A rumor has been spreading over the past few days that a new Xbox One controller would be released with compatibility specifically for the PC running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This morning, these rumors have been doused by Microsoft’s director of product management Albert Penello. He suggests that not only will there be no new controller for this purpose, there will be driver support later this year.
A Bluetooth gamepad and media controller for Amazon's media streamer has been spotted crossing through pre-launch testing, lending further weight to long-standing rumors of a set-top box from the retailer that would do multimedia and gaming duties. The Amazon-branded pad features two sticks, a D-pad, shoulder buttons and more, in addition to a row of media transport keys for navigating through media playback.
There’s little in the software side of the equation out there that the user-mod universe hasn’t cooked up. If there’s a piece of hardware - like an Xbox One controller - that someone wants to use on a non-traditional piece of equipment - like a PC - then they’re going to figure out a way to do it. Since coder Lucas Assis didn’t want to buy a ControllerMAX like everyone else, he decided to whip up some code of his own.
Supposing you’re in the mood for a full Xbox One update this week rather than just the basics, you’ll want to plug your controller into the console as well. As recounted by Major Nelson today, you’ll not be able to do certain things with the controller unless you update it separate from the system update. New features include using the new Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter once you’ve got your hands on one.
It looks like a 3D-printed mousetrap, or maybe some sort of torturous orthopedic device for your hand; in actual fact it's what startup Tivitas believes will pave the way for console gamers to move over to the PC. Dubbed Sinister, we'd spent some hands-on time with a non-functional prototype back at CES, but the team invited us back to play with a functional version ahead of its Kickstarter campaign launch next week. Aiming not only for $100,000 but to bring haptics back to PC gaming, it's an ambitious project, certainly; read on for our first impressions.
These days have been marked by efforts to bring to the masses certain products or production capabilities that have mostly been reserved to companies or larger entities. Examples of this are rising popularity of hackerspaces, microcontrollers such as the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi, and 3D printing. The latest addition to this group is the Open Brain-Computer Interface or OpenBCI, which aims to create an affordable yet high-quality open source device, platform, and community around measuring brain waves.
As we reported, Titanfall will be arriving in March for the Xbox One, as well as its older sibling and the PC. To coincide with this, Microsoft will be releasing a limited edition Titanfall wireless game controller, which is decked out with game-themed artwork created to feel "as if it is a piece of military spec hardware transported from the universe of Titanfall and into players hands," according to Respawn's Joel Emslie.
Coming just ahead of CES, Wikipad has unveiled their latest mobile gaming device. This one is called the Gamevice gamepad, though it isn't one we will be seeing next week at CES. In fact, while Wikipad has unveiled the Gamevice, they haven't said much in terms of when it will be available, or how much it will end up costing.
MOGA is a company that makes several portable video game controllers designed to add proper controls to your smartphone for gaming. The company has offerings that work for Android smartphones and the iPhone. The last product the company announced was the Ace Power controller for iOS 7 and Lightning port devices from Apple.
The iPhone has already propelled casual gaming into one of the biggest app segments in the industry: now, with iOS 7 and the Logitech PowerShell gamepad, those apps are getting the controller they've been crying out for. Building on the new MFI ("Made For iPhone") controller profile that's part of iOS 7, the $99.99 pad offers a familiar set of controls to clip around an iPhone or iPod touch, as well as a backup battery good for roughly a full charge. We grabbed some hands-on time ahead of the launch; read on for our first impressions.
Just weeks before the release of the PlayStation 4 we're taking the time to dive in with the most important piece of equipment outside the console itself: the DualShock 4. This handheld wireless (or wired) device is made by Sony itself, returning to the market to re-claim the throne as the highest-quality controller on the planet. What we're doing this week is testing the device as it functions outside of the PlayStation 4 gaming console itself.