$300 Transforming Game Controller Revealed

Mad Catz's just-announced L.Y.N.X. hybrid controller promises to offer "uncompromised control" by transforming on the fly.

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Peripheral company Mad Catz today announced a mobile controller called the L.Y.N.X., a new hybrid gamepad described as "radically different," and one that has been designed to offer "uncompromised control and portability." The marquee feature is the way it can transform into a range of different configuration to suit your gaming needs.

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"Designed for the passionate gamer who typically plays across multiple devices, the L.Y.N.X.features a patent-pending design which allows it to fold into a compact footprint, fitting into a shirt pocket for travel without compromising on the classic console-style ergonomic feel gamers are accustomed to," Mad Catz said in a statement.

As you can see in the image at left, the L.Y.N.X. has three primary components: Left Wing, Right Wing, and Controller Brain. The controller works with your existing smartphone, and can even break apart and attach to a tablet of up to seven inches. Mad Catz says the L.Y.N.X. is also well-suited as a companion for Smart TVs, as it also comes with a QWERTY keyboard module that lets you type.

What's more, the controller even features a built-in microphone so you can search by voice. It's also described as a sturdy and premium product, as it features hard-wearing metal and "premium" components. On top of that, Mad Catz says L.Y.N.X. buttons have been rated to one million presses.

"We believe the L.Y.N.X. represents a generational leap in mobile game controllers," Mad Catz president and CEO Darren Richardson said.

The L.Y.N.X. is listed for sale on the Mad Catz website for $300, though you can't order one just yet. The controller is expected to start shipping in March 2015. For more, check out the image gallery below.

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