technology) – (Included)
§ Internal Adjustable Hair Trigger & Stop Mechanism -(Optional Upgrade)
§ E.M.R. – Electro Magnetic Remapping – (Optional Upgrade)
§ SCUF Grip or Pro Grip Handles – (Optional Upgrade)
§ Weight Reduction Option / Remove Rumbles – (Optional Upgrade)ABOUT AVENGED SEVENFOLD
Design – (Hand Crafted)
§ Custom Avenged front shell with repeating Avenged

logo (Included)
§ Custom Avenged Death Bat guide button (Included) § 4 black (ABXY) action buttons (Included)
§ Limited Edition certificate with Avenged Sevenfold

band member’s signatures (2000 available)- (Included)

Over the course of the last 14 years, Avenged Sevenfold have grown to be one of the biggest names in heavy metal music. Consistently releasing ground breaking, genre defying music, the band have written and recorded some of the best and most acclaimed rock albums of the 21st Century, each different, but equally as brilliant as it’s predecessor. Their breath-taking live shows have garnered an unshakeable reputation as one of the most must-see bands in the world. Their most recent studio album, ‘Hail To The King’, was the band’s first to hit the #1 spot in the UK and their second to top the Billboard charts in the US. Over the years, Avenged Sevenfold has built a fanatical fan base that includes nearly 17 million fans on Facebook and over 1.2 million fans on Twitter. Avenged Sevenfold begins their Shepherd of Fire tour in April 2014.

ABOUT SCUF GAMING

Scuf Gaming is the manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and restorer of custom video game equipment and accessories. A company focused on providing “tactical gear for elite gamers,” SCUF entered the market three years ago with the SCUF controller. Along with patented back paddles, Scuf Gaming controllers also feature adjustable hair triggers, trigger stops, military grade SCUF grip and optional domed or concave SCUF sticks. SCUF controllers are legally approved for use at most major competitions to include MLG, EGL, WGL, Gfinity, Reflex, UMG, ESL, etc. Scuf Gaming also sell a variety of accessories and apparel specifically designed for Elite Gamers.