Gaming audio controller for Xbox with better noise cancellation + gaming modes

If you’ve been looking for a superior gaming audio controller for in-game advantage, then look no further than Turtle Beach’s gaming accessory. It has a better design and features than the official Microsoft offering which makes it a better option.

Microsoft Stereo Adapter for Xbox controller lets you connect gaming headsets (or any other normal headset/earbuds) providing different levels of volume and the level of in-game volume. It also has the party chat volume along with the mute button. However, it lacks two important features for tactical gaming – microphone monitoring and microphone canceling.

Designer: Colin Jackson and Ink Studios

This problem comes to light when you’re in a game room and other players can hear the external noise like TV playing in the background or the irritating thud of a jackhammer at the nearby construction site. This Turtle Beach Gaming Audio Controller solves them both and brings more features for gamers that they’ll relish. The Gaming Audio Controller gets three different levels of background audio canceling. The first one is pretty much the same as the Microsoft adapter, and is of not much use. The second one cuts out most of the background noises and only picks up high-pitched sounds like a train horn or an alarm. The last one is the most powerful at canceling out unwanted background audio clutter, as it cuts out 95% noise.

Other than this the audio controller has different game mode settings for audio signature – Extra Bass, Extra Treble, or both. The standout feature of this adapter is the Super Human Hearing mode which provides greater accuracy in battle royale games. So, you can rest assured of hearing even the faintest of footsteps in the nearby building to ascertain the direction of the enemy’s approach. Overall, the gaming accessory has a much better audio response and microphone clarity than Microsoft’s adapter.

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This robot-powered gaming chair looks so comfy that you might want to sleep on it

We’ve recently seen a rise in gaming chairs that would make your gaming desktop rig cry. To call them a chair might be an understatement, especially since they look more like elaborate, extravagant, and over-the-top lounges outfitted with everything you need to play games and not get up except for bodily necessities. While those chairs almost always advertise gaming comfort, they honestly look more like hard and cold traps designed to keep you from getting up and finishing your games. In contrast, you might never want to get up from this gaming chair concept, but only because it might be too comfortable and too soothing to leave. And to arrive at that kind of experience, the designers took inspiration from the most unlikely source, a supercar like a Lamborghini.

Designers: Ryan Kim, Yaeji Hong, Dongwoo Han

Gaming and cars don’t really have much in common unless you consider the concept of speed that’s associated with both machines. That’s not to say they can’t learn from each other, and cars today are getting more technologically sophisticated, running on powerful computers that might also be found in PCs. The Moiin Robodesk Gaming Chair concept takes the sharing in the other direction, with car aesthetics informing how a gaming chair could harmoniously blend contrasting elements of warmth and cold, comfort and performance.

The chair part of the Moiin, for example, has the same leather materials that Lamborghini would use on the seats of its supercars. While existing gaming chairs do have cushions and soft materials to offer comfort to the gamer, this goes over and beyond the call of duty. And if that weren’t enough, the chair is actually a massage chair that could help soothe those aching backs and shoulders from hours of gaming on end. Not that you should be playing games for hours on end in the first place.

The gaming part isn’t going to be left behind and will easily remind people of the sleek and shiny surfaces of high-end sports cars. LED lights around some edges give it that gamer aesthetic that makes it look equally futuristic, but the polished appearance of the “colder” parts of the setup actually complements the warmer personality of the leather-wrapped chair quite nicely. It’s a harmony of opposites that you’d find so executed so perfectly in sportscars and supercars.

That isn’t the end of the wonders of this gaming machine, though. If that monitor and keyboard stand looks more like a robot arm to you, you aren’t that far off. Rather than burden gamers with having to manually adjust the chair to their comfort, the robotic arm does all the work for them, leaning in and back as needed. It’s the ultimate reclining chair comfort made just as smart and as sophisticated as the gaming machine that it’s running.

Of course, there might be some concerns about whether making gaming too comfortable could lead to an even more sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, gamers might have the worst postures of all computer users, and having a desk and chair combo that not only encourages ergonomics but also adds comfort could at least help give their bodies a bit of a break. Admittedly, Moiin’s aesthetics might not appeal to all gamers, but those that love supercars and the Lamborghini design style might have found heaven in this concept.

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Apple game console concept poised to inch Nintendo Switch out of contention

For everyone who wants to move past the Nintendo Switch and Android-based gaming smartphones, the Apple gaming console could bring a fresh breath of air and likeability.

Handheld gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch offer gamers entry into high-end graphics-intensive games as well as addictive arcade titles at the convenience of their pocket. In a way, gaming phones and even normal flagships give smartphone users another reason to enjoy high-end games on their smart devices. Apple is also in the mix of things with its industry-leading A15 Bionic chip that makes the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and MediaTek 9000 processor sweat in one-on-one performance.

Designer: Konstantin Milenin

This makes for a compelling case to have an Apple handheld console with the backing of Apple’s microprocessor technology powering the high-end graphics, highest frame rates, and multiplayer capabilities. Built for peak gaming performance along with tactically placed joystick, buttons, and shoulder triggers; the handheld comes with complimentary photography and video shooting capabilities. It’s loaded with a rear camera sensor and a front camera as well. The latter will come in handy for live game streaming on the fly. The front-facing speakers are positioned on the top left and right corners for surround sound effects while identifying the muffled enemy’s footsteps.

Just like other handheld gaming consoles, Apple’s gadget will also have the ability to connect to Apple TV, Apple Music, iCloud on the go when you’ve had enough of the gaming adrenaline rush. Going with Apple’s minimal design philosophy highlighted by the use of premium body materials, this gaming console is for serious gamers to say the least. The Prussian blue colorway of the gaming machine goes perfectly with the aesthetics reflected in the buttons. Though, the selfie camera could be a distraction in first-person shooter games if you’ve to spot the enemy in that particular area.

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A modular controller for all your metaverse adventures and beyond

Metaverse is the next big rage aided by AR and VR ecosystems, traversing the users into a realm that’s way more exciting than the real world. The hardware environment is diversifying ever than before to express the applications of the metaverse. So, why not have a modular controller that will be your best tool in a world where everything is possible, right from driving the rarest of hypercars in your alley to jumping off the space station into the infinite limits of the universe.

This modular controller seems like a viable idea for the future where we’ll be spending a chunk of our time in the hyper-reality. The role of AR/VR headsets/glasses, display screens, smartphones, or other peripherals is still not clear. That said, the metaverse environment could benefit in a number of ways from such a cool peripheral. Dubbed Modulus, the next-generation modular system smart controller consists of a base module and three separate units which can be put to use depending on the way the user wants to interact in the metaverse.

These three units consist of a holder unit to mount your smartphone (even a foldable or rollable phone), AR gaming unit and a Smart TV unit. The use case scenarios are plenty, right from using the holder unit as a smart scope interface in the peripheral vision to using it as a pair of 360-degree freedom Oculus Quest 2 Controller Grip-like accessories. The basic idea is to have a controller that can be modified in a jiffy without any nuances.

Take for example attaching the smartphone to the two holder units, and then onto the base modules to act as a gaming controller. Once you’re done with knocking down your opponents in COD Mobile, undo the setup and plug it in the Smart TV unit into one of the base modules to navigate in VR to your favorite scenic location to unwind.

Designer Min Chang KIM has managed to catch the very essence of how metaverse would function, and what functionality will help make the seamless transition from the real world into the virtual one!

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Black Shark 5 Pro gaming accessories will be a bold mix of colors and design

Black Shark 5 Pro has just been released alongside Black Shark 5, both gaming-centric smartphones for power users. There are not many radical design changes but you sure can bet, the bigger brother Pr0 5 is a monster performer under the hood with the Snapdragon Gen 1 SoC igniting the guts. Not many phones other than a couple of direct competitors like Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro just released, and to be released Asus ROG Phone 6 breathing down their neck have to be watched out.

The accessories for the Black Shark 5 series are understandably not yet released, and this gives opportune designers the perfect platform to do some creative exploring. The domain within which the phone’s accessories will be contained is going to be limited to cooling, fans, trigger buttons, portable controllers and of course the power brick, case covers, and wireless earbuds. To appeal to a gamer in 2022 it’s got to be more than just function alone. The sharp looks perfectly blended with the specific function is going to be important here.

Rather than going for the black-themed accessories, the next leap for Xiaomi could be in the form of white-skinned gaming phone essentials that add a bit of spice to the gaming sessions. For example, all-white wireless earbuds with highlighting green and light gray inserts. Combine that with the earbuds having cool blue and orange decals. The same goes with the ultra-cool charging brick with the 120W capacity. The magnetic case cover allows for accessories like RGB fan to be hooked on without much fuzz.

These air triggers designed for the upcoming phone look totally wantable, giving the next-level gamers the much-needed advantage on action RPGs, racing games, and of course battle royale titles. For gamers who prefer wired pair of earphones to the TWS ones, that green serrated wire needs no second invitations. Eventually, when the anticipated Black Shark 5 series will make it to the hands of capable gamers, I want to see such accessories make it to the ranks along with some new ones that make the brand stand apart.

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JoyCon-shaped TV cabinets attach to the sides of your television, turning it into a massive Nintendo Switch!

Sure, you can cast your Nintendo Switch onto a TV, but can you turn your TV into a Nintendo Switch??

Rather succinctly named the Nintendo Switch TV Cabinets, these little storage units attach to the sides of your TV, turning it into a massive wall-mounted Nintendo Switch replica. Designed and built by WishIWoodWorkshop, the cabinets come built-to-order, designed to match your TV’s size. They’re made from a combination of wood, plywood, and MDF, and get finished with a coat of paint to make them look exactly like the JoyCons, complete with the joystick and buttons!

Designer: WishIWoodWorkshop

The cabinets come in two styles – with a hinged door on the front (shown above), and with drawers and shelves (shown below). You provide your choice of style (along with your TV’s dimensions) while placing an order. The Nintendo Switch TV Cabinets don’t come cheap, though. Clearly more of a vanity purchase than a practical piece of furniture, each pair of cabinets can set you back $750 plus shipping.

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nubia RedMagic 7 Pro continues the odd design trend of gaming smartphones

Gaming smartphones are starting to look a lot like gaming PCs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to also copy all of the latter’s designs.

Almost all smartphones, save for the cheapest bunch, can handle most mobile games. The super powerful and super expensive ones are even more so, with their high-end hardware and advanced cooling systems. These phones, however, are often designed more for general-purpose use and are optimized to strike a balance between power, battery life, and thermal management. Those are actually fine for most gaming purposes, but some manufacturers argue that you don’t really have to compromise. That’s why they carved out a niche for smartphones that pull out all the stops but, in doing so, hit the same walls as gaming PCs, but with different and perhaps worse consequences for mobile devices.

Designer: nubia

Game On Design

Although it can be used for anything a “normal” smartphone can do, the new nubia RedMagic 7 Pro is clearly intended for gaming purposes. Sure, it shares many of the same specs with today’s premium phones, like the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, paired with plenty of RAM, up to 18GB even, and plenty of uptime with a 5,000 mAh battery. The point is that all these are pushed to their very limit here, at least more than your average high-end phone.

Also, unlike your average phone, the RedMagic 7 Pro doesn’t try to hide its gaming nature behind stylish glass backs or vegan leather. Every part of the phone, from the back to the edges, bear hallmarks of a gaming device, at least on the same wavelength as gaming PCs. The regular “Obsidian” finish, for example, flaunts the kind of RGB lighting that gamers love. The Supernova model, on the other hand, lets the owner take peeks under the hood, at least the parts on the periphery, with its transparent plate, also another gamer stylistic favorite.

The front of the phone might look less exciting, but it’s also designed for gaming. That’s thanks to the absence of a punch-hole cutout or even a notch. That leaves the full 6.8-inch panel free of any obstruction other than your fingers, though there are additional buttons on the edges of the phone that can be used as programmable triggers like on a game controller. These alone make the phone gaming-worthy, but it has one special feature very few “normal” phones would even dare to have.

Hot is Cool

There’s a reason why desktops and even laptops have fans, and they’re not just to prevent the computers from burning or melting. While they do perform such functions, a computer’s cooling system is designed to keep processors running at their maximum for longer periods of time. In order to prevent overheating, computers are hard-wired and programmed to slow down their activity when processors reach a certain threshold. This is a phenomenon called thermal or processor throttling, and it is quite common for any computer, including the ones we shove in our pockets.

That has never been a big problem with phones until recently, as mobile processors get more powerful and apps, particularly games, become more demanding. While most manufacturers try to improve passive cooling techniques and materials, those have been deemed inadequate by gaming phone makers. Phones still eventually throttle down, which results in dropped frames in games. That’s why some brands like Lenovo and nubia (a former ZTE subsidiary) have started putting tiny fans inside their gaming phones in addition to typical cooling chambers, and the RedMagic 7 Pro continues this tradition.

You can directly see that fan in the transparent Supernova, but you can definitely hear it on any model. In addition to that fan, there are also plenty of vents around the phone’s edges that facilitate the circulation of hot and cool air. This system isn’t exactly new and, to be fair, has proven to be effective. Unfortunately, it has its own costs, something that is a non-issue for desktops and laptops.

Durability Doubts

With that many points of entry, from the vents to the fan, it’s really no surprise that the RedMagic 7 Pro doesn’t come with any dust and water resistance promises. A constantly moving part like a fan also increases the risks when something breaks inside, especially after an accidental fall. The materials used in the transparent Supernova variant also make the phone noticeably heavier, which translates to more stress and strain on the hands and wrists when using the phone for prolonged periods, like when gaming.

There is no doubt that the nubia RedMagic 7 Pro is a visual delight for gamers, and its performance might even surpass more expensive phones. It does what it is designed for, but it also makes compromises to reach those goals. Unlike even a laptop, a smartphone is almost always exposed to the elements and has a higher risk of meeting accidents. Given those factors, buyers of this phone and other gaming phones are pretty much making a leap of faith that their somewhat expensive and portable gaming machine is going to last as long as their gaming PC.

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LEGO launches its botanical collection to merge building blocks with gardening

LEGO’s Botanical Collection marks the toy company’s latest effort in merging the joyful pastime of building blocks with the meditative work of gardening.

Two of the more popular pastimes to have gained traction during the pandemic have been gardening and building with LEGOs. It seems everyone is filling their homes with flower bouquets and greenery. While there’s no replacement for growing our own gardens, LEGO recently launched a collection of blocks that allow people to build their own bouquets and greenery with LEGO blocks. Dubbed the Botanical Collection, users will be able to replicate flowers like Birds of Paradise and orchids with corresponding LEGO blocks.

Designer: LEGO

Designed to provide users with a means for rest and relaxation, the Botanical Collection is like a sort of three-dimensional puzzle that merges the childhood joy of LEGO building blocks with the patient game of jigsaw puzzles. While children and adults enjoy collecting LEGO blocks and building microscopic cityscapes from that collection, the Botanical Collection marks a clear effort from the toy block’s company to ‘adultify’ their collection of LEGOs.

The Bird of Paradise collection features over 1,000 building blocks so users can take their time constructing artful three-dimensional replicas of bouquets and plant life. In addition to the Bird of Paradise option, the Botanical Collection includes pieces to build orchids, succulents, full bouquets, bonsai trees, and whatever else your imagination concocts.

On rainy days, when gardening isn’t an option, LEGO’s new Botanical Collection offers a moment of indoor respite for those of us with green-thumbed tendencies. Of the succulent collection, the designers at LEGO encourage adults to, “Discover the deeper virtues of our resilient friends. Venture into the plant kingdom and let your green fingers do what they do best, with this creative and relaxing build.”

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Bauhutte Motorized Gaming Bed: Play First, Sleep Later

The Bauhutte BGB-100FA Electronic Gaming Bed is a motorized bed designed to be used with the rest of its insane line of gaming furniture (seen above, sold separately), allowing a user to adjust the angle of incline for both their back and legs to achieve maximum long-term gaming comfort (and presumably help prevent bedsores from never leaving your bed). Needless to say, I must have one.

The bed includes two motors, one for lifting the back of the bed up to 60-degrees of incline and another for raising your legs and feet up to 35-degrees to keep your blood circulating during late-night gaming sessions. Honestly, I kinda like it when my legs go numb. Then I get up and try to walk and pretend I’m a zombie. My wife hates it, but she watches a lot of scary zombie movies and is likely fearful for her brains.

The bed, which is basically a very small version of a Tempur-Pedic Adjustable Bed you’ve probably seen in commercials, costs $674. That’s not bad. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Japan, which I wish I’d known before I ordered one and dragged my old bed out to the curb and set it on fire. Now how am I going to explain that to my wife? SPOILER: with a whole bunch of lies.

[via TechEBlog]

Razer Singapore HQ resembles a giant Razer-branded gaming accessory

When you’re the world’s biggest brand when it comes to PC gaming peripherals, it definitely speaks in your favor when your building looks exactly like one as well.

Few tech companies pay attention to how their own office buildings can become gigantic advertisements for their brand and identity. Apple, of course, is at the forefront of that appreciation, especially with the newer “spaceship” Apple Park in Cupertino embodying the company’s aesthetic and design language inside and out. Others, like Google and Meta, do take care to provide a comfortable, safe, and productive environment inside but don’t have much to show on the outside. Gaming brand Razer is setting itself apart and has turned its newest building into an architectural representation of what it means to be Razer.

Designer: Razer

It’s easy enough to pick out Razer products from a lineup. Over the years, it has established a design language that has become unique to its brand, even ignoring the telltale three snakes logo. All Razer products, from PCs to accessories, carry a dominantly black motif with acid green lines for accents and highlights.

The company’s new Southeast Asian headquarters bears these same design cues, both on the outside as well as inside. Built on one-north, Singapore’s hub for tech and businesses, the Razer HQ’s tall, triangular shape is almost reminiscent of a PC hub for peripherals and accessories. That’s almost fitting given the building’s location as well as its purpose of being the company’s office hub for the region.

During the day, it’s harder to make out the building’s ties to Razer, with the green lines barely visible against the light reflected off the tinted glass windows covering the entire structure. Its informal shape still gives it a different and almost playful vibe in contrast to the other buildings around it. Of course, the large Razer logo dead center does mark it as the company’s territory, though not everyone will be familiar with the company’s core business.

It’s when the sun sets, and the external lights turn on that the building’s true nature is revealed. Those green lights that run across the building contrast sharply with the black facade, as well as the rest of the city lights and the night sky. In a single swoop, Razer not only established its presence in the area but also changed Singapore’s skyline in a way that’s totally Razer-like: bold, audacious, and attention-grabbing.

This motif continues indoors, but thankfully not in the actual office spaces. While visually interesting and exciting, a very dark space with only neon green lights would have been a terrible working environment, so it’s definitely reassuring that offices are properly lit and comfortable. The black and green theme does make its appearance in more commercial spaces, like a store and a cafe, complete with a robotic arm barista.

Razer’s new building isn’t exactly revolutionary in any way, especially when stripped of those highlights. It is, however, the combination of those little details that make the building special and help make Razer’s presence more felt and seen, especially to those unfamiliar with the brand. It’s the attention to those little details that sometimes seem insignificant that set companies apart, especially when they don’t shy from using their own building as a standing advertisement.

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