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Razer Blade Stealth and Core hands-on

Since the launch of the original Blade, Razer has been working hard to change the way that we look at portable PC gaming. While the previous versions have made strides in that department, this year at CES, the company has finally bridged the gap between laptop and desktop.

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Razer Stargazer hands-on

With today's announcement of the Blade Stealth and Core, Razer showed that they wanted to change the way gamers played both on the go, and at home. However, their announcements didn't stop there. Not content with enhancing the way we play games, they also want to change the way we broadcast our games.

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Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

With the Razer Core, the age of the overpowered gaming notebook can begin. Razer has revealed a device here that essentially contains a full-sized graphics card for your notebook, connecting that device to this one with a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. This single cable supplies both data and power, connecting - for example - the also-newly-revealed Razer Blade Stealth gaming notebook to the graphics power of a full-sized NVIDIA or AMD GPU. This device is also essentially plug-and-play, able to allow you to swap cards with a single screw.

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Oculus Rift pre-orders open now, pricing and release date revealed [UPDATE]

This morning Oculus Rift pre-orders went on sale with the promise of full on first-run consumer-ready virtual reality headset goodness. This pre-order was joined by the promise of a pre-order ticket for the hand controllers that'd be on sale later this year - every person that pre-ordered an Oculus Rift was to be given their same spot in line for the controllers, if they did so choose. This is the first full release of the Oculus Rift VR headset, while all previous releases were aimed at developers of VR content.

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Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptop aims for MacBook head-on

The Razer Blade Stealth is been revealed as a companion to the Razer Blade gaming laptop, set to be released with a direct-to-consumer model to cut down on prices for the end user. Similar to what Apple does with their Apple Stores, Razer plans on selling this model straight through their Razer Store physical locations and Razer Store online. This device is an Ultrabook, rolling with the latest Intel Core i7 processor and a 4K, 12.5-inch, touchscreen display. Two versions of this device will be available, one with a 4K display, the other with a Quad HD display.

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Razer webcam “Stargazer” release to take on streaming industry

Razer Stargazer revealed at CES 2016 to take the video game streaming industry out a whole new door. Much in the same way Razer aimed to provide the game streaming environment with a hero microphone with the Seiren and the Razer Seiren Pro, the Razer Stargazer is what the company calls "the world's most advanced webcam." As such, this camera is able to capture and stream video at 720p at 60 frames per second. This camera is tops - if only because it has basically no competition whatsoever.

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Rey fans, rejoice! The Force Awakens Monopoly will feature the heroine

Star Wars fans who are also into board games were in an uproar this week, as it was discovered that a new version of Monopoly based on The Force Awakens was missing one of the new movie's most important characters. The game comes with four board avatars, with Finn and Kylo Ren representing some of the franchise's latest characters, while Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are the classics. This selection left out a central female character, and arguably the new movie's main hero: Rey.

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HP ENVY Phoenix is “Certified VR ready” for HTC VIVE

HP has officially teamed up with HTC to deliver a PC that they suggest is "certified virtual reality (VR) ready" - for the HTC VIVE specifically. Of course there are many computers already out in the wild that are ready to roll with virtual reality devices like the HTC VIVE, but this is the first such PC that HTC has officially given their blessing to work well with the VR headset they'll be releasing later this year. The PC will be available for purchase separate from the headset, and it wont be alone by the time the headset is released, of that you can be reasonably sure.

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Star Wars: TFA Monopoly has no Rey

This week it's becoming apparent that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly game just isn't up to snuff. This first edition was released all the way back in September, but it didn't become apparent until now, after most Star Wars fans have seen the film, that the game's contents aren't in line with the film. In particular, the game's four board avatars. They consist of Return of the Jedi Luke and Return of the Jedi Darth Vader - which is fine. They also consist of Kylo Ren and Finn (or FN-2187, if you prefer). This game does not contain the main character of the film: Rey.

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HTC Vive Pre steps into AR land with front-facing camera

No, Vive Pre isn't the retail name of HTC's and Valve's virtual reality headset. The "Pre" there actually means "pre-release". What HTC is, in fact, announcing is the second generation of the developer edition of the Vive gear, both the headset as well as the controllers, featuring not just new designs but new abilities as well. In particular, the headset gets a new integrated outward front (outward) facing camera that lets it blend virtual and actual reality, taking the Vive into the realm of augmented reality and slightly closer to Microsoft's HoloLens.

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Lenovo Y series accessories target PC gamers

Lenovo has a handful of accessories amidst its new laptops and tablets, and they’re targeted at gamers. The Lenovo Y Gaming Mouse, as the name suggests, is designed for use with video games, as is the new Y Gaming Stereo Headset. For those frequently on the go, Lenovo has also taken the wraps off its new Y Gaming Armored Backpack, a three-compartment bag that can hold your gaming gear and keep it safe, too.

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