With a whopping $9,000 price tag and bulky design, the new Acer Predator 21 X laptop may not be the most practical portable computer out there, but it sure is cool. Check out this video from The Verge featuring the gamer-focused computer:
Taking notes from its TV products, Samsung is introducing curved monitors for gamers. Read more about them in this article from theverge.com:
Samsung’s new 34-inch curved monitor is for gamers
By Ashley Carman
Samsung really wants you to have one of its curved gaming monitors. This week the company introduced two new monitors: the CFG70, which comes in a 24-inch and 27-inch model; and the 34-inch CF791 display. They’re both being unveiled at IFA this week. Both monitors use Samsung’s Quantum dot technology to increase color clarity and energy efficiency. Up until now, those nanocrystals were only used in Samsung’s TVs.
Here’s what we know about the CF791: it has a 1500R curvature, a 100Hz refresh rate that works with AMD FreeSync, and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. As for the CFG70, it comes with a 1800R curvature, LED lighting that interacts with sound, and a 144Hz refresh rate. Samsung says the CF791 is the most curved gaming monitor currently available. While a 34-inch 21:9 display will probably look awesome, it’s worth noting that not all games support the super wide aspect ratio.
These two models join three others that Samsung introduced at CES this year. It then continued to market the displays in a partnership with EA. We don’t have pricing on the new monitors. Samsung really wants you to have one of its curved gaming monitors.
Colorful controllers are headed to homes of serious gamers this September, as Microsoft is shipping its first batch of Xbox Design Lab pieces, according to this article from digitaltrends.com. Read more about it now:
First batch of Xbox Design Lab custom controllers arrives in September
By Danny Cowan
Microsoft is boxing up its initial shipment of player-customized Xbox Design Lab controllers for the Xbox One, announcing that its first wave of vibrantly colorful gamepads will arrive on player doorsteps in September.
Xbox Design Lab controllers are still up for pre-order, and newly created designs will ship out within 14 business days.
The Xbox Design Lab is an online customization program that allows players to outfit Xbox One controllers with colorful shells, buttons, analog sticks, and d-pads. Microsoft notes that Xbox Design Lab controllers offer players 8 million different color combinations to choose from, and custom-crafted designs can be shared across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Xbox Design Lab gives players an easy way to identify their Xbox One controllers in a group setting with a personalized touch. Custom-built controllers can also be outfitted with a laser-engraved 16-character message, making it easier to identify your hardware if an opponent tries to swipe your controller at a local meet-up.
Microsoft’s made-to-order Xbox Design Lab controllers are currently available for purchase in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and the company plans to “[bring] Xbox Design Lab to more Xbox markets in 2017 and will have more to share in the near future.”
Xbox One owners have multiple options with regard to controller input, as the recently launched Xbox One S console introduced a redesigned controller with Bluetooth support, boosted wireless range, and textured grips. Players who demand precision may opt to pick up the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, a $150 device that boasts customizable metal analog sticks, a disc-shaped d-pad, and rear slots for interchangeable paddles.
Hardware appears to be a major component of Microsoft’s Xbox platform strategy, as the company recently revealed that an upgraded version of its Xbox One console is in the works. Code-named “Scorpio,” the upcoming Xbox One hardware refresh is rumored to feature a faster GPU, VR compatibility, and support for 4K resolutions.
Xbox Design Lab controllers can be customized and ordered via Microsoft’s website. Prices for custom orders start at $80.
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.
Facebook is teaming up with Unity to develop a desktop gaming platform, according to ubergizmo.com. Check out the article below to find out more!
Facebook Is Developing A Desktop Gaming Platform With Unity
By Adnan Farooqui
Game engine company Unity and Facebook have announced today that they are working on a new desktop gaming platform for the social network. This partnership is also going to enable developers to easily port their games to Facebook. Interested developers can apply for a closed alpha of the export tool by August 31st, the tool will be integrated directly into the Unity Editor.
Facebook first talked about its downloadable desktop platform for games earlier this year. That test was called “Facebook Games Arcade” but is now just referred to as “new Facebook PC gaming platform.”
The social network hasn’t revealed all of the details about the platform that it’s working on with Unity but it’s reportedly going to work on different types of PCs and not just Windows.
The report also claims that the desktop platform is going to give players a gaming environment free from all distractions, it won’t have any Facebook features like the News Feed. Facebook’s traditional games will be supported aside from those ported from iOS and Android.
Facebook was once the hub of online social gaming but a lot has changed since then. It appears that the company is trying its hand at this again and now it’s looking to offer a concrete solution that doesn’t bundle casual gaming with the clutter of the world’s largest social network.
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