Royole X VR Home Cinema Headset @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Tired of not having enough privacy for your home cinema viewing? The latest headset from Royole gives you your own private screen to watch through the rather large, although surprisingly lightweight and comfortable headset. This isn’t VR, this is a fixed screen that at first glance looks a little small, but when your eyes adjust you realise the screen is super clear and sharp, and it’s amazing how much detail we could make out while watching Furious 7. The only downside, you look a bit silly, but when you’re lost in your favourite movie, you won’t really care.

The headphones are quite large, but the offer a good amount of support and the sound is certainly impressive. Thick bass, amazing clarity and more, pretty much everything you would expect from audiophile grade hardware.

This is a lovely bit of kit, but there is a downside, the headset will set you back $699, which is around the same price as a 4KTV and a set of surround sound speakers, so who is really going to use this remains to be seen. Would you buy one?

Latest NZXT Chassis Unveiled @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The latest chassis from NZXT was shown off to us and a few other select press from around the world earlier today. Set to launch on the 26th of Jan (2016), the new chassis doesn’t have a real name just yet, but we’ve been told that the name, price and variants available will be detailed within the next week or two at the very latest.

The chassis was unveiled at a supercar experience race track in Las Vegas, which was to give us some indication of the design ethos behind the new chassis creation.

The curvaceous beast is certainly an interesting change from the often boxey or strong angled designs we usually see from NZXT. The curves are meant to capture some of the thrill and style of high-end super cars, giving it a more flowing design.

If you’re confused about the paintwork, don’t be, it’s just a wrap they had done for the show, much in the same way car manufacturers camo their cars like this when they’re pre-production. Basically, it’s just to look fun and cool.

We really like the shape, it’s certainly different, but what do you think? Is this something you’ll have for your desktop?

NZXT we’re super awesome, letting us get out for a spin in a range of exotic sports cars, to put us in the same mindset as their new chassis design. Thanks guys, not every day I get to take one of these out for a spin.

Of course, the real star of the show and the winner on the day wasn’t our racing skills, it’s the… well, the yet to be named chassis! Stay tuned for more information and a full review very soon.

3D Rudder VR Controller @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The VR market is no stranger to innovation, with new bits of tech cropping up almost daily! The new VR headsets are obviously on their way and coming to market early this year, but VR controllers are certainly booming now too. The latest is the 3D Rudder, which looks more like a set of bathroom scales, but is actually a very practical and easy to use game controller. The device works by placing both your feet on is while sitting down. You can then use it like an analogue stick, allowing you to lean and navigate your environment while keeping your hands free. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the information on price, but we’ll update you as soon as we know more. Is this something you could see yourself using for VR? Let us know in the comments section below.

TrackR Tagging System on Display @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Tired of losing your house keys, wallet, game controller or anything for that matter? The latest accessories from TrackR are here to help! These little tags can be stuck on or clipped on to those things you can’t bare to lose again, and with the help of a handy mobile app, you can find the most recent locations of the tags, and whatever they’re attached to. It’ll provide an accurate location of where they are from up to 30 meters too, so you shouldn’t have to hunt for long for whatever you lost. The app even has a map that can show you which rooms each device is in!

This is a really cool bit of tech, and we’ve already picked up a few for our own car keys, never hurts to know where they are! We look forward to bringing you more information on this tech and anything else from TrackR as it develops.

Griffin Display Latest Accessories @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Another range of great products on display today at the Griffin booth here at CES Unveiled. Their latest backpack and laptop bag certainly caught our interest, especially since we travel a lot with high-end hardware, that is often fragile and expensive. Capable of withstanding a drop from 6ft, surviving plenty of knocks and bumps, waterproof and more, they’re safe houses for your beloved equipment. The back of them has a hard shell design, but comes with plenty of breathable padding to ensure comfort to the wearer on those long journeys.

Their latest range of mobile accessories on display.

Tired of your Apple Watch running low? This mobile charger will not only keep it going, it can also be used wirelessly to help you top up the power levels, great for at work, in the car or anywhere for that matter.

Tired of knocking over your devices when your food catches the cable? This magnetic breakoff design could quickly end your troubles!

Love you get out and about? The Survivor will let you mount your smart device direct to your bike, great for navigation, communication and more!

Stay tuned for more coverage from today’s events here at CES!

Lenovo Ideacentre 610S @ CES 2016

CES 2016: This is one of the coolest products we’ve seen today, the latest mini-system from Lenovo. Equipped with a power range of hardware, such as Intel Core i7 CPUs, up to 16GB of ram and a GTX 750 TI, this tiny system can really push some impressive performance. However, it’s the party trick that really stands out, as it comes with a projector module that can project up to a 100″ screen, and the module is wireless! You can detach it from the main system and move it around as needed, although that will require a power cable to be attached, it still gives you a lot of freedom in the home/office.

No details on prices just, but you can bet it won’t be cheap. I can see this being the next popular addition to boardrooms around the world. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Airmega Smart Connected Air Purifier @ CES 2016

CES 2016: There’s lots of cool tech on show this year, such as these fantastic looking Airmega air purifiers, which look like something out of Aperture Laboratories! With smart connected features that allow you to monitor air quality, control the air flow, monitor filter lifespan and more. Motion and light sensors will check when you’re sleeping and put the device to sleep, unless the air is in a bad way, then it will keep working, but you can manually control it too.

What’s special is the filters, which are said to last a year each, and can be bought for around $130 for both, this is hundred cheaper than the competition and could be a real cost saver for those living in environments with poor air quality.

We really like this product and can’t wait to see more from this company. The units look great, they’re going to be competitively priced, they’re super efficient and a superb addition to the home for anyone living in inner city areas or with allergies.

be quiet! Showcase Pure Power 9 PSU and More @ CES 2016

CES 2016: We’re here at the be quiet! suite at CES 2016 and we’re very excited to see their latest product, the Pure Power 9 power supply. Before we see that, let’s take a quick tour of what else they have on show. Admittedly, only the one new product, but be quiet! have a lot of great products that are still worthy of our/your attention.

The Straight Power 10, a fantastic unit for those who want cool, quiet and efficient power delivery.

The mighty Dark Power Pro 11, one of the best PSUs on the market today, and perfect for high-end system builds.

 

All their latest and greatest coolers, looking fantastic (no pun intended) as always.

The sublime Silent Base 600, which we recently reviewed.

And its bigger brother the Silent Base 800.

Now for the star of the show, the all new Pure Power 9. It’ll be launching in March, and you can expect it be priced the same as the current Pure Power 8. There will be cable managed and hard wired variants available. The cable managed model will be available in 400, 500, 600, 700W variants, with 80 Plus Silver efficiency, although there will also be a 300 and 350W 80 Plus Bronze variant available of the hard wired model.

Antec Release Teaser Trailer – Can You Guess What It Is?

Computex 2015 is incredibly close now, so it’s no surprise that manufacturers are beginning to tease us with their latest wares. Antec has just released the trailer below, teasing us with a sneaky peak at their latest product, but of course, they’re being coy about what it actually is.

It certainly looks like something big, but looks can be deceiving. Antec are known to make power supplies, coolers and chassis, to name but a few of their products, so it really could be anything. Have a look at the video below and let us know what you think it could be!

The only information Antec has provided is on the YouTube page, where it reads “It’s coming in June…” so no doubt we’ll be able to see it at Computex. We’ve already got a meeting to see Antec at the show, so you can bet we’ll be there bright and early with our cameras to see what all the fuss is about, so stay tuned!

NVIDIA TITAN X Officially Unveiled

GTC 2015: If you’ve been under a rock for a while, then you’ve missed out on something huge happening within the market and for the most part we’re probably sure that you’ve heard about the new NVIDIA GTX TITAN X launching in some capacity or another.

If we cast our minds back only a short while to GDC, you’ll remember that NVIDIA unveiled the TITAN X graphics card, but while a lot was said about the card, there were still so many unanswered questions, including pricing, availability and much more.

Scroll forward to the present day, and CEO and owner Jen-Hsun answered these questions and officially introduced the TITAN X graphics card at this years GTC 2015 event. While he took to the stage, a promotional video was played showing us the new card in all of its glory, but one of the main speculative questions on everyone’s lips came down to pricing.

Some were basing pricing off of the TITAN Z that launched at last GTC in 2014, expecting the new TITAN X to be at least $2000, but with a shock moment and a stunned audience, the pricing of $999 came to light.

While $999 is considered ridiculously expensive by some, you have to remember that this is the world’s fastest GPU on the market with 8 billion transistors, 3072 CUDA cores, and a whopping 12GB of memory. This card allows 4K high quality gaming to be an easy task with room to spare and something that we are definitely looking forward to testing out.

Insomnia 53 – Cooler Master Booth

At the weekend we were at Multiplays Insomnia 53, the UKs biggest gaming festival. The winter one is usually quieter than usual, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from some of the products that were on show. One company that was there was Cooler Master, and as a leading brand in the industry with a wide range of quality products including cases, peripherals, coolers and power supplies, they were more than happy to show what they had on offer.

The main products that stuck out for me included the Cosmos II which can be used to house pretty much anything you could ever wan,t right down to the mini ITX cases such as the CM Elite 130. The contrast between the two was great. I also really liked the Aluminium series of peripherals that they have on offer at the moment which includes the Mech, Pulse-R and the Reaper.

As well as the hardware they had 2 display systems on show, one of which had a really excellent paint job from Utopia Computers. The “Keyboard Olympics” game was back again which was keeping the crowd entertained, as well as 4 gaming systems to play games such as League of Legends and CS:GO.

LSU Computer Society (lsucs) LAN Party – Loughborough

At eTeknix, we are always trying to find ways to interact with our readers and what better way than to actually meet some of them, we realise this isn’t always easy, so we have come up with an idea. What we intend to do is find all of the LAN parties and events in the UK and try to attend them. Then, we will do a map of the UK showing where all these events are and also outline the best parts and what the event is like. This will mostly be happening on the eTeknix forums. You will also be able to discuss the event and also share all of your pictures.

So the first event I attended:

I decided to pop down to lsucs as it is rather close to my home address, I had never been to one of these events but I had heard good things from other members of the community. The LAN is run by the Loughborough Students Union Computer Society, which coincidently is how it gets its name. Due to the event being run by the students it means that the same people don’t run the event year after year, in fact, they have devised a way in which each member of the committee never does the same job more than once. This means that fresh ideas are always brought to the table and any good ideas can be carried forward. Having spoken to members of the committee, past and present, it seems once that you have been a part of lsucs you stay a part of it. A lot of the attendees return year after year whether its as admin, spectator or as a gamer.

The room seats approximately 150 people and has some room to expand

lsucs really have got the venue sussed, they use rooms from the James France Exhibition Centre which is on Loughbourgh University grounds. The first thing I actually noticed when I walked into the venue was how nice it was, clean carpeted floors rather than the cold hard floors of most events were a nice change! The venue can hold up to over 150 participants and even has room for sleeping, tables for eating or card games and also an area for consoles. There are some other facilities such as a microwave, a small fridge, a hot water urn and a little tuck shop so you are always good for snacks and drinks. There are also hot dogs and food orders throughout the day so that you get more than just snack food. The venue also has a very good internet connection, they make use of their buildings Gigabit internet connection.

The weekend competitions concluded with a game of Towerfall

There are many games played, such as League of Legends, BF4, Minecraft and even Truck simulator. There are also tournaments throughout the event such as CS:GO and Hearthstone with prizes such as Parvum cases to be won. Speaking of Parvum, this event is where they let their hair down, and I can see why, it’s a very relaxed and chilled out environment and very friendly. The lads from Parvum were showing off their usual amazing machines like the ones below, it seems to be having an effect on the lsucs crowd too, a lot of the attendees are using Parvum systems!

Caitlyn keeps watch over Parvum Systems new watercooled build

With Parvum being at the event, it really is hard to find any other systems that look as good, but I am going to put out a special little mention for this little work horse!

Function over beauty can sometimes be seen

I would like to thank lsucs for having me at the event. I had an excellent day and I will be attending future events as a participant. The LANs really are run well, they have a lot to offer and the people there are great. It really is a social event as well as a chance to get your game on.

The events are run quite regularly, 3 per semester, which equates to 6 a year. The next event is in just a weeks time, to find out more, visit them on Facebook or visit their website.

For more pictures of this event please look through the gallery below.

Nvidia Game24 London Event Coverage

To celebrate the launch of their brand new GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards Nvidia hosted a global event called “Game24”. Game24 started on September 18th at 6pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) in Los Angeles and ended 24 hours later. The idea behind the Game24 event is to be a global celebration of PC gaming and so Nvidia hosted parties at 7 major cities across the world where they gave away free Nvidia goodies, showed fans some of the latest PC gaming titles and gave demonstrations of things Nvidia are doing for PC gaming. We went along to a Game24 event to see what all the fuss was about.

During that 24 hour period each of 7 cities got their opportunity to have some of the limelight and host the event for a few hours. London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, Taipei and Tokyo all took part. Being a London-based journalist I took the time to head on down to the Nvidia Game24 London event. Nvidia’s venue was pretty hard to miss as they had taken over the Old Truman Brewery situated at 91 on London’s infamous Brick Lane. We turned up at 6:30pm and the queue was pretty hard to miss: a lot of dedicated gamers had arrived for the show. Interestingly, I couldn’t see many people in AMD Red, it seemed that AMD’s PR campaign to get people to where red actually resulted in less people wearing red than normal. Typically I’d expect to find quite a few people wearing red just as a random variation of clothing choice but honestly I could see less than 10 people during the whole night who wore red clothing.

Upon entering the venue it felt a little like a nerdy night club but the most obvious thing that struck you was that “wow this is busy!”. Gamers had turned up in significant numbers to what was only a fairly small venue and event.

Nvidia didn’t waste any opportunities to put their branding up over every bit of available wall space, I’d imagine most people left this event with a sudden urge to buy an Nvidia graphics card!

At the centre stage Nvidia had brought in a DJ and put up a massive screen. Throughout the night they did some giveaways here chucking freebies into the excited crowd. Towards the end they also gave away a Nvidia Shield Tablet to one lucky winner.

It wouldn’t be a Game24 event without some games right? Dotted around each corner of the room were booths where Gamers had a chance to play around on some current gaming titles.

One of those was the hugely popular World of Tanks MMO where the PCs were running it with all the settings cranked up to the max on Nvidia graphics cards, of course.

Another one of the booth areas was running Dying Light which is a first-person action survival horror game. Most of the Gamers on these booths seemed to stick around for a bit longer than most and given the great visuals I’m not surprised.

The overall event had significant support from Nvidia’s partners. Names on the support list that stand out to me include ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Overclockers and PC Specialist – brands we’ve worked closely with on numerous occasions.

At one of the two entrances a custom-built Parvum Systems machine greeted Gamers. There weren’t any specifications on display here but we can see it was using a Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 motherboard with an Intel Core CPU (probably the Core i7 4790K), a Corsair H80i and Nvidia’s latest Maxwell GTX 980 graphics card.

Moving around to another booth and we found systems running the latest Metro title, Redux. These systems were kitted out with pretty significant hardware because as everyone knows the Metro series of games are not kind to your graphics cards!

Nvidia may be big on PC Gaming but let’s not forgot the Shield Tablet. While this is primarily geared as an Android gaming platform you can stream PC games to it from your PC using Nvidia’s GameStream technology.

Nvidia’s G-Sync is one of the main reasons why they changed the display output configuration of their Maxwell GPUs. For those who don’t know, the GTX 980 offers three DisplayPort outputs because each G-Sync monitor needs a DisplayPort output. If you want to run G-Sync surround you therefore need three DisplayPorts. At Game24 London there was a G-Sync demo on offer for passing Gamers to give them a visual representation of what G-Sync does. The strange thing about G-Sync is that you have to see it in person to experience it, you can’t really benchmark or record it.

Nvidia were also giving other tech demos of new features with their Maxwell GPUs such as VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination), DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) and MFAA (Multi-Frame Sampled AA). We wrote more about these new features in our GTX 980 review which you can see here.

On a large screen we found a ‘Scan Computers‘ systems running Project Cars, this was one of the most popular games on offer with a huge queue to have a go at it.

The system that was driving Project Cars on the big screen was equally as impressive as the game itself: Tri-SLI GTX 980 graphics cards on an ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme with an Intel Core i7 5960X and some quad channel DDR4 memory.

Two of our favoured system builders Overclockers UK and PC Specialist also had some systems there.

The PC Specialist system was running two GTX 980s in SLI, an ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an 8 core i7 5960X CPU and 16GB of Kingston’s high performance HyperX Predator 3000MHz memory. That was all housed in a Corsair Carbide Air 540 chassis.

Overclockers UK had an equally impressive system sporting two GTX 980s in SLI, an ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7 5960X CPU and 16GB of Corsair’s premium Dominator Platinum memory. This was all housed inside Phantek’s Enthoo Primo White Edition case. From what I can tell this system was running a single player demo of Watchdogs.

The final noteworthy part of the night was Nvidia’s goodie bag giveaways at the end. Every gamer who attended received an Nvidia T-Shirt, mousemat and lanyard. Okay so it isn’t the best bundle in the world but remember this was a free-entry event for everyone that attended.

Did you get a chance to make it along to Game24 London? If so, what did you think of it?

Club3D Showoff Latest Poker Series GPU’s At CeBIT 2014

Here we are at CeBIT 2014 in Hanover where hundreds of technology companies from around the world have gathered for one of this years largest trade shows with their latest and greatest products. To start things off we’ve stopped by the Club 3D booth to see what products will be available to consumers this year, starting with the latest additions to their legendary Poker series.

The Poker series is a special brand for Club 3D that allows them to distinguish their custom graphics cards from their stock offerings, so users can expect these cards to have everything from new coolers, faster clock speeds, improved component quality, overclocking potential and a whole lot more.

Much like a deck of cards in Poker, the graphics cards in the series are ordered from the royalQueen which offers light modifications such as improved cooling, then you have the royalKing series which offers higher end performance, better cooling, factory overclocks and more, finally with the royalAce you can expect everything to be dialled up to 11 to offer flagship performance out of the box.

Below we have their new Radeon R9 270X royalQueen which features 1280 stream processors, a 1080MHz clock speed, 2048MB GDDR5 memory at 5600MHz. TDP of 175 watts, Eyefinity 4 capability and it’s fitted with their high performance Coolstream cooler.

The Radeon R9 280x royalQueen offers up a lot more performance than the 270X with 2048 stream processors, a 1000MHz clock speed, 3072MB of GDDR5 at 6000MHz, a max TDP of 280W, 6 display Eyefinity (when combined with the DPI1.2 MST Hubs), the Coolstream cooler and quad Crossfire capability.

The 290X royalKing start to push into their enthusiast range, offering up a whopping 2816 stream processors at a clock speed of 1030MHz, 4096MB GDDR5 at 5000MHz, a max TDP of 250W, 6 display Eyefinity (when combined with the DPI1.2 MST Hubs), a 512Bit memory interface and a powerful dual fan Coolstream cooler. This card is ideal for pushing 4K and eyefinity systems and can be run in dual Crossfire configuration for some seriously high-end performance.

Finally we have the leader of the pack ,the 290x royalAce edition (no box displayed in case). This card is as flagship as the come, offering up 2816 stream processors and 4096MB of GDDR5 memory just like the royalKing edition, but this time with a higher clock speed of 1050MHz and 5400MHz respectively. The higher clock speeds are handled by select high performance components and a tripple fan CoolStream cooler, making this one of the fastest and most powerful GPU’s on the market today. This card is also capable of dual CrossFire and 6 screen eyefinity.

It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in cryptocurrency mining, or gaming from any resolution such as 1920×1080 right up to 4K, it looks like Club 3D have you covered. All of these cards are available on the market right now, expect to pay a premium for each series over the standard club 3D cards, but also expect to get a considerable improvement in performance for your investment.

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We’ve got lots more great coverage from Club 3D and many other brands here at Computex 2014, as well as more great video interviews from the Club 3D booth coming very soon, so stay tuned for more information throughout the week.

Kingston Display New HyperX Fury and HyperX PnP Memory At Post-CES Event

Memory products are one of the areas I cover here at eTeknix, but I wasn’t able to visit CES 2014 this year to check out the newest memory products on offer. Thankfully, Kingston held a special event in London on February the 6th to show us their new releases from CES 2014, and in case you missed Kingston at CES 2014 we’re going to give you a quick run down of their newest memory products. Kingston showed us two of their newest memory product lines, both of which are quite different as they are targeting different markets.

Up first is Kingston’s new HyperX PnP kits, of which they demonstrated to us some of their new SODIMM variants.  Kingston showed us the KHX18LS11P1K2/16 kit which consists of two high density 8GB SODIMM modules running at an impressive 1866MHz with 1.5 volts. Being part of the PnP series these SODIMM modules come with plug and play support making notebook or small form factor PC upgrades a piece of cake. Of course Kingston also offer these modules in standard DDR3 DIMM form factors for desktop PCs. Like all Kingston memory products these modules are tested for compatibility with all leading brands of motherboards. Consumers will be pleased to know a lifetime warranty with free technical support is offered on all HyperX PnP purchases.

At the event in London Kingston demonstrated the KHX18LS11P1K2/16 kit running on Gigabyte’s latest BRIX PRO small form factor gaming PC. Kingston’s HyperX PnP SODIMMs are ideal solutions for any system that takes SODIMM DDR3 memory modules. You can find more details about Kingston’s new HyperX PnP range here.

Of course what will probably appeal to our readers more is Kingston’s brand spanking new series of HyperX memory for desktop PCs. The HyperX Fury series replaces the mainstream HyperX Blu series according to the Kingston representative we spoke with, this means the HyperX Fury is situated below the HyperX Genesis range which is in turn situated below the HyperX Predator range. What’s so interesting about these kits is that for the first time we are seeing Kingston offer a relatively mainstream memory product in a variety of colours as well as sizes and speeds.

The Kingston HyperX Fury kits are to be made available in black, white, red and blue with black PCBs. They will be provided in 1333MHz to 1866MHz speeds and in 4GB to 16GB kit capacities.

Kingston’s HyperX Fury memory kits will be made available from March 31st 2014. Newegg have some early pre-order listings which reveal pricing of $95 for an 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz kit and $179.99 for a 16GB (2 x 8GB)1600MHz kit . This translates into £69.99 and £132.99 respectively for the UK market. Expect final retail prices to be a fair bit lower after widespread availability arrives.

What this means for system builders and consumers is that there’s finally a low cost but classy looking series of memory modules available in a range of popular colours with black PCBs and lifetime warranties….what more could you ask for? No longer do you have to fork out on expensive enthusiast-grade kits with frequencies you don’t really need to get a great looking (and performing) RAM kit.

If you’re interested in more details on Kingston memory products you can find out more here.

All images courtesy of eTeknix.

Computex 2013 Live Gallery

Keep your eyes peeled on this page as we update you with constant photos of our coverage from Computex 2013. All Computex based content articles about upcoming products and news will be found here.

This page will be split into pages for each manufacturer that we cover, and at the bottom of the page will be a handy navigation bar so that you can check out pictures of exactly what you want to see and yes of course that will include a page devoted to booth babes.

Stay tuned at we prepare for day 1 of Computex 2013 in the hot, humid climate of Taipei, Taiwan.

Game of PAX East 2013: Dive Kick

This years choice for me was simple, Last of Us is fantastic but I was expecting that. Transistor is the next game from Supergiant Games creators of Bastion and looks really fun; despite this, Dive Kick is amazing for many reasons which I will get into in this article.

In case you aren’t up to speed, the game was originally introduced as joke in the fighting game scene.  Adam ‘Keits’ Heart, editor-in-chief at Shoryuken, joked about making a fighting game based on only jumping and kicking or often referred to dive kick. Made especially famous by 2 characters named Yun & Yang in Street Fighter 3, they are the best known dive kicking fighters. Shortly after this, Heart brought a playable build to Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 8, to which everyone was stunned at how great it was. Since then, the game has gone to Kickstarter to raise $30,000 in funds but was cancelled and picked up by One True Game Studios & Iron Galaxy.

So now you know where the development of this game started and where it is now, let’s discuss the actual game. It is a 2 button fighting game. I’ll let you think about that for a second, let it brew in your mind for a moment. It doesn’t even have a joystick, only 2 buttons. Not only that, but it’s also a one hit kill game. That’s correct, one hit, and it’s win 5 rounds to be the victor. The pitch for the game is that it takes the end game of a fighter and allows you to be the best player right off the bat. Which is a darn good idea, one that I am sure many people are kicking themselves for not thinking of. That’s what truly makes this amazing, it’s not the game itself, but how it’s possible no one has ever thought of this.

The controls are simple, there’s a jump button and kick button. If you press the kick button while on the ground, you jump backwards. They’ve also added a super meter in the PAX build, which has multiple functions. If you look at the shoe on the bottom of the screen, that’s the meter and the arrows are special moves. You activate them by pushing both buttons simultaneously, that can be performed in the air or on the ground. Depending on the character, it could be a kick from the ground, allow them to float or allow them to crouch. When the meter is full, it automatically engages a mode where you are glowing red and are super fast. It’s incredible the depth you can have in such a simple concept. Some other mechanics include gems, which you select pre-fight to improve an aspect of your fighter and there’s also head shots that’ll slow you down for a limited time and reset your meter.

The characters are really funny, especially if you’re in the know, that is to say the fighting game scene. Dive & Kick (featured above) are parodies of Yun and Yang, Mr. N is based on a popular pro-gamer Marn, Kung Pao is kind of a mixture of Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat and Chun-Li from Street Fighter. Everything about them is hilarious, Kick drops a mic when he wins, Mr. N pulls out some food and starts crying & Kung Pao throws her hat into a portal. The cast is great and there’s even more to come, so I’m excited to see what else they come up with.

Perhaps the best part of their appearance at PAX was the “arcade sticks” they brought with them. It was simply 2 huge glowing buttons, zero joystick, and it made a bigger point than maybe some people even realized. If you saw people playing this game on a pad, you might believe the game is more complicated than it actually is. Those “arcade sticks” also felt real nice, slapping on those buttons felt really visceral, a sensation I’ve rarely experienced playing a game. Sadly, there is no word on whether or not they’ll be available for purchase come release time.

Their booth at PAX East was packed the entire weekend, which is a testament to how fantastic this joke turned game actually is. I cannot wait until the release this Summer on PSN (PS3 and Vita) and Steam and will feature GGPO online play.

If you want to watch some gameplay footage, you can do so here:
Streaming with developers here
Pro-gaming tourney: here

Capcom, Epic Games, GAME, Turtle Beach and Cooler Master at Gadget Show Live 2013

Capcom is showcasing three brand new titles, all of which go on sale after Gadget Show Live: Remember Me, Resident Evil Revelations and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. All three titles will be playable on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Epic Games is returning to Gadget Show Live with its unmissable Make Something Unreal Live tournament. The four shortlisted teams of aspiring game developers will work live onstage throughout the show under the guidance of studio mentors and some very special games industry gurus. The overall winner will take home the full source Unreal Engine 4 licence, which effectively sets the victorious team up as a commercial games development studio.

In a first for Gadget Show Live, the UK’s leading specialist games retailer Game is offering a 10% discount to all visitors buying new games at the show.

Gaming celebrities Ali-A and KSI, hosts of two of the world’s leading YouTube gaming channels, will be showing off their skills on the Game Stage, and eSports will be running an adrenaline-packed 16-team Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament with a fantastic £10,000 cash prize up for grabs. Featuring the top teams from across Europe, the tournament will take place on 5-7 April. eSports will also be hosting single-day turn-up and play tournaments for visitors.

Visitors can also take part in casual or hardcore single and multiplayer gaming challenges on the Game Stage in the Game Zone, as well as enjoy the ever popular free to play Retro Arcade area.

Battlefield Live is making its debut at Gadget Show Live, too, letting visitors take part in the most authentic combat experience short of joining the military with special adult and kids’ sessions running throughout the show.

Igloo are also bringing its unique 360 degree gaming dome to Gadget Show Live giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a full 360 gaming experience. Its unique technology complete with weapon tracking and high quality sound means Gadget Show Live visitors will experience gaming on a brand new and exciting platform.

Gadget Show Live is the ultimate destination for gamers this Easter, jam-packed with gaming celebrities, brand new games, top tournaments and exclusive 10% discounts from Game. The event takes place on 3-7 April at the NEC, Birmingham, and tickets are available to buy now from www.gadgetshowlive.net/birmingham.

We check out Be Quiet!, Rosewill and Roccat at CES 2013

So we come to the last of our CES 2013 coverage articles, it’s been one long and exciting trip with literally thousands of new products being shown, announced, launched, previewed and more across nearly every sector of the consumer electronics industry imaginable. We’ve seen new chassis, keyboards, monitors, systems, graphics cards, games, phones, cars and all kinds of crazy stuff launched through out the event and I’m still struggling to take all the information in.

Of course while we did drop by the show floor a couple of times, the bulk of the work for eTeknix was focused on one to one meetings with hardware manufacturers and designers to find out what the latest PC related products would be hitting the market in 2013 and beyond, so lets get started Andy has a chat with Aaron from BeQuiet! and see what they had to offer.

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AMD CES 2013 Presentation

Today me and Chris spent an hour with AMD and their presentation for the next generation of AMD technologies. On display were a range of technologies for the future of the AMD GPU and CPU range, as well as their demonstrations of surround technology for multiple displays, audio devices and more.

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There were a number of key technologies on display, from both present and future product ranges but the primary focus was definitely on mobile applications such as tablets and ultra books.

It was good to see that with a heavy focus on mobile applications and power saving solutions for ultrabooks and similar devices that there was still room for computers built to blow your mind and this laptop from MSI was no different, easily capable of running Eyefinity.

Tomb Raider and most any modern game was easy work for the laptop and it definitely grabbed plenty of attention after the presentation.

 The real star of the show though, for me personally (Peter) was this tablet, which you will have seen in the video above, but to be able to game on graphically stunning titles such as DiRT Showdown, on a tablet, is simple stunning.


We’ve got plenty more great coverage from some of the biggest names at the show, with some great looks at some of the latest Chassis, PSU, Graphics cards, Motherboards and a whole lot more. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or website for more.