If you're in the market for some PC accessories, GAME are running a promotional code which knocks 15% off the asking price of select items. Headsets, keyboards, mice and even joysticks are among the listings from SteelSeries, MadCatz, and Thrustmaster. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!
Wow, that's a damn cheap price for a mouse and keyboard set. If you're after a basic wired set for casual use with your desktop, £4.98 isn't exactly a risk. You can opt for free delivery too, which should take no more than five days -a much better alternative than ordering a cheap set from a Hong Kong eBay site and waiting three weeks for it to turn up only to be utter pants. Hell, at this price, it's worth getting if your old ones are just a bit dirty.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband.
Tired of messing about with cables or trying to balance a keyboard and mouse when using your PC on the big screen from the sofa? Then you need the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 in your life. This wireless keyboard includes a trackpad built into the keyboard itself and usually costs £35. Today's £18.99 price-tag expires at the end of the day. So think about it for too long!
I'm a big fan of Corsair's mechanical keyboards. When I bought my current gaming rig last year, I slapped down some cash for the Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with its programmable "G" buttons (that I've still never used, mainly due to the paucity of MMOs in my gaming diet), adjustable blue backlighting, Cherry MX switches, anti-ghosting, and USB pass-through. I give my hardware a true hammering too, and the robust nature of Corsair's stuff is why I keep coming back to them.
Mechanical keyboards and backlit models are nothing new, but few have attempted to bring the very best of both worlds together. Until now (alongside Razer's Black Widow Chroma, that is). Ladies and gents, say hello to the rebranded Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard -- a piece of kit that mixes the durability and functionality of the old K70 with a disco ball. It might just be the most snazzy piece of hardware I've ever owned.
The K70 RGB mirrors its non-RGB predecessor in many ways. Last year's K70 was an outstanding piece of kit, and at first glance, this model seems to be its equal in every way. Both models utilise the same chassis and brushed aluminium faceplate, the same keycaps and 10-key number pad, and neither offer up the option of those programmable macro keys to be found on the K90 or new K95 RGB. The multimedia buttons are still in place too, and Corsair have kept the volume roller, which is much more preferable to the usual two-button setup. Also retained from the older model are the illumination level and gaming mode buttons, with the latter locking up Windows shortcuts like Alt-Tab, should you want to game away without fear of frantic mishaps should you accidentally mash the wrong buttons.Click here to read more...
For the last few years now I have come to rely on my Razer Lycosa for my gaming (and typing) needs. Its comfortable design and response time has made it one of my better peripheral purchases, but it wasn’t without its flaws (ie. keys randomly locking and an LED backlight that wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.) So enter the Arctosa – a keyboard that aimed to improve the user experience for gamers, but unfortunately the first incarnation of the Arctosa a few years ago was met with heavy criticism due to its dark keys making it almost impossible to see what you were actually typing. A second edition of the keyboard, which I am currently typing on, was released last year with silver stickers for key identification to address the flaw.
The Arctosa proudly boasts having “slim keycap structure with hyperesponse technology,” which translates to having flat form keys to reduce latency. It also features “selective anti-ghosting capability around the WASD cluster, to avoid any issues that might otherwise occur with other keyboards when multiple keys are pressed at the same time. It all sounds impressive, but does the Arctosa deliver an input experience worth investing in from a gaming standpoint and, more importantly, would it match my experiences with the Lycosa?Click here to read more...
Kinect is on course to train our bodies into perfect shape thanks to a slew of physical titles and the raw physicality of the peripheral itself... but now (like an Eastern martial arts mantra), it will also train our minds. Dr. Kawashima will be bringing the fantastically-successful Brain Training franchise to the Xbox 360, using Kinect to provide fast muscle-memory inputs.
Translated as Respond With Your Body: New Brain Training, this new title will require up to four gamers to use body movements to engage in addictive little minigames (including a cheeky little Pac-Man homage). It'll be a Kinect launch title in Japan, and we'll certainly be able to learn more about the specifics at this year's Tokyo Game Show. [Spotted and translated by Andriasang]
Enjoy the trailer for a first look at New Brain Training in action... and some sinister footage of a poor guinea pig being rigged up to the Matrix.
The Last Guardian (Team ICO's latest heartwarming and doubtlessly eventually heartbreaking title) was suspiciously absent at this year's Penny Arcade Expo- but it has been confirmed for an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show next week. Hopefully we'll be on course for a new trailer, though nothing has been announced as yet. [Thanks, VG247]
In more exciting news, the mysterious EA joint project between the insane developer of No More Heroes and the genius behind Resident Evil will finally be unveiled on September 15th. With both Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami at the helm, this game is likely to be violent, lavish, and extremely quirky. Place your bets here. [1UP]
We'll be keeping an eye on both titles next week- and will bring you the latest.
Harmonix has released a new trailer for the upcoming Rock Band 3 that shows off the new keyboard peripheral thanks to some developer commentary and the epic funk stylings of Huey Lewis and The News. Whilst we've reported on the keytar before, you'll now be able to see it in action.
The standard mode bunches groups of keys into the five familiar colours- but Rick Wakeman wannabes will be able to use the 'Pro Mode' to play an octave and a half of real solos. I was lucky enough to try this out/massively embarrass myself at Gamescom- and let me assure you, it'll take some serious getting used to.