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Samsung Curved Monitors for Gamers

Taking notes from its TV products, Samsung is introducing curved monitors for gamers. Read more about them in this article from theverge.com:

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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.

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Microsoft Xbox Design Lab Creating Custom Controllers

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:

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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.

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Ultimate Video-Gaming Outfit: Xbox Onesie

Read about the soon-to-be uniform for video gamers everywhere, the Xbox Onesie, in this entertaining article from theverge.com.

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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.

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Throwback Nintendo NES to be Released in November

Check out this article from gamespot.com, which explains Nintendo’s recent announcement that it will be launching the NES Classic Edition in November. Read about it below, or click here to see the article on gamespot.com.

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Nintendo’s NES Returning With Mini Version, Includes These 30 Games

In a surprise announcement today, Nintendo revealed that the NES–which was originally released in the 1980s–is returning to stores. This is not a joke.

The NES Classic Edition will launch on November 11 with 30 bundled games. As you can see in the image below, it’s very, very small. Take a look:

The NES Classic Edition will cost $60. It plugs directly into your TV using an included HDMI cable. As for the games, there are 30 in all, including classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Kirby’s Adventure (full list below).

Nintendo also confirmed that each game has multiple suspend points, allowing players to pick up where they left off in they need to step away for any reason.

It also comes with an AC adapter. In the UK, Nintendo warns, “An AC adapter for the USB cable is required to play the system but is not included in the packaging.”

Also included in the package is one NES controller, featuring a design modeled after the original NES pad. Some games support two players, and Nintendo will sell extra controllers for $10. Additionally, Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro controllers can be used.

What’s more, the NES Classic Controller, when connected to a Wii Remote, can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on Wii U or Wii.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. “

NES Classic Edition Games:

  • Balloon Figh
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Click here to see more from gamespot.com.