An Xbox Controller With A Screen, HTC’s Quest Competitor And More Gaming News For Thursday, January 5

Hope your Thursday is going well, gang! I’ve got another round up of the day’s gaming news for you, including more CES reveals, updates on the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard takeover saga and an exciting PS5 accessibility controller.

Let’s get down to business.

An Xbox Controller With An OLED Screen

Asus’ Republic of Gamers brand has built two new high-end controllers for Xbox and PC. Among other things, the ROG Raikiri series controllers have buttons on the rear, customizable controls and ergonomic grips. The fancier version, the Raikiri Pro, has a 1.3-inch OLED screen on the face too.

You can display custom text, animations or images on it. It can provide important info as well, including the battery level, mic status and controller profile. You can switch profiles via the buttons above the display or use them to change what’s shown on the screen.

You probably don’t need an Xbox controller with an OLED screen, but this is kinda cool. Asus hasn’t said how much the ROG Raikiri controllers will cost, but they should be available in the next few months.

HTC Reveals Its Pricey Quest Pro Competitor

HTC has announced the HTC Vive XR Elite, which is a standalone VR headset. It has 12GB of RAM and 120GB of storage and runs on a Snapdragon XR 2 chipset. It has a 2K display with a 90Hz refresh rate for each eye and a battery that’s rated for two hours of use. As with other standalone headsets, you can connect this model to a gaming PC for more demanding VR experiences.

One especially neat thing is that you can fold up the Vive XR Elite and place it in a handy travel case. It could be an alternative to the Meta Quest 2, but only if you’re willing to splash the cash — it costs $1,099 for the headset, controllers and carrying case. The Meta Quest 2 starts at $400. However, the Vive XR Elite is quite a bit cheaper than the $1,500 Meta Quest Pro.

Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Updates

Two quick updates on Microsoft’s planned $68.7 takeover of Activision Blizzard for you. First, the U.K.’s competition regulator has extended the deadline for its investigation into the merger. We may not hear the results until at least April 26, but the Competition and Markets Authority is aiming to complete its report before then.

As a reminder, the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. is trying to block the acquisition. A trial in that case is set to start in August, after Microsoft and Activision’s merger deadline.

Speaking of which, the second update on this saga concerns the companies’ responses to the F.T.C. lawsuit. They claimed that the agency’s structure violates the U.S. Constitution. However, Microsoft now says that argument was a mistake and shouldn’t have been in its response. It has been removed from the companies’ latest filings, as Axios notes.

PS5 Availability And Accessibility Controller

Sony held its CES press conference last night and claimed that it should now be much easier for people to buy a PS5. More importantly, the company revealed a fully customizable controller kit. That’s a long overdue advancement for accessibility and one that everyone should care about. I wrote about that more in-depth here:

MORE FROM FORBESSony’s PS5 Accessibility Controller Is Essential And Long Overdue

‘Valorant’ Episode 6 Teaser

Here’s one for the Valorant fans in the house. Riot has teased the game’s sixth episode (which starts on January 10) with a typically gorgeous cinematic teaser. The clip teases a new map as well. Expect more details about Episode 6 very soon.

One More Thing

Sony offered a first look at the Gran Turismo movie, which is based on a real-life story about a player who became a real-life professional racing driver. The movie will debut in theaters on August 11.

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