Gaming news summary for July 28, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Ouya strikes an acquisition deal with Razer, GameStop offers the PlayStation 4 with a 2TB capacity, and Dragon Quest 11 becomes the first game confirmed to ship on Nintendo's future NX game console.
Customizable button actuation included in new Razer Mamba
Peripherals manufacturer Razer has revealed an update to its Mamba gaming mouse. The latest incarnation of the mouse is claimed to possess the "world's most precise gaming mouse sensor," with the 5G laser sensor capable of tracking at up to 16,000 dpi, can have its tracking set at 1dpi increments instead of the usual 50dpi jumps, and is capable of tracking the distance it is lifted off a mousing surface as precisely as 0.1mm, allowing for a more precise lift-off cut-off.
Gaming news summary for June 10, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Halo 5 and Destiny expansion details are revealed, Ouya is allegedly in discussions to be acquired by Razer, and Hearthstone gains a new competitive 'Tavern Brawl' mode.
Hand-based motion controls added to developer version of Razer VR headset
Razer's virtual reality headset will include the ability to track the motion of the wearer's hands. The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer will include an optional faceplate with Leap Motion hardware embedded inside it, allowing for developers to create apps that take into account the wearer's hands, and potentially allowing for a more intuitive and realistic virtual reality experience for users.
High-resolution touchscreen of Razer Blade accompanied by processor, GPU upgrades
Gaming peripherals manufacturer Razer has revamped its high-specification Blade notebooks, giving it a number of major improvements. While the Windows 8.1 notebooks boasts a lot of upgraded internals, the biggest addition is the choice of either a 14-inch Full HD 16:9 LED display or a 14-inch QHD+ IGZO version with multi-touch and a resolution of 3,200x1,800.
Razer Forge, add-ons, allows for PC game streaming to the TV
Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer today announced a product range centered around the Razer Forge TV, a high-performance Android TV micro-console to bring hardcore PC gaming and Android gaming into the living room. This new gaming ecosystem consists of the Razer Forge TV micro-console, Razer Cortex: Stream software and two Bluetooth peripherals, the Razer Serval and the Razer Turret.
Razer fitness tracker priced at $100, release 11 months after unveiling
Razer is finally going to release its fitness tracker, just in time for the holiday sales. Originally launched at CES in January followed by delays caused by hypoallergenic testing and a beta test with developers, the Razer Nabu is being made available to purchase from the Razer website and retailers from December 2nd in North America, with Razer pricing the fitness band at $100.
Razer adds Chroma lighting system to Naga gaming mouse
Razer has made an update to its Naga gaming mouse, by giving it the Chroma lighting system the company introduced in August. The Naga Epic Chroma, fitted with an 8,200 DPI 4G laser sensor with wired and wireless modes, a grid of 12 customizable buttons on the thumb grip, and a total of 19 buttons overall, can change its lighting scheme to any of 16.8 million color options, or alternately let it cycle through most of the color spectrum. Shipping in early November in the United States and Europe, Razer is pricing the Naga Epic Chroma at $130.
Sound bar with dedicated subwoofer brings 5.1 surround sound to the desktop
Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced that it is readying a new sound bar for the living room and desktop. The Razer Leviathan is a 5.1 channel surround sound bar, which the company states can easily fit under a monitor or console setup. The Leviathan features Dolby technology, including Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II and Virtual Speaker. The unit also comes with a dedicated 5.25-inch down-firing subwoofer that Razer says is "tuned to produce distortion-free lower tones."
FCC listing may indicate a late-October release for Razer wearable device
Razer's Nabu connected wristband is getting closer to launch, after finally receiving approval from the FCC. The wearable, which first surfaced at the start of the year before undergoing public beta testing and being subject to delays over hypoallergenic testing, is tantalizingly close to meeting a supposed October launch time, which could allow Razer to capitalize on holiday sales in an increasingly congested market.
Razer bulks up the new RGB LED mouse version with a 10,000DPI optical sensor
Razer announced some additional details for the new Chroma version of the DeathAdder mouse. On top of the 16.3-million-color adjustable LED lighting that was announced in August, Razer is adding a 10,000DPI optical sensor for the mouse. The new sensor is said to support movement speeds up to 200 inches per second, with 50G of acceleration; the same speed of the older version. Previously, however, the DeathAdder had only a 6,400DPI optical sensor.
Recent news indicates a fourth quarter launch, company states it's trying for October
A recent press released noted that Razer was looking to launch the Nabu smartband to consumers as early as the fourth quarter of 2014. A select number of developers and at least 1,000 Razer fans have been granted access to beta versions of the Nabu, but it appears that Razer is actually closer to a commercial release than previously thought.
Full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting added to keyboard, mouse and headphones
Gaming accessories manufacturer Razer announced at Gamescom this week that it would be bringing new versions of three of its devices to the market with a new feature. Chroma, a new system that allows custom color backlighting adjustments and syncing across enabled devices, is being been added to the Razer DeathAdder mouse, BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, and Kraken 7.1 headset.
Low profile, symmetrical design gives users balance, comfort and button choices
The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, already containing some well-known names in the industry. Many PC gamers know one such name, Razer, as the go-to company for mice and other controls. The Taipan is a mouse that Razer has offered since 2012, but gave it new flair with a white finish this May. Does the new finish give gamers a good reason to revisit the Taipan, or is it a dated approach to gaming? Find out in our review.
Razer Nabu slated for launch in US in next two months
Game peripherals manufacturer Razer is adding support for WeChat to its Nabu smartband, while also confirming the device is shipping soon. The two companies are apparently working together on ways to use the Nabu, including exchanging contacts by shaking hands and comparing fitness statistics with friends using WeChat, as well as allowing the wearable device to display notifications from the messaging service.
Tight-fitting headset covers all-around needs for gaming, everyday listening
Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers want a universal set of headphones, some weigh the difference in the configuration, while others just want something with a good built-in microphone for voice chat. What about gamers looking for their next set of headphones for longer gaming sessions? Razer, a brand many gamers are familiar with, may have a solution with the Kraken Pro headset. But is it good enough for gaming as well as everyday needs? Find out in our review.
Overwhelming response from fans looking to grab one of 500 beta units
Those vying for a chance to beta test Razer's Nabu smartband might be facing some stiff competition. Razer reported today that more than 250,000 applications were submitted for a chance at getting one of the first 500 devices. The company also announced that it extended the deadline for applications until July 9 because of the high demand.
Android TV set-top box set for fall release with an emphasis placed on gaming
One of the first Android TV boxes has already been announced, but it might not come from a vendor consumers were expecting. Gaming company Razer, famous for their mice and keyboards, said today it would be creating a micro-console based on Android TV technology which Google confirmed on Wednesday at the I/O conference. The console comes at a time when there is a single major Android gaming machine, the Ouya, already on the market.
Fans can apply for a chance to test the device, purchase Nabu for one dollar
Razer is moving into its next phase of testing with the Nabu smartband, offering fans a chance to test the device before it goes on sale. The company posted on its website this week that it would be moving into a limited beta program starting in July. The test is setup to be extremely small in number, as well as the company being selective as to who it will allow to participate.
Companion app identifies compatible games, remaps buttons
Gaming peripheral maker Razer has announced the Junglecat, a combination case and gamepad for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Unlike some alternatives, the controller is designed to be small and thin enough to fit in a pocket. To that end only the bumper buttons are always exposed; a D-pad and four pressure-sensitive face buttons slide out from behind the case. Native iPhone ports and buttons remain accessible at all times.
Razer Nabu hopes to avoid Fitbit Force skin irritation problems
Razer is delaying the release of its Nabu connected wristband, in order to make sure the device is safe to wear. In the wake of the Fitbit Force skin irritation fiasco, which saw users complain of rashes on their skin where the band was worn, the gaming peripheral manufacturer will be performing more medical testing on the fitness tracker, pushing the release back from the original first-quarter launch date until late May.
May include full-sized analog sticks
More information has reportedly leaked on Razer's upcoming iOS game controller, codenamed Kazuyo. The combination case/gamepad is expected to include features like pressure-sensitive buttons, and full-sized analog sticks, which should make some games easier to control. Since earlier incarnations, the device appears to have been given a more rounded design.
Beta version uses Dropbox to backup game progress and settings
Razer's Game Booster has been gained another feature in its recent beta release, bringing cloud-saving capabilities to the software for game save files and settings as the company branches out further. The new Game Save Manager currently supports over 2,000 titles with more being added.
Fitness features paired with notifications
As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.
Razer Nabu offers fitness band tracking with smartphone notifications
Razer has seemingly stepped outside its comfort zone and developed a life-tracking wristband, something a large number of other companies have also done at CES. The Nabu is a mix between a smartwatch and fitness tracker, combining the movement tracking elements of items such as the Fitbit Force with smartphone notifications and added social and gaming features.
User can remove, add components from modular PC without prior knowledge
Gaming hardware producer Razer is looking to update the way people build gaming PCs, by announcing its concept modular gaming system at CES. Project Christine is effectively a large rack that holds modules containing various computer components, in theory enabling users to build, customize, or upgrade their computer without needing any extra technical knowledge.
Unusual design may allow iPhone to tilt up to 45 degrees
Gaming hardware maker Razer is working on a Made for iPhone-certified controller, a leak hints. Images depict a case-style product similar to the Logitech PowerShell, allegedly codenamed the Kazuyo. An unusual aspect though is the Kazuyo's ability to tilt an iPhone or iPod up roughly 45 degrees, potentially giving players a better viewing angle.
Razer opens up pre-orders of 14-inch Blade notebook
Razer has put its 14-inch Blade notebook up for pre-order. The portable gaming computer has a 1600x900 display, a Haswell-based quad-core Intel processor running at 2.2GHz, Nvidia GTX 765M graphics, 8GB of RAM, and the choice of 128, 256, or 512GB SSD storage inside a case just 0.71-inches thick. Set for shipping in two to three weeks, the Razer Blade is priced at $1,800 for the lowest capacity SSD, $2,000 for 256GB, and $2,300 for the largest.
Razer Blade equipped with 14-inch display, Haswell, Nvidia GTX 765M GPU
Razer has unveiled a pair of gaming notebooks that are both less than an inch thick. The updated Blade and the larger Blade Pro refine the design of the gaming peripheral producer's previous notebook, while also updating the internal components to include a fourth-generation Haswell processor from Intel, and moving from an Nvidia GTX 660M to a GTX 765M GPU.
Google Street View covers 50 countries, pushes large update
Google has added Street View coverage to areas of Hungary and Lesotho. Users of Google Maps can now explore the countries in Europe and Africa, making the total count of countries covered by Street View now 50. A Google blog claimed it as the largest single update of Street View imagery, which includes updates for nearly 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries.
Gaming tablet set for first-quarter release, controller separately
Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer has finalized the crowd-sourced design and specifications list of the Project Fiona gaming tablet. Rebranded the Razer Edge, the Windows 8 tablet PC has been put up for pre-order for a first-quarter release, though the optional extra side controller mount will be made available later in the year, as opposed to being included from the start.
Gaming tablet with removable controllers to house Core i5, i7
Razer has revealed specifications for its long-awaited gaming tablet. Project Fiona, last seen by Electronista at CES and also appearing at the FCC without the side controllers, will have an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor powering it, after visitors to the company's Facebook page made decisions on its list of internals.
Adjustable mouse capable of tracking at 8200dpi
Peripheral manufacturer Razer has started shipping its Ouroboros ambidextrous gaming mouse. The highly adjustable wireless mouse was originally revealed in July alongside the BlackWidow keyboard line, and retains all of its customizable parts, designed to accommodate the vast majority of different hand sizes and shapes.
Filing suggests controller as having separate battery
A tablet by gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer has appeared in filings at the FCC. Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet, last seen by Electronista at CES earlier this year, appears to have lost the handlebar-style controllers on the sides. A filing note relating to accessories mentions a Razer-branded controller, suggesting it as an optional attachment.
Military-style gaming headphones
In the world of gaming headsets, headphone manufacturers lean towards using either a military-inspired design for a good looking product, or high-end components for a great audio experience. It is rare when a company tries to accomplish both, something that Razer is attempting to do with its aviation-styled BlackShark headset. Does it manage to sound as good as it looks? Read our review.
Improvements made to heat dissipation system
Razer is putting its gaming notebook back on sale, with some improvements. The Blade retains most of its original design, including the LCD multi-touch display and ten dynamic adaptive keys on one side that give extra customizable controls to games and applications. The major change seen in it is a complete reworking of its thermal system, using larger vents and specially designed heat pipes to divert high temperatures away from sensitive components.
Razer-branded version of Battlefield 3 headset released earlier
Razer is bringing out another gaming headset, this time inspired by aviation. A stark contrast from the Kraken Pro Gaming Headset launched two weeks ago, the BlackShark Stereo Gaming Headset is designed to look like headphones worn by military helicopter pilots. A version of the headset designed from the ground up for Battlefield 3 was released during E3, with this edition losing the game-related branding.
Green headphones use 40mm neodymium drivers
Gaming accessory producer Razer has shown off its new headset at GamesCom in Germany. The Kraken Pro Gaming headset is claimed to be designed with comfort in mind for players of time-consuming games such as World of Warcraft, with an optimal weight and "snugness" determined after extensive testing with professional gamers.
Customizable macro keys, gesture controls added
Razer, following on from the BlackWidow, is bringing out a new gaming keyboard with a touchscreen. The DeathStalker Ultimate uses the same customizable LCD trackpad and buttons as found on its Switchblade handheld PC concept and notebook computer Blade, as well as including tri-color backlit chicket keys, anti-ghosting for up to 10 simultaneous key presses, and a braided fiber cable among other features.
Ambidextrous gaming mouse uses dual-sensor tracking system
Razer is adding to its already extensive gaming peripheral line, introducing a new mouse and several keyboards. The Ouroboros is a fully customizable, ambidextrous wireless mouse designed to accommodate most hand sizes, while the rebooted BlackWidow 2013 gaming-focused keyboard series adds a new offering and two improved models, including a version with backlit keys.
Gaming mouse works for southpaws
While wandering around the E3 show floor, Electronista stopped by Razer's booth to handle the company's new Taipan gaming mouse. The new offering features an ambidextrous build, equally comfortable and usable for southpaws and righties alike.
Razer seen fostering Apple-like culture
Voodoo PC founder and former HP veteran Rahul Sood in a commentary put Razer in a unique position among Windows PC builders. He saw it at a minimum inheriting the title Voodoo had before HP bought it, taking over the high-end gaming PC space. Razer's new Blade notebook also represented a rare instance of a Windows PC developer striving for the level of quality from Apple, paying attention to the experience of the product, not simply chasing specifications.
Razer outs Mass Effect 3-themed gaming gear, more
Gaming peripherals maker Razer has just introduced its Mass Effect 3 branded gear. Developed by and licensed with BioWare, there are seven peripherals in total. This includes a gaming mouse, mouse pad, gaming keyboard, Xbox 360 controller, Xbox 360 headset, iPhone 4/4S case, and messenger bag. All the peripherals are based on Razer's existing products.
Company "working hard" to meet demand
Razer has announced that it has sold out of the first batch of its Blade gaming notebooks within 30 minutes. The high-end notebooks were originally slated for the holidays, however the launch was eventually delayed until late January as the company made a last-minute decision to switch to SSD storage.
Razer 2012 lineup tested at CES
We had the opportunity to explore Razer's whole CES 2012 lineup this week. The company kicked off the year by shipping the Blade and revealing thhe Naga Hex mouse, but its true surprise was exploring tablets with Project Fiona. We'll see how all three have fared after the break.
Mouse targets pro and serious MOBA/RPG gamers
Gaming hardware maker Razer has launched a new mouse targeting professional gamers and serious role-playing game (RPG) and multi-player online battle arena (MOBA) players. The Razer Naga Hex features six mechanical thumb buttons and can support up to 250 clicks a minute. The embedded laser responds at a sensitivity of 5,600dpi.
Razer Project Fiona to be unveiled at CES
PC gaming peripherals maker Razer has released a teaser video for a mysterious new gadget it plans to reveal at CES on January 10. A video put up on the company's 'PC gaming is not dead' website (and embedded below) suggests something called Project Fiona will be unveiled. The video shows gameplay from Assassin's Creed Revelations, Tom Clancy's Hawx2, and FireFall, suggesting hardware capable of supporting these titles is coming. This may indicate a revamped or follow-up version of the SwitchBlade handheld gaming PC, which was unveiled at last year's CES as a prototype, may arrive.
Razer CEO explains Blade delay
Razer chief Min-Liang Tan stated this week that the Blade's SSD upgrade would lead to the gaming notebook missing the holidays. The switch to the much faster storage happened at the "eleventh hour," he said, making it impossible to ship in 2011. The first models of the 17-inch notebook would ship in mid-to-late January instead.
First interested parties to get t-shirt and flask
Razer has announced that its Tiamat 7.1 surround-sound gaming headset, which was first unveiled in August, will not arrive before the holidays. The company suggests it is still working on "final touches," pushing the expected launch date back to late January.
Razer to ship gaming laptop in time for holidays
Razer's gaming notebook,
the Blade, should soon be available for pre-order and shipping in time for Holiday gift giving. The portable was
announced in August and targets gamers looking for a truly mobile playing experience. Razer claims the laptop's thin black design with silver highlights was inspired by the Army's KA-BAR combat knife.