Author: GGPC

Good VR – VIVE Cosmos Gameplay and Custom Controller Setup!

New toys!

Today we got very lucky and were given the latest HTC VIVE Cosmos Virtual Reality Kit to try out, so we could see for ourselves what this new VR Headset can do, and how it compares to the current king of the VR hill – Vive Pro.

The new Vive Cosmo is a lot more travel friendly, gone are the lighthouse stations we needed to use our Vive OG & Pro VR systems, this has been replaced with a fancy new inside-out camera system that allows the headset to track itself, and for the wearer to be able to see what’s going on outside the headset with a push of a button on the headset – you just tap it to go into live view (You can also double top the right controllers Vive button for this).

Setup is a breeze, with the instructions placed right on the lid of the box when you open it up. These will take you through all the steps including configuration of the VR space you’ll be playing in, and access to all the games available via the Viveport and Steam services.

Excited to play, we rushed through all of the instructions so we could get right to the good stuff – this caused us a couple of “how to?” moments a little later in the journey though – so below are the two important pictures, just in case anyone else gets stuck for a moment like we did 🙂

You can re-pair a controller by pressing these two buttons simultaneously and use this button on the link box to turn on the VR Headset (both shown in the setup we skipped through)

With those quick setup notes out of the way let’s jump in and play some games!

The first stop for most will likely be to jump into the Viveport service, included in the box is a special code for this store that will activate a special subscription (or similar) so you can try out a bunch of different virtual reality movies, games and experiences.

You can filter to show only games compatible with the new Vive Cosmos.

You can also jump straight into Steam, the VR store here is crazy good to and contains all our of current favourites that we play on the Vive Pro.

So our Cosmos VR adventure begins with a bit of Blade and Sorcery, and it’s a perfect place to start as nothing tests get the blood pumping more than a furious telekinetic battle against warrior and wizard 🙂 It’s also the best game for checking out the movement tracking differences that come with the new design style of the Cosmos – after all it’s got to keep up with all the dodging, weaving, hacking, slashing, grabbing and running for our lives that happens in the game!

As the VIVE Cosmos is still super new, with some game titles you’ll have to setup a custom controller layout to play everything right away – the Cosmos controllers are already loaded into the Steam Controller Mapping tool for us to tweak + with community layouts available to use and edit as needed.  

For those new to VR controller mapping you can do this with the headset on, or from the desktop. Quick screenshots guide below showing our specific mapping for Blade & Sorcery!

Click the menu button top left, then navigate to ‘devices’ and onto ‘controller settings’.
Click the ‘show more applications’ button
Here you can create you own, or try a profile made by someone else playing the same game with a Cosmos.
You can edit everything on the controller but you don’t need to, just start out with the buttons you’ll need like ‘use’ and ‘move’ at first.
It will only show options that suit the button, and are in the game you want to play.

All setup it was time to go! Before we jumped in those we set Nvidia Shadowplay privacy settings to allow desktop capture so we could capture and share the test – see our YouTube video below as we check out the Vive Cosmos controllers in action while trying to stay alive in the medieval village battle! (system specs and more info about the test are in the description of the YouTube video)

Well, that escalated quickly!

Exhausted from our energetic battle we looked for another great game for testing – this time to check how the high resolution Vive Cosmos display handles text in a game – No Mans Sky – and we’re happy to report it’s all looking great.

It’s also a solid standing room VR system, and although not quite as good as the Vive Pro, which we kinda expected considering the significantly lower price of the Cosmos Virtual Reality Kit… Overall the Vive Cosmos is likely the best option price/performance wise if you’re looking to make a simulator VR setup, with its very high quality visuals and oh so easy tracking.

VR ON!

AMD Rewards – Raise the Game with Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Outer Worlds & Xbox Game Pass!

AMD Rewards are back, and their latest YOU CHOOSE BONUS offer is the best one yet!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Ryzen CPU, Radeon RX Graphics Cards or AMD Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from September 30th – December 31st 2019, and only from authorised retailers, see the full list of eligible AMD products at PB Tech.

There are 2 key bundles in the new AMD Rewards promotions, one for RX Graphics Cards and another for Ryzen CPU – but if you’re getting an AMD Gaming PC with both, you’ll be able to get both, making a YOU CHOOSE part a little easier. In addition to these, the Xbox Game Pass for PC offer continues and you’ll also get a 3-month subscription giving access to a massive range of additional games – including the just-released GEARS 5!

RAISE THE GAME WITH AMD RX GRAPHICS CARDS!

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards:

AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 5700
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: You Choose Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Borderlands 3: Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yeah, Borderlands 3 has got that too. This latest addition to the Borderlands family is a multiplayer masterpiece packed full of adventures and loads of crazy weapons & powers to decimate your opponents with.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Somewhere in the South Pacific lies the remote Auroa Archipelago, a vast land of diverse biomes that range from lush rainforests to snowy peaks. Now, it’s home to Skell Technology, an enigmatic technology giant. Initially interested in a remote testing site for its autonomous drones, the Silicon Valley company eventually turned Auroa into its “World 2.0,” a high-tech, high-security utopia of sustainable eco-cities and robotics research.

Explore a diverse and mysterious open-world ranging from barren deserts and dramatic fjords to futurist cities and arctic peaks. Featuring 11 unique biomes and home to Skell Technologies this remote Archipelago will challenge the Ghosts like never before. Use the environment to your advantage as you disappear into a jungle canopy to evade your foes or jump into a vehicle and charge into battle by air, land and sea.

A seamless co-op experience means your squadmates can jump in and out at any time!

Awesome games for sure, but it doesn’t stop there – there is even more available on the CPU side – check out the AMD Rewards offers with AMD Ryzen Processors below!

RAISE THE GAME WITH AMD RYZEN CPU!

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards (YOU CHOOSE)

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: You Choose Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards (GET BOTH)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: Get BOTH Borderlands 3 & The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds: Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon.

In addition to all this awesomeness is the excellent Xbox Game Pass 3-month subscription, which gives access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

Right now you can play GEARS 5 with the Game Pass, and it’s amazing!

The Game Pass offer is included with all AMD RX Graphics Cards and Ryzen CPU options listed above – but you can also get it with the Ryzen CPU below!

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: Xbox Game Pass 3-Month Subscription

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards (GAME PASS stand-alone)

Ryzen 5 3400G
Ryzen 5 3600

As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!

Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.

Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Step #3: Login (or create) to your AMD Rewards profile at www.amdrewards.com/login 

Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.

Step #5: Game Pass example: Select the “Game Pass for PC” code that appeared, then click the activation link. IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to start the 3-month subscription, you can wait if you want to)

Step #6: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to www.microsoft.com/redeem – login or create a new account to proceed.

Step #7: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!

GAME ON!

GGPC LOGITECH G THIS OCTOBER!

October is here and there are a whole bunch of awesome new games to play, so we’re celebrating with a new monthly GG bonus from our friends at Logitech G!

This October, if you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

Our grand prize pack for October is an incredible setup! Made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, including the latest G915 LIGHTSYNC Wireless RGB Gaming Keyboard!

That’s right folks! Our lucky winner will receive the flagship Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Keyboard, featuring pro-grade wireless that achieves super-fast 1ms performance. It’s the same wireless technology that esports pros all over the world trust in competitions. Even though this new keyboard is wireless and packing incredible RGB lighting features, you’ll still enjoy hours of non-stop game time on a single charge. It fully recharges in just three hours, and you can keep playing while it’s plugged in and charging via USB.

Meticulously crafted from premium materials, G915 is incredibly refined, impossibly thin, and built with a no-compromise commitment to performance and feature set. Durable, comfortable, and ready for intense gaming sessions, it truly is the next generation of gaming mechanical keyboards.

Woah what a keyboard! But it doesn’t stop there, our lucky October winner will also receive a top-rated Logitech G Wireless mouse to go with it!

The G Pro HERO Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse which features the HERO 16K, the most powerful sensor created by Logitech G!

As esports professionals strive for ever greater speed and accuracy, so too does Logitech G. With the invention of HERO 16K, the next-gen gaming sensor, the world now has a new leader. For PRO Wireless, HERO 16K has been optimized to track insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI. HERO 16K also consumes 10x less power than predecessors, like PMW3366, enabling a lighter battery and longer battery life. Pros require the best, and that’s HERO 16K.

Rounding off the perfect setup with some great audio, we’ve got the latest Logitech G560 Speakers System in our October Prize pack as well!

With 240 watts of peak power feeding an explosive, down-firing subwoofer and two satellite speakers with wide-angle drivers for a full range of clear, pure sound. The DTS:X Ultra engine renders 3D surround sound from PC games and also music, delivering heightened realism, accuracy, and a competitive edge.

These aren’t just great sounding speakers though! Featuring Logitech LIGHTSYNC these speakers can actually react to the action happening in-game! Playing GTA V and getting into trouble with the cops? Your speakers will be flashing blue and red while to race to escape the fuzz! With four lighting zones, two front-facing and two projecting backwards you can customise from nearly 16.8 million colours to perfect your gaming setup.

Incredible gear, amazing October fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!

INTEL MASTER KEY i3-9100F & i5-9400F!

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

The new Intel 9th Gen i3-9100F & i5-9400F provide incredible performance without the added costs of integrated graphics. Ideal for users looking for a speedy Intel CPU to be paired with a dedicated graphics card – making them a top choice for PC Gamers, Content Creators and Editors around the world – if you’re looking for the best performance possible, and no un-used extras, look for the Intel ‘F’ series when shopping for CPU.

This Intel Master Key offer is available on purchases from September 25th – December 31st 2019, and only from authorised retailers – see all eligible Intel i3, i5 and Custom PC builds at PB Tech.

Intel i3-9100F,

  • 4 Core / 4 Thread
  • Processor Base Frequency 3.6GHz
  • Max turbo frequency 4.2GHz
  • No Integrated Graphics

Intel i5-9400F,

  • 6 Core / 6 Thread
  • Processor Base Frequency 2.9GHz
  • Max turbo frequency 4.1GHz
  • No Integrated Graphics

The software package unlocked by this Intel master Key is pretty awesome too, with a bunch of gaming and editing options for us to enjoy! It’s a mixture of full software, in-game content and subscriptions this time around.

Full Software: Corel Painter Essentials 6 + Euro Truck Simulator 2 + Dungeons 2 + GRID: Autosport + Goat Punks + WINZIP 23

GRID Autosport: A classic racing game that followed on from the BAFTA-winning GRID and BAFTA-nominated GRID 2, GRID Autosport from Codemasters that brings alive the experience of becoming a professional racing driver. Immersing gamers in a world of contemporary motorsport with a wide range of different disciplines and series, players will choose how to build and shape their career. It’s a world of breadth, of depth, of intensity and, of course, of the excitement that only racing cars can deliver.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Euro Truck Simulator 2 gives you the chance to become a real truck driver from the comfort of your home! Featuring licensed trucks with countless customization options and advanced driving physics, the game delivers an unparalleled driving experience which has put it in the spot of the most popular truck driving simulator on the market. The in-game world features numerous landmarks and precisely recreated territories to create the ultimate experience, making you feel as if you were driving the trucks in real life! But let’s not be fooled – Euro Truck Simulator 2 is not only about driving – the economy in game allows you to create and grow your own transportation company exactly as you see fit – the opportunities are endless!

Dungeons 2: The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! Take control of the mighty Dungeon Lord, craft a network of unique and terrifying dungeons and recruit an army of fearsome creatures from two playable factions. Prepare to defend your Kingdom against those pesky heroes, go above ground to wage war on their human cities and use the ‘Hand of Terror’ to take direct control over your minions, issue commands, and even dish out a swift slap to keep them in line.

Goat Punks: GoatPunks is a rip-roaring multiplayer game of goats, mountains, good ole head-butting action with lightning and fire to rain down on your friends below. Can you hoof it to the top and stay there? GoatPunks is a multiplayer action game pitting your goat against other players in a battle to become king of the mountain. Fight through an onslaught of bombs, obstacles and each other to climb to the top of 9 uniquely themed mountains each offering distinct challenges. Once up there, stay on top of the competition for 30 hectic seconds to claim victory. GoatPunks supports up to 4 players in head-to-headbutt, split-screen, action. Grab your controllers or keyboard and get ready to roll. Shields, weapons, and power-ups are scattered about the mountain, and if you manage to get your goat to make it up the top, all the other goats will have a common enemy: you! Stages vary in complexity providing a range of challenge and the levels are hand illustrated in an anime-like style inspired by Studio Ghibli movies. You’ll race up exotic backdrops including ice, city, candy and lantern mountains. Although the objective is simple, each round is a new adventure where anything can happen!

Corel Painter Essentials 6: is custom designed to inspire you to freely create canvas and photo art creations using award-winning Natural-Media brushes. As an intuitive paint program, Essentials offers a welcoming environment that will encourage you to have fun while using powerful and realistic art tools to reach your goals. Turn a photo into an amazing oil, pastel or impressionist work of art, or use pencils, pens or particles to paint, draw and sketch on a blank canvas. 

In-Game Content: Dreadnaught + World of Tanks BLITZ (Comes in the form of credits to use in-game, only for new accounts!)

Subscription: GRFX Studio Pro (3 month) + Dashlane (6 month) + Cylance (3 Month)

Once you’ve claimed your Intel Master Keycode the activation process is the same a previous IMK, visit https://softwareoffer.intel.com/Redeem and enter your code. This will prompt a short survey (in the past doing this has unlocked some extras too). Sometimes the system glitches at the end of the survey and you end up on a black/white screen. If this happens you can either clear the cookies or fire up an incognito tab, then re-enter the same key code and it’ll take you straight to the software download page 🙂

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RTX BONUS

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with selected RTX 2060, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2080 Ti Graphics Cards!

Bundle valid on purchase dates: September 17th – November 18th, 2019

The redemption process is dependent on the brand purchased, and only from authorised retailers – see all eligible RTX Graphics Cards at PB Tech.

NZ redemption links for Desktop RTX Graphics Cards,

Register Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Graphics Cards here

Register Asus/ROG RTX Graphics Cards here

Register EVGA RTX Graphics Cards here

NZ redemption links for Laptop RTX Graphics Cards,

Register Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Laptops here

Register Asus/ROG RTX Laptops here

Register MSi RTX Laptops here

The stakes have never been higher. Become a lethal Tier One operator with the power of NVIDIA GeForce RTX. The revolutionary RTX platform maximizes your performance and visual fidelity on PC with real-time ray tracing and super-powerful AI processing. As you delve into clandestine covert operations that affect the global balance of power or showcase your skills against the toughest enemies in fierce multiplayer battles, GeForce RTX delivers the ultimate PC gaming experience!

As with the previous Nvidia Promotions, you must first claim your code from the brand redemption page, then they will send you a new code that must be activated via Nvidia Experience.

Your RTX graphics card must be fitted in your Gaming Desktop/Laptop when you activate the game.

SUPERFAST. SUPERNATURAL. Nvidia RTX Control + Wolfenstein Youngblood BONUS!

UPDATE: This offer has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

UPDATE: This promotion ends on the 16th September, redemption (while code stocks last) is still available for a short duration after the event. Please see links below for New Zealand.

Register your Gigabyte RTX Laptop: HERE

Register your MSi RTX Laptop: HERE

Register your Asus RTX Laptop: HERE

Register your Omen by HP RTX Laptop & Desktop: HERE

Register your Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Graphics Card: HERE

Register your Asus RTX Graphics Card: HERE

Register your EVGA RTX Graphics Card: HERE

Promotion details as below!

Nvidia are celebrating the launch of the new RTX SUPER Graphics Cards with a new game bonus offer, and this time there are two amazing games up for grabs!

Eligible Graphics Cards: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2080 Ti 

Bundle valid on purchase dates: July 9th – September 16th, 2019

You can see all Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards included on the SUPERFAST. SUPERNATURAL RTX Promotions Page at PB Tech. This register to redeem promotion works in the usual way, with each brand of Graphics Card having their own website set up so you can claim your gamecodes.

Control: After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control in this supernatural 3rd person action-adventure.

Wolfenstein Youngblood: The first modern co-op Wolfenstein adventure. Team up with a friend or play solo as one of BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters and wield a powerful arsenal of new weapons, gadgets, and abilities to liberate Paris from the Nazis.

GAME ON!

GOOD GAMING – EVGA GRIP RACING BONUS

Harnessing gravity defying physics alongside a bristling arsenal of outlandish weapons, GRIP delivers the fastest, most competitive racing experience ever. Scale walls, ceilings and anything else you can get your tires on to… as you master tantalising tracks, tricks and perform mind-blowing stunts to race your way across the cosmos.

For a limited time, you can register to redeem a GRIP: Combat Racing + EVGA Vehicle Skin BONUS with selected EVGA Graphics Cards and Power Supplies over 550W.

In addition to the game itself, check out the sweet EVGA Skin below!

This promotion is valid from September 10th 2019 (while code stocks last) and only from authorised retailers, see the full range of EVGA at PB Tech.

GAME ON!

GGPC SEPTEMBER WINNER ANNOUNCED!

September Event Winner: Congratulations Mary N!

September is here and we’re celebrating the start of spring with a new monthly GG bonus from our friends at Logitech G!

This September, if you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

Our grand prize for September is a totally wireless setup! Made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, including the latest G903 Hero Gaming Mouse!

That’s right folks! Our lucky winner will receive the flagship Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse, freshly upgraded with the epic HERO 16K gaming sensor for incredibly precise gameplay and 10X the battery efficiency of previous generation sensors.

Every component of G903 has been optimised to reduce weight while maintaining strength, from thin wall molding to a spoked hyperscroll wheel design. The result is a fully-loaded wireless mouse that weighs in at only 110g. Maximize comfort over extended periods of use and feel quicker response to motion.

A great mouse for sure, but that’s not all, our lucky winner is going to take away more awesome Logitech G gears!

The Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard is tournament grade, designed for gamers who demand both the high performance capabilities of mechanical switches and the freedom of wireless gaming. G613 features LIGHTSPEED wireless technology for super fast 1 ms report rate and Bluetooth for multi-host connectivity, advanced Romer-G mechanical performance, 6-programmable G-keys, and amazing battery life….more than 1 YEAR while using only 2 AA batteries!… crazy!

The six dedicated G-keys can be programmed with custom macros and in-app commands. Execute complex actions, simply and quickly, with a keystroke. G-keys can be assigned per game or app profile for customization and convenience. Use Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) to easily setup and manage profiles, commands and more.

Equipped with Romer-G mechanical switches the G613 delivers quiet, precise mechanical performance with incredible feel and durability with 70M click-life. The choice of top esports professionals, Romer-G switches have a short-throw actuation at 1.5 mm which means it is 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches. Romer-G is a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance.

An epic keyboard for sure, but it doesn’t stop there – our lucky winner will also receive some excellent wireless audio 🙂

The Logitech G533 Wireless DTS 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is a treat for the ears thanks to Logitech using the same Pro-G audio drivers found in the top tier 933 Artemis Spectrum, it’s also packing DTS X 7.1 surround sound which accurately replicates 7.1 speaker position so we can enjoy all the ambient sounds and audio ques that make playing games with a nice headset oh so enthralling 🙂 Always good for multiplayer gamer as being able to hear which direction gunfire is coming from can be a pretty neat tool for getting into the action(or getting out the way :P) You can configure all this and more with the Logitech Gaming Software.

The headset packs in all the goodness we’ve come to expect from Logitech G with earpieces that can also be removed and washed if needed, these cups also pivot making for comfortable in those moment when you’ve got the headset around your neck as you run off to grab a quick Redbull between matches 🙂 You’ll still be able to hear when the next match is coming up because this one is wireless thanks to an included 2.4GHz USB dongle (which apparently gives even more range than the G933!) and will last a solid 15 hours of game time at around 50% volume, which is managed via that slick roller we liked so much in our G910 Gaming Keyboard review.

We’ve tested the range out and it’s really good, unobstructed it’s well over 15 metres, with the USB dongle in our GGPC editor rig we still had a perfect connection all the way down in the other end of the workshop and that’s a good 30 metres away! When testing in a two story house we were able to head downstairs and into the kitchen to grab a drink and still maintain voice comms while waiting in que.

Great stuff Logitech!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC and awesome Logitech G prizes today, and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

WD_BLACK CUSTOM GAMING PC GIVEAWAY!

Our friends at PB Tech teamed up with Western Digital and we’ve got a really special GGPC Custom Water Cooled Gaming PC up for grabs 🙂

GGPC Black – themed around the WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD!

We do love a good theme here at GGPC NZ, and this one is built with cutting edge hardware throughout, our top tier Gaming PC features:

– WD_Black SN750 NVMe 1TB SSD with EKWB Heatsink
– Latest 9th Gen Intel i7-9700KF CPU with a Custom Hard Tube Water Cooling and 360mm Radiator
– Massive EVGA RTX 2080 FTW3 (For the WIN!) Graphics Card
– 16GB of super-fast 3200MHz HyperX FURY DDR4 RAM
– Asus ROG Z390 Motherboard with AURA RGB

Check out all the details on how you can win in the WD_BLACK GAMING PC GIVEAWAY at PB Tech today!

Good eSports NZ – Waikato University Arena

Ohh what a time to be alive! The University of Waikato has made New Zealand history by launching the first university-based esports facility, the OMEN Esports Arena. 

Equipped with multiple high-end Gaming PC, rows of DX Racer Gaming Chairs and a really big LG TV for streaming highlights, the esports arena serves as a dedicated space for on-campus gaming enthusiasts. 

To create the Arena, The University teamed up with OMEN, The popular HP gaming and esports brand who supplied 12 top-of-the-line gaming computers, and PB Tech, New Zealand’s largest IT and computer retailer who supplied the big screen LG TV as well as a partial sponsorship of the DX Racer gaming chairs. 

Mike Calvert, Director of Student Services at Waikato University, says the OMEN Esports Arena fits with the university’s direction of providing opportunities in a sport, “Esports is a global phenomenon and is one of the fastest-growing industries,” says Calvert. “With more than a million participants in New Zealand, and more than 300 million participants worldwide, it makes sense from a strategic perspective to move into this space,” he says. “Esports is a new and emerging field – the viewership is steadily climbing and the financial backing is growing, so it’s great to see the University of Waikato leading the way in this exciting industry.”

“We want to be able to give our students, who are likely to be engaging in esports anyway, an opportunity to be part of this in a socially inclusive environment where they can participate with like-minded people and, eventually, segue into future opportunities in esports.”

“It’s also an opportunity to link academic research and esports together, which is something we’re developing at the moment.” 

As part of the arena, the University of Waikato offers a school-leaver scholarship for students who excel in esports. The 2degrees Esports Scholarship for School-Leavers awards $5000 to students who demonstrate excellence in esports, exhibit leadership experience or potential, and who carry values in health and wellbeing. 

This year’s scholarship recipient, Ryan Holt, says the esports scholarship has allowed him to combine his passion for video games with his love of a challenge.  

Brian White, Business Development Manager for PB Tech Central North Island, says “the university’s commitment to opening an esports arena shows competitive gaming can be more than just a hobby. “For a major university to be so involved with development pathways and scholarships for competitive gaming is just amazing.”

Jason Spiller, Marketing Manager for Gaming, Esports & Immersive Technologies at HP, says the OMEN Esports arena is providing a new opportunity for the region. “Esports is growing. It’s not only growing as a career option for those wanting to turn pro, but it’s growing in a myriad of other ways. From future careers and game development to coding and tournament operations, there are so many other aspects that go into what is now a massive industry.”

“In an age of growing digital isolation, gaming and esports are one of best ways to provide identity and community to students and the OMEN Esports Arena provides a place to foster those connections,” says Spiller.

Amongst the crowd enjoying the grand opening celebrations was Conrad from Ping Zero NZ, who took out first place in the F1 racing tournament (he’s quite the racer!), and Callum from Pixel Lounge NZ who raced into 3rd for the fun mini-event.

It’s all very exciting, you can read more about the new University of Waikato eSports Arena on the official FB page!

GAME ON!… I mean… STUDY ON!… well, both I guess!