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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2016 At 08:03 PM | Categorized As ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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The Sega Genesis is coming back into production in 2017. Yes, you read that right. A Brazilian Company called TecToy will be bringing the new version of the Genesis out to market.

It’s not exactly how you might think, though. Sega’s officially licensed manufacturing partner, Brazil’s TecToy has developed a new Genesis console that not only looks almost identical to the original, but also has a traditional cartridge slot and SD card reader.

Why is a Brazilian company bringing back the old school console, you might ask. Well, because in Brazil, around 150,000 units of the SEGA Genesis still sell each year.

In addition to the likeness, TecToy’s Genesis has an integrated circuit which uses similar components to the original console. It also comes with the classic three-button controller and 22 games in the memory.

Here are the 23 games included in the system

Alex Kidd
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Arrow Flash
Bonanza Brothers
Columns
Decap Attack
E-SWAT
Fatal Labyrinth
Flicky
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
Golden Axe 3
Jewel Master
Kid Chameleon
Last Battle
Out Runners
Sega Soccer
Shadow Dancer
Shinobi 3
Sonic 3
Turbo OutRun

 

The system can be preordered here

 

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By Sebastian Marco On 2 Nov, 2016 At 01:21 PM | Categorized As ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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bbFree games are so rare these days. Since the introduction of currency, there’s never been anything given away without wanting something in return.

Well Oculus thinks it’s time to change that, at least with some of it’s new titles coming out on it’s platform. With Dead and Buried as it’s newest title, that makes three AAA games that will be available at launch with the Oculus touch, including VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken.

 

By Sebastian Marco On 2 Nov, 2016 At 01:30 PM | Categorized As ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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In an interesting turn of events CastAR has brought in one of the most unlikely and talented teams to help create the future of AR and VR.

Eat Sleep Play was founded back in 2007 by Scott Campbell and God of War creator, David Jaffe. Since putting out Twisted Metal out on the PS3, the team has also worked on other titles like the soon to be released Drawn to Death as well as others.

The glasses themselves us a new technology call “retro-reflective” which guessing from the name I can only assume that they catch the light or projections and then are displayed through the glasses, definitely some worth keeping an eye on.

 

By Jessica Brister On 16 Jul, 2016 At 08:19 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarWith so many times during the year that we need to buy presents (birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc.), sometimes it can be hard to buy for gamers, especially if you are not sure what they really want.  Well, I have simplified a list of 10 affordable gaming gifts for this year.

10.) Long Micro USB Cables

If you are tight on cash, but want to give a gamer something that they will truly be grateful for, give them some long micro USB cables.  They are fairly cheap when purchased online and will give the gamer in question some freedom to plug in his/her current generation controllers when they are out of juice.

9.) Logitech Wireless Mouse

For about thirty dollars or under, you can get a PC gamer a great mouse that will give them a bit of freedom when unpacking for LAN parties, moving a gaming laptop around, or just not having to worry about the hassle of a mouse with wires.

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8.) Controller Charging Station

Charging stations may seem frivolous, but they are actually quite handy for gamers.  Sure, a gamer can just plug into a micro USB cable, but it’s so much handier to have a docking station instead.  And it’s a cheap gift that will keep on giving: controller docking stations typically range from ten to twenty bucks.  A full console/controller docking station is a bit more expensive, but could also be a great idea.

7.) PlayStation Silver

Since gaming is increasingly online, the gamer in your life probably needs a headset.  If you know that they are using something very basic, such as the earbud that comes with a PS4, the PlayStation Silver may be a great gift.  Sure, it isn’t the Gold–which is much more expensive–but it does the trick.  Some have complained about the plastic breaking on it, but for the price, what else exactly would you get?

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6.) PlayStation Plus Membership Card/XBox Live Membership Card

A Membership Gift Card is always welcomed to any gamer, especially since it’s pretty much mandatory to have an online subscription.  Being able to choose the amount is a bonus as well.  Just make sure that you check what console they use.

5.) Steam Digital Wallet Gift Card

For the PC gamer, a gift card from Steam is always welcome.  PC gamers usually can get some good deals, particularly on Steam, so the gift card could go a long way.  Just be careful.  Getting it from some places will tack on a surcharge, especially if the store is a direct competitor of Steam, like Amazon.

4.) Extra controllers

Like I always say: you can never have too many controllers.  There are also options for different colors and controllers that are linked with certain games.  Of course, some of the custom controllers can get a bit pricey, so be careful.

3.) Retro consoles and games

Retro gaming is getting more and more popular.  If you know your gamer has an old console, consider getting them an older game.  You can find some of them for fairly cheap, although others can be quite expensive.  Depending on where you are looking, you might even be able to pick up an older console for cheap.  Does you gamer have a ton of retro consoles and games and you’re not sure what to get?  Extra accessories like AV cables, controllers, or memory cards would be appreciated.

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2.) Redbubble Merchandise

If you are unfamiliar with Redbubble, they sell artwork that can be printed on tons of stuff such as shirts, coffee mugs, posters, etc.  Though they are not specifically gaming-related, type “gaming,” “geek,” or the name of any game in the search and behold all of the good merchandise they sell.  You will definitely find things there that are sold nowhere else. Note: I have only received items from this company.  I have not purchased anything.  Buy at your own risk.

1.) Check out their wishlist; get them the game!!!

Seriously.  What they probably want is a game that’s been sitting on their list for awhile.  See if they have a wishlist on Amazon.  Or, just ask them, right?

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Virtual Reality (VR) has been hovering over the world of technology for awhile now with products like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Sony PlayStation VR, and the Microsoft HoloLens. Opto adds to that list with a defining difference: it intends to be the first portable VR headset with integrated audio. It’s Kickstarter campaign has already been launched on March 31 with the goal of 40,000 GBP by April 29 for the first 500 devices.

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Developed by industrial designer Tom Jarvis and software developer Richard Stephens, Opto is a portable VR headset where sound was a top priority during the start of its design. Speakers sit inside the headset so that users do not have to add their own headphones. It has a 40mm 32ohm speakers and a frequency of 20hz/20 khz.

Opto will support any smartphone with screen sizes between 4 and 5.1 inches. It will attach to the phone by way of a magnetic front cover that will allow the user to easily place the phone in and out of the device.

According to Opto’s blog, they are actually reworking the device to support larger phone screens as well as enlarging the acoustic chamber to 50mm.

It is made from the patented closed-cell foam material, XL Extralight, which should make it extremely lightweight and comfortable yet tough at the same time. This could make for an interesting angle for parents, considering that this technology is not only durable but is also easy to clean.

“It is especially suited to children as it’s made of lightweight foam and very impact resistant,” Co-founder Richard Stephens said. “We have tried it with children from about 9 upwards. We are also in partnership with WEARVR.com…They are also launching a new app for curated VR content for kids.”

This means that older children as well as adults could experience movies, games, and other content on the go in a full-immersion type of experience, though Stephens stresses that the device has not been tested on children younger than 9 (the American Academy of Pediatric recommends limited time for children on these types of devices anyhow).

The current set of VR devices as of right now are bulky and heavy. They also require wires as well as a set of headphones. The goal for Opto is to just carry a smartphone and the VR device instead of lugging around headphones as well.

“Opto is about making high-quality VR accessible for anyone who owns a smartphone. Our aim is to move VR from the gaming den into the living room, “ said Stephens.

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Apple announced two new products this week, and while I was hoping for another version of the Apple Watch, we got the next best thing; two new Apple devices. Now the when the 6s details started coming to light, one of the things rumored was a smaller iPhone 6;  and when the iPhone 6s finally came out a smaller screen was nowhere to be seen. Just a few months later, many are happy with Apple’s announcement with iPhone 6 SE. The SE is something special that embodies qualities of both the iPhone  and 6s. 

The specs of the SE are definitely top notch for a phone this size, including almost all of the upgrades Apple made to the 6s, with the exception of 3D touch.

Some specs include:

  • Retina display
  • A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
  • 12-megapixel iSight camera
  • True Tone flash
  • 4K video recording at 30fps
  • Apple Pay

Starting price for the SE begins at $399 for the 16gb version to $499 for 64gbs. While you’re getting a great deal on what is pretty much a 6s at a cheaper price, 16gbs is pretty underwhelming when you consider how big apps,photos, videos and music is.

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No GravatarFor those who want a great medium-sized tablet, there really is nothing else better than the Galaxy Tab S 8.4.  In fact, there might not be anything else comparative on the market for the size and price.

The Tab S sports the following features:

  • 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor
  • Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
  • 16 GB hard drive
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Super AMOLED Display (2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash
  • 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • Micro SD card slot
The Tab S 8.2 also looks pretty slick.

The Tab S 8.4 also looks pretty slick.

Power

This tablet is incredibly responsive.  It will multi-task nicely without issue, including those who would use it heavily for streaming and social media at the same time.  The tablet typically blasts through what most casual users would need, and does a decent job with the hard processing power for a tablet.

Display

The Super AMOLED Display is absolutely amazing.  It by far goes above and beyond much tablets out there.  The display is incredibly sharp to the point that one may have hard time finding a wallpaper that is high enough resolution to show up properly without being incredibly pixilated.  For those who love media, especially videos, will adore the high resolution of this tablet.

The 8.4 inch display is quite nice a well.  Some might find that a 10 inch tablet is a bit too big for holding in one hand, while 7 inch tablets are just a bit too small.  This one reaches an easy medium.  It is easily held in one hand, but has a great screen size.

Size and Shape

The Tab S 8.4 is incredibly thin.  Compared to the tablets of a few years ago, this thing is so small and light-weight, even though it has a decently-sized screen.  It is easy to hold in one hand and looks amazingly slick with its thin profile.

Battery Life

The Tab S can go many days with just casual use.  However, someone who heavily uses the tablet or who decides to run Netflix or another movie streaming site for awhile will need to charge it every night.  After a few months of running the device, the battery life has stayed fairly consistent.  Extensive multitasking doesn’t drain the battery as much as it could, but it is a good idea to close all applications when done with the device.

Cameras

Both the front and the back get the job done, however, photography connoisseurs might want to look at the specs first when deciding.  The ability to do video chat is great for those who enjoy Skype or Google Hangouts as well.

Operating System

The biggest–and possibly only–con to this tablet is the fact that it’s a Samsung and the odds of many Android updates are very, very slim.  In the past, older Samsung tablets have not been updated pretty much at all.

Overall

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is impressive as a high-performing tablet.  The display alone is enough to turn heads.  However, with the performance and style, this tablet really does shine.

By Jessica Brister On 12 May, 2015 At 07:16 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation, Reviews, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarFor PlayStation gamers looking for a decent wireless headset, the PlayStation Gold is a great option.  It has many features that are a must-have for online game play.  Though there may be better headsets out there with better sound quality, there really isn’t anything sufficient available for the price.

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Here are some of the features that the Gold provides:

Battery Life

The battery life is very similar to that of a typical PS4 controller.  If both are charged at the same time, the battery will last for the same amount of time.  This provides a full day of gaming with one charge, or if a person is only casually gaming, it will hold out for a couple of days between charges.  With a standard mico USB charger, if it the batter does get low, it can easily be charged while a person is still playing with a long cable.  The one that is provide with the Gold is quite short, however.

 Comfort

The PlayStation Gold is pretty comfortable.  It certainly is a lot more wearable than an in-ear headset and can be worn for quite awhile with no issue.  In fact, it is easy to forget that the headset is on.  There is padding along the top and around the ears.  The ear phones themselves are large enough to be comfortable for many hours of gaming.  It can get a bit hot because it is a larger headset, which may affect those living in a warmer more humid climate.

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The Gold features a noise cancelling microphone for chat during gaming.  There is an adjustable volume for chat and game volume, which is really handy.  It also easily adapts to the PS3, PS4, PSVita (using a headphone jack), or PC.  The Gold is incredibly easy to plug into a PS3 or PS4: just plug the USB in and select headset from the console.  Two PlayStation Gold’s can be plugged into a PS4 at once, making split-screen gaming with a friend very easy.  The microphone itself is very clear and, unlike the PlayStation Silver, does not have a microphone sticking out.

Sound

The Gold has a 7.1 virtual surround sound, and it does sound pretty decent.  A true audio connoisseur will probably not like it, but the average gamer will no doubt enjoy the sound quality for the price.

Versatility

The best part about the PlayStation Gold is its versatility because there are many more uses for it than just gaming.  It’s great for watching Netflix while a spouse of significant other is asleep.  For those people with children, a person can watch or play something without worrying about the kids hearing foul language.  For apartment dwellers, the Gold is amazing for late night movies and gaming so that the neighbors don’t hear.  The Gold is an overall good headset

So, is the PlayStation Gold the best wireless headset ever?  No.  However, is it the best for the price?  Absolutely!  It typically retails for a hundred dollars or lower, depending on the deal.  For a comfortable and versatile headset, that is a very reasonable price.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 11 Nov, 2014 At 02:31 AM | Categorized As Featured, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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This was my first year attending TigerDirect’s Tech Bash which itself isn’t exactly an old established event itself but apparently buddies and staff there last year noticed two major changes from its last run.

  • An increase in attendance.
  • An increase in observers.

What do I mean by observers? Well mostly people who don’t use technology so much, besides your run of the mill smart phone and computer for social networking and whatnot, and only attended to get a show and maybe some free stuff. There were many attendees and yet a lot of the large extravagant gaming setups seemed to go largely ignored by them.

Funny enough there was a huge line for a demo of the Oculus Rift which as you know Zuckerberg picked for its potential outside of gaming despite the project initially getting funded by a largely gamer demographic.

Now you can’t talk about the event without talking about how all the different exhibitors were laid out. The event was hosted at Marlins Park, the baseball stadium for Miami’s team. In the homefield where the actual games are played they set up a temporary show floor to not ruin the grass where the main sponsors were gathered. The areas outside the ring of stadium seat had rows of exhibitors with smaller booths from NVidia to Microsoft. I wish I could show the wide range of booths and setups but unfortunately my PC is not working normally and can’t detect my SD card. I believe I could benefit from buying either from Asus or iBUYPOWER whom had gaming setups in the main exhibit area. In terms of gaming a lot was going on, there were promotions for giveaways, gaming lounges, and Alienware even had a preview of Dying Light.

I have a few suggestions for both the actual event and its exhibitors to make next year even better.

  • Get a convention center. Marlins Stadium is large, but results in a lot of wasted space and more crowding.
  • Make the event slightly longer than 7 PM to 11 PM. It’s a short span of time to network, look around, have fun, find your buddies, etc. Especially when everything moves so slowly. Also observers can take up less of the event’s time.
  • If you’re having giveaways every half hour or so, PLEASE don’t make it a be there or lose deal. Seriously. Ask for a phone number and text the winner to collect their prize at the booth. A raffle of that sort should only be conducted once and have a prize worth the attendance. I’m looking at you Sandisk.
  • I can see Tech Bash is also an opportunity for people in the industry to connect. So please, make the networking event more accessible instead of a secluded area for the employees of event sponsors.

TigerDirect Tech Bash is a promising event with room to grow, but the event will have to grow along with its number of attendees lest they suffer in quality and lose the interest of sponsors and attendees. Miami does have a small but growing technology sector, and we need events like the Tech Bash to present it in a positive light and help foster it.

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At PAX East earlier this year, it was announced that there would be a PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. PAX South is to be held from January 23 to January 25.

Yesterday, Penny Arcade randomly announced at 1:11 pm via Twitter that PAX South tickets were on sale.  Within 2 hours, 3 day passes sold out.

Fortunately, single day passes are still available for purchase at http://south.paxsite.com/registration.

You can follow Penny Arcade on Twitter at @Official_PAX.

I will be at PAX South. Will you? What did you think of how they informed the public about the tickets being on sale? Let us know in the comments!