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City of Industry, Calif. – Performance gaming PC maker CyberPower is now offering several series of PC gaming systems based on Nvidia’s new Nvidia GTX 750; GTX 750 Ti, and GTX Titan Black edition GPUs.
CyberPower customers can add the GPUs to its Zeus Mini small form factor series, Zeus EVO, and Fang III systems, the company said.
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New York – Sales in the United States of Sony’s PlayStation4 entertainment console topped Microsoft’s Xbox One in the month of January, a new report from the NPD Group revealed.
Exact numbers were not revealed, but reports said the PS4 results more than doubled its closest rival in the month.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Turtle Beach announced an Xbox One upgrade program for new purchases of select current-generation headsets.
Consumers who purchase a Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven, X42, XP400 or XP510 between Nov. 22 and Jan. 30, 2014, will receive a kit that will make the headset compatible with the new Xbox One console, said Turtle Beach.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech took the wraps off its first iPhone gaming controller, the PowerShell Controller + Battery.
The device attaches to an iPhone 5, 5s or a fifth-generation iPod Touch running iOS 7 for console-style gaming with a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons. It also has a 1,500 mAh battery that will charge the Apple device during game play, and comes with a headphone extender to prevent the cable from interfering with game play.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Turtle Beach named a new chief financial officer and operations VP, both part of its plan to merge with audio company Parametric Sound by the end of this year.
John Hanson, most recently VP and chief financial officer of Dialogic, joined the company as chief financial officer, replacing Bruce Murphy. According to a company statement, Murphy will remain at Turtle Beach until the end of the year.
Chicago – Premium gaming accessories supplier SteelSeries is expanding its North American retail footprint in time for the holiday shopping season.
Consumers can now find select SteelSeries gaming audio, mice, keyboards, controllers and mousepads at h.h. gregg, EB Games Canada, Staples Canada, London Drug, Target.com, Costco.com, Hastings, TigerDirect and The Source.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Turtle Beach took the wraps off what’s it’s calling the first officially licensed headsets for the upcoming Nintendo Wii U gaming console.
The Ear Force NLa was engineered explicitly for use with the Wii U GamePad controller, Turtle Beach said, and a spokesman said this refers to the Wii U’s chat functionality, which works through the GamePad. The headset has a 3.5mm, four-pole mic that can plug directly into the GamePad, and it can also be used with the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS.
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Ingram Micro’s Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE) has announced a distribution agreement with Roccat, the high- performance gaming hardware.
The joint partnership between IMCE and Roccat expands IMCE’s gaming accessory line while also expanding the American presence of a world recognized brand of hardcore gamers in Roccat, the distributor said.
Valhalla, N.Y. – Turtle Beach announced founders Carmine Gonanno, CEO, and Fred Romano, executive VP and COO, are retiring.
Both will remain on the board of directors, and Gonanno will be replaced as CEO by Juergen Stark. When asked if anyone would be replacing Romano, a company spokesman said nothing was being announced today.
The gaming accessory manufacturer said Stark’s appointment was done by its board of directors.
Roccat Bows Lua Tri-Button Mouse
LOS ANGELES — Roccat Studios unveiled its Lua Tri-Button gaming mouse at E3 earlier this month. The mouse is designed to be used with either hand and features a choice of seven dpi settings: 250, 500, 1,000, 1,250, 1,500, 1,750 and 2,000.
It also has a dedicated dpi button that lets users change speeds while gaming, and they can program the button to switch only between the dpi settings they use most.