CES 2015 is officially underway, and Techaeris has been live at the show checking out some of the cool new electronics that are coming your way in 2015. Last night we got some hands-on time with three new products from Mad Catz: The L.Y.N.X.9 Bluetooth gaming controller, the R.A.T. ProX gaming mouse, and the Tritton Swarm wireless mobile headset.
I honestly can’t stop thinking about the L.Y.N.X.9 Bluetooth gaming keyboard, it’s that freaking cool. I joked with the Mad Catz exhibitors and said that if my legs weren’t so freaking sore, I probably would have tried to run off with their demo unit. This thing looks like a Transformer, and for good reason – it is a modular controller that can be folded, broken down, expanded, etc. This thing just feels solid. It works with Android phones, and can be used as a Bluetooth controller for PCs running Window 7 or higher. You can read even more about the L.Y.N.X in the press release below.
Full Press Release
MAD CATZ® SHIPS THE L.Y.N.X.™9 MOBILE HYBRID CONTROLLER
Unique GameSmart™ Controller Offers Uncompromised Control to Smart Devices
San Diego – January 6, 2015 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the shipping of the L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller, a radically different gamepad designed to offer uncompromised control and portability.
Designed for the passionate gamer who typically plays across multiple devices, the L.Y.N.X. 9 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.
The L.Y.N.X. 9 design uniquely enables the controller to be assembled in a variety of different configurations to fit the gamers’ chosen device. Consisting of three primary components (Left Wing, Right Wing and Controller ‘Brain’), the L.Y.N.X. 9 can break apart and attach to the included tablet stand, transforming a tablet of up to seven inches into a portable games console! Configure as a standard controller and enjoy living room gaming on a compatible set-top box or PC or attach the mobile clip and dock your smart phone for console quality gaming on the go.
The L.Y.N.X. 9 is an ideal companion for Smart TVs and living room browsing. The included QWERTY Keyboard Module attaches simply to the underside of the L.Y.N.X. 9 and provides effortless on screen typing. At the top of the controller, the integrated Mouse Sensor Pad and media controls allow for all manner of traditional control and the L.Y.N.X. 9 even includes an integrated microphone allowing for voice search with compatible hardware and applications.
“We believe the L.Y.N.X. 9 represents a generational leap in mobile game controllers. Today, gaming is commonly format agnostic, with most of us playing games across a variety of platforms and locations. The L.Y.N.X. 9 is designed to offer a premium gaming experience in almost any situation. Traditionally a mobile controller meant that comfort had to be sacrificed, unsuitable for sustained play and complex software now being introduced to mobile. Thanks to the ingenious design of the L.Y.N.X. 9, Mad Catz has produced a truly portable controller that delivers a full size, uncompromised gaming experience,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The trend towards mobile gaming continues unabated and is set to explode further into 2015. We believe that a disruptive, high-quality product like the L.Y.N.X. 9 will enable us to further cement our reputation as leaders in mobile gaming and contribute significantly to sales in 2015.”
The L.Y.N.X. 9 is designed for precision performance, featuring hard-wearing metal and premium components, with action buttons rated to one million button presses. Owners of the L.Y.N.X. 9 are encouraged to download the free L.Y.N.X. app to their Android™ smart device. As well as providing gamers with a constantly updated list of compatible software, the app allows gamers to tune the sensitivity of the thumb sticks and triggers, creating a custom feel for their chosen software and ideal for FPS and action titles.
The L.Y.N.X. 9 will be debuting at CES Las Vegas 2015 and can be seen via appointment only at the Mad Catz suite, located at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, suite number: 12121. Mad Catz will also be unveiling the L.Y.N.X. 9 Controller at the ShowStoppers CES event, taking place the evening of January 6, 2015 at The Wynn, Las Vegas.
Next up was the R.A.T. Pro X gaming mouse. I’m a trackball user myself, but anyone who plays games and uses a mouse to play the aforementioned games should definitely take a look at the R.A.T. Pro X. Mad Catz have put a lot of thought into every aspect of the design on this mouse and it shows. Just a few of the really cool things that the R.A.T. Pro X does: The mouse sensor can be removed and replaced to suit a gamer’s style, and also to future-proof the device to allow for new sensor types. The scroll wheel on this thing is just completely ridiculous too, not only allowing for multiple covers for the wheel, but also allowing for an analogue strafe feature. Read all about it in the press release below.
Full Press Release
Next-Generation Mouse Redefines User Customization
San Diego – January 6, 2015 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the R.A.T. PROX, the next-generation of the Company’s popular series of R.A.T.™ gaming mice.
Conceived to be the most advanced gaming mouse in the world, the R.A.T. PROX includes a magnesium alloy chassis to reduce weight and enhance strength and a completely reinvented Scroll Wheel system delivering new ways to play.
With numerous patents pending, the R.A.T. PROX is compatible with PC and expected to ship spring 2015. Designed to offer a future proof upgradable solution, the R.A.T. PROX is capable of growing with the gamer, incorporating Modular Sensor Units (MSU), allowing gamers to swap out the sensor of their R.A.T. PROX to suit individual styles of play or when new sensors become available.
Literally reinventing the wheel, the R.A.T. PROX features a newly designed Scroll Wheel system, allowing gamers to adjust the click force of the wheel, swap out the wheel itself and even utilize a new analogue strafe feature, affording gamers configurable analog control for the horizontal movement on the scroll wheel.
“We continue to be proud of all we achieved when we launched the R.A.T. range of gaming mice, a series of products which won critical acclaim, numerous awards and introduced several innovations for the passionate gamer. We believe the R.A.T. PROX will take PC gaming to a new level thanks to several patented innovations which we believe will change the way gamers’ think about customization,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “PC gaming is a sizable part of our business and one which we intend to grow considerably throughout 2015. We believe the R.A.T. PROX will prove essential to those who game at a committed level and expect the product to contribute positively towards sales in 2015.”
The R.A.T. PROX will be debuting at CES Las Vegas 2015 and can be seen via appointment only at the Mad Catz suite, located at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, suite number: 12121. Mad Catz will also be unveiling the R.A.T. PROX at the ShowStoppers CES event, taking place the evening of January 6, 2015 at The Wynn, Las Vegas.
Finally, we saw the Tritton Swarm wireless headphones. These things use military technology to provide surround sound from any standard stereo input. If that weren’t enough, they can also pair with two devices at once, work wirelessly (or wired, if you so choose), and offers a seriously stable Bluetooth connection. More info can be found in the press release below.
Full Press Release
MAD CATZ® SHIPS TRITTON™ SWARM™ WIRELESS MOBILE HEADSET
Lifestyle Wireless Headset Brings Striking Looks and Advanced Surround Sound to the Fashion Focused Gamer
San Diego – January 6, 2015 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the shipping of the TRITTON Swarm Wireless Mobile Headset. Compatible with mobile and smart devices as well as wired connections to PC, Mac and the latest generation video game consoles, the TRITTON Swarm delivers discrete yet powerful Bluetooth technology hidden behind striking aesthetics.
With a choice of four metallic iridescent finishes, the TRITTON Swarm combines fashion with technology, designed to blend seamlessly with the lives of the modern gamer. Behind the eye-catching looks, the TRITTON Swarm features a host of powerful technologies which provide optimized audio and control, regardless of audio source.
Capable of pairing with two devices simultaneously, the Swarm is ideal for gaming, yet able to automatically switch to the users’ smart phone when an important call comes in. Advanced aptX™ technology eliminates lip sync issues common to Bluetooth headsets, making the Swarm the perfect companion for late night movie watching.
Advanced wireless surround sound allows mobile gamers to pinpoint enemy movements and team mate positions with unrivalled accuracy. Based upon the same virtual surround technology used in mission critical missile warning systems by an F-16 Falcon™ jet fighter, AM3D Audio can convert any standard stereo audio signal into highly realistic military-grade 3D sound.
“TRITTON is known for its outstanding audio quality and we believe now is the time to further broaden the appeal of the brand. We believe the Swarm will resonate with today’s fashion conscious gamer, who typically plays across a variety of devices,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “Our headset business continues to account for a sizable percentage of global sales and today’s announcement illustrates our commitment to grow our business further throughout 2015.”
The TRITTON Swarm will be debuting at CES Las Vegas 2015 and can be seen via appointment only at the Mad Catz suite, located at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, suite number: 12121. Mad Catz will also be unveiling the TRITTON Swarm at the ShowStoppers CES event, taking place the evening of January 6, 2015 at The Wynn, Las Vegas.
The TRITTON Swarm Wireless Mobile Headset is available in iridescent Blue, Red, Green and Black colors.
For additional information or to order your own TRITTON Swarm please visit: http://trittonaudio.com/prod/swarm.asp
So, does the L.Y.N.X. controller get you as excited as it gets me? Do you see yourself fragging noobs with the R.A.T. Pro? Or do you maybe want to listen to some smooth jazz on the Tritton Swarm headphones? Kidding, we all know you’ll be listening to the death screams of those same noobs with the Tritton Swarm headphones. Let us know what you think of Mad Catz’ announcements today in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.