Read about the soon-to-be uniform for video gamers everywhere, the Xbox Onesie, in this entertaining article from theverge.com.
All I want for Christmas is an Xbox Onesie
By Tom Warren
I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut. That cool white uniform and blasting off into space seems like way more fun than blasting around virtual galaxies in Destiny. Luckily, Microsoft has me covered.
Microsoft’s Australian marketing team, who are presumably fueled by cans of Fosters, have created an Xbox Onesie. It looks like a deflated astronaut spacesuit, but it’s perfect if you just want to sit at home on your sofa and order Domino’s pizza by shouting at your Kinect. That’s my real life after the astronaut dream failed.
You’ll be glad to hear the Xbox Onesie comes in both black and white, so you can blend into your environment or stand out and wear it proud. The enlarged pockets mean you can carry around your Xbox One controller even when you take a rest on the porcelain throne after shooting bad guys (don’t forget to mute your party chat). These Xbox Onesies are probably even respectable enough to wear down to your local grocery store to stock up on some Doritos or Mountain Dew for that marathon Call of Duty session. Microsoft’s press release (yes, really) highlights all the key features:
Enlarged pockets to fit your Xbox Controller and Media Remotes
Arm pouch to offer quick and easy access to your mobile phone
Roll-able legs and arms to cater for all temperatures and seasons
Forearm grips to prevent slipping on those ‘edge of your seat’ moments
Extra-large hood to accommodate headsets for the ultimate gaming sessions
Customized Gamertag embroidery
Yes, it has rollable arms and legs so you can literally wear it all year long and never have to worry about washing your actual clothes again. There’s even an extra-large hood so you can wear a headset or, you know, hide from the world for even considering wearing this monstrosity. I don’t care what anyone thinks though, all I want for Christmas is an Xbox Onesie.
Spruce up your voice because the upcoming Just Sing game from Xbox One is expected to be just as entertaining as its successful predecessor, Just Dance. Check out this article from winbeta.org to find out more.
Ubisoft announces new karaoke video game for Xbox One, Just Sing
Play a console game… on your phone!
By Brad Stephenson
Ubisoft has just announced a brand new video game series called Just Sing which will see release in September of this year on Microsoft’s Xbox One console. While their Just Dance video game franchise focuses on dancing, Just Sing, as many can probably guess, revolves around karaoke and lip syncing.
The official press release says that the game will use smartphones for recording video and audio from players but a report on IGN claims that the Xbox One’s Kinect camera can also be used to record content. Ubisoft had already begun a transition away from console cameras to smartphones with Just Dance 2015 and Just Dance 2016 both adding support for smartphone-based motion tracking but neither advertised the use of smartphones as heavily as Just Sing. Check out the new trailer for the game below to see just how hard they’re pushing smartphones as a game controller.
To use a smartphone in Just Sing, players will need to download the official Just Sing Android or iPhone app. No Windows phone app has been announced as of yet.
Here’s the official game description for Just Sing: Create your own music videos with Just Sing! Sing or lip sync to the hottest hits and all-time favorites. A smartphone is all you need to play the game! Simply download the free Just Sing Companion App to your smartphone, sync it with your console and use your smartphone as your microphone and camera.
With Just Sing, easily create memorable videos with up to 3 friends by changing themes and filters as you perform. Save your video locally to keep track of the fun or share it with your friends!
Just Sing will feature 45 songs packed in with the initial release with more tracks expected to be added as paid downloadable content in the months afterwards. What do you think about Just Sing? Are you surprised by the focus on smartphones? Let us know in the comments below.
Is it time to upgrade your gaming keyboard? Check out the following top 10 list of gaming keyboards compiled by techradar.com. With so many options, you’re sure to find one that’s suited perfectly for you.
10 Best Gaming Keyboards 2016
By Kane Fulton
Updated: The Logitech G810 is our new favorite, minimalist and mechanical gaming keyboard.
The keyboard may be the most unglamorous of peripherals, with its uncomfortable tendency to conjure up images of sitting in office cubicles. But if you’re a mad-keen online PC gamer then finding the best keyboard is vital.
Whether you use it to control strafing in all directions in a first-person shooter, or to select from an arsenal of spells in an MMO, it’s the primary tool that allows you to showcase your skills and establish an all-important reputation. So it pays to invest in the best one available.
With that in mind, we’ve selected the 10 best gaming keyboards available for all the different flavours of PC gamers. Whether you’re a World of Warcraft ninja or an up-and-coming Counter-Strike: GO expert, and whatever your financial situation or space requirements, you should be able to find the best keyboard among this selection.
Every keyboard needs to be paired with a decent gaming mouse
Corsair’s K65 RGB Rapidfire keyboard is all about speed. Featuring Cherry’s new linear MX Speed Switch, its keys are highly responsive and take only a slight movement of the finger to press them down. The switch actuates at just 1.2mm, with a light actuation force of 45g. With a feeling like typing on super-sensitive Cherry MX Reds, which are a sensitive keyswitch anyway, they’re not very suitable for long typing sessions. However, if you’re into first-person shooters or any game that requires fast reflexes, the K65 RGB is equipped for the job. Unlike the full-length K70 RGB Rapidfire, the K65 RGB Rapidfire is tenkeyless in design, making it easy to transport and slip into a bag to take to LAN parties. Its customizable RGB lighting looks beautiful, too.
Cherry’s flagship MX Board 6.0 features a lower profile than other gaming keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma, making it perfect if you prefer to type and game using a wrist rest. Cherry’s MX Red switches under the keys lend the MX Board 6.0 fast response times, but because the keys are positioned fairly close together they’re excellent for typing too. Housed in a solid aluminium chassis, the MX Board 6.0 certainly doesn’t feel cheap and its blood-red key lighting is deliciously ominous. A mechanical keyboard that’s also perfect for the office, then.
The Razer BlackWidow X is a stripped down version of the original BlackWidow. It removes the protective top plate to expose the aluminium chassis underneath, and we’d argue that it looks all the better for it. It’s a heavy-duty unit that houses Razer’s own Green or Orange (silent) switches under the keycaps. They feel a little like Cherry’s MX Blues to type on and can display 16.8 million colors for lighting, which is fully customizable using Razer’s Synapse software. Being a Chroma keyboard, you can download different developer-submitted profiles to control the RGB backlighting, with Blizzard’s Overwatch profile being one of the latest and most impressive.
Logitech has followed up its Orion Spark G910 mechanical keyboard with the G810, which arrives with a refreshingly grown-up feel. Sporting Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which aren’t quite as squishy as Cherry’s various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. Featuring smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and OS X, Logitech’s latest keyboard is a solid all-round offering. If you’re fed up of the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing “gamer-focused” keyboards, the G810 might be for you.
Better known for producing some impressive professional keyboards, the X40 comes as part of Das Keyboard’s new Division Zero gaming lineup. Available with clicky (or optionally silent) tactile keys, Das utilizes its own custom made Alpha-Zulu switches that have a very similar feel to Cherry MX Red keys. What’s more, the X40 comes with interchangeable thick aluminum panels making this one of the strongest and most rigid keyboards around.
Turtle Beach Impact 700
Premium gaming keyboard with a minimal footprint
Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Programmable keys: No
Numeric key pad
No programmable keys
If you favour gaming keyboards at the more compact end of the spectrum, Turtle Beach’s Impact 700 does away with a wrist-rest, and has as small a footprint as is possible for a keyboard that includes a numeric keypad and uses Cherry MX Brown keys. It does lack programmable macros, though, so lends itself more to devotees of first-person shooters – especially since it comes with spare W, A, S and D keys (along with others), and a tool that enables you to remove worn-out ones. Plus it lets you illuminate key-clusters. Not the cheapest, but worth considering by those who have a tendency to hammer their keyboards into oblivion.
The RYOS MK Pro might just be the most high-tech gaming keyboard in existence, with not one but two 32-bit ARM processors built in. So you can record and unleash up to 500 macros on the fly, which could give you the edge in an MMO or MOBA. A clever ‘Easy-Shift’ key lets you remap the entire keyboard, and you can light up individual keys or groups of them. Plus it has a palm-rest, a USB hub, and built-in audio jacks, and is available with all the different flavours of Cherry MX mechanical keys – black, red, brown and blue – which have subtly different amounts of travel.
An affordable, minimal route to mechanical key nirvana
Interface: Wired | Backlighting: White | Programmable keys: Media keys
Limited white backlighting
Logitech has been pushing its self-built Romer G-switches for the better part of a year, if you still prefer the feel of mechanical Cherry MX switches then look no further than the Logitech G610. Available with Brown (tactile bump) and Red (linear-action) key switches, the G610 comes with everything we loved about the G810 including the metal backplate and handy media keys. That said, the entry-level mechanical keyboard trades RGB backlighting for a programmable white backlight system.
Mechanical keyboards offer a superior tactile feel to traditional membrane models, but they’re damn noisy. That’s why Corsair made the Strafe RGB Silent, the first mechanical keyboard to use Cherry’s MX Silent keyswitch. Featuring a dampening noise system integrated into each key, it lets you get your game on without the constant clacking of keys driving you – and people around you – insane. While the quieter switches still make a noise, the snapping sound they make upon actuation is muffled in comparison to Cherry MX Red or Brown switches. The Cherry Strafe RGB Silent is also beautiful, capable of flashing all the colours of the rainbow thanks to per-key RGB backlighting.
If you prefer your mechanical keyboards to be built like tanks, the aluminium-fashioned Cougar Attack X3 is for you. Sacrificing RGB lighting for a moodier black, silver and red appearance, the keyboard comes with a choice of Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown or Black keyswitches to suit your tastes. The anti-slip rubber feet on the Attack X3’s base provide extra elevation while keeping the keyboard sturdy, and a Windows lock function key means you’ll never accidentally switch back to your desktop in the heat of battle. The Attack X3’s basic design, fast response time and excellent build quality make it an uncomplicated addition to any gamer’s arsenal – and one that should last a while too.
With so many games available for your iPhone today, how do you know which ones to choose for your entertainment? Apple is here to help! Check out the following article from Business Insider, which highlights Apple’s top 10 game recommendations for anyone.
The top games Apple thinks everyone should have on their iPhones
By Nathan McAlone
There’s a flood of new games coming into the App Store at any given moment, but unless you’re a kid, you probably don’t have time to check all of them out and decide which ones are worth your time.
Luckily, Apple has released a shortlist of the 10 games the company thinks you should have on any new iPhone.
These games range from puzzles to combat games to just addictive tapping fun. And most of them are free — though many include in-app purchases.
Here are the 10 games Apple thinks everyone should have:
If you’re a fan of the classic game “Frogger,” you’re going to love smash hit “Crossy Road.” The game is fun and addictive, and skillfully combines the gameplay of “Frogger” with a beautiful cubic-art style that makes the game come to life in a charming way.
Price: Free (iOS)
Thumb Drift Furious
“Thumb Drift Furious” is a game that lets you race cars — with plenty of drifting. The addictive gameplay is easy to jump into and pick up. As one commenter puts it: “you really only need a working thumb and a need for speed.”
Price: Free (iOS, Android)
Lara Croft Go
“Lara Croft Go” is a “Tomb Raider” version of “Monument Valley,” the delightful mobile puzzle game that was once featured on “House of Cards.” One commenter says: “It makes me think just enough that it’s a challenge, but not totally frustrating.”
Price: $4.99 (iOS, Android)
In “Downwell,” you play from the perspective of a young boy going down a well “in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him.” You collect gems and battle monsters, and one of the best things about the game is that, because it’s “procedurally generated,” every time you enter the well it’s different.
Price: Free (iOS, Android)
“Clash Royale” comes from the creators of “Clash of Clans” and is a real-time multiplayer game that is a mix between a card game and a battle game. You can duel players from all across the world, so you’ll always have someone to play, even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Price: Free (iOS, Android)
“Badland 2” is the sequel to the award-winning action adventure that stunned players with some of the most gorgeous graphics we’d ever seen. Your goal is to guide a creature through creepy environments and beat objectives and challenges, and a multiplayer mode lets you play with friends in person or online.
Price: $3.99 (iOS)
“Wonky Ship” puts you in the role of an intergalactic pilot trying to wiggle your way out of a black hole. As the creators warn: “You’ll die. Often.”
Price: Free (iOS, Android)
“Capitals” is a word game that is like a mix between Scrabble and a super simple Risk. You use words to defend your territory and move toward conquering your opponent’s capital.
Price: Free (iOS)
“iSlash Heroes” is a puzzle game where you slash pieces off a board by using your finger as a ninja sword. The goal is to chop down the board to a certain size while contending with the various obstacles the game throws at you. And if you like it, it will keep you entertained for a long time — the game has a whopping 290 levels.
Price: Free (iOS, Android)
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
In “Galaxy of Heroes,” you make teams out of characters from “Star Wars” and then battle opponents in RPG-style gameplay. Whether you’re a fan of the originals or the prequels, you can mix and match characters from all eras of “Star Wars” lore.
Price: Free (iOS, Android)
Additional reporting by Steven Tweedie and Ben Gilbert.
Curious which gaming platforms guys (and some gals) are flocking to this year? According to Statista and the developers working on gaming platforms, it’s PC. Check out where all of the other gaming platform options fall in terms of importance in the graph from Statista below.