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NEW RIG 800 PRO HEADSET SERIES NOW AVAILABLE

NACON, leader in premium gaming hardware and parent of the RIG game audio brand, announces the shipping of the RIG 800 PRO range of wireless gaming headsets, destined to re-write the rules of performance, convenience and value.

With an all-new multifunction base station, the 800 PRO provides gamers with a lag-free wireless connection as well as seamless charging. The base station also comes equipped with a removeable USB wireless adaptor that can be plugged directly into a console, allowing the stand to be placed anywhere for convenient charging.

Alongside the base station, the 800 PRO also features RIG signature premium audio with powerful 40mm drivers that have been precisely tuned for 3D audio. Available in two models, the 800 PRO HS is designed for PlayStation® while the RIG 800 PRO HX is officially licensed for Xbox®and includes Dolby Atmos® for Headphones. Gamers can experience three-dimensional precision audio by simply connecting the dock or USB wireless adaptor to the Xbox console.

“We set out to deliver a serious upgrade to the popular 800 Series with the new PRO edition. We’ve added a unique charge dock with a removable USB wireless adapter while maintaining the $149.99 price tag,” said NACON Head of Development for RIG, Jack Reynolds. “The new 800 PRO Series gives players the audio performance they need to improve, compete and win at an incredible price.”

The RIG 800 PRO is available now in the US in for $149.99. ARIG 800 PROHD, which is aversion for PC, is scheduled to launch in the US later in 2022.

RIG 800 PRO features:

  • Charge anywhere: The new multifunction base station that allows you to conveniently dock and charge your headset.
  • Unleash 3D audio: AccessDolby Atmos® for Headphones instantly when you connect the wireless adapter or base station to your Xbox®.
  • Long battery life: Similar to its predecessor, the RIG 800 PRO has up to 24-hours, lag-free wireless audio with secure connection to your console.
  • Wireless excellence: Up to 30 ft / 10m of wireless range with a dedicated 2.4GHZ radio frequency.
  • Premium audio: 40mm, high-sensitivity drivers with low frequency resonators that reinforce base and reduce distortion.
  • RIG signature style and comfort: The RIG 800 PRO features RIG signature self-adjusting head strap with small, medium or large sizing allowing for the perfect fit every time, and a flexible, durable headset frame that is virtually unbreakable.
  • A fan favorite feature: Noise-canceling mic with flip-to-mute function for focused gameplay.
  • On headset controls: On-ear volume, game/chat balance and mic monitoring controls.
  • StayFocused: Sound-isolating ear cups block noise and keep you focused.

    The RIG 800 PRO HX and HS is available now from the below retailers for $149.99:

GameStop
RIG 800 PRO HX
Walmart
RIG 800 PRO HX
RIG 800 PRO HS
BestBuy
RIG 800 PRO HS (online only)
RIG 800 PRO HX
Target
RIG 800 PRO HX
RIG 800 PRO HS
Amazon
RIG 800 PRO HX
RIG 800 PRO HS

For more information on the RIG 800 PRO, visit: 800 PRO SERIES | RIG GAMING

* Only available on the RIG 800 PRO HX.*

SEGA Announces Partnership With JAKKS Pacific For Netflix Series Sonic Prime

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced a partnership with Sega of America, Inc. for the upcoming animated Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic Prime, maintaining JAKKS as one of the franchise’s global merchandise partners. Under this partnership, JAKKS will produce action figures, playsets, vehicles, plush and other collectibles associated with the upcoming new show. Additionally, JAKKS also named Disguise, Inc. as its official costume and costume accessory partner with distribution rights across the globe. JAKKS and Disguise will design, manufacture, market and sell Sonic Prime-branded product lines worldwide commencing in 2023. As previously announced, the new Sonic Prime series, produced in partnership with WildBrain, is set to launch worldwide on Netflix in 2022 drawing upon the keystones of the brand and features the “Blue Blur” of video game fame in a high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new metaverse rests in his gloved hands.

“SEGA has done a tremendous job telling the story of Sonic through a multitude of medium forums,” said Craig Drobis, Senior Vice President of Marketing at JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “In addition to the high-octane video games they continue to release and the Sonic Movie 2 coming next year, Sonic Prime’s premiere on Netflix in 2022 will keep fans engaged with the property and give JAKKS a whole new Sonic multiverse to explore through toys and costumes. Our customers are not just kids, but also collectors, and this brand consistently hits the mark with retailers and fans year after year.”

“JAKKS has consistently captured Sonic’s signature persona, and we’re thrilled to have them on board for another partnership,” said Michael Cisneros, Senior Manager of Licensing at Sega of America, Inc. “Sonic Prime will feature everyone’s favorite hedgehog setting out on a new adventure, so we’re looking forward to providing innovative products to audiences everywhere that will bring the iconic character to life.”

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific manages a broad portfolio of licensed and owned I.P. brands and products. These product lines include best sellers such as Sonic the Hedgehog action figures, plush and playsets. All products are available online or in retail stores nationwide.

Owned by JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK), Disguise is a seasoned name in the costume and dress-up category, with 34 years of experience in the design and manufacturing industry and licensor relationships spanning decades. Disguise is a world leader in development of inventive and cutting-edge products with distribution across the world. Sonic the Hedgehog costumes and accessories will be available across the globe in 2023.

‘Battlefield 2042’ PC Tech Trailer Features NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex and Ray Tracing

NVIDIA has partnered with EA and DICE to add PC-exclusive NVIDIA enhancements to the upcoming blockbuster and NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex and ray tracing are all on display in the new PC tech trailer for Battlefield 2042, which was released today.

The Definitive Battlefield 2042 Experience is on a GeForce RTX-based PC

PC gamers will get a Battlefield 2042 experience like no other, because a PC allows you to enjoy higher detail levels, uncapped frame rates, and gameplay enhanced by variable refresh rate G-SYNC monitors, TVs and displays.

Graphics on a PC are next-level with ray-traced ambient occlusion (available only on PC), and GeForce RTX-based PCs have dedicated RT cores to deliver excellent ray tracing performance. With NVIDIA DLSS, performance is boosted without sacrificing image quality. NVIDIA Reflex optimizes system latency to assure shot accuracy for maximum competitiveness.

With ray-traced ambient occlusion, NVIDIA DLSS and NVIDIA Reflex, only a GeForce RTX-based PC will deliver the definitive Battlefield 2042 experience.

The  Early Access period for Battlefield 2042 starts November 12th and the game launches on November 19th

G FUEL Sonic Party Punch Launches Today

Sega of America, Inc. and G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports®, today announced the latest flavor innovation in the G FUEL Sonic the Hedgehog collection: Party Punch, available now at gfuel.com. Created in celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary and inspired by the Sweet Mountain stage in Sonic Colors: Ultimate™, G FUEL’s Party Punch tastes like fruity cereal, has only 15 calories and contains 140 mg of caffeine plus proprietary energy and focus-enhancing complexes for supersonic stamina.

Take a sip of Party Punch and you’ll end up in a dimension filled with robotic animals and rolling hills. Suddenly, a blue blur zooms past you with incredible speed. It’s followed by Tails, Knuckles the Echidna, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Amy Rose running closely behind. That’s when you realize the brand-new G FUEL Party Punch is in your hand! It’s now available for customers in the U.S. and select other countries to buy in powdered form in 40-serving tubs and limited-edition collector’s boxes, which include one 40-serving tub and one 16 oz shaker cup, at gfuel.com.

“What better way to celebrate 30 years of Sonic than with a party?” said Michael Cisneros, Manager of Licensing at Sega of America. “We’ve partnered with G FUEL to bring the celebration home with an all-new party punch flavor that will keep you moving. Toss some confetti, make some noise, and party like it’s 1991. We can’t wait for Sonic and G FUEL fans to give it a try!”

The new G FUEL flavor is sugar-free and packed with antioxidants from 18 different fruit extracts. Each serving has only 15 calories and contains 140 mg of caffeine plus proprietary energy and focus-enhancing complexes. Party Punch can give gamers the extreme energy and focus that they need to zoom through challenging worlds, free the Wisps, and defeat Dr. Eggman.

Party Punch is the third flavor that G FUEL and SEGA have co-developed and launched, with the first two flavors being Sonic’s Peach Rings and the very real Sanic’s Chili Dogs.

“If you were to list some of the iconic speedsters in gaming, there’s no one that races to the top faster than Sonic the Hedgehog,” commented G FUEL Founder and CEO, Cliff Morgan. “That’s why we’re thrilled to team up with SEGA for a third time to not only give our fans something wonderful but also to celebrate 30 years of the world’s fastest hedgehog.”

Are you ready to join the adrenaline-pumping party with Sonic and his friends? Order your G FUEL Party Punch today at gfuel.com.

T248: The new wheel to master each track on PS5, PS4 and PC

Thrustmaster is thrilled to finally lift the veil of secrecy surrounding its very first next-generation hybrid racing wheel, specially designed to master all types of tracks.

The new optimized HYBRID DRIVE system combines both belt and gear mechanisms, for unrivaled Force Feedback at an affordable price.

T248 also boasts increased power: it is 70% more powerful**, while also offering cutting-edge new features including three Force Feedback presets that can conveniently be changed on the fly in games.

T248 has been designed for gamers looking for performance and immersion — including those keen to free themselves from their gamepad and users who want to take their racing to the next level after having started out with a wheel aimed at beginners. This brand-new racing wheel is officially licensed for PlayStation®5 consoles and PlayStation®4 consoles and is compatible with PC*.

T248 allows for quick and efficient mastery by users in all racing games, thanks to the wide variety of advanced features developed exclusively for Thrustmaster’s latest powerhouse:

  • Thrustmaster Race Dashboard Display:

Choose from more than 20 different displays*** available onscreen:

  • Manual adjustment of a range of settings: the wheel’s rotation angle, Force Feedback type, etc.
  • The user’s choice of telemetry displays: gear ratio, speed, number of laps, driver’s position, best time, etc.

  • Dynamic Force Feedback:

Users can easily adjust the level of Force Feedback on the fly. T248 features three Force Feedback curves (presets included) compatible with all games:

  • FFB 1: linear Force Feedback, with the force felt by the user being 100% proportional to the force requested by the game.
  • FFB 2: enhanced Force Feedback, for better skid control.
  • FFB 3: boosted Force Feedback, allowing users to ‘to more clearly feel the tiny minutia of each racing effect from the track (Curbs, skidding off-track, etc.).

  • Next-generation Thrustmaster HYBRID DRIVE system:

T248 is currently the only officially licensed racing wheel in its price segment to feature a belt in addition to gears, as an integral part of its unique high-performance hybrid mechanism.

Allowing gamers to enjoy increased power (up to 70% more powerful**), T248 masters each track thanks to the outstanding level of drivability made possible by this hybrid system — avoiding counterintuitive sensations and friction problems commonly found in racing wheels without the additional belt drive component.

  • H.E.A.R.T magnetic technology (with Hall effect sensors):

Built into two key components directly linked to gameplay, this technology helps to enhance gamers’ precision in all games, while eliminating any possible dead zones.

  • The magnetic paddle shifters included with T248 allow for super-fast gear shifting, with clear and precise activation feel (30 ms response time) to avoid driving errors. This contactless magnetic technology also maximizes the paddle shifters’ lifespan, for problem-free gaming sessions over the long term.
  • The brand-new included T3PM pedal set — the icing on the cake — also features this same proprietary, patented H.E.A.R.T magnetic technology.

Providing truly exceptional, thousandth-of-a-second precision, T3PM features 4 different spring configurations allowing gamers to race comfortably — and with the same level of precision — no matter what type of setup they’re using (desk/table, cockpit or Wheel Stands ). With completely smooth motion and avoiding the loss of precision over time experienced by standard potentiometer-based pedal sets, T3PM represents a huge, striking leap forward both in terms of versatility and in-game responsiveness.

  • Up to 25 action buttons: nearly twice as many as on previous Thrustmaster hybrid racing wheel models**.
  • Officially licensed for PS5™ and PS4™ consoles, and compatible with PC*: officially recognized as a next-generation racing wheel developed and designed for the PlayStation®5 console and PlayStation®4 console, T248 is also compatible with PC*.

T248 (racing wheel and pedal set) will be available at suggested retail prices of £299.99 / $399.99 / €349.99:

  • Europe, Middle East, North America:
    • Pre-orders : August 31, 2021
    • Sales availability: October 21, 2021
  • Rest of the world: Late 2021

Celebrate World Tetris® Day With G FUEL’s New Tetris™ Blast Energy Drink

In celebration of the Tetris® brand’s 37th birthday on World Tetris Day, G FUEL — The Official Energy Drink of Esports® — today announced it has teamed up with The Tetris Company, Inc. To drop a Tetrimino of deliciousness: Tetris™ Blast. G FUEL Tetris Blast is available to buy at gfuel.com through June 7th while supplies last.

G FUEL Tetris Blast comes in powdered form as part of a limited-edition collector’s box, which includes one 40-serving tub and one 16 oz shaker cup. G FUEL Tetris Blast will also be available to buy as a standalone 40-serving tub (for customers worldwide) and in 4-packs and 12-packs of G FUEL Cans (for customers in the U.S.) at gfuel.com later this month.

“Tetris is thrilled to be working with G FUEL, one of the biggest names in energy drinks, to deliver the ultimate thirst quencher for game fans,” said Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Tetris. “We see G FUEL Tetris Blast as the perfect addition to our ever-growing lineup of lifestyle products, and what better day for its debut than World Tetris Day.”

The G FUEL Tetris Blast tub energy formula is sugar-free and loaded with antioxidants from 18 different fruit extracts. Each serving has only 15 calories and contains 140 mg of caffeine. A single 16 oz G FUEL Tetris Blast Can has zero calories and contains 300 mg of caffeine. Like all G FUEL Tetris Blast tub and can energy formulas, G FUEL Tetris Blast contains G FUEL’s proprietary energy and focus-enhancing complexes, so you can rotate and move Tetriminos with ease and clear as many lines as possible.

The new flavor’s packaging is decorated in a vibrant rainbow of color, symbolic of G FUEL Tetris Blast’s energizing rainbow candy flavor. It also features Tetriminos in their iconic shapes and colors dropping into the rectangular Matrix in true Tetris form.

“We’re honored to team up with the iconic Tetris brand and for the first time in history, take fans from just playing Tetris to playing and tasting Tetris in the form of an energy drink,” said G FUEL Founder and CEO, Cliff Morgan. “With Tetris Blast’s bursting rainbow candy flavor and attention-grabbing packaging, Tetris fans around the world will love sipping on our newest flavor as they make order out of chaos.”

Order your G FUEL Tetris Blast now at gfuel.com.

 

VZR Model One Audiophile Gaming Headset Pre-Orders Now Open

The VZR Model One audiophile gaming headset is now available for pre-order for $349 exclusively from VZR, a new audio products company founded by Apple’s former lead acoustics engineer, Vic Tiscareno, and veterans of the video game and audio industries. Initially available in the United States and shipping starting Thursday, July 29, VZR will release the Model One outside the US later in 2021.

The VZR Model One achieves a no-compromise design that delivers detailed sound to help gamers win, and a high-fidelity audio experience to enjoy music and produce audio. Patented CrossWaveTM technology, a proprietary acoustic lens design, reshapes audio waves to emulate how ears perceive sound in real life and does so from any analog audio source.

The VZR Model One delivers realistic positional audio that enhances spatial awareness, along with audio clarity strong enough for users to discern subtle cues other gaming headsets wouldn’t pick up. The VZR Model One also features a detachable boom mic equipped with an acoustic, patent-pending noise-canceling design, ensuring a clear voice sound for gaming with others, complete with a handy mute switch.

Meanwhile, the headphones provide an accurate and natural frequency response tuned to a proprietary VZR target that faithfully represents music for both listening and audio production purposes. Thanks to CrossWave, the VZR Model One provides improved separation, openness and accurate 3D spatial positioning akin to a reference speaker system, all without digitally altering the audio source.

VZR Model One consists of superior components, with custom, individually matched, 40 millimeter drivers alongside lightweight copper aluminum wiring that provide low distortion and wide bandwidth. The cables and microphone are modular components, detachable for easy storage. Custom, angled earpads designed with comfort and acoustic performance in mind enhance bass and lower overall heat build-up.

Many industry luminaries in gaming sound design and other audio fields tested the VZR Model One in the process of its development and endorse it, including Ed Lima, the BAFTA-nominated sound designer known for his work on Doom 3 and Borderlands, GRAMMY-winning musician and producer Anthony Ray, better known as Sir Mix-a-Lot, and many more prominent figures in their respective industries.

“During my career working with Steve Jobs at Apple, I realized that headphones don’t need to break the bank to be high-quality if you take care in the design,” said Vic Tiscareno, Founder, VZR. “The Model One delivers just what the audiophile gamer needs: a sound that delivers critical performance when necessary while being enjoyable to listen to, and all at a price well below what you’d pay for audiophile-quality headphones. VZR is ready to change the game.”

The VZR Model One is now accepting pre-orders on VZR’s official website for $349, with shipments to begin Thursday, July 29. For more information on VZR, visit the official website and follow VZR on Twitter.

G FUEL and Logic Energy Drinks Coming Soon

G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports®, today announced it will launch a new “Bobby Boysenberry” flavor on February 17th. G FUEL developed the new flavor in collaboration with multi-platinum Grammy®-nominated artist, Bobby Boy Records founder, and gamer Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, also known as “Logic.”

“I’m beyond excited to announce my official flavor in partnership with G FUEL. As a passionate gamer and a fan of G FUEL, this flavor is yet another amazing moment for my career and fans,” said Logic.

G FUEL Bobby Boysenberry is perfectly sweet, tart, and juicy, and is as unique as Logic’s cinematic storytelling ability is unrivaled. The flavor will be available to buy in powdered form in 40-serving tubs and limited-edition collector’s boxes, which include one 40-serving tub and one 16 oz Bobby Boy shaker cup, at gfuel.com on February 17th. The flavor will also be available for sale to fans in the U.S. in 16 oz cans on G FUEL’s website in early April.

The G FUEL Bobby Boysenberry tub energy formula is sugar-free and packed with antioxidants from 18 different fruit extracts. A single serving has only 15 calories and contains 140 mg of caffeine. A single 16 oz can of G FUEL Bobby Boysenberry has zero calories and contains 300 mg of caffeine. Both the tub and can energy formulas contain proprietary energy and focus-enhancing complexes.

“Logic is a prolific artist who selflessly inspires peace, love, and positivity among his fans. We’re humbled and honored to expand our five-year partnership and collaborate with him on producing G FUEL Bobby Boysenberry,” said G FUEL Founder and CEO, Cliff Morgan. “This flavor is dedicated to all the Bobby Boy fans around the world who want increased energy and focus as they overcome obstacles and conquer challenges in both life and gaming.”

The Bobby Boysenberry flavor bolsters the G FUEL tub roster of 55 other refreshing flavors, and the G FUEL Can roster of 15 other energizing flavors, which include Bahama Mama, Blue Ice, FaZeberry, Ice Shatter, Nemesis Tea Flavor, PewDiePie, Ragin’ Gummy Fish, Rainbow Sherbet, Red Licorice (a Sheetz exclusive flavor), Scorpion Sting, Sonic’s Peach Rings, Sour Blue Chug Rug, Sour Cherry, Tropical Rain, and Wumpa Fruit.

Pre-order your G FUEL Bobby Boysenberry now at gfuel.com/pages/logic. Pre-orders for G FUEL Bobby Boysenberry close on February 5th.

 

PlayStation®5 Launches Today,

It’s a day of celebration for gaming fans as Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launches its next-generation console, PlayStation®5 (PS5™), in seven key markets: the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The PS5 console’s global rollout continues on November 19, with launches throughout the rest of the world*, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa.

“Today marks a historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and all of us at SIE are pleased to celebrate the release of PlayStation 5 together with our community of fans, game developers, and industry partners,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “PS5 is a truly next-generation console representing the beginning of a new era for gaming. I’m thrilled for the new worlds that players will begin to experience today, and I’m equally excited for the lineup of games still to come for PS5 that will continue to propel the gameplay experience forward. We are humbled to work with a talented community of world class game developers. Their creativity will bring limitless possibilities to what the future of gaming can look like on PS5.”

SIE is welcoming this new generation of gaming by lighting up iconic buildings and popular sites in 25 territories around the world, projecting images of the PlayStation® shapes, the PS5 console, the DualSense wireless controller, and other PlayStation brand imagery. Cities such as Tokyo, New York, Auckland, Toronto, Seoul and Mexico City are already live, with more cities to come next week.

The PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399.99/¥39,980/€399.99, and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc drive will be available for an RRP of $499.99/¥49,980/€499.99. With the exception of the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, both PS5 models offer the same specifications, so players will enjoy the same transformative gameplay experiences regardless of which PS5 they choose.

The breadth of PlayStation 5’s game library represents the best lineup in PlayStation console history, led by launch day titles from SIE Worldwide Studios, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Astro’s Playroom. PS5 owners can enjoy more than three dozen new games this holiday, including highly anticipated games from SIE’s publishing partners such as Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War (Activision), Fortnite (Epic Games), FIFA 21 (EA), NBA 2K21 (2K), Godfall (Gearbox Publishing), Watch Dogs®: Legion and Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla (Ubisoft), and many more. Meanwhile, new titles from independent developers, such as Bugsnax (Young Horses) and The Pathless (Giant Squid/Annapurna Interactive) demonstrate the breadth of diverse content coming to PS5.

Beyond this holiday, PS5 owners can look forward to even more incredible games. Upcoming Worldwide Studios exclusives include Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, Destruction AllStars, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and a new God of War game. Additional games launching first on PS5 include DEATHLOOP from Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks, Ghostwire™: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks, Project Athia (Working Title) from Luminous Productions/Square Enix, and Final Fantasy® XVI from Square Enix. Resident Evil™ Village from Capcom and Hogwarts Legacy from Warner Bros. Games round out the lineup of highly anticipated PS5 titles.

At launch this November, PlayStation Plus members can enjoy a curated lineup of 20 PlayStation®4 games that defined the generation with the PlayStation Plus Collection**, available to download and play on PlayStation 5. The PlayStation Plus Collection features critically acclaimed games, including Batman™: Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Call of Duty®: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicle Edition, Fallout® 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Final Fantasy®XV, Resident Evil®7 Biohazard, Persona 5, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and more.

Inspired by a global community of creators, PS5 will bring players into game worlds with unprecedented speed, visual fidelity and sensory immersion. Gamers will enjoy near-instant load times thanks to PS5’s ultra-high speed solid state drive (SSD), as well as breathtaking 4K graphics and silky-smooth gameplay up to 120 frames per second. With the enhanced haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense wireless controller and the immersive soundscapes made possible by Tempest 3D AudioTech, PlayStation 5 heightens players’ senses, making them feel transported into their game world.

In addition to transformative gaming experiences, PlayStation 5 offers plenty of entertainment experiences, with a curated lineup of some of the most popular streaming services*** available at launch, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, Spotify, Twitch, YouTube, and more. There will be a dedicated space exclusively for media entertainment on PlayStation 5, making it fast and easy to switch between games and movie/TV.

For more information, visit www.playstation.com