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Thermaltake & BMW Designworks USA Unveil Level 10 Gaming Mouse

BMW, Porsche, and Nissan are among the new revolution of car brands that are getting into designing products for companies in the consumer electronics and accessories industry. Thermaltake is one of those companies to enlist the help BMW to help in the design of a concept gaming mouse. BMW has already assisted Thermaltake in the designs of their Level 10 PC chassis series.

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Opinion: NPD Analysis Report on Video Game Sales

A yearly report from NPD analysis show a decline in the video game sales in all categories except portable gaming. While the news is not good, there isn’t much surprise. This year has not been a good one for games, with the number of decent titles small enough to count on one hand. This is assumed to be contributed to the change in the Madden schedule from August releases to September, but even still, that wouldn’t account for the lack of sales in hardware which is down by 12% and accessories which is only down by 1%.
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Microsoft teases new product, touchy and flat?

Microsoft’s Hardware division has teased us on twitter today with an image of a new product, but not enough of it for us to identify it. This was their first tweet:

Here’s a hint for you: “Don’t be so touchy…flat is where it’s at.” We’ll share another glimpse of our upcoming product with you tomorrow.

Followed by their next tweet a few minutes ago:

Here’s your second clue to our next product release: http://twitpic.com/2baujg . Any guesses as to what it might be?

From Microsoft’s picture and words they used it could be a touch pad to compete with Apple’s new Magic Pad or something completely new. Who knows? Stay tuned for more info.

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Microsoft patents a Wired/Wireless controller for Xbox?

Now who wouldn’t want a controller for their Xbox that could switch between wired and wireless mode whenever you want. Microsoft has filed a patent for a Wireless and wired Xbox controller that can switch between both modes seamlessly without interrupting gameplay. An excerpt from the patent:

A game controller operates in both a wired mode and a wireless mode, and is able to switch between these two modes without permanent disruption to an ongoing game. During a transition from one mode to another, a host gaming system detects when the controller is physically disconnected (for wired mode to wireless mode) or connected (for wireless mode to wired mode). Upon detection, the host gaming system stores the game data and user information and establishes a new communication link with the controller. The host gaming system subsequently reassociates the game data and user information with the game controller as it begins operating in the new mode. This allows the player to continue game play without interruption.

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