Hardware Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hardware RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Turtlebeach Introduces New Gaming Audio Controller: The Elite SuperAmp Pro https://www.gameskinny.com/u9m36/turtlebeach-introduces-new-gaming-audio-controller-the-elite-superamp-pro https://www.gameskinny.com/u9m36/turtlebeach-introduces-new-gaming-audio-controller-the-elite-superamp-pro Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:35:53 -0400 QuintLyn

If you've been eyeballing Turtle Beach's recently announced Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp bundle, but aren't so sure about the $249.95 price tag, there's now another option.

Today, Turtle Beach announced that the Elite SuperAmp Pro Performance Gaming Audio Controller is available as a standalone product for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, giving console gamers the opportunity to have more control over their audio settings. 

The standalone Elite SuperAmp Pro will work with any wired gaming headset no matter the brand. All players need to do is connect their existing headset to the device in order to take advantage of the amplified surround sound and a selection of other features that can be controlled via a mobile app on both iOS and Android. 

The one-dial audio controller connects to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, allowing players greater control over their settings, including game and chat audio, mic monitoring, and other presets.

The device is available for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at a price of $149.95. For those on PC, the Xbox One version also supports Windows 10.

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SteelSeries Introduces Wireless Gaming Mouse With New Sensor Technology https://www.gameskinny.com/tu652/steelseries-introduces-wireless-gaming-mouse-with-new-sensor-technology https://www.gameskinny.com/tu652/steelseries-introduces-wireless-gaming-mouse-with-new-sensor-technology Tue, 02 Oct 2018 13:00:18 -0400 QuintLyn

Today, SteelSeries announced two new mice are set to enter its Rival series lineup. The first is a completely new offering, the Rival 650 wireless gaming mouse, while the second is a rework of the Rival 700, named the Rival 710.

The Rival 650 features an improved version of SteelSeries sensor technology TrueMove3. The original tech features a 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical sensor built exclusively by the company in partnership with PixArt. This tech is expanded upon in the 650 with the TrueMove3+ dual sensor system, which adds a second sensor that exclusively tracks lift-off distance.

Players can adjust this sensor to customize when it stops tracking once the mouse is lifted off a surface. 

This, combined with the mouse's weight system supposedly results in a customizable low-latency, rapid-response tracking that provides the player with esports-level performance.

The Rival 650 is also the first wireless gaming mouse to offer a fast charging feature -- when connected to a USB port that supports it. Depending on how a player has the mouse's lighting profile configured, a five-minute charge can result in three hours of battery life. A 15-minute charge will provide more than 10 hours.

Those looking for a new wireless gaming mouse can grab the Rival 650 on the SteelSeries site for $119.99.

 

As for the Rival 710, the mouse builds on the design of the Rival 700, adding the TrueMove3 sensor and 60-million-click switch durability. It also allows players to set up vibration options.

The mouse is completely modular, even coming with a modular cable system and customizable parts -- like the back and the sensor. 

The Rival 710 is also available on the SteelSeries site and currently costs $99.99 US.

Be sure to check out all of our SteelSeries reviews here, and look out for reviews of these two mice in the next few weeks. 

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Turtle Beach Introduces Line Of Headsets For PC Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ar7a2/turtle-beach-introduces-line-of-headsets-for-pc-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ar7a2/turtle-beach-introduces-line-of-headsets-for-pc-gaming Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:39:11 -0400 QuintLyn

Turtle Beach, a company known worldwide for designing gaming headsets, announced the Atlas line of PC-specific headsets earlier today. The line offers three headsets ranging in price from $50 to $100, perfect for a range of budgets and needs.

To assure the Atlas line would fit the needs of PC gamers, Turtle Beach worked with pro gamers in the design process. The goal was to create something suited for competitive play, thereby making them the best available for every kind of player.

The first headset in the Atlas line is the Atlas One PC Gaming Headset. Priced at $50, this headset offers players a lightweight design, high-quality 40mm speakers, and a high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic. It can also be used on console and mobile devices -- even including a 3.5mm headset jack.

The next set in the lineup, the Atlas Three Amplified PC Gaming Headset, is for those who have a bit more to spend but don't want to break the bank -- coming in at the $80 mark. It offers some of the same features of the One while improving on others, with larger (55mmm speakers) and a metal-reinforced frame. This headset is also glasses friendly and offers other comfort features such as a breathable fabric-wrapped headband and memory foam ear cushions.

Finally, for those looking for all the features, there's the Elite Atlas Headset. Costing $100, the Elite Atlas features 50mm Nanoclear over-ear speakers, fabric-wrapped Aerofit ear cushions, that block out external noise, and a noise-canceling mic. Comfort-wise, players should be pretty happy with the Elite Atlas. The set offers a floating metal headband with a glasses friendly design.

All three headsets are now available to purchase via the official Turtle Beach website.

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HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard Review: Dazzling Tech and Effects https://www.gameskinny.com/1j44g/hyperx-alloy-fps-rgb-keyboard-review-dazzling-tech-and-effects https://www.gameskinny.com/1j44g/hyperx-alloy-fps-rgb-keyboard-review-dazzling-tech-and-effects Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:04:41 -0400 ElConquistadork

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB keyboard is deceiving in how straightforward it appears. Equipped with some incredible tech and dazzling lighting effects, this mechanical keyboard is ideal for gamers.

On first glance, HyperX's FPS RGB isn't much to sniff at. Its compact frame and standard design doesn't display a ton of the bells and whistles that you'll see on more high-end mechanicals. But that simplicity is just a mask for this wolf dressed as a poodle.

Immediately upon unboxing this beast, I was struck by the weight of it. The durability of HyperX's frames has impressed me in the past, and this one was no different.

The steel structure of the FPS RGB offers some serious durability, and the smaller frame size allows for more desk room (which is important for those of us who haven't got a ton of space for a massive gaming set up.) Even during more aggressive games, this keyboard wasn't moving anywhere: it's that solid.

That frame houses Kailh Silver Speed switches, which just felt good to tap into. The smooth push-click of each key was just lovely, too: there's no other word that better encapsulates it than satisfying. Plus, the switches are rated for 70 million key presses, so you know it's going to keep feeling that good long into the future.

The RGB lighting on this mechanical is pretty impressive as well. As always, HyperX offers a great series of options when it comes to customizing the lighting effects of your keyboard, whether it's for livestreams or just to make yourself happy and giddy with all the lights.

You can adjust the effects from home with HyperX's NGenuity software, or take advantage of three profiles that can be loaded directly into the keyboard. The lights themselves are bright; in fact, they're brighter than a lot of gaming keyboards I've seen in the past. But before that drives you away (because I know some of us don't like getting blinded), they're also adjustable, making for another added piece of nice RGB customization.

The N-Key rollover features on the keyboard are second to none, with inputs following you no matter how fast you hit the keys. This is really important for games like SMITE or Black Ops 4 where reflexes are a factor. I had absolutely no lag time or lost keystrokes while playing, which is a lot more than I can say about other keyboards I've tested in the past.

There's a USB port on the keyboard, which is very handy, though I was disappointed to find that it only served as a charge port and not a passthrough. It would have been great to be able to use the port for a wireless mouse or any other unobtrusive device, but that's a small gripe that's relatively easy to get over. 

The braided cable included felt good, and it's definitely convenient for travel, but I'm always a little nervous when it comes to detachable cables. The wear and tear of removable parts like that make me worry about the longevity of the device. That, however, is pure speculation on my part to this point: I had no issues with the cable during my time with it.

 

Along with the keyboard itself, we picked up the HyperX Detached Wrist Rest. As far as wrist rests go, it served its purpose very well. The cooling gel and memory foam inside kept my wrists comfortable and dry, and I quite liked the design of it. It's simple, but the stitching is a handsome detail that sets it apart in a small way.

AS far as wrist rests go, it's a nice addition to the keyboard and functions as you'd expect. 

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Overall, HyperX has created a terrific keyboard for gaming. The size and on-the-go customization make it perfect for gamers who travel a lot, and the response and satisfaction I got from the keys themselves was just too solid. Great aesthetics and great hardware combined? I'm sold.

Couple that with the wrist rest, and you've got a great combination for on-the-go gaming. 

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is available on Amazon for $109.99. You can grab the wrist rest on the HyperX website for $19.99.  

[Note: HyperX provided the FPS RGB keyboard used in this review.]

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HyperX Adds Two Colorful, Potent SSDs To Its Lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/go71h/hyperx-adds-two-colorful-potent-ssds-to-its-lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/go71h/hyperx-adds-two-colorful-potent-ssds-to-its-lineup Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:12:22 -0400 QuintLyn

Two new gamer-centric SSDs are now available from HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology.

The first drive, the FURY RGB SSD, is an internal drive designed to provide gamers with a smooth experience and faster load times, all while making their cases look even cooler with colorful LED lighting.

The second drive, named the SAVAGE EXO SSD, offers players an external drive option that will run applications quickly and directly. Both drives utilize  3D NAND technology, which offers power efficiency and high read/write speeds. 

HyperX promises that both SSDs will meet the needs of a wide range of gamers.

Overclockers and system builders might want to look at the FURY RGB, which not only offers enhanced visual options for case building, but is a solid option for those into DIY systems and really tweaking things.

For those looking for something to use for game backups, video editing, and any other storage requirements that take speed into account, the SAVAGE EXO would be the way to go. It's also very portable.

Capacity-wise, both drives come in 480GB and 960GB options. The FURY RGB also offers a 240GB option.

FURY RGB prices start at $128 for the basic 240GB and go as high as $400 for the 960GB upgraded drive. The upgraded version includes additional features such as USB 3.0 enclosure, a SATA Drive cable, mounting, and a USB 3.1 Type A to Mini-USB cable. The SAVAGE EXO runs $219 for the 480GB option and $419 for the 960GB.

A full rundown on both drives' specs can be found on the HyperX site. You can also order directly from HyperX as well.

 

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TGS 2018: PS Vita Production Set To End By 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/6ez0e/tgs-2018-ps-vita-production-set-to-end-by-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/6ez0e/tgs-2018-ps-vita-production-set-to-end-by-2019 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:44:26 -0400 Zack Palm

Although TGS 2018 has started with a bang and a handful of great trailers from games like Devil May Cry 5, the Resident Evil 2 remake, and Just Cause 4, not all of the news has been happy. 

If you're a PS Vita owner, the much-maligned handheld just got dealt another blow. According to Sony, the company plans to end production on the Vita in early 2019. 

Via Engadget, the announcement came from Sony Interactive Entertainment Senior Vice President Hiroyuki Oda.

Oda confirmed the end of the Vita's production was imminent. He did not detail any additional plans for future handhelds to replace the Vita.

However, he did note the exact date when the Vita will stop production: March 31, 2019.

With no future handhelds planned, there's no word if Sony may step away from the handheld market to focus on future core PlayStation products, such as the PS5.

Although the PlayStation Vita has still been receiving releases, the handheld never took off as Sony had planned, selling only 10-15 million units since its release in 2011. 

For more information about 2018's Tokyo Game Show, keep it here at Gameskinny.

 

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Hyperkin Releases Clover Green Version Of Xbox One Duke Controller https://www.gameskinny.com/sk5uu/hyperkin-releases-clover-green-version-of-xbox-one-duke-controller https://www.gameskinny.com/sk5uu/hyperkin-releases-clover-green-version-of-xbox-one-duke-controller Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:36:49 -0400 QuintLyn

Following the successful release of the Duke retro controller back in January, Hyperkin is releasing a new clover green variant with semi-transluscent plastic.

The Duke controller is a pretty fancy twist on the original Xbox controller that  keeps with that "old-school", Xbox nostalgia. The controller features bumpers that mirror the old Black and White buttons, a 9 ft. detachable USB cable (yes, you'll still need to plug it in to use it.), a 3.5 mm headset jack, and option and view buttons. 

There's also a completely unique feature that should take gamers back to the days of booting up their old Xbox. The original Xbox startup screen animation will play inside the Xbox button on the controller, as seen in the video below.

The clover Duke controller will run you $69.99 at GameStop, although prices on other sites like Amazon seem to vary. 

Hyperkin's Duke is compatible with both Xbox One and Windows PC, so you can also use it to push through your Steam backlog in style -- and comfort. 

The Duke is often heralded in gaming circles as one of the best console controllers of all time. It was the predecessor to the wildly popular Xbox 360 controller and, of course, the current Xbox One and Xbox One Elite controllers.  

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SteelSeries' Upgraded Arctis 3 Bluetooth Now Available https://www.gameskinny.com/mfsgk/steelseries-upgraded-arctis-3-bluetooth-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/mfsgk/steelseries-upgraded-arctis-3-bluetooth-now-available Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:57:39 -0400 QuintLyn

A new, upgraded version of the SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset -- billed as the best gaming headset for Nintendo Switch -- is now available for purchase. This new version of the Arctis 3 features a variety of updates based on user feedback, including better memory foam in the ear cushions, extended bass response, and a simplified cable system. It also still offers all the features that fans of the original headset have come to love.

The Arctis 3 is advertised as "The only solution available for combining wireless chat audio from the Switch mobile app with high quality, zero latency wired audio directly from the Switch." While it may not be the ultimate wireless solution, it does help alleviate a pain with Nintendo Switch's new online service.

Those currently in the market for a new headset will be happy to know that despite the upgrades, the new Arctis 3 Bluetooth is available at a lower price than the original. It can be purchased via the SteelSeries website for $99.99 USD (€129.99).

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AirConsole Lands on Expanded Lineup of Smart TVs and Set-Top Boxes https://www.gameskinny.com/41783/airconsole-lands-on-expanded-lineup-of-smart-tvs-and-set-top-boxes https://www.gameskinny.com/41783/airconsole-lands-on-expanded-lineup-of-smart-tvs-and-set-top-boxes Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:11:06 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Outside of actually getting your friends together in one place, the hardest part of playing party games is having enough peripherals and co-op games at your disposal at any given time. For a while now, AirConsole has been helping gamers get over that hurdle with their cloud-based solution. Now, they've made it even easier by expanding support for more Smart TVs and set-top boxes, specifically AndroidTV and HTML 5 powered devices and browsers. 

If you're unfamiliar with how AirConsole works, the concept is pretty simple. Visit AirConsole's website on any of the platform's supported devices, such as a laptop, PC, Chromescast, or tablet, get a pairing code, and use your smartphone as the controller. It's as easy as that -- and even better if you have a device that can cast to your television.  

The biggest hurdle to AirConsole's integration, though, is that it hasn't historically supported every device gamers might have in their homes. However, with today's announcement, the company hopes to have its library of 100+ games in even more homes. 

Andrin von Rechenberg, CEO of AirConsole's parent company N-Dreams AG, said that the company has always wanted to bring the platform to Android and HTML 5 devices so that more of their playerbase wouldn't have to buy additional equipment to use the platform.  

We always considered the Smart TV space perfect for AirConsole, and we're thrilled to bring our best content to these platforms (HTML5 & Android TV) so people can play games together in a new and smart way, without the need to buy any additional hardware.

A mixture of first- and third-party games, a lot of AirConsole's catalog is free to play. However, there is additional content available through the platform's subscription service, such as connecting more than two players at a time, no ad breaks, and unlockable in-game content. Called AirConsole Hero, the subscription will set you back a paltry $2.99. 

The only real "downside" we see to AirConsole now is that it doesn't support any real household names. Expand the catalog to some of the greatest party games of all time, and AirConsole will be a no-brainer. 

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HyperX's Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Keyboard Is Bright, Light, And Compact https://www.gameskinny.com/zlur6/hyperxs-alloy-fps-rgb-mechanical-keyboard-is-bright-light-and-compact https://www.gameskinny.com/zlur6/hyperxs-alloy-fps-rgb-mechanical-keyboard-is-bright-light-and-compact Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:40:58 -0400 QuintLyn

Gaming peripheral manufacturer HyperX revealed the latest in its lineup of mechanical keyboards, the Alloy FPS RGB. This new high-performance gaming keyboard offers players all the features generally expected in a mechanical keyboard, only in a more compact design perfect for those of us that don't want to waste game space -- or for those of us whose cats take up at least have the desk anyway.

With a price of $109.99, the Alloy FPS RGB provides players with a full-size keyboard set in a solid steel alloy frame. It features Kailh Silver Speed key switches with a light 40g actuation force. The keys are rated for 70 million key presses, which means you should be able to abuse them like crazy without them going out. 

The keyboard also features three custom lighting profiles that can be saved to onboard memory. Lighting settings can be chosen for each key. Even the brightness level can be adjusted on the key lighting with players being able to choose between five different levels.

Other useful features of the Alloy FPS RGB keyboard are the detachable cable which allows for the convenience of both a wired and wireless keyboard in one, and the Game Mode option that can be used to disable the Windows key. Looking over the other keyboards offered by HyperX, the Alloy FPS RGB is a nice selection for those not wanting to pay a lot but still wanting a good selection of features.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our upcoming review of the keyboard. 

 

 

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All-New Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gaming Headset Now Available https://www.gameskinny.com/o599r/all-new-turtle-beach-recon-200-gaming-headset-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/o599r/all-new-turtle-beach-recon-200-gaming-headset-now-available Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:42:40 -0400 Zack Palm

Turtle Beach announced earlier this morning that their new Recon 200 gaming headset hit retail stores today, available just before the upcoming holiday season. This set of cans was previously revealed by Twitch streamer Dr. DisRespect earlier this year in an retro, 80's-themed trailer, which you can watch below.

Turtle Beach lists the headset as having amplified audio to hear every gun shot headed in a player's direction, enhanced bass to provide absolute immersion, surround sound for the Xbox One, a metal-reinforced headband for increased durability, and premium ear cushions for optimal comfort.

The headset's 40mm speakers provides players with crystal-clear sound from any game.



The Recon 200 also comes with a small microphone attached to the left side, with the ability to flip-up for quick muting. 

This wired headset comes in sleek black or bright white variations and works for the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and select mobile devices.

You can pick up the Recon 200 for $59.95 the Turtle Beach website, or with participating retailers in North America. The headset becomes available in the U.K. and throughout Europe later this month on September 28.

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SteelSeries Announces Independent GameDAC, Arctis Headset Upgrades https://www.gameskinny.com/5u51t/steelseries-announces-independent-gamedac-arctis-headset-upgrades https://www.gameskinny.com/5u51t/steelseries-announces-independent-gamedac-arctis-headset-upgrades Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:28:52 -0400 Jonathan Moore

SteelSeries has always made headphones and gaming audio equipment that gamers love. Take a look at any esports tournament and you'll see a bevy of players donning their gear. In a continued effort to make the very best headsets on the market, SteelSeries has taken community feedback to heart in their latest release. 

Previously only available with the Arctis Pro+ headset, SteelSeries' GameDAC is now available as a stand-alone product that works with any headset. Currently available for $129.99 at SteelSeries.com, the GameDAC is a powerful tool for audiophiles trying to tune in the right tone. 

When we reviewed the Arctics Pro+ GameDAC back in March, we liked the GameDAC for its ease of use and ability to provide excellent EQ for both consoles and PC. Our only gripe at the time was that for PC use, there were quite a few wires to contend with. 

As of this writing, SteelSeries did not specify which gaming headsets would work with the standalone DAC. The company simply said it would work with "all headphones and gaming headsets". 

As for SteelSeries' Arctis line, the company said the each of the variants in its catalog would be receiving upgrades. Ship dates for the new and improved Arctis headsets were not released. However, the company did share a few details on what gamers can expect. 

According to the release, all models in the line -- the Arctis 3, Arctis 5, and Arctis 7 -- will keep their "Discord-certified ClearCast mics; low-distortion S1 speaker drivers for high-quality audio; the iconic ski-goggle headband design; and exclusive AirWeave earcups." 

Each of the headsets will receive upgrades to comfort, as SteelSeries plans to add more memory foam to make sure none of the cans dig into your head -- although we never really had an issue with that before. The Arctis 7 will be receiving an "new" headband that better puts it in line with the headband found on the Arctis Pro. 

Although the Arctis 3 will not be receiving any performance updates, both the Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 will. These upgrades will come in the form of "extended bass response" and additional "DTS Headphone: X v2.0" support. 

You can currently purchase all three headsets on the SteelSeries website.  

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Surprise, Surprise: Nvidia Unveils Brand-New GPUs Ahead of Gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/u5wyg/surprise-surprise-nvidia-unveils-brand-new-gpus-ahead-of-gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/u5wyg/surprise-surprise-nvidia-unveils-brand-new-gpus-ahead-of-gamescom Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:23:43 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Late last week, we reported (via CNET) that the next line of Nvidia GPUs was on the immediate horizon. bringing with it blistering next-gen technology and unrivaled power. 

Today, Nvidia unveiled that line of cards at their press conference ahead of Gamescom. As evidenced by the stunning Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer in the header above, Nvidia's new line of RTX (real-time ray tracing) graphics cards will take video game graphics to an entirely new level. 

Boasting new GGDR 6 VRAM, burly memory bandwidths, and more robust CUDA core technology than previous models, the RTX cards will provide considerable performance boosts over the current generation of Nvidia hardware, including the the company's previously monstrous Titan cards. 

You can pre-order the cards on Newegg or directly from any of the myriad GPU manufacturers who have already announced they are currently building the cards, such as MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Zotac, and many others. 

According to reports, the RTX 2070 will replace the GTX 1080; the RTX 2080 will replace the GTX 1080ti; and the RTX 2080ti will be a beast unto its own. Here are the specs for each of the Turing-powered cards via the Nvidia website:

Spec RTX 2080ti RTX 2080 RTX 2070
Price $1,199 $799 $599
CUDA Cores 4352 2944 2304
Boost Clock 1635Mhz 1800Mhz 1710Mhz
Base Clock 1350Mhz 1515Mhz 1410Mhz
Memory Speed 14Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Memory (VRAM) 11GB DDR6 8GB DDR6 8GB DDR6
Memory Bandwidth 616GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s
Max Resolution 7680x4320 (8K) 7680x4320 (8K)  7680x4320 (8K)
Height 4.556" 4.556" 4.435"
Length 10.5" 10.5" 9.0"
Width 2-slot 2-slot 2-slot
Power Consumption 260W 225W 175W

 

All of the new RTX GPUs are G-Sync compatible, use the Nvidia GeForce experience, and provide state-of-the-art Ray Tracing capabilities. It is currently unclear when or if current GTX GPUs, such as the GTX 1080 and 1080ti, will fall in price. However, it does seem logical considering these RTX upgrades will be replacing them in both function and price. 

You can learn more about the RTX line's Turing architecture here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Nvidia's ray-tracing capable, Turing-powered graphics cards. 

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Next Gen Nvidia GPUs Could Release Very Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/8klk0/next-gen-nvidia-gpus-could-release-very-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/8klk0/next-gen-nvidia-gpus-could-release-very-soon Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:58:09 -0400 Jonathan Moore

One of the worst-kept secrets in the hardware world is that Nvidia's newest line of GPUs is set to be revealed at Gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany. If a report from CNET (by way of NordicHardware) is to be believed, it looks like two GPU manufacturers, MSI and Palit Microsystems, may have teamed up to spill the proverbial beans on the upcoming announcement. 

Instead of moving from the 10 series to the 11 series as some rumors had previously suggested, it appears Nvidia's newest Turing-powered graphics cards will instead bear the 20 series moniker. According to reports, these RayTracing, DirectX 12 capable cards will even be available for purchase when they are announced at Nvidia's pre-event press conference on Monday.

CNET states the cards will presumably first be available in Sweden. Currently, there are no rumblings of a stateside release, although CNET postulates there very well could be a worldwide, or at least multinational, launch following the Gamescom announcement. 

Rumored pricing for the graphics cards in the 20 series don't appear to be all that bad, either, with the RTX 2080, which is taking the place of the current GTX 1080, coming in around $500-$700. Considering that price range, it's conceivable that current Nvidia GPU prices will start to tumble, making the 1080ti more affordable in the coming months. 

Specs have also been "released" for each card, sans the RTX 2080ti. You can view them in the link to the original CNET article above. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Nvidia's inevitable GPU unveiling at Gamescom next week. 

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How to Build A High-End Gaming PC For Under $2,000 https://www.gameskinny.com/c96sa/how-to-build-a-high-end-gaming-pc-for-under-2000 https://www.gameskinny.com/c96sa/how-to-build-a-high-end-gaming-pc-for-under-2000 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:05:36 -0400 ElConquistadork

The prospect of building your own gaming PC is an exciting one, but also requires a lot of research into the best hardware for your setup and your budget. We’ve done some research and came up with some of the tools needed to build a gaming PC for under $2,000.

There is nothing in the world like booting up your hand-built computer for the first time. And if that PC can play the latest games with the best resolution and highest FPS, then so much the better. $2,000 can, at first, seem like a more than adequate budget for creating such a god-machine, but when you take into account all of the options that are out there, that number can be turned to scrap in no time flat.

In this guide, we’ll go over the parts needed to build a gaming PC, and some of our favorites to stick to the budget. We’ll be covering:

  • The case
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • HDD/SSD
  • GPU
  • CPU
  • Operating System
  • Optional Drives

The Case

In many ways, a gaming PC’s case is often one of the more overlooked aspects of its creation. It’s easy to simply think of it as a matter of aesthetics. However, choosing the right case can help with airflow, USB accessibility, and even just keeping the rig’s innards tidy.

To that end, one of our favorite PC cases out there has to be the Cooler Master MasterCase H500. This stylish mid-tower case has exceptional airflow, sporting two 200mm fans with a sleek RGB design. In addition to its modular, conversion-friendly build, the MasterCase H500 boasts plenty of room with its 525 x 228 x 502 dimensions. The downside to that factor, however, is this thing is an absolute beast when it comes to size. But for the sheer roominess and cooling factor that these dimensions offer, we’d say it’s worth it. Oh, and did we mention it’s only $100 on Amazon?

If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper and smaller, GameSkinny collected our favorite gaming pc cases of 2017 for under $100.

Motherboard

While not as overlooked as the humble PC case, a gaming PC’s motherboard is another piece of hardware that often doesn’t get quite as much attention as it ought to. While processors and graphics cards get all the fame and the attention, motherboards are worth investing in. Having said that, you shouldn't have to burn a hole in your pocket to get a decent motherboard.

That brings us to the Asus Prime Z370-A. At a mere $160 on Amazon, the Z370-A has no business being as powerful as it is. Beyond its compatibility with Intel’s latest CPUs, this is a motherboard that focuses heavily on overclocking: allowing for speeds past 4000 MHz. As a result of this focus, Asus armed the Z370-A with a brilliant hybrid fan/water cooling system, along with sensors that detect and prevent overheating.

RAM

The speed of a gaming computer is easily one of its most important features, and to achieve top speed, you need a solid bit of RAM. Ask your average gamer, and you’ll get some figures: “Try to have a minimum of 16GB,” and so forth. To the amateur, it seems as if this is simply a numbers game, so it can be surprising at how many options exist out there.

But there’s far more to consider when you get to a certain level of gaming PC. Overclocking, cooling systems, and even lighting designs can come into play when you’re choosing RAM, not to mention the price.

And for our money (about $150 worth), we’ve got to go with the G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4-2400MHz (which is actually two 8GB sticks, just FYI). 

These DDR4 memory sticks are practical, fast, and have a terrific potential for overclocking (up to 3000MHz). They may lack the flair and LED lighting that you see with so many gaming RAM setups, but the way we see it, it’s more important what your rig can do than what its insides look like. At a price like this, it’s even worth it to grab two sets of two, and fill up your memory card with 32GBs of hyperspeed goodness.

Storage

The more games advance, the bigger they tend to become. Ultra-popular games like The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto V, and Destiny 2 are massive storage hogs -- and that’s not even taking mods, expansions, and DLC into account. It’s easy to lose track of just how much you’ve downloaded in a few short months, so it’s best to have plenty of memory right off the bat. A prevention, after all, is always better than a cure.

When it comes to overall performance, an SSD has it all over the more common (and sadly, more affordable) HDD. So here comes the balancing act: finding a nice amount of storage for an even nicer price.

We think we found exactly that in the Crucial MX500 1TB. Faster and more reliable than other more expensive SSDs on the market, Crucial has still managed to make this drive incredibly affordable, clocking in at just over $170 on Amazon.

If you’re willing to sacrifice some performance in the name of a better price and more storage, we recommend the Seagate 3TB BarraCuda. At $85 on Amazon, it’s half the price of the Crucial MX500, and at 3TB, it’s three times as much storage.

And while the BarraCuda can’t boast the speed and performance that you’d get with the MX500, it is very difficult to sniff at that TB-to-dollar ratio.

However, you could opt for a dual storage setup that uses both an HDD and an SDD. This setup lets you install less intensive programs on the HDD and your operating system, game clients, and games on the SDD for faster recall. 

GPU

The graphics card: one of the most treasured and argued-over pieces of tech since Alexander Graham Bell came up with a way to call in sick from work. One could argue that if the CPU is the gaming PC’s brain, and the RAM is its reflexes, then the GPU is its muscles. And one of the biggest gaming bodybuilders out there today has to be the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Equipped with some of the most advanced technology on the market, the GTX 1080 Ti is an absolute monster. Advanced cooling systems protect your card from overheating, and thermal sensors let you know at a glance that everything is running smoothly. As the name suggests, this GPU is ideal for 1080p gaming and runs games with a clarity and smoothness that is difficult (if not impossible) to beat.

At $730, the GTX 1080 Ti is easily the most expensive piece of this gaming rig, but in this purely hypothetical exercise, setting aside the most money for the best GPU made the most sense.

If you want a quality graphics card, but your budget is a little lower, check out our guide to finding quality GPU on the cheap

CPU

We mentioned before that the CPU is, in many ways, the brain of your overall gaming PC. And when you take one look at the small, unassuming piece of metal and plastic that you’re working with, that can be surprising. But the best CPUs always put a lot of punch in their smaller packages, and one of our favorites has to be the Intel Core i7-8700.

With a huge boost in technology (in many ways inspired by AMD’s reemergence into the CPU game), the 8th generation series of Intel CPUs have been devastatingly good. And with a focus on speed, synergy, and powerful processing, the Intel i7-8700 is one of the best high-end CPUs out there. Ideal for overclocking and high-demand gaming setups like VR, the $340 investment can bring your gaming experience from good to extraordinary.

The Operating System

Microsoft has gotten plenty of flack for how it handles gaming, but it’s difficult to deny that they've been giving it a lot of focus. Windows 10 offers constant updates and cross-compatibility with the Xbox One that is unique in the world of console vs. PC gaming.

It’s true that many of us here at GameSkinny still prefer Windows 7 (hell, some of us still wistfully daydream about XP), but as the years progress, it’s going to be tougher and tougher to maintain the latest and greatest games on such an operating system. Best to bite the bullet and get Windows 10 Home for $140 at the Microsoft store.

Optional Drives

For many gamers, optical drives have become a thing of the past. With the advent and popularity of digital downloading, many serious gamers rarely find themselves peeling back the cellophane wrapper on a jewel case anymore. But for those of you out there who find that this is abundantly necessary, it’s simple (and cheap) to get a quality optical drive for your gaming PC.

We’d recommend the Asus 24x DVD-RW Internal Optical Drive. At $20, you’re getting a solid, highly responsive drive. And while it might at first seem like a last-minute addition, we’ve all been surprised at the occasional need for something to feed a DVD into.

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The process of creating your own gaming PC can be a long and frustrating one, but there is nothing more rewarding than listening to it hum to life for the first time. It’s enough to make engineers of us all.

What gaming setup do you currently have? Do you have a favorite piece of tech that wasn’t represented here? Let us know in the comments!

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Got Floppy Disks? Now You Can Play Them on Your Droid https://www.gameskinny.com/g8h84/got-floppy-disks-now-you-can-play-them-on-your-droid https://www.gameskinny.com/g8h84/got-floppy-disks-now-you-can-play-them-on-your-droid Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:32:35 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Perhaps you're a collector, or perhaps you're a procrastinator that just hasn't cleaned out that desk drawer for the past 25 some-odd years. Either way, if you've got any old 3.5-inch floppy disks lying around, you'll be glad to know you can dust them off and run them on your android phone because technology. 

In a video recently released by Lazy Game Reviews (which you can watch in the header above), host Clint Basinger shows us exactly how to fuse outdated technology with modern technology to create something unique and dare I say new(?). 

To get things started, you'll first need an Android phone. Basinger uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but presumably, any Android phone will do the trick. You'll also need a USB Type-A to USB Type-C converter, a USB-enabled floppy disk drive (you can find a selection here), and, of course, some floppy disks. 

Get all that together and you'll be playing some of your favorite retro games on your expensive handheld screen in no time.

I joke, but honestly, it's pretty cool -- especially if you're someone who grew up in the floppy era on classics like Commander Keen, Castle Wolfenstein, and Zork

It's most certainly a novelty that will be a small flash in the pan, but for those of us who sometimes wax nostalgic about those blocky little squares, it's a nifty combination of eras that reminds us these influential technologies won't simply be swept under the rug.  

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To NVIDIA and Beyond: Every GeForce Rumor Analyzed https://www.gameskinny.com/jd16e/to-nvidia-and-beyond-every-geforce-rumor-analyzed https://www.gameskinny.com/jd16e/to-nvidia-and-beyond-every-geforce-rumor-analyzed Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:18:19 -0400 Ty Arthur

Following all the game announcements at E3 2018, the just-around-the-corner Gamescom expo in Germany kicks off August 21. Word on in the street is that PC power gamers are in for some very good news, especially when it comes to near hardware and, potentially, GPUs. 

The day before those festivities officially begin, NVIDIA is set to jump start the expo with a press conference at a secret location. Dubbed a "gaming celebration," it's scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 20

This seems like the perfect time for new hardware to be announced -- except for one potential little snang.

At the Computex expo in Taiwan back in June, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang made an off-hand comment about the next generation of GeForce graphics cards not being revealed until "a long time from now."

With info finally beginning to leak and the press conference set for August, it seems like that "long time from now" may very well have just been a little over two months.

New GeForce Video Card Announcement Rumors

If you happen to be in Cologne, Germany, on the 20th, you can still sign up to attend the GeForce celebration in person by signing up here. However, since it doesn't seem like the event will be live-streamed, the rest of us will have to wait for info to start leaking from attendees and stories posted by attending outlets. But it's probably safe to surmise that what those participants are going to discover will likely dominate hardware news for months to come.

This statement from NVIDIA about the pre-expo, off-site celebration has got the message boards lighting up:

The event will be loaded with new, exclusive, hands-on demos of the hottest upcoming games, stage presentations from the world’s biggest game developers, and some spectacular surprises.

It's those last three words in particular that are fueling the rumor mill right now. We're overdue for a new generation of graphics cards powerhouses, with the 1080s getting a little long in the tooth at this point, and Titans already going through some iterative changes.

Beyond a simple desire for ever more horse power under the hood, there's good reason for new cards to hit soon. With 4K G-Sync HDR monitors already here and with gamers constantly searching for more horsepower to run their games at 60fps, it's just flat out time for more graphical processing power.

 If you've got cash to burn, this is the future of PC viewing hardware

New GeForce Video Card Names

We know new cards are coming, and it's highly likely they will be announced August 20, but we don't quite yet know what they will be called.

The naming conventions for these new cards are up in the air, but there are three in particular that have gotten traction. It seems likely the architecture for the new GeForce cards will be code-named Turing, although the words Ampere and Volta are also getting thrown around by unnamed industry sources.

Following the recent numbers pattern of previous cards, it seems likely these new GeForce cards will be the 11 series of 1160, 1170, and 1180, but that's not guaranteed.

Many hardware sites are expecting a change in the prefix to a whole new naming convention, with the 2060, 2070, and 2080 currently topping the running.

There's also been some speculation that the suffix will potentially change this year as well, going from 60, 70, 80 to 65, 75, and 85 to further differentiate from previous generations. But right now, most things are up in the air and we'll just have to wait and see. 

New GeForce GPU Release Dates

Based on the upcoming press conference and previous GPU release dates, the most likely scenario right now is that the new NVIDIA video card lineup will officially launch at the tail end of the summer or early fall. The exact dates however, are still a bit of a mystery.

YouTuber Gamer Meld recently posted a video revealing supposedly leaked documents from a hardware supplier, providing some insight into when new cards and GPUs might arrive. The validity of the document in question is unknown, as obviously NVIDIA isn't commenting on it, so take it with a grain of salt.

According to this source, three separate card types are coming in staggered releases at a rate of one a month from August to October of this year, with one video card potentially being called the 1180+ instead of the 1180ti (yet another unconfirmed convention).

This is disputed by other sources claiming to have leaked info, however. Wccftech supports the three card theory, but is claiming the GPUs will all be released in September on a staggered weekly schedule.

New GeForce Pricing

No matter when the release date(s) will be, the biggest question right now is price point. Anyone who has built a gaming rig recently knows there have been huge spikes in graphics card prices over the last two years, with attempts directly from NVIDIA and retailers failing to do much in the face of cryptomining.

All things considered, we should expect the high-end cards to cost more than the current 1080s but probably lower than the current Titans, although specific price points just aren't available beyond wild speculation. For those looking to get in on a new graphics card before the new lineup arrives, be sure to head over here to find the 5 best tools for locating cheap graphics cards.

The impending lineup of new cards could potentially be good news for budget gamers, too. The current catalog of GeForce GPUs, specifically the 1070s and 1080s, still run modern games very well. With the release of new cards, prices for older graphics cards are sure to decrease -- and if new unit release before the 2018 holidays, you can bet that Black Friday sales will discount the previous models even more. 

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Right now, that's all we know about the current state of NVIDIA's GPU catalog and it's upcoming lineup of cards.

What do you all think -- are we in for an 1180, a brand new Titan, a 2075, or something else altogether, and what are you hoping the specs will look like on the all new top of the line cards?

Sound off in the comments below, and check back in with us on August 21 after the official announcements are made for the latest info!

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7 Budget Gaming Laptops for Back To School (And a Little Gaming, Too) https://www.gameskinny.com/ryolz/7-budget-gaming-laptops-for-back-to-school-and-a-little-gaming-too https://www.gameskinny.com/ryolz/7-budget-gaming-laptops-for-back-to-school-and-a-little-gaming-too Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:01:05 -0400 Sergey_3847

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If your budget is tight, then there's no better option than the ASUS VivoBook 15, but if you can spare an extra $100, then definitely buy the Acer Nitro 5. You can always add an external hard drive to host your other files and use the SSD for your favorite games only.

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However, if you want a big HDD, then opt for the ASUS FX503VD, which is quite expensive for a laptop, but not too expensive for a gaming laptop. As a result, you will have both 1 TB of disk space as well as excellent performance. Not a bad deal for getting something for back to school and gaming. 

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Remember: budget doesn't necessarily mean cheap! 

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That is all for the best current budget gaming laptops of 2018, but be sure to check out other shopping guides here at GameSkinny:

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1. Acer Nitro 5

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Now we take a look at the laptop with the best price/performance balance. It features the quad-core processor from Intel and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, which has 4 GB of VRAM. That is already a sign of a genuinely powerful gaming station.

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You may ask why the price is so low. The reason is because it hosts a 256 GB SSD, which may seem a bit underwhelming when taking into account that some modern games require up to 50-60 GB of disk space. But it's extremely fast and completely noiseless.

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The battery performs a bit better than on the ASUS and holds up to three hours of non-stop gameplay.

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2. ASUS FX503VD

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Here is another model from ASUS, but this time with a quad-core processor from Intel, which guarantees much more powerful performance. On top of that, the FX series includes a Hybrid HDD, which performs 6x faster than your typical HDD.

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The most amazing feature is the GTX 1050 graphics card, which is perfect for running all the latest games on ultra settings. If you require a solid wireless connection, you will be extremely pleased with the dual-antenna wi-fi, which is 6x faster than traditional BGN. However, the battery isn't particularly good and holds only up to 2 hours.

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3. Lenovo Ideapad Y700

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Here is the first true gaming laptop on this list with a distinct predatory design featured in most high-end gaming laptops. It runs on an AMD processor of the latest generation, which means that its power consumption is lower. This in turn makes it possible to run games up to seven hours on a fully charged battery.

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The sound quality also plays a huge role in the Lenovo Y700, which is equipped with its own built-in subwoofer. The last thing that should be mentioned about this beast of a gaming laptop is the inclusion of an external optical disc drive in case you need to install your games off of a DVD.

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4. ASUS VivoBook 15 X510UX

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This ASUS laptop has everything you need for a fast gaming experience in a lightweight and thin form factor. The Intel dual-core processor and the mobile GeForce 940MX graphics card will provide enough power to run all the latest games, although not on highest settings.

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It doesn't have an Ethernet port, so expect to only use a wireless connection here. The battery is non-detachable and runs for about four hours. But for this price, you won't find a better option.

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5. Huawei MateBook D

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The MateBook D from Huawei is a bit on the expensive side, but there is a reason for that. If sound in games matters to you, then you will be impressed by this, the world's first laptop to launch with the Dolby Atmos Sound System. Also, the package includes one free year of the Office 365 software.

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6. Dell Inspiron 5000

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Here's a gaming laptop based on an AMD processor with four cores and a 4 GB graphics card. Due to the inclusion of the AMD processor, it is a bit cheaper than the previous model but it already shows better performance.

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7. MSI CX62 

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The only issue is that the screen doesn't support full HD resolution, meaning that its max resolution is 1366 x 768. But the battery holds up to 5-6 hours, and the cooling system is really quiet.

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A new school year is literally just around the corner. And that means your student might just possibly need a brand-new laptop. You know, for all the education they're about to shove into their brains. But to add a slight wrinkle to that formula, you might also want to kill two birds with one stone by getting a laptop that can also play a few video games. 

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Well, lucky for you, we've got a list you might be interested in. Now, most of these computers aren't going to play the newest AAA games at ultra settings -- and some might struggle to play them at normal settings. But that's the beauty here: you won't have to worry (as much) about your student playing Fortnite during school hours. 

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Usually, laptops made specifically for gaming are more expensive than PC configurations, which is understandable since laptops have different architectures. However, in this article you will learn about seven of the best gaming laptops that will make your wallet happy -- while still being able to play some of 2018's new games.

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All laptops are sorted in order from "worst" deals to "best", but even the worst ones are worth taking a look at. So let's begin, shall we?

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Logitech G560 RGB Gaming Speakers Review https://www.gameskinny.com/ceaj7/logitech-g560-rgb-gaming-speakers-review https://www.gameskinny.com/ceaj7/logitech-g560-rgb-gaming-speakers-review Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:25:41 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It's been a long time since I had a legit speaker system for my computer -- probably somewhere around 15 years, I'd wager. Typically, I rely on the catalog of awesome gaming headsets at my disposal, many of them in the Logitech G line. Plus, living in an apartment kind of complicates having big, booming stereo systems. 

But now that I'm in a brick and mortar house in the Atlanta 'burbs, all bets are off. And because of the uber-powerful Logitech G560 I've got hooked up to my rig, it's very possible my neighbors still hate me, despite us not sharing walls. 

Honestly, though: I don't care. Outside of a few quirks I can begrudgingly get over, Logitech's G560 RGB gaming speakers rival some of the best speaker systems on offer from companies like Vizio and Samsung. If you're in the market for loud, surround sound speakers for your rig that support DTS:X Ultra and don't break the bank, you'll want to keep reading. 

Unboxing and Design

A wise Logitech G marketer once said, "Gaming is at its best when you can get lost in the experience of play." In my many hours using the G560 speaker system, I've found Logitech's setup does just that. 

The brainchild of Logitech's sound team and Logitech G's design team, the G560 looks fantastically sleek out of the box. Coming in a fine matte black, these speakers will instantly fit in with your desktop setup, which is one of the main angles Logitech is pushing with the unit's design and Lightsync technology. 

I don't say this often, but the box the speakers come in is finely made, too; it's something you'll want to keep if you ever need to transport the speaker system from one place to the other. On the top, inside panel, you'll also find the instructions for hooking everything up, although I imagine you'll be able to manage just fine without them since everything's easy peasy.

Inside the box you'll find a 12-pound, 15.9” (h) x 10” (w) x 8.1” (d) subwoofer and two 3.92-pound, 5.8” (h) x 6.5” (w) x 4.6” (d) satellite speakers. Additionally, you'll find a power cable and two decent-length cables for the satellites. 

The subwoofer is fairly standard fare and has two connections for the satellite speakers, one 3.5mm input jack, and a USB port. The satellite speakers are rounded and look fairly innocuous from the front; however, view them from the side or back and you'll notice that they're more cone-shaped than round.

You'll find the sync and volume up/volume down buttons on top of the right speaker, and on the back of the right speaker, you'll find the power button, the Bluetooth connection button, and the headphone jack. The setup's signature light portals can be found on the back of each speaker as well and are made of hard, opaque plastic that looks somewhat out of place with the rest of the unit, but honestly, I have no idea of how to do it better, so I'm fine with it.

Functionality and Performance

Now that you know what connections the G560 has and what you can expect out of the box, you need to know something else: it's stupid easy to connect your devices to the unit. You can connect up to four devices and easily switch between any of them on the fly. I was able to quickly sync my Google Pixel 2 to the unit's Bluetooth and hooking up a set of headphones to the right satellite speaker expertly reroutes everything without a hassle. 

But what's arguably more important than the unit's ubiquity and ease of use is sound and character. And the G560 has both in spades. 

DTS:X Ultra

If you're like most PC gamers, there's a good chance you'll set your speaker system up a lot like the one in the image at the top of this review: subwoofer under your desk and the two satellite speakers on either side of your monitor. With most speaker systems, that type of setup immediately nixes any chance of true, positional surround sound. 

But not with the G560. Using DTS:X Ultra technology alongside Logitech's gaming software, it's very possible to get a good surround sound experience without setting things up in an alternate configuration. Whether I was listening to music on Spotify, watching a Let's Play on YouTube, or playing a shooter like Battlefield 1, the sound coming out of the G560 was thick and immersive. I was even able to get some good directional audio in BF1 and other shooters, which isn't easy to do with headphones, much less without them. 

It felt like the wall behind my setup was one giant speaker. And because the sound was (is) so good, it also felt like I had several more satellite speakers sitting behind me even though I didn't. In essence, the G560 was able to re-create headphone quality sound in a room not built for acoustics. 

The G560's DTS:X Ultra supports both 5.1 and 7.1 multichannel surround sound, and using Logitech's gaming software, you're able to tweak the unit's sound levels, adjusting levels for the physical subwoofer, two physical satellite speakers, and four additional virtual "satellites". You can't dial in every single tone, but you can dial in a lot. 

Logitech Gaming Software -- Lights, Customization, and More

If you've used a Logitech gaming product within the past several years, there's a 100% chance you've at least dabbled with the company's gaming software. For the most part, it still works very well. 

You can change the color, intensity, and brightness of the satellite speakers, as well as choose from full spectrum RGB, create custom colors, and save custom colors to profiles. On top of that, the software also provides effects presets such as fixed, cycling, breathing, audio visualizer, and screen sampler. You can even choose the effect polling rate, put the lights completely to sleep or on a timer, set a per profile backlight, and sync settings for specific games, which can be very helpful for genres such as horror. 

However, two of the unit's more intriguing color customization possibilities come in the form of Lightsync and the screen sampler. The former allows you to sync your speakers with all of your other Logitech RGB peripherals, bringing your entire desktop together. The latter allows you to set color zones on your monitor that reflect the on-screen color to the left or right satellite speaker. 

In theory, screen sampling is an awesome idea, one that could have far-reaching visual effects for games in certain genres, especially horror. But in practice, the technology seemed hit or miss. It's not for everyday use, and I imagine players will find mostly niche uses for it. 

Verdict

If you haven't guessed, Logitech's G560 speaker unit is a great piece of hardware you should have on your desk yesterday. At $199.99, the G560 positions itself in the low-end of the high-tier audio hierarchy. Couple 240 watts of pure sonic power with Logitech's fantastic gaming software, and the G560 is a gamer's delight. 

Honestly, there aren't too many negatives here -- and any I have are nitpicky at best. DTS:X isn't supported by Mac OS X, the posterior design of the satellite speakers is a little out of place, and there is a slightly noticeable volume jump from 12 to 13 (at least on the speakers I tested) that's not heard at any other intervals. 

But despite those small reservations, do yourself a favor and at least put these on your consideration list -- if not your must-buy list. You'll be surprised at not only how loud these speakers are, but how crisp and well-defined they make your music, movies, and games.  

You can buy the G560 RGB Gaming Speakers unit from Amazon for $199.99. 

[Note: Logitech provided the G560 unit used in this review.]

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Sennheiser GSP 500 Headset Review https://www.gameskinny.com/57n45/sennheiser-gsp-500-headset-review https://www.gameskinny.com/57n45/sennheiser-gsp-500-headset-review Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:06:08 -0400 Jonathan Moore

I've reviewed quite a few headsets over my nearly two years at GameSkinny. From Corsair to HyperX and what seems like a countless lot in between, I've sampled a little bit of everything that corner of the peripherals market has to offer.

After a while, things start to sound if not the same, similar. It gets harder to pick out the minute differences in drivers or mark the true disparities between this software or that. But in all that time, this is the first I've gotten my hands on a Sennheiser -- the grandpappy of all grandpappies. 

I'd always heard that Sennheiser sound was some of the best audio quality you could get -- if not the best. I'd always heard that no matter how much I liked my favorite headset right now, a Sennheiser would make me green with envy. And although I paraphrase that last part from the glut of conversations I've had with audiophiles over the years, there's an inalienable truth to it.

It's damn hard to go back to my other headsets after sampling Sennheiser's GSP 500 gaming headset. 

Design and Comfort

Out of the box, the GSP 500 feels like something engineered and manufactured by Germans. It's sturdy. It's durable. And it's ergonomic. 

One of the first things you'll notice is that the headset doesn't feel like it's going to break in your hands. Although it's mostly made of plastic, that plastic is both relatively lightweight and resilient -- the headset weighs around 358 grams. That's eight grams more than the arguably flimsy-feeling Logitech G533 but nearly 70 grams lighter than SteelSeries' Arctis Pro+

What that means to you is this (and I say this with the utmost respect for both of those fantastic headsets mentioned above): the GSP 500 feels neither economical nor heavy. It feels very well-made -- and like something that's going to last you a very, very long time.

On top of that, it also means the GSP 500 is super comfortable. If you've read any of my other headset reviews, you know I've said more than once I think SteelSeries' ski-band is one of the cushiest headbands on the planet. I love that headband more than I love a well-made spicy taco. But man, is the GSP's headband its blow-for-blow rival. 

The showcase here isn't exactly what the headband is made of but instead the ability to customize the headband's contact pressure. Open along the top, the headband features two sliders that can be placed together in the middle for centralized pressure, at opposite ends from each other, or anywhere in between. This means that if you've got a weirdly shaped dome like me, you can find a sweet spot that just right for you


Moving down the headset, we come to the ergonomic earcups. Made of a soft, breathable material, these earcups don't sweat. That's pretty standard these days when it comes to (most) headsets, but what isn't so standard is the way these earcups are shaped: they mirror the shape of the human ear, providing a more natural, comfortable fit than your average round or square earcups. 

Another thing that makes them comfortable is the metal hinges that attach the earcups to the headband. These tilt and turn to fit a variety of face types and help the earcups better conform to your cheekbones and upper jaw. And although it's unfortunate the earcups don't fully rotate and you can't lay them flat on your collarbone when not in use like those found on the Logitech G Pro, for example, they're so comfortable and flexible that I'll give them a pass this time around. 

What's more, you'll also find a dearth of controls on the GSP 500's earcups. Typically, many newer headsets have a handful of volume and chat controls, as well as inputs, on one or both earcups. Here, you'll find a simple volume wheel on the right earcup. I especially like that the volume control is elegantly integrated into the headset and doesn't look like a volume knob. It's contoured edges make it easy to pick out, even though I do think it's a tad hard to turn.

Lastly, the noise canceling microphone on the GSP 500 works like a charm. Positioned on the left earcup just above the headset's only I/O, the mic is flexible, but just barely. This is where the GSP 500 looks like a gaming headset; you can't remove the microphone, just simply raise or lower it. That's not to say such a design is a detriment to the headset, but it is something that might turn off some who want something more ubiquitous.
 

Performance

My biggest gripe about Sennheiser's GSP 500 is that it's just not very loud. And I admit: loud is relative. Some users will think the GSP 500 is plenty loud and read this part of my review with an incredulous glare. But for me, I don't like having to turn a headset's volume knob to maximum -- while also turning my YouTube volume and system volume to maximum -- to achieve skull-blasting 11. 

However, after spending hours with headset, I think that volume "discrepancy" might just be because the headset is so damned good at recreating authentic sound via an open-acoustic design. 

So, despite my curmudgeonly misgivings about the headset's volume control, you'll be hard-pressed to beat the sound on the GSP 500. As an arm-chair audiophile, I'm constantly blown away by what the GSP 500 can do. It lets me hear frequencies I never knew were there and rediscover movies, music, and games like few other headsets can.  

Listening to songs from Northlane, While She Sleeps, and Tesseract, there were (are) guitar, bass, and drum sections I'd never heard before -- now resoundingly clear. Toms thrummed out in thrilling sonic waves, bass undulated through synths, and harmonics pinged through trebles and mids without either losing strength or impeding other tones. 

For classical overtures such as Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, it felt as if I were in the concert hall, standing right next to the piano. And although the GSP 500 isn't a surround sound headset out of the box, it's stereo offerings are robust enough to mimic that functionality, especially when reproducing well-recorded sound. 

In gaming, the GSP 500 gives new life to many of the games I've played for hours on end. It emphasizes Kratos' guttural tones in God of War. It brightens the whisps of zipping bullets in Battlefield 1. And it makes the irritating simul-banter of Far Cry 5 less grating and actually distinguishable. Since the headset isn't surround sound, you won't get 100% accurate directional sound, but what you will find here isn't too shabby. 

If you do want to get 7.1 surround on the GSP 500, though, you can -- all while keeping it in the Sennheiser family. The only real downside is that you'll have to pick up an external DAC and drop another $250 to get it, which is a pricey proposition considering the headset itself already costs $250 by itself. 

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If you're looking for something that immerses you in sound, the GSP 500 isn't exactly it. Because of its open ear design, you'll be able to hear a lot of the conversation and commotion around you. If you're in a loud environment, that can be pretty distracting to some users -- and in fact, this is the primary reason I'm giving it a 9 and not a 10.

However, the open ear technology affords crisper, more realistic tones and gives those that need it the ability to listen to music or play games without alienating those around them. If you want a closed-ear design, check out the GSP 600.  

The GSP 500 comes with a two-year international warranty, and it works on PS4, PC, Mac, and mobile devices. It also works on Xbox One, but may require the Xbox One stereo headset adapter (we didn't test it, but Sennheiser does suggest it). 

At the end of the day, this headset is for the high-end gamer who also has audiophile tendencies. I don't imagine your average gamer is going to opt for these, not only because of price, but also because those average gamers aren't necessarily looking for the sound this headset provides.

In other words, the GSP 500 is one of the very best headsets you can buy but it's also a luxury item. If you have the disposable income for it, there's no question you should pick it up. If you want high-fidelity sound, there's no question you should pick it up. But if you just want something to get you through the next CoD MP match, apply elsewhere -- this headset will be lost on you. 

You can buy the Sennheiser GSP 500 on Amazon for $229.95.

[Note: Sennheiser provided the headset used in this review.]

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