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SteelSeries launches Scope gaming glasses

SteelSeries launches Scope gaming glasses

The SteelSeries Scope gaming glasses feature technology designed to improve your frag count - allegedly.

Professional gamers often have outlandish accessories that they claim brings their talent to the next level, but peripherals specialist SteelSeries has announced the next logical step: gaming glasses.

The SteelSeries Scope is a pair of glasses specially designed in conjunction with Gunnar Optiks to provide gamers with lightweight glasses specifically tuned to their needs.

Designed primarily for gamers who, somewhat ironically, don't need glasses - although prescription versions are available from Gunnar Optiks directly - the SteelSeries Scope includes i-Amp lenses, which are tuned to a +0.20 dioptre to provide the maximum of clarity at average screen viewing distances.

Oddly, SteelSeries claims that the lenses are clever enough to 'enhance the properties of the human eye and its interaction with digital devices,' which is something of a bold claim to make.

As well as the special lenses, manufactured from a material called diAMIX, SteelSeries has opted to give the glasses a somewhat retro amber tint, for much the same reason as sports glasses feature tinting: improved image contrast at the expense of some colour detail. The company also claims that the tinting lessens eye-strain and 'reduces the negative effects of dry eye.'

The frames are designed to be lightweight and comfortable to wear for long sessions, with an ergonomic design that rests above rather than on the ears, making them suitable for use with gaming headsets and closed-cup headphones.

The big question, of course, is whether the glasses will make a difference. While specialist eyewear is certainly prevalent in other hand-eye coordination-heavy sports, such as shooting and archery, the benefits become questionable when you're looking at an artificial image source in indoor lighting.

Despite this, SteelSeries is forging ahead with a US launch of the Scope, which will set buyers back just shy of $100 (around £63).

Do you think that gaming glasses could give you the edge you need, or is SteelSeries on a hiding to nothing with the Scope? Share your thoughts over in the forum.

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jcb121 21st October 2010, 17:57 Quote
£20 then its a maybe
TheStockBroker 21st October 2010, 17:57 Quote
Hmmmm.

I think I'll go with "Lol."
bowman 21st October 2010, 18:32 Quote
This is so ****ing retarded I don't have words.

I like SteelSeries peripherals, they're well-made, but this reminds me of their idiotic Gaming Glove. Except it's even more stupid. I didn't think that was possible.
Memnoch-fr 21st October 2010, 18:35 Quote
:D

£63 is a farce, but reducing eye strain and dry eye is worth a bit, and still cheaper than decent prescriptions (about the price of one lense).

Definitely can't see it making you better at games though, just better for your eyes !
digitaldunc 21st October 2010, 18:35 Quote
Remember those screen filters that used to be placed over CRT's? Maybe this is supposed to be the modern equivalent...

I'd actually consider using something like this if they would help prevent my already atrocious eyesight from deteriorating further, but I have my doubts... as for my atrocious aim in FPS games, I think that's beyond saving :)
bowman 21st October 2010, 18:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Memnoch-fr
:D

£63 is a farce, but reducing eye strain and dry eye is worth a bit, and still cheaper than decent prescriptions (about the price of one lense).

Definitely can't see it making you better at games though, just better for your eyes !

Brightness control. Monitors haz it.
leveller 21st October 2010, 18:46 Quote
I've just checked the Gunnar site and they do 3D suitable lenses, now that I would consider. I hate going to the cinema and re-using glasses, but even the brand new ones leave a lot to be desired.
Eiffie 21st October 2010, 18:52 Quote
If your monitor is giving you some eye strain, I'd look into changing your settings till your comfortable for a extended gaming session and yes people should be taking breaks after an hour or two of playing to give their eyes a rest anyway, even if it is for just a few minutes, it really helps.

As for the dry eyes issue, last time i checked, a big bottle of eye-drops is about 5 bucks at the local drug store and it doesn't make you look silly wearing those glasses. But hey, if this product works for you, it's your choice to drop the money on a pair of these lenses.
Sloth 21st October 2010, 18:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by bowman
Brightness control. Monitors haz it.
Brightness protection. The purpose of these glasses does not haz it.

What Memnoch is commenting on being perhaps useful is the +.20 dioptre lenses. Meant to help your eyes focus on objects at a certain distance (in this case, a monitor) without straining them.

If my understanding and memory from my last eye check serve, your eyes at rest focus on far away objects easily. To focus on nearer objects muscles/ligaments/whathaveyou have to work to adjust the focus of your eye. What these glasses would do is allow your eyes to focus on a point beyond your monitor (and thus have less strain) while still keeping the monitor in focus.

If I've got it wrong or don't have the full picture then anyone who does please elaborate :)
Mattmc91 21st October 2010, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by digitaldunc
Remember those screen filters that used to be placed over CRT's? Maybe this is supposed to be the modern equivalent...

I'd actually consider using something like this if they would help prevent my already atrocious eyesight from deteriorating further, but I have my doubts... as for my atrocious aim in FPS games, I think that's beyond saving :)

You're telling me about your crap aim... lol.
Tangster 21st October 2010, 19:14 Quote
Quarter the price and I'l get them for my dad as anti glare driving shades.
Skill3d 21st October 2010, 19:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
Quarter the price and I'l get them for my dad as anti glare driving shades.

wouldn't recommend these as driving shades as they're meant for close objects (eg monitors) instead of long distance objects (traffic, signs)
Dae314 21st October 2010, 19:27 Quote
Now if these were to be used with 3D monitors I'd probably be more inclined to pay attention to this, but as it is it's just stupid.
GravitySmacked 21st October 2010, 20:11 Quote
WTF, sorry but seriously?
enciem 21st October 2010, 20:37 Quote
These sound awesome and a good price too. They'll go great with a set of 3D glasses underneath, a gaming glove, and special pair of anti-redass gaming pants for hard seating surfaces. Can't wait

btw, if anti-redass gaming pants haven't been invented yet and someone thinks they're a good idea I want commission, or at least the chance to try and promote them on dragons den. 10% of the company for £250,000 anyone?
azrael- 21st October 2010, 20:39 Quote
There seems to be a market for everything. Maybe they can peddle those glasses to the optically challenged (i.e. blind)...
sear 21st October 2010, 20:51 Quote
I have no doubt that these glasses do... something. But is it worth your money? Will it improve your game? Probably about as much as those gamer-branded energy drinks or snacks will, i.e. not at all. As I understand it, these glasses pretty much just increase contrast and reduce glare, which can be useful in some situations, but I highly doubt it will actually make any difference in your playing. At least a Fatal1ty-branded sound card will give you better audio, which could help you with finding targets in fast-paced competitive shooters (though any decent sound card would do the same).
Redbeaver 21st October 2010, 21:39 Quote
.........


oh dear lord.
Fizzban 21st October 2010, 22:52 Quote
I suppose it's possible they might reduce eye strain, but at that price they can keep them.
Skirrow 21st October 2010, 22:59 Quote
Am i the only only one who thinks these are just rebadged anti-glare night driving glasses that are available for 1/5th the price.

What a ripoff!

Steel Series have sold out imho. Whats next a Steel series NIC, HDMI Cable, USB can cooler ¬_¬
Niftyrat 21st October 2010, 23:00 Quote
I had eye strain looking at the price tag :)
Locknload 21st October 2010, 23:26 Quote
My arse is straining laughing at the price, they have already brought tears to my eyes and inadverantly solved my dry eye issue....hahaha

I once bought a steel series 'Metal' mouse mat and as soon as i opened the packaging i thought....NICE ONE, YOU HAVE DONE ME UP LIKE A KIPPER...lol

I seriously think these people are Dutch and smoke copius amounts of Hemp at the weekend.
Silver51 22nd October 2010, 08:54 Quote
Actually, one of my work colleagues had been complaining about headaches due to the lighting in the office. His eyes are good, but he complained about glare and light frequency and ended up buying a pair of Gunnar Optiks from the States. He wears them every day now and placebo or not, the headaches gone, and I'm allowed to keep the lights on in the office.

They're no quite the same 'wee wee' yellow that driving glasses are, and compared to the service station specials, the build quality is much better.

I declined the opportunity to get a pair myself, they're not made for Photoshop or any colour critical work.

Soo, yeah.
azrael- 22nd October 2010, 10:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Locknload
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I seriously think these people are Dutch and smoke copius amounts of Hemp at the weekend.
Actually, they're Danish. Dunno about the hemp, though... ;)
Yemerich 22nd October 2010, 11:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Niftyrat
I had eye strain looking at the price tag :)
LOL!!!

Well, if it prevents the motion sickness, I ....

Wait...

I wouldn't buy that anyway...
tribalman 22nd October 2010, 21:31 Quote
haven't these been out for a while? i've been seeing them for months in stores. or were they another brand? either way, when i saw some of them were 80$US i just walked away. i'd prefer prescription lenses for that price.
metarinka 22nd October 2010, 21:41 Quote
guaranteed to reduce wallet strain
Woodspoon 23rd October 2010, 13:43 Quote
Less eye strain for increased pr0n browsing time, Ha ha ha ha : P
flibblesan 23rd October 2010, 16:00 Quote
Hurrah. Yet more useless 'pro-gamer' crap that gives you MOAR FRAGZ!

The sad thing is that I can see a lot of idiots wearing these at future LAN gaming events. The same idiots that buy those Killer network cards to get more fps...
enciem 23rd October 2010, 21:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by flibblesan
Hurrah. Yet more useless 'pro-gamer' crap that gives you MOAR FRAGZ!

The sad thing is that I can see a lot of idiots wearing these at future LAN gaming events. The same idiots that buy those Killer network cards to get more fps...

I feel sorry for the people who just happened to go to spec savers and pick up something similar and then make the mistake of going to a lan event
Andy Mc 24th October 2010, 02:40 Quote
As retarded an item as this is. I know a few people who would buy them if they had a WoW logo on there somewhere.........
Paradigm Shifter 24th October 2010, 20:03 Quote
Just looked at this. It's actually a little worrying, as I was under the impression that if you wore glasses that corrected your vision and you didn't need it... you would soon find that you actually did need it.
Jipa 24th October 2010, 20:06 Quote
Oh wow. Their brand just took a massive hit in the eyes of every user with a brain.
impar 25th October 2010, 09:18 Quote
Greetings!

Might help those who dont know how to lower the default brightness/gamma level of their monitors.
fev 26th October 2010, 09:02 Quote
You all laugh, but they're pre-ordering well.
GravitySmacked 26th October 2010, 09:10 Quote
That just makes me laugh all the more :P
flaming_goat 26th October 2010, 22:30 Quote
Review Some!
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