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AUO Reportedly Shipping Mini-LED Panels for Gaming Monitors in 4Q18

According to a report by DigiTimes, panel-maker AU Optronics is looking to ship gaming panels with built-in mini-LED technology going into the 4Q 2018. This isn't a new display tech, and shouldn't be confused with Micro LED tech, which is hailed as the great coming of an OLED killer. Despite that, mini-LED remains a very interesting, likely crucial piece of technology in enabling much increased color accuracy and contrast ratios of current panel technology - thus also bettering HDR implementations.

Usually, a given monitor or TV features Edge-lit LED technology to achieve the backlighting necessary for image display (or in the case of OLED, there's no need for any of that, since it's a self-emissive technology). In recent times, contrast ratios have been increased by the introduction of local dimming (essentially, there are multiple LED lighting units across the entirety of the monitor or TV, which can be singularly controlled to achieve desired lighting ratios). Mini-LED technology brings this a leap further, allowing for an enormous increase in lighting zones - up to the tens of thousands, compared, for example, to the 384 local dimming units present on the recently released 4K, 144 Hz G-Sync monitors - of which AUO did sample specification-like panels but with this added mini-LED tech. Of course, these "tens of thousands" still pale in comparison to an OLED panel's pixel-count-like dimmable LEDs. As a bonus, panel thickness can also be reduced with mini-LED tech.

Alienware and Dell Gaming Introduce Gaming Desktop and Peripherals

As the gaming industry and community are descending upon Los Angeles, Alienware and Dell Gaming will be showing up at E3 in a big way with exciting gaming hardware and partnership news and immersive experiences. Among its new products to complete the PC, gaming ecosystem is the blissful sounding new Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset, a 2nd generation, fast responsive Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse and the blazing-hot, high performance Windows 10 Inspiron Gaming Desktop with AMD processors and graphics cards.

Dell and Alienware are committed to giving esports players a competitive advantage with the best hardware. The Detroit Renegades, the esports team owned and operated by Utah Jazz player Jonas Jerebko, is the latest team to select Alienware as their exclusive technology partner. Alienware, in partnership with Tobii and Team Liquid, is also helping gamers take their skills to the next level with Alienware Academy, an esport skill-building online platform. Fans of Alienware Arena can now access the community from their phone with a new Alienware Arena app with access to play-to-win opportunities and rewards.

Logitech G Launches G512 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with GX Blue Switches

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech dedicated to creating high performance gaming gear, today announced the Logitech G512 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and a new mechanical gaming switch option, GX Blue. The Logitech G512 is a high-performance mechanical gaming keyboard built on the award-winning design of the G413 and G513. The keyboard offers three different key switch choices - Tactile, Linear and the new GX Blue. The introduction of the GX Blue key switch, which will also be available on the Logitech G513 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, further expands our lineup of mechanical key switches available on our industry leading keyboards.

"We're excited to bring more choice to gamers," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. "With three different mechanical switch choices now on our Logitech G512 and G513 keyboards, gamers can pick the switch profile and experience they want."

43" Wasabi Mango UHD430 is World's First Commercially Available 120 Hz, 4K Gaming Monitor

Well, that wasn't so easy to see coming: that the world's first commercially available 120 Hz, 4K monitor would come to consumers' options via not one of the tech giants such as LG or Samsung, but a relatively low-key company out here in the west. Korea-based Wasabi Mango has started distributing their 43" UHD430 monitor, which brings with it (almost all) the amenities of a high-performance gaming monitor.

The UHD430 is additionally being marketed with HDR support, though it's the entry-level 400 nits brightness achieved here - a far cry from the generally accepted 1000 nits sweet spot. The panel is an IPS affair with 1200:1 static contrast ratio, 4:4:4 chroma support, a pretty respectable 5 ms response time, and a smattering of display connections: 3x HDMI 2.0 ports, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x Toslink optical audio output, and 1x USB port. Sadly, FreeSync doesn't seem to be active for this panel. For users to achieve the 120 Hz 4K frequency and resolution, the dual DisplayPort outputs must be used. Otherwise, there's just not enough bandwidth for the awesome images being thrown to the display's pipeline. The 43" Wasabi Mango is available with free shipping for a surprising $1,399.

Cyrus Audio Announces the soundKey PC Gamer Edition Gaming Headphone DAC

Cyrus Audio, the UK's leading premium audio manufacturer, announced today the soundKey PC Gamers Edition, a high-resolution gaming headphone DAC (Digital Analogue Converter) and amp. Expected to be on sale beginning July 2018, the soundKey is designed to significantly upgrade the performance of any wired PC gaming headset, through the application of their decades of experience in high-end audio. Many gamers wisely choose their headset with care, conscious of the winning edge crystal clear positional audio can make to their performance. Even the finest headset however, will be hamstrung by the limitations of on-board audio cards used on even premium desktop or laptop PCs.

The amount of electronic system 'noise' in a PC, especially of gaming specification, means that even those equipped with good quality audio-grade components (and most are not), can only achieve a sound output that is a fraction of its true potential. The award-winning soundKey from Cyrus plugs discreetly into the USB socket and mic input of the PC, automatically configuring itself and negating the need for software or drivers. Gamers simply plug their standard PC wired headset in to the 3.5mm output located on the soundKey with no further setup or maintenance required. soundKey bypasses the PC's internal audio circuitry, relying on its own advanced technology to decode and process the in-game audio, resulting in a superlative gaming experience. soundKey is fully compatible with Hi-Res and lossless audio formats.

NVIDIA Teases "Ultimate Gaming Experience" At GTC Taiwan

NVIDIA has posted a short (literally short) teaser, treating users to the promise of the "Ultimate Gaming Experience". This might mean something, such as the new, expected NVIDIA 11** series of graphics cards... Or it may mean something much less exciting, and have something to do with the 4K, HDR gaming experience that is supposed to be reaching gamers in a couple of weeks, at an expected cost of more kidneys than the average human has.

Officially, though, GTC 2018 Taiwan will revolve around artificial intelligence tech (what doesn't these days, really?) Translated, the teaser image reads something along the lines of "Utilizing GPU computing to explore the world's infinite possibilities - witness the power of artificial intelligence and the ultimate gaming experience in GTC Taiwan and Computex 2018." Remember, however, that marketing almost always has a way of blowing things out of proportion - don't hold your breath for a new graphics card series announcement.

Widespread Cheating in Multiplayer Online Games Frustrates Consumers

More than half (60%) of gamers have had their multiplayer gaming experience negatively impacted by other players cheating on multiple occasions, according to new research by Irdeto. The Irdeto Global Gaming Survey of 9,436 consumers also indicates that these online gamers will purchase less in-game content and even stop playing the game in question, if they feel that other players are gaining an unfair advantage through cheating. Cheating in these games often involves manipulating and distorting data or code to gain an advantage over others or bypass in-game transactions.

Of the consumers surveyed online across six different countries, including China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, UK and US, 77% of online gamers are likely to stop playing a multiplayer game online if they think other players are cheating and 48% of online gamers are likely to buy less in-game content as a result. This suggests a massive impact on the revenues of game publishers if they do not adequately protect multiplayer online games from cheating.

Atari Announces Atari VCS Pre-Sale Begins May 30th

Atari - One of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers - today announces that pre-sales of its new Atari VCS hardware platform will start May 30, 2018. The pre-sale is exclusive to Indiegogo and features the time-limited Atari VCS Collector's Edition featuring the special retro-inspired wood-front. In addition to the Collector's Edition, fans will have the option to pre-order the Atari VCS Onyx, a sleek black version. Early-bird Atari VCS packages will be offered, including the Onyx starting at $199 USD for a limited period of time. Other packages will include the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. Initial Atari VCS shipments are planned for Spring 2019. Fans who have signed up for "insider" email alerts at AtariVCS.com before May 24, 2018 will be eligible for special purchase incentives during the pre-sale.

The VCS is a completely new Atari connected device, designed in California by Atari. The company has partnered with AMD who provides the Atari VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology. The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. A complete list of Atari VCS product specs will be posted with the pre-sale.

Changing Face of Gaming Debunks Long Held Stereotypes

The gaming industry has changed at such an exponential rate over the past five years, that the face of gaming has transformed before our eyes, both literally and figuratively. Once a niche hobby, explored primarily by teenage boys and serviced by a handful of companies, the gaming market exceeded $30 billion in 2016 and is forecast to grow at a 6% compounded annual growth rate through 2019.

In 2017, more people tuned-in to watch electronic sports' (esports) League of Legends finals than the U.S. football and baseball professional championships combined. In fact, Alienware co-founder Frank Azor predicts esports is on the path to becoming the most popular sport in the world in the next 10 years.

Antec Launches the DF500 Gaming Case

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest mid tower of their award-winning Dark Fleet Series: the Antec DF500 RGB. The case is now commercially available from 79€. The DF500 without the RGB is available for 59 Euros (suggested retail price including VAT).

exklim Presents Their eX Core Portable eGPU That Turns Any Computer Into a Gaming Rig

exklim today introduced the eX Core , the world's first, portable eGPU that turbocharges your computer, turning any laptop or desktop into a powerful gaming rig. eX Core sets out to provide gamers, Bitcoin miners, students and on-the-go professionals with a lightweight, high-performance solution to run any application, at any time. The eX Core is now live on Kickstarter.

As games and applications are becoming graphically demanding, central processing units (CPUs) are being rendered useless. While CPUs may be fast enough to run a game, the graphics power is limited. The eX Core solves this problem by opening up the door for any computer to have the same high-end graphics or design capabilities as even the most advanced computers - at a fraction of the cost. It leverages NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 Factory OC at 1680 MHz and high bandwidth GDDR5 vRam to run the most graphically demanding PC games and video applications on the market.

AVerMedia Introduces the SonicWave GH335 and GH337 Gaming Headsets

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., a leader in digital video and audio, today introduced its brand-new line of SonicWave gaming audio solutions. The two headsets, the stereo SonicWave GH335 and the virtual 7.1 surround sound SonicWave GH337, have both been designed to give gamers a satisfying, immersive audio experience on PC, all current consoles and even mobile platforms. AVerMedia listened to gaming community feedback to ensure the SonicWave line measures up to the most demanding gaming audio needs.

Both headsets feature oversized 50mm neodymium drivers delivering powerful sound at a fraction of the weight of regular magnets. The stereo SonicWave GH335 features analog audio and microphone connections and its oversized drivers and closed back design help keep gamers focused on their gaming experience.

ASRock's First Phantom Graphics Cards Will be Available Starting April 19th

ASRock's Phantom series of graphics cards have been rumored and officially launched for a while now, but actual availability thresholds have been elusive. Now, a hard date has come out of the woodwork: ASRoc's first foray into the graphics card market with materialize with custom designs of AMD's RX 580 and RX 570 graphics cards on April 19th.

The Phantom series of graphics cards are ASRock's own takes on AMD's Polaris silicon. The graphics cards will apparently ship with three distinct operating modes: a "Silent" mode, an "OC" mode, and standard clocks. The Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 580 8 G will ship with 1,324 MHz clocks on silent mode; 1,435 MHz on OC mode; and 1380 MHz in the standard mode. The second card to be on offer on April 19th will be the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 570 8G, with clocks at 1,228 MHz on silent mode; 1,331 MHz on OC mode; and 1380 MHz in the standard mode. Connectivity options for both graphics cards is set at 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, and 1x DVI ports. No pricing information is available at time of writing.

HP Brings Powerful PC Gaming Experiences to the Masses with New Pavilion Gaming Lineup

HP Inc. today introduced HP Pavilion Gaming, a new lineup of notebooks, desktops and displays designed to meet the needs of mainstream gamers. The HP Pavilion Gaming lineup provides the ultimate combination of powerful gaming experiences, value and versatility for everyday use. Gaming is one of the fastest growing PC segments, with more than 1 billion gamers worldwide. Mainstream gamers represent 62 percent of this growing market. While HP's OMEN line is built for performance and enthusiasts gamers, the new HP Pavilion Portfolio is designed to meet the diverse needs of more casual users, who often want a single device to meet all their PC needs.

"By listening to gamers and understanding their needs, HP is building an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that appeals to all segments of the market, "said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager of consumer personal systems, HP Inc. "With HP Pavilion Gaming, casual gamers get the best of both worlds - powerful game play on a boldly designed device that's versatile enough to meet their everyday PC needs."

Digital Storm Launches EQUINOX, New 6-core Thin and Light Gaming Powerhouse

Digital Storm is proud to announce EQUINOX, our most powerful lightweight gaming laptop to date. Featuring Intel's new 6-core i7-8750H CPU which can turbo up to 4.1GHz and NVIDIA's Max-Q GTX 1070 graphics, EQUINOX effortlessly delivers an unparalleled level of performance. EQUINOX comes fully equipped with a wide range of connectivity options: 2x USB Type-C, 3x USB 3.0, 2x Mini DisplayPort 1.3, 1x HDMI (full-size). Featuring a gaming optimized 144Hz (IPS) 15.6" display with a 1920x1080 resolution, EQUINOX aims to fulfill a balanced sweet spot with fluid gameplay.

Upgradability is always a prime focus, which is why EQUINOX supports up to 32GB of system memory and storage options including M.2 and traditional 2.5" SSD/HDD. Available to purchase now, shipping early May, with a starting price of $1,956 (customizable).

Logitech G Launches New PRO Gaming Headset

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, today announced the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset, offering esports-grade audio performance and features for professional and competitive gamers. The newest addition to the Logitech G PRO lineup of professional gaming gear, the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset is lightweight, strong and extremely comfortable for extended gameplay. It features Logitech G Pro-G drivers for superior audio, premium leatherette ear pads for excellent noise isolation and a pro-grade condenser microphone for crystal-clear communications. With the clarity and quality of the most advanced gaming headset speaker, gamers can hear every approaching enemy footstep in super-efficient detail. The Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset has also been named the official headset of Electronic Sports League (ESL) CS:GO Pro League, ESL One and ESL Premiership, and will be the headset of choice for several top teams and players.

"As a leading gaming gear manufacturer, we develop what esport professionals, players and enthusiasts are looking for," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. "The PRO headset was developed in close collaboration with TSM, G2 Esports and London Spitfire players. Our design includes features such as a tournament-grade mic and comfortable leatherette for the perfect headset for esports and pro gamers."

Xiaomi Reveals the 15.6-inch Mi Gaming Laptop

Xiaomi held its Mi Mix 2S launch event at Shanghai, China a few hours ago where the Chinese giant revealed their first-ever gaming laptop. The Mi Gaming Laptop sports a clean, brushed aluminum chassis which measures 20.9mm at its thickest point. Being a gamer-oriented product, Xiaomi has added RGB lighting to four different zones around the laptop's body. The Mi Gaming Laptop features a 15.6-inch Full HD panel with a 72% color gamut and slim 9.9mm bezels. The keyboard also has its own RGB lighting and comes with features like 30-key rollover and five programmable keys. In terms of connectivity options, the Mi Gaming laptop provides users with four high-speed USB 3.0 ports, two USB-C ports, a HDMI port, and a 3.5mm jack with its own high-powered amp. Equipped with stereo 3W speakers, the laptop has also earned the Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio certifications.

For cooling, Xiaomi implemented their own 3+2 design for the heatpipes and four air exhausts. Xiaomi's solution relies on two fans to provide active cooling. The Mi Gaming laptop is powered by Intel's latest Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ processor and it's available in two versions. The base version carries a $960 price tag and comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB of memory, a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. The high-end version goes for $1,440 and boasts an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB of memory, a 256GB NVMe SSD, and a 1TB hard drive. The Mi Gaming Laptop will go on sale in China from April 13.

Experience High-Fidelity Gaming Audio with Sennheiser's New GSP 500 Gaming Headphones

Gamers want to be completely immersed in their game, where everything fades into the background and the world of the game becomes reality. For those chasing this ultimate thrill, Sennheiser has created the new GSP 500. The newest addition to the audio specialist's acclaimed gaming range, the new open acoustic headset is so comfortable that you barely notice wearing it, while its incredibly realistic, natural sound places you at the heart of the action. With improved ergonomics, microphone performance and exceptional durability, the GSP 500 ensures a brilliantly enjoyable gaming experience.

The GSP 500 features a new, improved open speaker system designed and manufactured by Sennheiser that delivers a natural sound performance, balancing excellent clarity with an enhanced low frequency response that adds excitement to the gaming audio. Specially positioned speakers within the ear cups channel the sound directly into the ears to ensure the best possible spatial representation and awareness of the gaming environment.

BenQ Announces the EL2870U 27.9-inch 4K UHD HDR10 Monitor

BenQ, the internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle devices, today introduces the BenQ EL2870U, our first 4K UHD monitor with 1ms response time designed specifically for Home Entertainment. The BenQ EL2870U Home Entertainment Monitor features High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology to increase the overall dynamic range between true black and bright white to duplicate what your eyes see in the natural world. Enhanced with the 4K Ultra High Definition resolution offered on the EL2870U, users will experience extraordinary clarity of fine details and textures for the optimal viewing experience, and enhanced screen real estate for visual-intensive work.

Not only does the EL2870U pursue brilliant image performance, it also offers features dedicated to offer a premium 4K Gaming experience. The incredibly fast 1ms Gray-To-Gray (GTG) response time on the EL2870U ensures a much more responsive and fluent in-game experience than a traditional 4K Television, particularly noticeable in first person shooter games. AMD Freesync technology effectively eliminates image tearing, broken frames, and choppy gameplay for a smoother gaming experience for users with an AMD graphics card. By offering High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 2.2 support, the EL2870U is BenQ's premium choice monitor for 4K Gaming on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro 4K Game consoles.

MSI Reveals the VIGOR GK80 & GK70 Gaming Keyboards

MSI is extremely proud to launch the Vigor GK80 and GK70 GAMING Keyboard as the latest additions to its Gaming Gear line of peripherals. With a strong focus on illumination using MSI's exclusive Mystic Light, both the Vigor GK80 and GK70 offer a gorgeous outlook and allow gamers to fully customize their setup down to each individual key. A premium base crafted out of anodized aluminum gives both models a very solid feel and is easy to clean thanks to the floating key design. Replaceable keycaps are included in two varieties: 12 with a rubber textured finish and 4 with metal surface to instantly find the right keys. Both keyboards feature Cherry MX RGB LED switches and exclusive hotkeys linked to MSI's exclusive Gaming App when paired with specific MSI GAMING series components for an amazing gaming experience.

When the Supplements Market Hybridizes With Gaming: God Mode Pills

Well, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later. As the gaming market has become increasingly bigger and moving more and more amounts of money, someone, somewhere, would find a way to generate more revenue out of some new product. Gaming has become big enough so as to justify college scholarships and even companies that promise to coach players on their way to better K/D ratios. Why not join two of the bigger, more relevant emerging markets in one? Enter GodMode, a supplement that seems to marry Herbalife-like products with the looks of almost any gaming-oriented piece of hardware. Why not? The supplements market is a $41 billion affair, after all.

The product, introduced to the market by Boss Level Labs out of Frisco, Texas, is aimed specifically at gamers. The pills are packed with 14 "brain-boosting nootropics", which should improve cognitive functions in healthy adults. Besides promising to "supercharge your memory", "improve your reaction speed 6-10%" and help you "think faster/smarter", the God Mode pills are being touted as even being able to "reduce stress and anxiety". Maybe by reducing your anger at someone destroying your K/D ratio? Particularly frisky, evil players that look to teabag your beloved gaming character?

ASUS Launches Gladius II Origin Gaming Mouse

ASUS has launched the third iteration of their Gladius gaming mouse, the Gladius II Origin (a missed chance for a Gladius III, uh?) There's a 12,000 DPI optical sensor under the hood (unclear if it's a PixArt solution), and the switches are both Omron-developed, though two different ones at that - there's an Omron D2FC-F-K switch and an Omron D2F-01F, with different clicking resistances, likely to incentivize sensitivity in the left mouse button. All in all, there are five buttons on this mouse (there's a DPI selector button and two thumb buttons on the left side of the mouse).

Other features include detachable, replaceable rubber and braided cables; RGB lighting with ASUS' Aura Sync support for the RGB zones (bottom, scroll wheel, and ROG logo); and support for ASUS' Armoury app. The Gladius II Origin weighs in at 110 g (sans cable), and has dimensions of 126 x 67 x 45 mm, and is available now from select etailers and retailers for $99.

Teamgroup "T-Force Xtreem", "T-Force Nighthawk RGB" Win iF Design Awards

With extremely excellent and charming design, TEAMGROUP T-FORCE XTREEM and T-FORCE NIGHTHAWK RGB Gaming Modules won iF Design Award 2018! Not only increased the winning records of these two products but also fully demonstrated the design capabilities in addition to quality and performance.

The German iF Design Award, which is like the Academy Award of the Design Industry, is an internationally renowned product design award founded in 1953. It is also one of the world's top design quality indicators. In 2018, iF Awards included 63 leading international jury members, with 6,402 entries from 54 countries. T-FORCE XTREEM and T-FORCE NIGHTHAWK RGB stood out from the best of the best. This outstanding result proves that T-FORCE Gaming Memory products have not only top performance but also the stunning strength to earn the spotlight on the global stage of design.

Ozone Gaming Presents The New Ground Level Pro Series

The Ground Level Pro series with reinforced edges becomes the perfect mat series for any Gamer regardless of its location or play style. The new mousepad series features anti-fray stitched edges, increasing their strength and durability. Adding an antislip rubber base and a smooth heat-treated surface we get a flawless performance regardless the game you play.

Cutting edge design
Ground Level Pro Series comes in 2 different mousepad, with the same specifications but different sizes.

Atlantic Introduces the VIPER 3000 Motorized Gaming Desk

The new VIPER 3000 gaming desk from Atlantic features a motorized height adjustment system (29" to 48") and four programmable LED light banks. The large laminated surface is decorated with gaming graphics and measures 45" x 30". The desk also has dual USB ports for charging your devices, two elevated speaker platforms with game storage, a mobile phone/tablet slot, and side hooks for mounting your other gaming accessories. The LED remote controls the desk's color effects and brightness, while the control panel with the integrated display allows users to regulate its height with absolute precision. The VIPER 3000 is supported by a black powder-coated, tubular steel frame and large feet. The retail price is $499.99.
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