As a lot of you might know currently in Las Vegas, CES 2012 is being held and I want to dedicate this week Youtube Wednesday to show videos from CES 2012 that caught my attention.
Kinect hitting PC from February
For all Kinect lovers Microsoft announced that from February the use of a mouse for pc users will be optional, due to the fact that those who own a kinect can now use it to navigate in windows. However in their keynote Microsoft did not spill any beans about the look and feel of this product.
Razer New Products
Being a huge Razer fan could not help but notice the new release for their armory of peripherals. The one that sticks out is Project Fiona, the only tablet in the world designed for gaming. In this product Razer as always took care of every single aesthetic detail, making this product hard not to take notice. Below find information posted in Razer’s press release.Razer’s multi-award winning user interface and ergonomics team have developed an all-new hybrid user interface scheme for Project Fiona. Featuring integrated dual game controllers with ultra-precise analog sticks, Project Fiona runs gamepad-enabled PC games right out of the box.Along with the game controllers, Project Fiona is also designed with ultra-precise accelerometers and a highly sensitive multi-touch screen. This provides game developers with new game experiential opportunities to develop around the hybrid game control experience offered by Project Fiona. It also ensures current-generation PC games run on the tablet concept, as well as any existing games optimized for the touchscreen interface of a tablet.Future games developed for Fiona are expected to take advantage of not just the integrated gamepad controls but also integrate core game functionality controls for the touchscreen and accelerometer-based controls.“While multi-touch screens have become the de facto user interface for tablets, they are not the right interface for serious PC gaming,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO, Razer. “The user interface we have designed for Project Fiona allows all existing PC games to be played right out of the box and also provides game developers new opportunities as they develop next-gen games on a highly-intuitive platform. Both developers and gamers are going to love the new user interface that combines the best of a gamepad, multi-touch screen and accelerometers for an all-new gaming experience on-the-go.” – (razer website)
One day after I got my hands on the Razer Naga Epic, Razer announced that they are going to launch a new MMO mouse, The Razer Naga Hex. The Razer Naga Hex will target mostly those players who love to play MOBA games and rpg. Some changes from the previous naga are:
- Uses Synapse 2.0 – which is a cloud-based storage used to save everyone’s settings.
- Six mechanical buttons – reduced from the twelve buttons to six mechanical buttons.
All in all this gaming mouse although looks really good it is not something that you need to buy, if you are a casual gamer. Having said that if you are looking into changing your mouse the Razer Naga Hex is something that is very affordable and limits the amount of keys you have on the side hence easier to learn.
This last video is something I stumbled upon when watching for CES 2012 updates. Apparently Intel wanted to showcase the capability of running DirectX 11 on an Ivy Bridge based Ultrabook. They used F1 2011 the only problem was that it was recorded, in fact at the start you can see the VLC dashboard appearing. Enjoy the video below.
Tune in next week where we are going to discuss the youtube channel of someone popular in the gaming industry….can you guess who?