No more console gaming peripherals from Logitech

In cost-cutting initiative, technology company plans to discontinue "non-strategic" products, including console peripherals by end of 2013; PC gaming peripherals will continue to be sold.

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Some of Logitech's gaming peripherals will soon be collectors' items. In an effort to cut costs, the company said this week that console gaming peripherals no longer fit with its strategic direction.

"As a result, we have initiated the process to divest our remote controls and digital video security categories, and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks and console gaming peripherals, by the end of Calendar Year 2013," the company said.

Logitech total sales for its latest quarter hit $615 million, down 14 percent from the $715 last year. The company posted a $195 million net loss for the quarter, compared to a profit of $55 million during the same period last year.

Logitech's current gaming peripheral lineup includes various mice and keyboards, wheels, headsets, joysticks, gamepads, and accessories.

A company representative confirmed with GameSpot today that all PC gaming mice, keyboards, and headsets will continue to be sold and are in fact a "key focus for the company."

Discussion

116 comments
vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Well, they still make the best PC mice and keyboards.  In fact, thats all I have ever purchased except for my Filco mechanical keyboard for my gaming machine.  Their unifying wireless keyboards and mice are some of the best I have purchased.

I have a G9x, 3x M570 wireless trackballs, and 3x K360 wireless keyboards for my systems.  I also have a really great 2.1 speaker system from them as well.  Had a great headphone set for my gaming system as well, until the cat cut the wire trying to get my attention.

Triton
Triton

Just keep making the G25/G27 and I'll be good.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

i think they are doing this because next gen consoles are about to come out.

maybe once the new gen consoles have come out they might start selling them again

scyldschefing
scyldschefing

I wonder if this is as wise move, considering that next-gen consoles are right around the corner...

jer_1
jer_1

This is pretty ironic. Not enough dough in the consoles for the peripheral makers, hah!

Oh well, I'm sure they'll keep cranking out PC goodies.

garysingh34
garysingh34

what does this mean to logitech steering wheels?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Microsoft with holding wireless controller licenses from third partys have devastated Logitech, well there is always the next generation coming out - hope for the best for logitech.  

Sadly for consumers without cheap third part peripherals, console makers are able to keep their price for controllers histrionically elevated. With markups in the 60+ % range 8 years after their releases.  

Falru
Falru

Can't believe there's not a PC-or-Console controller already. There's already hundreds of adapters out there, even cross-console adapters in case you want to use your 360 controller on your PS3, or vice-versa. Can't imagine it would be so difficult to implement this into the controller itself.

commander1122
commander1122

still using G510 and G500 ....~.~ and planning to upgrade my Philips speaker to logictech 5.1....too....

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

They make great products, if only they could make them more affordable they wouldn't have to cut it from their products list.  I own the G510 keyboard, and the G9x mouse.  Solid additions for my PC.

sykopat99
sykopat99

Hope they change the software for my harmony remote to be offline only then, otherwise I lose the ability to reprogram it. :(

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

I didn't even know Logitech made console peripherals

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

Awww.. I will better buy it before end of this year. :D

TechDragon
TechDragon

As long as they keep making stuff for PC it's good.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

looks like my two spare logitech driving force GT racing wheels may be appreciating in price in the near future, especially with the inevitable launch of GT6 on the PS4.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

This isn't as much of an issue as long as the software makers program their games to support the peripherals. Polyphony patched GT5 a few times to support more and more PC wheels.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

To be honest they kinda faltered in their console offering this generation. In the PS2 era I absolutely LOVED my wireless Logitech PS2 controller, it was miles better than the official one, but for the PS3 Logitech's offering was very poor. This is making me consider buying one of their racing wheels though before they become a rarity, the quality of those are top notch (as are their mice, keyboards, speakers etc)

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Problem with them going to the xbox and the ps3..There where very few racing games..Sure you have people who love gta5 and forza..Not much after that..There space games for the pc being made these days..You have more racing options for the pc i think..

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

Logitech G15
Logitech Speakers X530
Mouse m500

I trust Logitech a lot, they got top notch quality.
Razer is cool too, especially their design, but as for the quality..not that great.
I remember my Diamondback 3G lasted only for a year or so. Squeaky left button, and then I just couldn't press it to click something.

LordPhreaka
LordPhreaka

Forgot to mention how much I love my Logitech G13, wouldn't know what to do without it! Hope they keep on making it, because when/if this one breaks (been absolutely problem free since 2010), I'm buying a replacement the very same day.

LordPhreaka
LordPhreaka

In past I've purchased many Razer items, including

1 deathadder

1 naga (2011)

2 mamba (one back in 2009, one back in 2011)

1 black widow keyboard ultimate

all of those periphials, with an exception of the black widow keyboard, BROKE WITHIN 6 months of purchase. (The old mamba from back in 2009 actually started jittering a month after the purchase.) 

The keyboard is great, but quality of the Razer mouse is just plain HORRIBLE.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

I'd love a new PC gamepad from Logitech perhaps with better wifi, buttons, D-pads, and maybe in Wii U pro controller lay out.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

Long ago I realized two import rules: 1. Do not buy tech made specifically for children. Even off brand adult tech will work much better then that. It happened with cameras, tablets, and televisions (to name a few). The standard is set too low. 2. Most accessory tech for consoles suck. Maybe because there was not enough competition, since you have to use connectors unique to that console. Or maybe they considered it a kid-like item.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

By and large since Razer picked up the quality in their Mice and Keyboards I haven't bought a logitech mouse/keyboard for a while. However I DO tend to stick with Logitech when it comes to flight sticks and my headphones, so hopefully cutting the low volume console stuff will give them the chance to put more money into those.

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

the problem i have with all logitech mice is that their middle click is stiff.  they need to make their middle clicks easy and comfortable to press like the CM xornet mouse.

PoofMaester
PoofMaester

I'm still waiting for updates for my G19 keyboard :\

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

As awesome as Logitech is in terms of an unbeatable price / quality balance, I didn't even know they make console peripherals at all o.o Always thought they're PC Only, so, no big deal for me as long as PC keeps getting support :)

epross
epross

I have a logitech racing wheel, and while it works, it's not really the best designed or built. Other than that, I don't have any logitech accessories for any of my three consoles. So if I am typical of the market, this is probably a wise choice on their part. For my PC gear, I always prefer Logitech keyboard and mice over a lot of others. Have done so since the early '90s. They make good stuff.

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

I like Logitech stuff, but Razer is the place to go for high end stuff.

jeffkaos
jeffkaos

Glad to hear they're still going to support PC peripherals, the G13 is one of my favorite gaming devices.

o0squishy0o
o0squishy0o

Not sure I am buying into the talk of Logitech being worse than Razer. My Razer headset which set me back £120 had power issues that were never resolved. My friends Razer mice always fade in terms of asthetics with the rubbery surface wearing away fairly quickly. 


I have always found logitech stuff to be rather tank like. However I have gone through 2 logitech mice in under 10 years which both went with a blink of an eye and without any really warnings. So maybe not is all well with logitech. Perhaps corsair can fill that void of high quality components. My 800D case has served me well for the past 3 years aside from the hotswap bays having connection issues :P

gamergath
gamergath

Goodbye Logitech, Welcome Razer. Here have our money. Your the best.

WarFox89
WarFox89

Best PC gaming peripherals is Razer.I tried quite a lot of mices and keyboards from Logitech and they do not come even to the knees of quality of Razer peripherals .

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

lol Logitech made console accessories?

Dezuria
Dezuria

Silly of gamespot to show a picture of their PC items when only the console stuff is getting cut.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Logitech's quality -is- slipping I think.  I had a mouse from them that died after 2 and a half years of use.  Yeah, that's not awful, but I have a Microsoft IntelliMouse 3.0 that I've had for something like 7 or 8 years and it still works absolutely perfectly.  I don't know how ANYONE can be successful in the 3rd party console peripheral market unless they're the super cheapo alternative and not an equal or more expensive alternative.  The market is too narrow for anything other than the cheapo alternative.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

And another thing, I know logitech has had it rough with licensing issues since 6th gen, but for the last few years alot of their products have been on the fringe market of gaming, with some items being released costing hundreds of dollars that would only work on just a few games. 

Take the keyboard/mouse market. Last to get on board with accessory buttons for mouse and keyboards but first for odd shapes and features, well.... very few if any would every really use. They have been making gaming peripherals that they want the gaming community to use in a certain way, instead of making peripherals for use the way we actually do play. I respect the high quality they put in their stuff, but we really do not care about lcds, chrome this and that, leds lights here and there. We want stuff like cushioned wasdx keys that do not wear out after a week. Gamers do not care about a bazillion dpi settings on a mouse but do care about buttons that feel responsive and don't wear out so fast. Also the cost- logitechs stuff just costs way too much. 

S0ulReav3r
S0ulReav3r

@LordPhreaka I've had a Lachessis since 2009 and it only froze a couple of times and I had to "restart" the mouse, other than that I've had no issues. A friend of mine broke his death adder after year and a half. Still that's nothing compared to logitech...lol even some cheaper stuff lasted longer (i'm using a 2004 keyboard as if now). Razer stuff sure are faulty.

Sefrix
Sefrix

@Justforvisit They're steering wheels were always known for being extremely good products. Problem is that is not a large market.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@Hobbes444 its more of the place the uninformed go for "high priced" stuff.  So many other better companies with better products that dont break in a year or two.  Razer is like Alienware.  Anyone who is a serious PC user stays far away from these overpriced overhyped companies.

Sefrix
Sefrix

@WarFox89 Perhaps you didn't buy very comparable ones. For instance, here's some differences be the Deathadder and the G400 (comparable devices). The G400 has 3600 dpi whereas the Deathadder as 3500. To change the dpi on the G400 there is a quick select button below the scroll wheel. to change the dpi on the Deathadder there is a "quick select" button on the bottom of the mouse. Both have the same 1ms polling rate. The G400 is about $5 cheaper. The Logitech has a higher user review than the Deathadder.

I'm not trying to tell you that one is better than the other. What I am saying is that they are very comparable so to say that they do not "come even to the knees" is not looking at it very logically. I'm not sure how long you have been into PC gaming but Logitech was the absolute king for a very long time. It is only recently with Razer that they have gotten any competition at all, which is great for us consumers :)