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Adidas Xbox 360 Forum Mid sneakers make gamer fashion slightly more mainstream

We’re living at a strange place in history, where companies that make video games are also teaming up with fashion brands to make clothing. Not just t-shirts with Mario on them, but fully-fitted custom sneakers, and high-end fashion pieces that cost massive amounts of cash. This week Microsoft announced their second set of special edition sneakers made with Adidas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Xbox video game console.

This second sneaker is more widely available than the first of the three. Microsoft is set to reveal three sets of Adidas sneakers this year, each with wider availability for purchase than the last. The first Adidas Xbox 20th Forum Tech pair were made to honor the original Xbox, and were not made available to the general public. Only a few pair were made, and they were given away in contests.

The second pair, the Xbox 360 Forum Mid, will be available for purchase in both the United States and Canada. This running shoe is mainly white, with a dash of silver and a splash of green. Each of the colors are in play to honor the design of the original Xbox 360 gaming console.

These sneakers should prove to be interesting to inspect, as Microsoft suggests they include “some hidden secrets for fans.” This includes visual references to the Xbox 360 Xbox button (console and controller), air vents, and disc tray (as you’ll see on the strap). The heel of the sneaker is a very subtle reference to the Xbox 360 memory unit slots and removable hard drive.

Though not shown in these earliest photographs and/or renderings, these sneakers will be sold in a box with four additional pairs of laces so that you can choose red, yellow, green, or blue. It’s sort of shocking that said laces aren’t included in the first pack of photos of these sneakers, as they undoubtedly add some significant visual flare to the relatively tame aesthetic these trainers present.

We’re currently waiting on Microsoft and/or Adidas to confirm the pricing on these sneakers. It’s likely they cost somewhere north of the standard price of the Adidas Forum Mids, which are generally around $100 USD a pair. These sneakers will be released for sale on November 4, 2021 starting at 7AM Pacific Time at the Adidas homepage. Sales will be open to USA and Canadian residents.

The third pair of sneakers will be revealed later this November, and they’ll be available for sale around the world. The final pair will celebrate the Xbox Series X, effectively skipping over the Xbox One – which isn’t such a terrible thing, given the details a pair of sneakers would need to draw on. One big black box isn’t all that exciting.

The Xbox Series X has the top vent circles and splash of color – that’ll be a bit more inspiring, and will hopefully make for an ideally-balanced pair of special edition sneakers. Better than the Apple sneakers, anyway.

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Verizon adds free Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass for gamer subscribers

Verizon is throwing an Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass subscription in with its cellphone plans, with 6-12 months of mobile gaming service being added as a perk for new and existing subscribers. Just how long a free subscription you get will depend on which plan you’re signed up to.

Those on a Verizon unlimited plan will get six months of gaming service, while those on a “Play More” or “Get More” plan will get 12 months instead. You’ll need to sign up for the freebie by August 19, 2021, Verizon says.

Obviously, the gaming platform you sign up to will depend on what mobile device you have. For iPhone users, Apple Arcade includes Apple’s own Arcade Originals: new titles only available on Apple devices. There are also plenty of games from the App Store, only without advertising, in-app purchases, or anything else you might commonly see as developers attempt to monetize.

Apple Arcade is playable on iPhone but also iPad, Mac, and Apple TV 4K. For some of those you’ll probably want a controller, with Apple supporting Xbox Wireless Controllers with Bluetooth, the PlayStation DualShock 4, and any MFi-compliant controller.

As for Google Play Pass, that offers much the same but over on Android. It, too, does away with adverts and in-app purchases, with Google claiming 800+ titles currently available in a subscription. Some of those are new, while others are classics.

For controllers, if you don’t already have a suitable gamepad, Verizon will be – unsurprisingly – happy to sell you one from its shelves. It offers the Rotor Riot Wired Game Controller and the Razer Kishi Gaming Controller, both of which are compatible with either iOS or Android. Rotor’s version is the cheaper of the two, at $49.99, while Razer’s – which snaps either-side of the phone – is $99.99.

It’s worth noting that opting into the offer will also start up a subscription to either Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass. After the 6 or 12 month free service to that, you’ll automatically be moved over to a paid subscription – $4.99/mo for each, plus tax – unless you cancel it. So, best to put a reminder on your calendar to do that.

If you’re on an eligible plan, you’ll be able to sign up to the free 6 or 12 months of gaming service from tomorrow, May 25, Verizon says.

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Computing

Amazon’s 1-day Acer sale has deals on gamer gear, displays, PCs and more

It’s one-day sale time at Amazon. Today the online retailer has bargains on Acer products with deals on laptops, displays, desktop PCs, mousepads, and mice. Here are our top choices from the sale.

First up is the Acer Chromebook 15 for $240. That’s the all-time low and $90 below the most recent price around $330. Normally we wouldn’t consider a Chromebook costing more than $200 a “deal,” but this one is pretty sweet. It has a 15-inch 1080p touchscreen, an Intel Celeron N3350, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. This has everything you want in a Chromebook plus touch. With this model you can fire up Linux apps when you need to, and run Android apps from Google Play.

Next, is the Acer XF270HU display for $260, an all-time low and well below its more recent price tag bouncing between $300 and $380. This is a TN panel rocking a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1 millisecond response time, and it’s also got FreeSync. Some people don’t like TN panels, because the viewing angles and color accuracy aren’t as good as IPS displays. Nevertheless, these monitors can operate very quickly, reducing visual artifacts, which is why some gamers like them.

Finally, there’s the Acer Predator RGB mousepad for $30, down from its more recent price tag around $51. That’s a whole lot of cheddar to spend on a mouse pad, but this thing has five profile settings to get just the right RGB lighting you want for your games. It also integrates with other RGB Predator devices. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re all about RGB this is the mousepad for you.

[Today’s deal: Amazon one-day sale on Acer products.]

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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Black Friday Gamer Deal: A loaded Acer Predator Helios 300 is down to $929 at Amazon

Amazon has one heck of a deal for gamers who want to go mobile as part of its Black Friday blowout sale: The Acer Predator Helios 300 is just $929 right now, $70 less than its previous low and $271 off its $1,200 MSRP.

This is a 15.6-inch laptop with 1080p resolution, a three-millisecond response time, and a 144Hz refresh rate. The processor is a six core, twelve thread Core i7-9750H with a base clock of 2.6Ghz and a boost of 4.5Ghz. It also has 16GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD. The heart of this gamer clamshell is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti. This is one of our favorite GPUs for 1080p gaming. With this driving your graphics, you should have no trouble maxing out all the eye candy on AAA games.

While the onboard storage is a little low, there’s an extra open M.2 slot and one hard drive bay if you’d like to stick in a 2.5-inch SSD. Other features of this laptop include Ethernet LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. For ports it’s packing one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 including with with power off charging, one HDMI 2.0, and one mini DisplayPort.

[Today’s deal: Acer Predator Helios 300 for $929 on Amazon]

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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Gamer builds the world’s smallest Nintendo 64 console

People have been playing video games at home going on way back to the 70s. Some consider the heyday of gaming to be the 80s, but one of the most popular Nintendo game consoles launched in the mid-1990s and was the Nintendo 64. A gamer in Massachusetts has landed himself a Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest Nintendo 64 game console.

The console hardware is only slightly larger than the game cartridge. The completely custom Nintendo 64 was a labor of love for Gunnar Turnquist, who says he was inspired to build the project because he loves the Nintendo 64, and it was the first game console he had growing up. An original Nintendo 64 console is a rather bulky machine measuring about 2.87-inches high, 10.23-inches wide, and 7.48-inches deep.

The builder’s challenge was to take the hardware required to play games from inside that large enclosure and put it into something much smaller. The project required Turnquist to carefully map intricate connections of the mainboard and rewire lots of tiny circuits. The result is a functional Nintendo 64 with its own LCD on the front. The portable console measures 3.3-inches x 4.64-inches x 1.77-inches.

Turnquist highlighted the console modification and the building of the new and very small portable on his YouTube channel “GmanModz.” The LCD screen attached to the portable console is 3.5-inches, and the system has a battery life of 1.5 hours. He also integrated functional N64 controller buttons.

The resulting console that Turnquist has created is very impressive. Had something like his creation been around back in the 1990s, it would’ve been an incredible breakthrough in gaming. Projects like this shine a light on how far technology has come in the last few decades.

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I’m not a gamer but I really want Razer’s smart glasses — for work

Razer‘s products are usually designed for gamers, and I, an Apple Arcade person, can’t claim to be one. I don’t sit on my gaming chair to fire up  a custom PC to play the latest titles with graphics settings at full blast.

However, the company’s latest product has piqued my interest, and I imagine I’m not alone: a pair of smart glasses. Before you jump the gun, no,it doesn’t show you a ton of information via Augmented Reality (AR), like Google Glass and the rest.

In terms of smart features, these glasses can connect to your phone or computer through Bluetooth. You can take voice or video calls through an in-built mic and speakers. You can also listen to music through these open-design speakers with 16 mm drivers. Plus, you can control tracks and activate voice assistants through a touch-enabled side panel.

I know these functions are available on a pair of headphones, but something about having them in your glasses is attractive.