Remember that intense yet weird looking Albino Rat Mouse from Mad Catz? Meet its cousin, the Cyborg M.M.O.7. As you’ve likely already gathered, this rather intense gaming peripheral is all about the MMO world, featuring a staggering 78 definable commands thanks to 13 programmable buttons, a two-position MMO shift button and a three-position MMO mode switch. It’s also one size fits all, thanks to adjustable palm and thumb rests. World of Warcraft fans will likely find a lot to like in the ability to assign spells to the mouse’s buttons by dragging and dropping. The Cyborg M.M.O.7 is coming next month — no word on pricing just yet.
Tuesday Logitech unveiled the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and the Logitech Laser Mouse G9X, two peripherals “officially” decked out for the upcoming game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Both offer enhanced precision and customization to give users “a leg up on the competition.”
According to the company, the keyboard is designed with military-style, night-vision green LED backlighting and six programmable G-keys, each with three mode states, providing up to 18 possible macro combinations per game. The mouse reportedly provides “game-changing precision” at hand speeds up to 165 inches per second on the most popular gaming mouse pad surfaces.
“The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and the Logitech Laser Mouse G9X are perfect for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 enthusiasts who want the best in precision and customization for their gaming experience,” said Chris Pate, senior product marketing manager for gaming at Logitech.
The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October for $79.99, and will feature multi-key input support for up to five simultaneous keys. It will also sport media keys for volume control and muting, as well as start, stop, pause, forward and back functions. It will also have a game/desktop mode switch that disables the Windows and Context Menu keys so that players aren’t accidentally jumping to the desktop during heated battles.
As for the Logitech Laser Mouse G9X, it will arrive in the U.S. and Europe beginning in November for $99.99, and will feature on-the-fly adjustable dpi ranging from 200 dpi up to 5700 dpi without forcing gamers to pause the action. It will also come packed with a weight-tuning system that allows users to customize the mouse with up to 28 grams of extra weights, and a custom color display for changing the color of the peripheral’s LEDs from a wide color spectrum “so you can match your mouse to your PC, your game, or your style.”
“Both devices let you jump right into the action with the power to perform complex maneuvers with confidence,” Pate added.
Invented in 2006, the Razer Synapse technology allow owners of Razer gaming peripherals to store their game settings such as macro keys, game profiles and bind keys right into their peripherals via on-board memory. Soon, the technology will move up to the cloud to give users the capability to access their settings virtually anywhere via Internet.
“Razer Synapse 2.0 is a testament to our drive to continually innovate for the benefit of the gamer and end-user. Razer Synapse 2.0 gives gamers a convenient, single cloud-based platform to access, maintain, and store settings for all of their Razer devices. On-board memory, with its limited storage for user profiles, becomes obsolete when Razer Synapse 2.0 offers essentially unlimited space for all of your hardware settings,”- Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President, Razer USA.
The Razer Synapse 2.0 is currently in beta phase and the outfit is looking for 500 Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse owners to participate in the test. If you own one and interested to check out the new cloud-based capability, head on to www.razerzone.com/synapse2 to sign up.
Virtually, that is. Thrustmaster revealed its plans to launch a $199.99 gaming peripheral intent on pulling racing fans into the driving experience of their life. This isn’t just some steering wheel yanked off the street and fitted for the PlayStation 3 and PC: it’s an officially licensed controller replicating the actual Ferrari 150° Italia racing wheel at full size, but with loads of rotary knobs, switches and action buttons.
According to the company, this pricy gadget will be an add-on: it will fit snug onto the T500 RS racing simulator wheel base for the PC and PlayStation 3. Currently this set includes a realistic force feedback racing wheel and column, and a realistic pedal set. The Ferrari 150° Italia racing wheel, set for an early October launch, merely replaces the wheel that comes with the T500 RS package.
“Designed to attach to T500 RS wheel base, it offers the power and precision that make this racing wheel such a unique experience,” the company said. “The Thrustmaster Quick Release attachment system enables users to easily attach the wheel face to the T500 RS base in just a few seconds. This innovative concept allows all RS Series wheel base owners to invest in the wheels alone to enjoy optimum realism in all types of races.”
Thrustmaster said the Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On will feature a scratch-brushed reinforced metal facing. It will also sport scratch-brushed metal F1 Push & Pull sequential shifters that are directly attached to the wheel (in true F1 tradition), and will even feature rubber-textured grips so that out-of-control turns don’t transform into Wii remote mishaps.
As for all the buttons and switches mounted in the middle, they will include two rotary encoder switches (allowing direct, on-the-track optimization of the car’s race settings), eight push-buttons (with a 6.5 N dual detent pressure), three 4.5 N metal switches with 3 positions and an automatic centering feature, two 2.5 N 8-directional D-Pads and two up/down shifters. The add-on wheel will also provide two game modes: Normal with 13 action buttons and 3 D-Pads (PC and PS3-compatible), and Advanced with 25 action buttons and 1 D-Pad (PC only).
The Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On will be available in early October online at Amazon for the suggested retail price of $199.99. Other e-tailers and brick-and-mortar shops have yet to be revealed.
The green flag just waved on pre-orders for Fanatec’s line of Forza Motorsport accessories, including the CSR Wheel ($250), CSR Elite Pedal Set ($150) and CSR Shifter Set ($60). To refresh your memory: all feature metal construction that gives them a solid, rugged feel. The wheel’s force feedback is powered by a Mabuchi RS550 motor, with two additional actuators simulating motor and ABS vibration. The pedals are fully adjustable; a pressure-sensitive brake pedal can be tuned to mimic any car. Finally, the shifter set features a six-speed H-pattern design and can be mounted on either side of the steering wheel. There’s no word on when these will actually ship, and sadly for you big spenders, the CSR Wheel Elite isn’t yet available.
Breaking away from its typical hardware lineup, Corsair is dipping into the peripheral business with the upcoming release of two Vengeance gaming keyboard (“K”) and laser mouse (“M”) groups. These address two types of gamers: the FPS player (Vengeance K60 and M60) and the RTS player (Vengeance K90 and M90). All four are expected to hit store shelves sometime in October 2011, ranging from $69 to $129. Read more…
Step aside Alienware, there is someone encroaching on your gaming laptop turf. Up till today, Razer has been known for its top-notch gaming peripherals but after showing off the Switchblade concept earlier this year at CES, we couldn’t help thinking that there was something on the horizon.
Check out the Razer Blade, 0.88inches thick, it houses a 2.8GHz Core i7-2640M CPU, GeForce GT 555M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 Memory as well as a 17.3inch LED 1920×1080 full HD display. The Blade also features 8GB or RAM, 3 USB ports and HDMI-out. While the specs are nothing out of the ordinary, where the Razer Blade turns heads is with the 480×800 LCD trackpad beside the backlit keyboard, designed to work as either a multitouch-enabled input device or as an additional display for in-game info. On top of the screen are 10 programmable keys courtesy of a separate LCD reminiscent of the optimus keyboard and more recently, yup, the Razer Switchblade.
Looking at the incredible aesthetics of the Blade, I can see myself wanting one to satiate my geek lust, but is the price tag of US$2,799 really worth it for essentially the mini display and keys? The new laptop from Razer is indeed thin and powerful, somewhat of like the MacBook Pro, or even the MacBook Air, but by using the GT555M graphic is a very huge let-down to me. Who is Razer trying to attract? Old Warcraft 3 players? DotA players? CS 1.6 players? We’ll just have to wait until Q4 when it’s set to be released. Check out the source link for more images.
Claimed to be the most customizable mouse in the world, SteelSeries has recently unveiled their latest gaming mouse called the Sensei at Gamescom in Germany. What they actually mean by customization is not Sensei’s physical body but instead, its technical configurations. SteelSeries nicknamed these settings as ExactTech which includes lift distance, cursor acceleration, path correction and sensitivity level. Users can even access further customization options through SteelSeries Engine software.
All Sensei’s movement are calculated by a 32-bit ARM processor that is embedded within the mouse and allows Sensei to reach sensitivity up to 11,400 CPI (counts per inch). Not enough with that, SteelSeries also equipped the Sensei with a 10.8-megapixels laser sensor that correlate images at up to 12,000 frames per second and is able to handle movements of up to 150-inches per second.
Apart from its ambidextrous shape that is suitable for both left and right handed users and sleek non-slip metal coating, SteelSeries is also equipped with a LCD display on its underside that allows users to access their settings as well as the ability display their own name and logo. In addition to that, users are also able to customize Sensei’s wheel, CPI indicator and logo lights with 16.8 million of different color combinations to choose from.
The new SteelSeries Sensei is expected to be available in Malaysia from the middle of September 2011 onwards and is priced at RM 399. To learn more, check out SteelSeries Malaysia’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SteelSeriesMalaysia or SteelSeries official website at www.steelseries.com.
Tried playing Dirt 3 or Shift 2 on a keyboard? How about on a console controller? Thought about trying on the wheels instead? Well, those Momo racing wheels and those G27 ain’t gonna cut it fo`sho. You’ll need something more than just a wheel and a stick and pedal.
But fret not, Thrustmaster has announced the launch of its Ferrari 458 (F458) Italia Racing Wheel for Microsoft’s gaming console. The 11-inch wheel features a rubberized grip to stay comfy, built-in metal paddle shifters, a Manettino dial for mid-lap adjustments and progressive resistance to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Not wanting to leave PS3 and PC racers in its dust, the company also revealed the TH8 RS gear shifter — which connects to the T500 RS or the outfit’s other PC wheel controllers via USB. This bad boy lets you release your inner Michael Schumacher with either H-pattern or sequential configurations plus 360-degree rotation adjustment to tailor the gearbox to your liking.
Both the TH8 RS and the aforementioned F458 will be hitting your virtual garage in October for $180 and $90, respectively. Recaro bucket seat and seatbelts not included.
Here’s a new gaming mouse from Logitech, promised to keep your wallet healthy. Looks familiar? Well, it’s clear that Logitech is going to follow their old design trend. The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 features a sculpted, ambidextrous shape, so it is great for people with smaller hands, lefties, and those who prefer to play with a fingertip grip style. Measuring at just 112mm x 73mm x 35mm and weighing at 111 grams (with cable), the gaming mouse has a 2500dpi sensor that accurately tracks slow or fast movements on a wide variety of surfaces, and nine programmable buttons that are carefully placed to be easily reachable. You can program up to three profiles for individual players or games (keyboard macros and dpi settings), so you can play your way on other PCs. Assign one of seven colors to each profile, so you can easily see which profile you are using. The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 retails for only $39.99 each.