ALIEN­WARE UN­VEILS NEW HARD­WARE & ES­PORTS PART­NER­SHIP

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // ALIENWARE - Writ­ten by ATHINA MALLIS

Dell-owned Alien­ware is gear­ing up for E3 re­leas­ing a slew of new hard­ware and show­cas­ing its new eS­ports part­ner­ships and com­mu­nity pro­gram.

Its new wire­less gam­ing head­set is aug­mented by high-fi­delity 40mm Neodymium drivers for deep rich bass and an ex­pan­sive sound­scape. De­signed for clear nat­u­ral voice qual­ity, in solo and mul­ti­player sit­u­a­tions, the head­set lets play­ers po­si­tion the mic nearer their mouth to re­duce back­ground noise, with a Game/Chat vol­ume mixer and built-in voice no­ti­fi­ca­tions for bat­tery life and wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity. The head­set has a wide flex­i­ble head­band en­gi­neered for snug fit and com­fort, with all con­trols within the reach of one fin­ger. For marathon gamers, the head­set has ro­tat­able, sports-fab­ric earcups. It comes with iconic de­sign el­e­ments, in­clud­ing an­i­mated two zone LED light­ing and click-and-play cus­tomis­able AlienFX per-game light set­tings.

The head­set will be avail­able be­gin­ning June 11, start­ing at $229.

The new Alien­ware gam­ing mouse comes with two re­designed in­ter­change­able side wings (with two or four but­tons for FPS/MMORPG) and three-po­si­tion palm rest for any grip. It also has four con­fig­urable 5-gram weight ad­just­ments com­bined with five con­fig­urable lev­els for on-the-fly DPI switch­ing based on the need for speed or pre­ci­sion.

Bet­ter ef­fi­ciency also comes from nine to 11 pro­gram­mable but­tons with 512k on­board mem­ory for in-game cus­tomi­sa­tion. It also comes with AlienFX light­ing. The Elite Gam­ing Mouse will be avail­able on­line from $89.99.

Also new to the Dell gam­ing range is the In­sp­iron Gam­ing Desk­top (5676) with 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen desk­top pro­ces­sors (up to 8-core, 16-thread). Other fea­tures in­clude a USB Type-C 3.1 port, up to six USB 3.0 ports, op­tional dual-drive, high-ca­pac­ity hard drive, re­spon­sive SSD op­tion and up to five bays for fu­ture stor­age up­grades. It will be avail­able in June from $849. Alien­ware has part­nered with To­bii and Team Liq­uid, for its new es­ports skill build­ing on­line plat­form, Alien­ware Academy, an es­port skill-build­ing on­line plat­form. Dell says fans of Alien­ware Arena can now ac­cess the com­mu­nity from

their phone with a new Alien­ware Arena app with ac­cess to play-towin op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­wards.

Frank Azor, vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Alien­ware, Gam­ing and XPS for Dell says, “As pioneers in PC gam­ing, it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­tin­u­ously in­no­vate to de­liver the best gam­ing so­lu­tions pos­si­ble for our com­mu­nity.

“This E3 is no ex­cep­tion. This year we are en­hanc­ing the ul­ti­mate gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a new on­line train­ing plat­form, brand new pe­riph­er­als and some awe­some es­ports part­ner­ships, help­ing all play­ers take their game to the next level.”

The Alien­ware Com­mand Cen­ter has a new au­dio util­ity called Sound Cen­tre, de­signed to help users cre­ate and man­age pre­set and user de­fined au­dio pro­files.

The new Sound Cen­ter links di­rectly to con­nected play­back and/or record­ing de­vices, the tool al­lows gamers to dial in and fine tune the per­fect sound for their en­vi­ron­ment. Com­prised of four core com­po­nents for manag­ing au­dio, Sound Cen­ter’s fea­tures in­clude au­dio ef­fects, multi-band EQ, mi­cro­phone con­trol and au­dio re­con di­rec­tional over­lay, in­di­cat­ing the di­rec­tion of var­i­ous sounds dur­ing game­play (such as nearby com­bat and foot­steps).

The Sound Cen­ter is avail­able now world­wide.

Alien­ware is the exclusive tech­nol­ogy part­ner to the Detroit Rene­gades, es­ports team.

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