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Keeping Eyes on Track for a Video Game Future

Tobii's PCEye in action.

Tobii’s PCEye in action.

(This article is republished from Otaku No Culture, a blog that looks the pop culture scene of the Pacific Northwest.)

In an age where motion-tracking is becoming all the rage, only Microsoft knew how to make the idea work right. They made it nearly hands-free. With the Kinect. players can run on the spot in order to move faster than a speeding bullet or leap tall buildings in a single bound within a virtual world. With Tobii introducing a prototype of an eye-tracking sensor at CES this week with the EyeX, people can start sniping bullets out of thin air or melting weapons with laser beam eyes.

This technology to track eye movement may well be the next evolution to bring virtual reality home to the video-gamer. No date has been announced yet, but when this device is ready, it should be cheaper than the company’s main product, the PCEye that starts at $2k (on Amazon).

Danish gaming manufacturer SteelSeries is helping to make an affordable version that can detect what a person’s eyes is really ogling at on a video screen — female avatars may want to start covering up. Or with games like Duke Nuke’em or Grand Theft Auto, they just may become a little more difficult with all those distractions slowing the player down.

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SteelSeries 7H Headset Review


“What’s that?” My fiancé asked, his eyes wide, as I pulled the attractively packaged headset out of my bag and onto my desk.

“It’s the SteelSeries 7H headset I was given to review.” I responded. “You can have it when I’m done.”

I didn’t think there was an issue with what I’d just promised. At the time, it even sounded logical: I tend to stick to single player games where a microphone isn’t necessary, whereas my fiancé never leaves the land of multiplayer. Common sense dictated that he would put it to better use. The problem was, I hadn’t even taken the headset out the box yet.

The first pang of regret came when I put it on. It was really comfortable. Strong but flexible, the headset fit itself perfectly to my narrow, child-sized head without any sign of slippage. The ear cushions hugged pleasantly around my ears to minimise background noise.

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SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition Headset Review


Disclaimer: SteelSeries has provided JTM Games with one Luxury Edition Flux gaming headset for review.

For the last month I’ve been testing the SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition headset, using it for gaming and audio on the PC and my on-the-go gaming. I’m pretty rough on my gear; in this case throwing the headset in bookbags, tossing it on tables and (occasionally) across the room. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the design, durability and sound.

Read on for our full SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition Headset Review.

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SteelSeries MERC Stealth Gaming Keyboard Review

According to SteelSeries, the MERC Stealth Gaming Keyboard “features 34 dedicated gaming terrain keys, providing gamers with the ability to adjust their macros and settings to walk, jump, crouch and move. This feature is crucial when playing fast-paced FPS games that demand a high-level of actions per minute.”

After reading that my interest was definitely piqued, but I found the MERC to have an extremely steep learning curve. I’ve been using the gaming keyboard for the past few weeks with various games (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA2, Guild Wars 2) to test it thoroughly by putting it “through the ringer” if you will. I’m very familiar with these games, but I’ve had some difficulty adjusting to the MERC’s key feature, the gaming terrain keys.

Read the full SteelSeries MERC Stealth Keyboard review after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Right Gaming Computers: Is Yours Up To The Mark?

As per a recent study, around 217 million people around the world and 20 percent of Adults in America play different games online. Playing games online on the computer has become a common hobby for people these days unlike what you see for sports like soccer or basketball. Its popularity is simply growing with every passing day. For PC Gamers, it is important to have a right gaming computer or laptop to enhance his or her gaming experience.

While looking out for a right gaming computer or laptop, players should consider a couple of elements as discussed in the article below. Read the rest of this entry

SteelSeries Spectrum 7XB Xbox 360 Headset Review

Let me start off by saying this SteelSeries Spectrum 7XB Xbox 360 Headset review was late because I was busy testing them and testing them and then trying them out some more.The TL;DR here is if you’ve got the money and you’re in the market for a wireless headset, go pick these up. You won’t be sorry. Read on for details.

(Caveat: SteelSeries has kindly provided a trial set of headphones to JTM. This is not a buy and try review.) Read the rest of this entry

SteelSeries Siberia V2 PS3 Headset Review

As an audiophile, I refuse to play blockbuster games without having it connected to my Philips home theater system. However since I live in a condo, blasting my subwoofer tends to annoy my neighbors. They’re a nice old couple, and I don’t really want to cause them any headaches because of my penchant for high fidelity audio experiences.

So it was a nice change of pace when I managed to get ahold of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 full-size headset. Compatible with the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, the Siberia V2 headset offers exceptional quality audio experience and acts as one of the best headset communicators for the PS3 for a very affordable price at $89.99.

Hit the jump for the full review.

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