Trio of M'Soft PC-gaming peripherals announced

Two new breeds of mice, a wireless version of the Xbox 360 controller designed for PC gamers coming to stores this fall.


With so much attention focused on console gaming at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, any PC-based announcements were happily accepted by gamers of the keyboard-and-mouse variety. Microsoft didn't keep PC gamers waiting until its scheduled press conference today, as three new peripherals aimed at that audience were announced this morning.

Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 treats gamers with precision tracking and the same design as the original IntelliMouse Explorer. A "precision booster" can be switched on and off for those moments where every pixel counts and frequently used sequences can be programmed and performed with the push of a button. The new IntelliMouse will retail for $39.95 when it hits stores in October. The estimated retail price in the UK is £34.99.

Peripheral maker Razer also got in on action, teaming up with Microsoft to make the Habu, another gaming mouse. The Habu features a 2,000 DPI laser engine, a data path of 16 bits (up from eight bits), and can be set for tracking up to 45 inches per second and "20G acceleration." In other words, it thrives on responsiveness, accuracy, and customization. Habu will be available in October for $69.95 (likely to be £59.99 in the UK).

PCs can finally cut the cord with Xbox 360 controllers. Microsoft will be releasing a wireless version of its Xbox 360 controller for Windows this December. The peripheral works with both PCs and Xbox 360s and will cost $59.95. No UK pricing for the controller has yet been released.

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