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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jan 11, 2020. 23 comments

First-Party Xbox Series X Games Won’t Be Exclusive For A While, Microsoft Says

First-Party Xbox Series X Games Won’t Be Exclusive For A While, Microsoft Says

First-party Xbox Series X games won’t be exclusive for at least the first year or two, if a new interview with the head of Xbox Game Studios is to be believed. Speaking to the website MCVUK, Xbox’s Matt Booty confirmed what many have been assuming—that Microsoft’s games will be both forwards and backwards compatible.

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games,...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 08, 2020. 11 comments

Alienware Is Definitely Not Ripping Off The Nintendo Switch

Alienware Is Definitely Not Ripping Off The Nintendo Switch

This week at CES in Las Vegas, Alienware showed off its ConceptUFO, a portable PC gaming system with detachable controllers that can be played handheld, in tabletop mode, or connected to a television. It is not a Nintendo Switch.

For one, the Switch is a real product you can buy, and ConceptUFO is just a working design prototype. It’s not being sold and may never come to fruition, so no one...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 07, 2020. 19 comments

New Gaming PC Comes With Built-In Xbox One or PS4

New Gaming PC Comes With Built-In Xbox One or PS4

PC gaming or console gaming? Why not both? Today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, custom system builder Origin PC launched the Big O, a gaming rig that starts at $2,500 and comes with your choice of Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 Pro built into the case.

Originally conceived as a gaming PC with all three current-generation consoles built in , Origin PC trimmed back its original concept for a...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 31, 2019. 6 comments

Should I Replace My Damaged Nintendo Switch?

Should I Replace My Damaged Nintendo Switch?

There is a hole on the top of my Nintendo Switch where the vent grill used to be. It’s been growing for the past year and a half and It is very concerning. A replacement console may be in order. What do you think?

I’m pretty sure the gaping hole is my fault. It started developing in February of 2018, shortly after I modified my console , replacing the original back cover with a translucent red...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 20, 2019. 11 comments

The Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro Is A Decent Retro Console In A So-So Fight Stick

The Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro Is A Decent Retro Console In A So-So Fight Stick

I can’t get over how pretty the Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro is. The curvaceous white housing, the brightly colored buttons, the candy-apple-red joystick—it’s just so pleasing to my eye. It’s almost more fun to look at than it is to use.

Announced in September and available now , the $130 Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro is a very fancy standalone retro gaming console packed with classic SNK fighting...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 17, 2019. 8 comments

New Sony Gadget Adds Two More Buttons To The Dualshock 4

New Sony Gadget Adds Two More Buttons To The Dualshock 4

One of the most prevalent features in high-end third-party PlayStation 4 controllers is rear paddle buttons. Sony’s new Back Button Attachment, coming in January for $30, adds a pair of programmable buttons to the back of the Dualshock 4.

The Back Button Attachment, announced today via the PlayStation Blog, connects to the bottom of the Dualshock 4 via the utility port, with a pass-through...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Dec 06, 2019. 24 comments

Razer CEO Berated And Threatened His Staff, Former Employees Say

Razer CEO Berated And Threatened His Staff, Former Employees Say

Min-Liang Tan was “officially pissed off,” he wrote in an email to members of Razer’s marketing team in February of 2014. The gaming hardware company hadn’t made the business website Fast Company’s 2014 list of “Most Innovative Companies,” and in his email, part of an exchange obtained by Kotaku, Tan asked of his marketing employees, “Are you guys fucking off?”

Tan, who had been chief executive...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 03, 2019. 14 comments

Let’s Hear It For Controllers That Glow Just Because They Can

Let’s Hear It For Controllers That Glow Just Because They Can

This is PDP’s $50 Afterglow Wireless Deluxe Controller for the Nintendo Switch. I have many third-party game pads for the Nintendo Switch, with all sorts of special features. While the Afterglow has a couple of neat customization features, its main draw is glowing. That’s why I am using it. Glowing is great.

Many PC peripherals glow. PC hardware and accessory maker Razer has made glowing one...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 22, 2019. 13 comments

I Don't Think I Need A Wireless Switch Headset

I Don't Think I Need A Wireless Switch Headset

Bundled with a first-of-its-kind USB-C 2.4GHz dongle that fits nicely in the bottom of the Switch, SteelSeries’ $99 Arctis 1 Wireless gaming headset is the first truly wireless headset for Nintendo’s latest console. It’s very nice. I just don’t see myself using it a lot, at least not on the Switch.

The Arctis 1 Wirelessly works spectacularly well with the Switch. SteelSeries’ Arctis line...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 01, 2019. 20 comments

One Of The Best Third-Party PlayStation 4 Controllers Gets A Sequel

One Of The Best Third-Party PlayStation 4 Controllers Gets A Sequel

The Scuf Vantage is an incredibly comfortable, highly customizable third-party controller for the PlayStation 4. It’s got four customizable back paddles, extra side buttons, swappable faceplates and analog sticks—it’s basically the PS4’s answer to Microsoft’s Elite Wireless. Well, now Scuf has announced the Vantage 2, which is all that, only better.

Tim Rogers and I swear by our Scuf Vantage...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 28, 2019. 14 comments

8BitDo's Switch Lite-Inspired Controller Has Two (!) D-Pads

8BitDo's Switch Lite-Inspired Controller Has Two (!) D-Pads

Styled after Nintendo’s new Switch Lite, the 8BitDo Lite is a controller so ultra-portable that it’s got two directional pads instead of analog sticks to keep it as thin as possible.

The 8BitDo Lite features all the functionality of a full-sized Nintendo Switch controller, only instead of analog sticks, it has D-pads. That means these should take the place of analog sticks, perfect for games...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 27, 2019. 5 comments

New Streaming Mic Displays Emoticons, Because Why Not

New Streaming Mic Displays Emoticons, Because Why Not

A large percentage of on-camera streamers share the screen with microphones that do nothing but sit there and capture sound. Razer’s new Seiren Emote, announced today at TwitchCon, comes with a built-in 8-bit emoticon display that can link to Twitch and react dynamically to subscriptions, follows, and chat messages.

Using Razer’s Streamer Companion App in conjunction with the $180...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 19, 2019. 23 comments

Nintendo Switch Lite: The Kotaku Review

Nintendo Switch Lite: The Kotaku Review

The Nintendo Switch Lite is one of the finest handheld gaming devices I’ve ever used. It’s sturdy, stylish, and comfortable . It launches with a library that’s already over 2,500 games strong. If all you’re looking for from the Nintendo Switch is personal, portable play, it’s perfect. But is that all you’re looking for?

From its first trailer, with its rooftop parties, car trips, and esports...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 17, 2019. 17 comments

Big, Beefy Switch Controllers For Big, Beefy Hands

Big, Beefy Switch Controllers For Big, Beefy Hands

Joy-Cons are small. They are designed so that Switch can be a sleek, nearly-seamless handheld gaming device. Hori’s Split Pad Pro is what happens when ideas like “small” and “sleek” and “not ridiculous” are tossed out the window. The more I play with them, gripping them in my larger-than-average hands, the less I mind their chonkiness and lack of extended functionality.

The $50 Split Pad...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 30, 2019. 10 comments

The Scuf Prestige Is The Next Best Thing To The Xbox Elite Controller

The Scuf Prestige Is The Next Best Thing To The Xbox Elite Controller

In 2015, Atlanta-based Scuf Gaming licensed its patented controller technology to Microsoft, resulting in the creation of the outstanding Xbox Elite Wireless Controller . Scuf’s new Prestige controller for the Xbox One and PC incorporates a lot of the same technology, as well as the option for customization. It’s quickly become my second favorite Xbox One controller.

The $160 Scuf Prestige...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 22, 2019. 7 comments

Look At This Gosh-Darn Pretty Gaming PC

Look At This Gosh-Darn Pretty Gaming PC

If I wanted to, I could put together a gaming PC with many of the same parts as this desktop by boutique system builder CLX, but I could never make it look as good. From the striking patterned pink outer shell to the gleefully glowing innards, CLX knows how to make a gaming rig look amazing.

CLX is the gaming division of Cybertron PC, a Kansas-based company that’s been putting together PCs...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019. 9 comments

I Found A Portable Monitor That's Perfect For My Limited Desk Space

I Found A Portable Monitor That's Perfect For My Limited Desk Space

Since I became paralyzed last year, I’ve spent a lot of effort figuring out how to reconcile my need for quick access to game consoles with my limited mobility. Viotek’s new LinQ portable 15.6-inch touchscreen monitor appears to have ended my quest. It’s exactly what I needed to get all my gaming hardware in one compact space.

There is no shortage of screens in my home. Between my collection...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 10, 2019. 9 comments

I Love Mad Catz's Bizarre Gaming Mice

I Love Mad Catz's Bizarre Gaming Mice

Look at this piece of gaming hardware, all panels and buttons and weird pokey bits. This is the Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ 1,000, a limited edition mouse celebrating the company’s 30 year anniversary. It’s emblematic of the odd but oddly-satisfying design choices made by one of the biggest names in computer peripherals. I love it as if it were my own cyborg son.

To think we nearly lost Mad Catz. Back...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 09, 2019. 11 comments

Origin PC's EVO16-S Is A Wonderful Little Laptop And Mine Has A Unicorn On It

Origin PC's EVO16-S Is A Wonderful Little Laptop And Mine Has A Unicorn On It

When Origin PC approached me about reviewing its EVO16-S gaming laptop, the representative asked me if I wanted anything printed on the top laptop panel. “A pink unicorn,” I said. “Like a majestic unicorn on the side of a van.” A few weeks later arrived the most beautiful laptop I’ve ever used.

The EVO16-S is the smallest of the Florida-based boutique PC maker’s EVO line of thin gaming...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 06, 2019. 16 comments

The Samurai Shodown Limited Edition Neo Geo Mini Is Clearly Superior

The Samurai Shodown Limited Edition Neo Geo Mini Is Clearly Superior

Our original review called the Neo Geo Mini arcade-style retro console “cute, but an imperfect nostalgia trip.” The Samurai Shodown limited edition, released this week to celebrate the latest entry in the long-running fighting game series, is exactly that, but it comes with more stuff and looks so much nicer.

I firmly believe that translucent plastic makes everything better. Game consoles ....

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