Steam Controller, SteamVR, Steam Machines and more
Posted on: 03/05/2015 09:15 PM

Here a roundup of todays review's and articles:

Budget Game PC - March 2015
Cougar 600K Gaming Keyboard Review
Griffin iTrip Aux & iTrip Bluetooth Review
Hands-on review: Valve Steam Controller
HyperX Announces New FURY DDR4 Memory and Extends High-capacity Predator DDR4 Kits
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset Review
MSI GS30 Shadow with Gaming Dock Review
MyDigitalSSD OTG mSSD 512GB USB 3.0 Review
NVIDIA SHIELD Set-Top Console Benchmarks
Socketed Intel desktop Broadwell coming mid-year
Steam Controller, SteamVR, Steam Machines: Valve’s hardware push in photos

Budget Game PC - March 2015
The Hardware.Info Budget Game PC Advice has a balanced configuration for playing video games, without having to spend too much. The components have been selected to offer the best bang for your buck.

That means you cannot always expect the highest settings, resolution and frame rate, but at the same time you should be able to play all modern games in Full HD resolution without making huge concessions to either the image quality or your enjoyment of the game.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Cougar 600K Gaming Keyboard Review
Everyone wants performance from their peripherals. I beat on my tools daily as I want to squeeze every bit of performance out of them. What concerns me the most is the longevity of a tool, as I do not have time to deal with replacements or try to fix them. This applies to pretty much everything I use for work … Read more.


Read full article @ Modders-Inc

Griffin iTrip Aux & iTrip Bluetooth Review
Driving can be fun, stressful, annoying, and a lot of other emotions. Luckily, radios and CD players have been stock in vehicles for years. But as mobile devices increased in popularity, vehicle manufacturers weren’t ready to outfit their products with the latest technology. If you’re stuck without Bluetooth or USB in your vehicle, then iTrip Aux or iTrip Bluetooth may be what you’re looking for. iTrip Aux has a built-in Lightning connector for modern Apple devices, and iTrip Bluetooth provides a wireless interface for all mobile devices that support Bluetooth. iTrip Aux and iTrip Bluetooth both forward the audio they receive to any 3.5mm input, allowing most older vehicles to be outfitted with new connectivity options.


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Hands-on review: Valve Steam Controller
A lot has changed since that first year, but despite every tweak, shuffle and re-hash Valve chief Gabe Newell and his team have come up with, the controller has remained every bit a peripheral worthy of the name Steam. The Steam Controller Valve showed at GDC 2014 featured a cluster of familiar, lettered buttons, as well as D-pad with four separate directional buttons. What has changed since then is the addition of a left thumbstick and two paddle buttons on the underside of the left and right wing. The vast majority of the controller's face is dominated by two circular pads, wired for haptic feedback. The left pad, inscribed with a d-pad, could be used for custom commands - calling in airstrikes in Battlefield, for example - while the right stick seems solely used for looking around. The paddle buttons located on the back of the controller, however, are at this point a complete mystery. They could just be another set of inputs, but the best guess is that they could serve as a set of programmable macro buttons used to quickly access a string of commands.Unreal Tournament, Strider and Broken AgeDuring a closed door demo at GDC 2015, I was able to play the pre-alpha version of the new Unreal Tournament using the controller.


Read full article @ Techradar

HyperX Announces New FURY DDR4 Memory and Extends High-capacity Predator DDR4 Kits
Kingston has beefed up their DDR4 line with the announcement of new HyperX Fury DDR4 modules which are designed for entry-level enthusiasts. These cost-efficient DDR4 kits uses a lower profile, assymetrical design heat spreader on top of a black PCB. In addition, the high-end Predator DDR4 line has also been expanded to include 32GB and 64GB kits for those seeking … Read more.


Read full article @ Modders-Inc

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset Review
Overall, Kingston has created a great headset. Not only is the sound exceptionally good for the price range, I would suggest buying these for the headphones alone. The Microphone is just like an added bonus in my eyes. The Cloud II was very comfortable thanks to the memory foam padding. Not to mention the list of features that are great in itself. I can't say they aren't better products that do one of these things, but you will be hard pressed to find something that crosses platforms and has high multipurpose functions.


Read full article @ OCC

MSI GS30 Shadow with Gaming Dock Review
When we previewed the MSI GS30 Shadow and GamingDock at the end of 2014 we were blown away by the combination of Core i7-4870HQ CPU in the laptop and the desktop GTX 980 graphics card in the GamingDock. The concept of using an external dock to add proper gaming graphics to a thin and light laptop worked superbly well and we could hardly wait for the official release of the final package of hardware. We were also keen to learn the price as that has a major impact on the buying decision.


Read full article @ KitGuru

MyDigitalSSD OTG mSSD 512GB USB 3.0 Review
Pocket storage becomes faster and more affordable almost every day and once in a while something special comes along. One of those is the MyDigitalSSD OTG mSSD that I’m taking a closer look at today. The OTG mSSD connects through the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and comes with UASP support for proper SSD speeds.

The MyDigitalSSD OTG mSSD is a device that truly lives up to the USB 3.0 SSD hype with its transfer speeds of up to 465MB/s while reading and 450MB/s while writing. This tiny OTG drive is a powerhouse in compact form factor. But the pocket-sized wonder doesn’t stop there as the use of just the best of components reduce the waiting times and maximizes the bandwidth utilization, thus enabling faster and more efficient transfers while helping lower CPU utilization for extended battery life for on-the-go users.


Read full article @ eTeknix

NVIDIA SHIELD Set-Top Console Benchmarks
Earlier this week, NVIDIA announced that the Tegra X1 processor would be powering the company’s first set-top box aimed at living room, with the announcement of the NVIDIA Shield console. The SHIELD will run Android TV and act as a do it all device that will allow you to play games, watch videos and connect to the GRID streaming service among other things. With an MSRP of $199 and availability in May, the SHIELD Set-Top box has grabbed the attention of many this week. . The benchmarks out on the web that show off the true performance numbers behind the NVIDIA SHIELD console are far and few between, so we managed to track done some NVIDIA employees and get some 1-on-1 time with an early sample of the NVIDIA SHIELD to run some benchmarks on it.


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Socketed Intel desktop Broadwell coming mid-year
During a GDC press conference today, Intel revealed that a socketed version of its 14-nm Broadwell processor is coming in the middle of this year. The desktop chip will be unlocked for easy overclocking, and we have a few other details to share


Read full article @ The Tech Report

Steam Controller, SteamVR, Steam Machines: Valve’s hardware push in photos
Also includes impressions of the "final" controller and a quick look at Steam Link.


Read full article @ ArsTechnica




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