In June, we brought you the horrendous news that the original boat anchor was back -- the hideously large OG Xbox controller, affectionately known as "The Duke," had been plucked from its watery grave. Somehow, for some unfathomable reason, father-of-the-Xbox Seamus Blackley secured Microsoft's blessing to bring The Duke back from the dead as a fully functional Xbox controller for gamers with a misplaced sense of nostalgia. In other words, gamers like me. That's why I'm excited to exclusively reveal this: The Duke will cost $70 when it arrives this spring. (That's roughly £50 or AU$90 converted.) Manufacturer Hyperkin (also see: this dreamy new Game Boy) says it's shooting for a March release for the Xbox and PC-compatible pad, but say it might be late March. So FYI. We got to check out a near-final version of The Duke here at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, plus had a chat with Seamus Blackley himself. Here's everything else we learned in no particularly good order. … [Read more...] about The Duke, original Xbox controller/doorstop, returns at CES
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In June, we brought you the horrendous news that the original boat anchor was back -- the hideously large OG Xbox controller, affectionately known as "The Duke," had been plucked from its watery grave. Somehow, for some unfathomable reason, father-of-the-Xbox Seamus Blackley secured Microsoft's blessing to bring The Duke back from the dead as a fully functional Xbox controller for gamers with a misplaced sense of nostalgia. In other words, gamers like me. That's why I'm excited to exclusively reveal this: The Duke will cost $70 when it arrives this spring. (That's roughly £50 or AU$90 converted.) Manufacturer Hyperkin (also see: this dreamy new Game Boy) says it's shooting for a March release for the Xbox and PC-compatible pad, but say it might be late March. So FYI. We got to check out a near-final version of The Duke here at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, plus had a chat with Seamus Blackley himself. Here's everything else we learned in no particularly good order. … [Read more...] about The Duke, the original Xbox controller / doorstop, returns for $70 in March (hands-on)
Logitech today announced a remote control accessory for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 360 video gaming system. Part of the computer accessory company’s line of advanced Harmony remote controls, the new Harmony Advanced Universal Remote Control for Xbox 360 will be available later this month for $129.99. The Harmony Advanced Universal Remote Control for Xbox 360, said Logitech, grants users complete remote control of their next generation gaming system as well as other components in their entertainment system. Special console-specific buttons on the Harmony remote are designed to help navigate the Xbox 360 interface. The remoteÂ´s white finish, chrome accents, green backlighting and slim design are designed to complement the Xbox 360’s curves. Other features of the new Harmony Xbox 360 remote include online setup for matching the remote to various home electronics components, control of up to 12 individual devices, a LCD display to view what actions are … [Read more...] about Logitech Showcases New Xbox 360 Remote
Apps on Windows have gotten better. But every once in a while, you stumble upon a really useful mobile app that hasn’t made its way to PC yet. If runs on Android, though, there’s good news. With the help of third-party software, you can probably run it on your Windows computer.Unfortunately, getting apps from your phone or tablet to your PC isn’t as easy as installing a Windows program. To help simplify things, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on what software and utilities you need to install Android apps on almost any Windows computer.Android emulators and how to use themOne way to run Android apps on a Windows computer is by using an Android emulator. Emulators run on complicated code, but the basic gist is this: They enable one computer to behave like another. Android emulators make your Windows machine appear as though it’s an Android device — right down to the processor, cameras, and sensors.Android emulators … [Read more...] about How to install Android apps on your Windows computer, the easy way
During the last decade, the Xbox 360 controller became the de facto controller for more or less any third-person action game or racing title on the PC, especially ones that were adapted from a console game. Lately, however, PC gamers have far more options. In addition to the aforementioned Xbox 360 controller and the updated Xbox One controller, there’s the PlayStation 4’s Bluetooth-powered DualShock 4. Valve has even thrown its hat into the ring with an innovative controller of its own, dubbed the Steam Controller.But which one should you choose? All things being equal, Xbox controllers tend to be plug-and-play, so they remain the best option for those who want to avoid headaches. The Steam Controller’s extensive customization options and the DualShock 4’s ergonomics, however, offer plenty to recommend. Let’s break it down.The Xbox 360 controller comes in an inexpensive wired model, but the wireless version with its … [Read more...] about Xbox, PlayStation, or Steam Controller: Which is best for PC gamers?
Microsoft on Wednesday released a new controller for its upcoming Xbox 360 device which also works with PCs. The Xbox 360 Controller for Windows will work with the upcoming Xbox 360 console, as well as with computers that have the Windows XP operating system. "Gamers can simply unplug their controller from their Xbox 360 system and plug it into their Windows XP-based PC," Chris Donahue, director of Windows gaming at Microsoft, said in a statement. "This is a great breakthrough for the gaming industry as we make it easier for developers to create multiplatform titles." The controller features a new design meant to improve ergonomics. It also offers "force feedback vibration support" and a button layout. The controller sold on its own will include a driver for XP-based computers. The controller that will be sold with the Xbox 360 console will also work on PCs after people download the driver from Microsoft. The controller has a 9-foot breakaway cable that plugs into a USB port. The … [Read more...] about Xbox 360 controller to work with PCs too
As many of my readers know, I'm not a video game fan, nor I am I a big TV fan. So sitting virtually through a two-hour E3 keynote address, chock-full of video game first-person-shooter previews...kill me now (pun intended). But there were a couple of interesting bits from Microsoft at its E3 unveiling. One of these -- about which there had been conflicting earlier leaks -- was something called SmartGlass technology. But despite a few mentions and demos, I still felt as if I had no idea what SmartGlass is after watching the keynote. And it looks like I'm not alone.As GeekWire's Todd Bishop unearthed over the weekend before E3, Microsoft had applied for a trademark on "SmartGlass." The trademark application described SmartGlass as "computer hardware and software for phones, mobile devices, televisions, video game consoles, media players and audiovisual devices." Once Microsoft's keynote was over, the company published a press release that provided a little more insight on SmartGlass. It … [Read more...] about Microsoft SmartGlass: Xbox Live Companion on steroids?
Microsoft is allowing select users to start streaming games from their Xbox One console to PCs running Windows 10, a feature that will be available later this year to all users.Members of the Xbox Preview Program could start streaming the games on Monday afternoon with a new update Microsoft announced following its E3 press conference.The launch will allow people to turn their Windows PCs and tablets like the Surface Pro 3 into gaming machines by connecting to an Xbox One on their home network. Most of the games currently available on Microsoft’s latest generation console are eligible for streaming, except for those that require special hardware like the Kinect.People who enjoy playing multiplayer games will be happy to know that the streaming feature will allow them to use a Windows-compatible microphone or headset for voice chat so that they can communicate with teammates to coordinate tactics or exchange friendly banter. Later this year, Microsoft will release a special … [Read more...] about Xbox One-to-PC game streaming launched Monday
In the olden days (2015 or so), connecting a PS4 controller to a PC was a harrowing process, with unpredictable (but hilarious) results. Now, PC gamers can use the DualShock 4 with relative impunity, thanks to better software, better hardware and better Steam integration. Photo credit: Chris Johnsson / Shutterstock.com Still, plugging in a DS4 is not quite as simple as using an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, so if you’d like to bring a PS4 peripheral to a PC party, here’s what you need to know. Wired or Wireless You can plug a PS4 controller into a PC just as you would an Xbox One controller, by using a microUSB cable. Give the computer a few minutes to install the drivers, and you should be good to go. Actually using the controller is another story, but we’ll get to that shortly. Sony also released a wireless adapter, and if you intend to use your DS4 and PC together a lot, it’s a … [Read more...] about How to Use a PS4 Controller with a PC
For a past few months, VR's been in a bit of a holding pattern—we roughly know what the first round of consumer headmounted displays (HMDs) will look like and offer, but it could be months before we actually see how they stack up against each other in the wild.That's especially true of the higher-end HMDs, like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony Playstation VR. One factor in determining a potential front-runner, could be the controllers those systems use upon launch. In June, when Oculus held its press event to give details on the consumer version (CV1) slated for release sometime in Q1, 2016, CEO Brendan Iribe announced a partnership with Microsoft, and that the CV1 would ship with the Xbox One Wireless controller. The news was met with a resounding "meh" that was only saved when founder Palmer Luckey introduced Oculus Touch and the Half Moon prototype, a set of controllers with gesture recognition, finger pose recognition, hand presence, and haptics. Buzz from … [Read more...] about Will hands and controllers be the difference between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift?