As customizable and weird-looking as ever.
By Vince Ingenito
Mad Catz has announced the RAT Pro X+, which will be the new high-end flagship mouse in their line of PC gaming peripherals.
The announcement comes along with the reveal of their new Tritton headsets, the ARK 300 for consoles, and the ARK 100 for PC. Keeping in line with the spirit of the RAT line, the Pro X+ is as highly customizable as its predecessors, featuring swappable feet, scroll wheels, optical sensors and much more.
Mad Catz plans to show off its new line of gaming peripherals at CES 2017 in Las Vegas later today. Prices and dates of availability or still forthcoming.
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Ep. 9 director to meet with Lucasfilm boss next week.
By Jim Vejvoda
The powers that be in the Star Wars franchise will reportedly meet soon to determine how to handle Leia Organa’s inclusion in future films in light of actress Carrie Fisher‘s death.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than VIII.” Star Wars: Episode VIII has finished filming, and Fisher reportedly wrapped shooting her scenes.
Some vague possible spoilers follow.
THR adds that “at least two key scenes” involving Leia were planned for Episodes VIII and IX: “a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in 2015’s The Force Awakens.”
Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly are still working on the script for Star Wars: Episode IX. THR claims Trevorrow will meet with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy in L.A. the week of Jan. 10 “to discuss options.”
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THR suggests these options could include using CGI to digitally recreate Leia for certain scenes, writing her out of the story or, in the case of Episode VIII, re-shooting her scenes if necessary. Episode IX likely won’t start filming until early 2018 for a December 2019 release so the filmmakers have time to implement whatever option they ultimately go with for that film.
A December 30th report from The Insurance Insider also claimed “Leia was again slated to have a major role in Episode IX,” and that Lloyd’s of London is expected to have to pay Disney $50 million in “contract protection cover,” an insurance clause set to trigger in the event that Fisher was unable to fulfill her obligations to the new Star Wars films.
By Seth G. Macy
Nvidia wants everyone to have access to its hardware. Knowing it’s impossible to fit a GTX 1080 into a MacBook, the company introduced a cloud-based gaming solution to let PC gamers access its top-end hardware without needing to assemble a gaming PC.
The GeForce Now service uses GTX 1080-equipped machines in data centers to stream games to PCs and Macs.
Nvidia announces its cloud gaming service.
Nvidia is selling its service by touting it as an alternative to upgrading or replacing aging or ill-equipped computers. The service is compatible “with most” PCs and Macs, and requires downloading the GeForce Now client.
From there, the experience is pretty much the same as someone with a dedicated gaming rig. Games can be bought on Steam, GOG, Battle.net, etc., and installed and played on the GeForce virtual machines.
Of course, you can’t just dive headfirst into the world of GTX 1080 gaming. Nvidia’s top-end hardware is only available in the top-tier. After registering, Nvidia offers a free “8 hours on a GeForce GTX 1060 PC,” or 4 hours on a GTX 1080 PC. From there, the pricing schedule follows the same rule of halves: for $25 you get 20 hours on the 1060 or 10 on the 1080.
During yesterday’s Nvidia keynote, unseen Mass Effect Andromeda footage was shown to the public for the first time, running on GTX 1080 hardware.
You can sign up for early access on Nvidia’s site, and it will email you when it’s your chance to try it out.
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