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Mad Catz today announced the shipping of the TRITTON Kama Stereo Headset for PlayStation4 and PlayStationVita.

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Specially built for the PlayStation 4’s multiplayer online environments, the Kama delivers a comfortable audio experience while simplifying online chat.  Directly connecting to the PlayStation 4 DUALSHOCK4 Wireless Controller  and nearly any device with a 3.5mm jack – the gamer is free to play in full stereo no matter where the game takes them. The Kama also features a flexible performance microphone and uncomplicated inline audio controls which further enhance the consumer’s online gaming experience.

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“The PlayStation 4 has proven a massive success at retail, and we’re pleased to ship the Kama headset specifically designed for this next generation of gaming,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.  “The Kama offers high-fidelity sound and impressive build quality at a price we believe to be unmatched within the category.”

Today Respawn and Microsoft have released first details of The Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller for the Xbox One that’s has been designed by Respawn in collaboration with the Xbox design team.

The Titanfall Limited Edition Xbox One Wireless Controller, inspired by the in-game elite IMC titan pilot’s C-101 carbine!, the new Limited edition controller will be available in the UK from GAME sold exclusively with more information coming soon.

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With only a few months until Titanfall is released on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC on the 11th March in North America and 13/14th March for Europe.

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Microsoft has revealed more details on its new Xbox One controller, including the fact that it’ll charge via USB.
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Sarcasm aside, the new controller has plenty of new features and in fact 200 prototype controllers were got through before Microsoft arrived at the final design.
Here’s some of the main features as described by Major Nelson:
Impulse Triggers – Xbox One’s Wireless Controller sports four vibration motors – a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips, and a larger in each grip for large scale rumbles.
Higher Quality Headset Audio – The data transfer rate between the controller and console has been improved, allowing for higher fidelity audio in communication headsets. In-game chat over Xbox Live, according to the team, will be in many cases clearer than talking on a phone.
Revamped Thumbsticks – The thumbsticks are built for precision and comfort; are smaller and outlined with a knurled texture for better grip. The sticks require 25 percent less force to move, allowing you to adjust your aim in a first-person shooter or execute a half-circle sweep. It also uses advanced electronics that reduce thumbstick deadzone in the centre.
Brand New D-Pad – The new design is architectured to deliver more precision and tactile feedback for gaming. It provides accurate cardinal direction input, sweeping movements and combinations.
Buttons, Buttons, Buttons – The A, B, X and Y buttons are lower to the controller with tighter spacing, making the transition between each one smoother. A new, three-step manufacturing process gives these buttons a more premium look, and the size and placement of the Xbox button has also changed so the view and menu buttons are more accessible.
Seamless Connectivity – Each controller uses a combination of invisible reflective technology and LEDs to send a patterned infrared signal to your console and Kinect sensor. This makes pairing the devices seamless, and enables Kinect to associate the controller with whoever is holding it. This introduces experiences such as player switching, where a split screen display can swap positions on the TV if users change seats on the couch.
Low Power State – If you’re watching a movie or need to step away from the TV, the controller enters a low power state that conserves your battery. The moment you pick it up again, it will be ready for use without having to resynch with the console.
Refined for Comfort – The controller’s design was honed to the closest tenth of a millimeter to offer the most comfortable fit in users’ hands, and was tested extensively by a broader age group than ever before to ensure it is optimized for as many people as possible. According to the team’s research, this improves gameplay performance and allows comfortable gaming for longer periods of time.
Angled Triggers and Bumpers – The triggers and bumpers are designed for performance and comfort. The specific angling allows for a natural fit for your fingers, and the triggers require a lighter pull. Squeezing it repeatedly is an easier and more precise.
Internal Battery Cavity –The compartment that houses AA batteries is built into the interior of the controller, giving your fingers more room to grip at the bottom. The controller is both wireless and a wired and can be plugged into Xbox One with a mini USB cable. The connection automatically switches to preserve battery life.
Controller group: Microsoft Studios

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Today Sonos have released their 4.1 software update.

This update includes:

  • Better Playlist Support. Sonos makes it easier than ever to create and edit Sonos playlists.
    • Create playlists without using the queue—simply select Sonos Playlists and choose New Playlist.
    • Add tracks to a playlist from any available source by choosing a track and selecting Add to… Sonos Playlist.
    • Easily edit playlists by selecting a Sonos playlist and choosing Edit to delete or move tracks within the playlist.
  • New Spotify features. Spotify customers can now:
    • Create and edit Spotify playlists using a Sonos controller.
    • Access and play music from Spotify playlist folders directly using a Sonos controller.
    • Use either Facebook account credentials or Spotify account credentials to add a Spotify account to Sonos.
  • More alarm options. Wake up to music from any music subscription service.
    • When setting an alarm, now you can select a music service you’re subscribed to in addition to the music choices you already have.
  • Other improvements:
    • The time it takes to update your Sonos components should be reduced significantly.
    • The Android notification feature has been improved.
  • Demo video. Love your Sonos system? Want to show your friends how it works?
    • Select Show Demo from the Sonos app when you’re away from your Sonos system.

Let us know what you think of the updates by leaving a comment below.

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It’s been confirmed that the Xbox One won’t support Xbox 360 peripherals. Microsoft has said that advancements in wireless technology and Kinect tracking mean that controllers from the previous system won’t be supported.

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“Xbox One was designed from the ground up with entirely new technology to deliver a new generation of experiences for both games and entertainment,” read the statement sent to Joystiq.

“For example, the Wireless Controller will connect to the console using high speed data transfer to enable higher fidelity headset audio and future controller add-on experiences that are not possible with Xbox 360 wireless technology.

“Additionally, the all-new Kinect sensor’s ability to locate the wireless controller is dependent on new technology.

“In order for Xbox One to deliver robust, meaningful gaming scenarios for all users across all experiences, only Xbox One controllers and accessories will work with the new console.”

Sony is introducing DualShock 3 support to its Xperia line of smart devices, according to a report. Tech blogger Tom Randall demonstrated the PlayStation 3 controller’s functionality with the Xperia SP in a recent YouTube video.

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“Sony has created a piece of software for its Xperia smartphone range that will let you connect a DualShock 3 wireless controller just like on your console,” he explained.

“[This will allow] you to play hundreds of titles optimised for gamepad from either the Google Play Store or PlayStation Mobile.”

DualShock 3 control for Android tablets and smartphones was previously achievable, but only if the device was rooted.

Randall went on to say that the Xperia SP will launch with DualShock 3 support, and speculated that the feature could come to other Xperia devices in the future.

Watch Tom Randall control the Xperia SP using a DualShock 3 controller above.

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As part of Sony’s big reveal last night for the new PlayStation 4, they also showed off the new DualShock 4 controller.

The controller has a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor and a front touch pad. There is also an LED that can identify different players.

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DUALSHOCK 4 adopts the familiar form factor of the DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller with some key enhancements:

  • Motion control is enabled by a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor
  • Dual analog sticks fine-tuned for better precision plus improved surface materials and shape for more delicate manipulation
  • L2/R2 buttons on the top of the controller employ a curved design for easier, smoother interaction
  • A new “Options” button combines the functions of the DUALSHOCK 3’s “Select” and “Start” buttons for operating in-game menus

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The “Share” button allows you to easily broadcast your gameplay in real-time through streaming sites such as Ustream, where fellow gamers can comment and even join your game in new ways. For example, if you’re stuck in a difficult level, your friends can offer health potions or special weapons that you can use during gameplay. You can also instantly upload images or video to Facebook by pressing the “Share” button. As both a developer and a gamer, I’m personally excited about the opportunity to get help from friends when facing a challenge, and I can’t wait to see what my friends are playing in real time along with videos of their favorite in-game moments.

On the front side of DUALSHOCK 4 is a light bar with LED that illuminate in various colors to match the color of the character in a game as a simple way to identify players. The colors can also provide useful information to players, such as when their character has taken damage during a game. DUALSHOCK 4 was developed alongside a second peripheral, a dual camera which can sense the depth of the environment in front of it and also track the 3D location of the controller via its light bar. The new camera incorporates four microphones capable of accurate sound detection and source origination, and it will support the PlayStation Move motion controller with more precision than ever before.

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DUALSHOCK 4 also has a touchpad at the front of the controller as a new input method, offering more ways to interact with games. Additionally there’s a built-in speaker and headset jack to deliver high-fidelity sound effects from the games. A headset will be bundled with PS4, enabling gamers to chat with friends during online gaming and to hear sound effects from the controller.

So what do you think of the new controller? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Today Sonos will release a number of updates to its system.

This update will deliver the following three enhancements:

Sonos Favourites:

– Add any track, album, playlist or radio station from any music source to your Sonos Favourites

– Quickly find and play the music you love simply by selecting your Sonos Favourites from the music menu in any Sonos Controller

Sonos Controller for Android:

– A new widget allows you to Play/Pause or skip tracks from your home screen. The new widget also displays album art and metadata so you can quickly see what’s playing without having to launch your Sonos app.

– Improved Search feature enables you to find new music from any screen within the Sonos Controller.

iPhone 5 display support:

– We optimized the Sonos Controller for iPhone so you can enjoy the app on the larger iPhone5 screen.

Let us know what you think of the updates by leaving a comment below.

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SONOS have updated their Controller app for the iPhone and iPad allowing streaming directly from the device.

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Control all of your music, in every room, from your iPad or iPhone. Manage your iTunes library, the best online music services, shows and podcasts, and thousands of radio stations around the world on the multi-pane view, exclusive to iPad. Browse through cover art or drag and drop to create playlists to stream through every room of your home. Play a different song in each room, or play together in perfect synchronization, while adjusting the individual volume of each player.

Use with the SONOS PLAY:3 or SONOS PLAY:5 or any Sonos component running v3.8 or higher to enjoy all of your music, in every room.

FEATURES
• Stream all the music on earth all over the house, wirelessly – no docking or computer required.
• Works seamlessly with Anubis.fm, Aupeo!, Deezer, iheartradio, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Pandora®, Rdio®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM™, Slacker, Internet Radio, Spotify®, Stitcher, Wolfgang’s Vault®. (Service availability varies by region.)
• Instantly access music stored on your computer, and play music from a NAS drive or Apple Time Capsule without turning on your computer.
• Play a different song in every room or the same song in perfect synchronization.
• Control the music selection and volume in each room individually.
• Search for any song with the touch-screen keyboard.
• Drag and drop songs or albums into the queue or now playing pane.
• Wake up or fall asleep to your favorite music or Internet radio station with full-featured alarms.
• Set up or expand the Sonos system wirelessly with the touch

What’s New in Version 3.8.3

The Sonos app will now play music from your iOS device. (iOS version 6 or later).

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As well as updating the iPad app, Sonos have also updated the Android version of the Controller app.

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The Sonos Controller for Android is a free wireless music controller for Sonos.

Control all of your music, in every room, from your Android device. Manage your library, the best online music services, shows and podcasts, plus hundreds of thousands of radio stations around the world; to stream through every room in your home. Play a different song in every room or play together in perfect synchronization, while adjusting the individual volume of each player.

Use the touch screen or physical keyboard on your Android to pick a room, pick a song, then hit play. Simply link and unlink rooms to play different songs in different rooms or the same song in every room — perfect synchronization.

What’s in this version:

This release of the Sonos Controller for Android has been optimized for ALL Android tablets–giving customers more ways to control their music with landscape and album art modes.

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Have you used it? If so, leave us a comment below.

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