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It’s not often that you’ll stumble across third party hardware products that have been officially licensed by Xbox, with the traditional green Xbox One banner emblazoned on the packaging, but the Horipad Pro For Xbox One is one such controller. As such you’d expect that this product would be of the highest quality, and live up to the high quality standards that Microsoft themselves set for their gaming accessories. Unfortunately, first impressions of the Horipad Pro are not exactly stellar ones. The initial unboxing is when the trepidation first sets in. The controller is extremely light; in fact, if you are an Xbox One … Read More »

Headsets have become a vital piece of a gamer’s kit – as anyone who remembers the furore when Microsoft announced they wouldn’t be including a chat headset in the box from day one (they quickly relented) will understand. For many, the flimsy but serviceable Xbox One Chat headset will be all they ever need; useful for both chatting with team mates and shouting at Cortana, it does the job. There are benefits, though, to be gained from stepping a rung or two up the headset ladder, and opting for a stereo gaming headset that delivers both chat and game audio straight to … Read More »

A few weeks ago Turtle Beach announced the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Pack – a single bundle that contains the Elite Pro Tournament Headset, Tactical Audio Controller and the Tournament Noise Cancelling Microphone. You might already be familiar with the Elite Pro Headset – its journey began way back in 2013 as a performance headset aimed squarely at the eSports scene, where precision audio is key. Although this headset is aimed at professional e-Sports gamers, it’s actually a brilliant headset for any gamer – or at least any gamer who can afford it. If you’re a multi-platform gamer the heft of that price tag … Read More »

LucidSound are a brand new company with a mission statement that includes the line ‘providing gamers with the ultimate experience in sound by creating high-end audio products.’ The ultimate experience. Sounds pretty uppity from a new company until you understand the pedigree of the people behind the name. LucidSound founders Chris Von Huben and Aaron Smith have serious audio form. Von Huben founded Tritton, and Smith was that company’s Project Manager and Developer. Tritton, if you are unaware, make some of the best high-end gaming headsets around, used by pro teams and serious streamers the world over. With such a … Read More »

There’s something fundamentally joyful about picking up a controller and settling down to play a game. We might shout “Xbox On” while we hunt for our Red Dead Redemption disc, but the game only begins when we pick up that controller, and it nestles into our palms. We’re an Xbox website (you may have noticed) but we play across all consoles and PC and, for us, the standard Xbox One controller is just about perfect. But we play a lot of games, and spend a lot of time with a controller in our hands, so we – like many others – have … Read More »

When people say HyperX the first thing that comes to mind is their impressive memory or SSD drives. The HyperX CloudX™ Pro Gaming Headset (to give it its full title) is one of the company’s first headset designed for Xbox One. The CloudX carries the “Designed for Xbox” branding so you know it’s licensed and approved by Microsoft, and at £81 it’s certainly an affordable option for most Xbox One owners. The CloudX is designed to partner the Xbox Elite Wireless controller – aesthetically it’s a very good match – and second-gen Xbox One controllers with a 3.5mm stereo headset … Read More »

At XboxOneUK we know gaming can be hard on the old back at times. With ever-more absorbing and engaging games, gaming sessions are getting longer and longer and it’s important to be comfortable – the Vertagear S-Line SL5000 is designed to meet the needs of the serious gamer and those long sessions. Chairs are big, so the Vertagear arrived in a big box, but very secure and well packed – thanks Vertagear and Overclockers. Once everything was unpacked from the box we had one of those moments – we were slightly worried that we wouldn’t be able to put it all together! But in the … Read More »

Welcome to the future of sound or, as you might know it, the Turtle Beach Elite 800X. The Elite 800x is Turtle Beach’s new premium offering – their most advanced gaming headset so far. At the premium end of the market there are a number of boxes to tick – and the Elite 800X ticks them all, and more. The headset has some standout features, including DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Channel Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound modes, as well as a range of custom pre-built audio profiles. The very first thing you’ll notice, though, is the premium packaging. When you’re shelling out … Read More »

Razer are famed for high-end gaming kit, from stunning gaming laptops to headsets, mice and keyboards. Now Razer have launched their first video capture device, entering the streaming market and going head to head with capture giants Elgato. The Razer Ripsaw allows virtually lagless streaming via its USB 3.0 interface and captures at resolutions up to 1080p60. It is aimed at the console and PC market, and is compatible with industry-standard software solutions OBS and XSplit, the two most popular broadcasting software applications.   This is also the first 1080p 60fps capture device we’ve seen that handles both composite and component, offering more flexibility … Read More »

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