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* Tablet designed for PC gaming * Immersive HD gaming machine * Multidevice, take along headset * Space, the final frontier Immersive HD gaming machine Tablet designed for PC gaming The Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet (www.razerzone.com/projectfiona) is a new gaming concept design from Razer. Unlike other tablets, Project Fiona is being created for playing the most popular PC games. Based on the Intel Core i7 processor, Razer's user interface and ergonomics team have developed an all-new hybrid user interface scheme for Project Fiona. Featuring integrated dual game controllers with analog sticks, Project Fiona runs gamepad-enabled PC games right out of the box. To further intensify the gaming experience, the dual controllers will deliver full force feedback, so every explosion or gun recoil can be felt in the gamer's hands. Along with the game controllers, Project Fiona is also designed with accelerometers and a sensitive multitouch screen. This provides game developers with new game experiential opportunities to develop around the hybrid game control experience offered by Project Fiona. It also ensures current-generation PC games run on the tablet concept, as well as any existing games optimized for the touchscreen interface of a tablet. Developer units of the Project Fiona Concept PC Gaming Tablet will be available soon. The actual product is scheduled to ship Q4 2012 with a price estimated below $1,000. See it through http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--aGuXYo1rs An immersive high definition gaming experience is on offer with the new Alienware X51. The latest in Dell's PC gaming portfolio, the X51 features Intel Core i processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT or optional GTX class graphics cards, Wireless-N technology, HDMI 1.4 for connecting to 3D TVs and watching 3D Blu-ray movies, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio and GDDR5 graphics memory. At its entry-level configuration with a Core i3 processor, 4GB memory, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphics and a 1TB 7,200 rpm hard drive, the raw power of the X51 yields an average 34 frames per second in Battlefield 3 at high settings and a resolution of 1080p, for $699. A more powerful processor, more memory and a stronger power supply are all available. The X51 allows for a horizontal or vertical set-up thanks to a small, intelligently designed chassis. The internal layout with a mini-ITX motherboard enables consumers to perform their own hard drive, graphics card and memory upgrades easily, providing peace of mind in regards to the system's longevity. Multidevice, take along headset The SteelSeries Flux headset features new, on-ear mesh cloth cushions that pump out impressive sound levels via its 40mm driver units. The headset includes cable connections for an in-line, uni-directional microphone with mute controls that connect to a PC as well as a connector with a single 3.5mm jack for Mac and mobile devices. The multiuse headset was designed to be travel-friendly; the headset earcups to fold inward when wearing it around the neck, and collapse at the earcup hangers for compact storage. The Flux includes two input jacks -- one on each side. This allows users to choose which side the microphone cable can be plugged into, and the ability to "daisy chain" or plug in another headset to the Flux enabling multiple users to listen to the same device. The Flux becomes available in Q2 2012. Space, the final frontier Star Trek Online has been upgraded to the free-to-play model with the hope of attracting more fans and casual players to the game. In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe comes to life on a massive scale. Players captain their own starships as part of the Federation or Klingon Empire. They can journey to new worlds and take part in ground and space missions. Episodic Gameplay allows players to experience new weekly episodes that feature story-based gameplay and test a captain's ability to command. Download and play the game or join the community at www.startrekonline.com.

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Date:Jan 25, 2012
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