Category: Accessories

Accessories will cost more on Xbox One than Xbox 360

I guess you can blame inflation if you want but the accessories for the Xbox One are priced higher than those on the Xbox 360.  A wireless controller on the Xbox One will cost you $59.99; ten bucks more than the Xbox 360 controller.  If you want to add a charge cable to it, you’ll have to fork over $74.99.

The ‘sold separately’ headset will cost $24.99.  These companies are doing us no favors when it comes to cost are they?  The Xbox One is already $499.99 and now the total cost of ownership is going up even more.  It’d be nice if they included two controllers in the package but that hasn’t been the case in years.  So you’ll have to buy at least one additional controller plus the headset.

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Microsoft must think we’re all sitting on ‘gold’.  What say you?

Plantronics GameCom Commander Headset, get serious about gaming!

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the world of finally looking the part of a bad ass professional gamer.  There are plenty of headsets available to carry with you as you etch your name on leader boards across the country.  There are plenty of quality headsets.  But there is only one GameCom Commander headset.  If you walk into a pro circuit with these, you’re going to intimidate the crowd because they’re some serious looking headsets.  The packaging is beautiful (as I’ve mentioned) and the build quality is second to none.  The design of them mimics what you’d expect to see an military pilot wear.

“Professional gamers have unique needs which make the performance of their equipment as important as the skills they possess. The GameCom Commander headset is one of the most important weapons in the gamer’s arsenal, engineered in the long-standing tradition of Plantronics headsets for astronauts, pilots, emergency workers, and others on the frontlines,” said Tanguy Leborgne, vice president of consumer solutions at Plantronics.

Make no mistake, the Commander is built and aimed at the pro gamer.  It delivers on just about every aspect you can think of when trying to find a good pair of headsets that allow you to focus strictly on the game.  The noise cancellation is the best I’ve ever enjoyed.  You can put them on and literally block off the world around you.  When I put them on it was as if the world around me disappeared and I had nothing but the game in front (and around) me.  The noise isolation technology is second to none.

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Tritton Warhead 7.1 unboxing and hands on

I have been waiting on the Tritton Warhead 7.1 Surround Headsets to release for a while.  I’ve tried quite a few different headsets but none of them were truly wireless.  They each had to connect to the controller for party chat/voice.  However, the Warhead has no such restriction.  You can roam freely with the only true wireless headset.  I’m sure you won’t roam all over your living room but you can appreciate the freedom of having no wires can’t you?  I know I can.

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Gaming in TruMotion 120Hz is pure magic!

Happy Monday gamers! My name is Deacon and I am a TruMotion addict … (from now on). This past weekend I did a little moving and a little connecting as I settled in to a brand new place. Along for the ride came my brand new LG 47″ Class Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED TV with SmartTV and it was glorious.

For those of you who know me, you’ll probably guess that the most important feature of this new TV was the 1080p.  I’m a sucker for a pretty picture and for as long as I can remember, it’s the only thing that mattered to me.  I didn’t care about any refresh rate or Hz (hertz) etc.  I figured as long as my eyes couldn’t tell the difference then my wallet would never know.  I’m here to tell you that everything has changed and it’s because of TruMotion and LG.

When I finished mounting the TV, I immediately went to connect my Xbox 360 to get a little 3D and some play some Gears of War 3 in 1080p.  What I didn’t know was that 1080p would become a second fiddle to TruMotion.  When I booted Gears of War 3 up and began my attack on the Locust, I had to immediately pause the game.  TruMotion had removed the shackles from my eyes and they were finally seeing gaming as it was meant to be played.  I was seriously dying left and right before I paused and adjusted.  After I took in the awesomeness that I was seeing from my LG, I returned to dominant form.

I am here to remove the egg from my face after so casually dismissing the importance of hertz and refresh rate.  It matters ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks to LG and its TruMotion 120Hz feature it was as if I was playing Gears of War 3 for the very first time.

Well done LG.  Life (and gaming) is definitely GOOD!  I can only imagine what TruMotion 240Hz is like on their newer TVs.  Heaven perhaps?

TRITTON Warhead 7.1 headset coming next month!

I often dream of playing my Xbox 360 with a wireless headset that doesn’t require me to be connected to my controller.  Not being able to truly make a wireless headset that is completely free of its shackles has been the dilemma for many third party accessory makers.  However, not only are those shackles free now but one could argue that Tritton has burned those muthaflippers to the ground with its Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset!  They’re the first completely wireless 3rd party headset for the Xbox 360.

TRITTON’s Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset is a truly wireless solution – – no need to connect a chat cable to your Xbox 360 gaming controller! A robust 5.8GHz wireless signal ensures interference-free operation from other 2.4GHz wireless devices and provides crystal-clear audio at a range of 33 feet. Hear immersive 7.1 Dolby Headphone surround sound through a pair of precision-tuned 50mm speakers featuring Neodymium magnets. With two rechargeable battery packs for 24/7 gaming, one battery always charging on the base station means you can simply swap in a fresh pack whenever the headset needs more energy.”

This thing is an absolute BEAST of a headset.  I got a chance to check a pair out a few months back during the Microsoft MVP Summit and I couldn’t wait until they hit retail.  Well, they’ll finally be here next month on August 6.

These are going to go perfect with my new 3D hotness!  The price may make some of you cringe but for the audio fanatics, these things are the best you can get.  They’ll retail for US $299. 

I’m preparing to bring an unforgettable “war” to my ears next month … let’s go Warhead!

GoFlex Satellite Review, wireless storage flexes its muscle

I know I’m not the only one carrying around mobile devices, tablets and things of that nature.  The one thing they all have in common is that each of these devices is likely filled to the rim with photos, videos and movies.  I own an iPod Touch 4G 32GB and after loading digital copies of movies, the gigs disappears rather quickly.  Well I’m not going to buy a larger iPod Touch so I’d often end up just deleting the movies to clear up space.  I hated doing that because playing favorites sucks.

Enter the GoFlex Satellite to solve that problem finally!  It’s a wireless storage device with 500 gigs just waiting to be used.  The unit came with a USB 3.0 adapter to sync with your PC if you want to drag and drop files from it.  You can also use it with your iOS device (be that an iPad, iPhone or iPod).  It also works with Android or any other tablet, laptop etc.  And it’s all over WiFi.  I’ve never been more comfortable taking an extra storage device along for a trip than I have with the GoFlex Satellite.  The thing is just pretty damn convenient.

Setting it up is simple as well.  Of course there’s an app for use on your iOS device which makes accessing the files on the storage unit really easy.  I thought the app setup was easy enough albeit it wasn’t the best thing to look at.  There’s only an app for the iOS devices but as long as your device can connect to a web browser  you can tap into it.

Once you store your media  on the GoFlex, you can then stream it directly to your PC or tablet/mobile device.  All you have to do is pull up the app or web browser and select the content.  It’ll start playing on your device immediately.  Yes, the same goes for documents and photos.  You simply launch the GoFlex app and click on your stored media.

In today’s world, it’s all about storage and how you can have more of it.  For $199.99, this is the easiest and perhaps the best solution to having everything you need at any moment.  The built in WiFi of the device is superb.  The ease at which files are transferred is impressive and the best thing is that your media suffers no downgrade in quality … it works perfectly.

I used the GoFlex Satellite on an iPod Touch, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an iPad 3.  I saved myself quite a bit of storage on each device thanks to it.  Did I mention that it also looks good?  I know that may not be of concern to most but for me I like a device that looks good.  It is designed in such a way that it won’t make you look foolish if you carry it around.  It’s not bulky and it doesn’t have a bunch of wires hanging out of it.  You can conceal it or carry it easily.

If you’re a fan of storage and a fan of things that just work as they should, then this device is a must-have.  It works and there’s a built in battery that allows you to stream for about five hours on a full charge.  I know an app for Android would be nice but the web browser experience is simple enough to hold you over until Seagate decides to make one.  For now, the iOS family gets the app love.

Recommended? Yes!