LAS VEGAS—A little bit below a 12 months in the past, Mad Catz died. The gaming accent firm filed Chapter 7 chapter and stopped all operations in March 2017, and since then it is appeared to the world as a useless model.
That modified within the lead-up to CES 2018, when a PR firm began teasing the return of a giant identify in gaming. A lot of the web rapidly deduced that it was Mad Catz, and now we will witness the facility of a totally armed and operational peripheral firm.
I met with Mad Catz right here and received a have a look at its new line of gaming peripherals, together with new R.A.T. mice, S.T.R.I.Ok.E., keyboards, and F.R.E.Q. headsets. They’re acquainted names and acquainted designs to anybody who’s used Mad Catz merchandise prior to now, however with some notable enhancements. These aren’t merely rebadged pre-bankruptcy Mad Catz peripherals, however fully refreshed product traces.
For mice, Mad Catz confirmed off a line of eight totally different fashions, beginning with the flagship R.A.T. Air. It is the one wi-fi gaming mouse within the lineup, however it would not use a battery. As a substitute, the mouse receives energy from the included mouse pad, which drives the mouse by means of induction. It is just like Razer’s just lately introduced Mamba + Firefly mouse and pad mixture, which additionally makes use of induction energy to maintain the mouse going with out wires or a battery. The R.A.T. Air additionally options RGB lighting on the mouse pad, and a removable cable for utilizing the mouse with out the pad in a wired configuration.
The R.A.T. Professional S3 and R.A.T. Professional X3 take the function of high-end wired gaming mice from Mad Catz, with customization choices just like the older R.A.T. 7 mouse. The S3 options an adjustable palm relaxation, whereas the X3 allows you to change out and regulate the position of a number of totally different ergonomic elements just like the thumb relaxation and palm relaxation. The X3 additionally incorporates a detachable sensor module, which might be changed or upgraded sooner or later. Each mice function customizable RGB lighting.
The opposite R.A.T. mouse fashions are the 1+, 2+, four+, 6+, and eight+, which signify varied tiers of worth and options.
For gaming audio, Mad Catz unveiled a really attention-grabbing tackle the gaming headset. The E.S. Professional+ is a set of in-canal wired earphones with a novel function: a detachable increase microphone. As a substitute of counting on a pinhole microphone in an inline distant or mounted on the earphone casing, the E.S. Professional+ has its personal increase that works identical to the increase mics on on-ear and over-ear gaming headsets.
Mad Catz confirmed off two extra standard over-ear gaming headsets, the F.R.E.Q. 2 and F.R.E.Q. four. They’re respectively wired and wi-fi headsets designed to be used with a PC and have customizable RGB lighting.
The corporate additionally confirmed off two new keyboards. Whereas they each have pronounced, full-size keycaps and RGB lighting, the S.T.R.I.Ok.E. 2 makes use of membrane switches whereas the S.T.R.I.Ok.E. four makes use of Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyswitches. Each are wired.
Lastly, Mad Catz has a line of mouse pads (or, in case you choose, gaming surfaces). The G.L.I.D.E. line consists principally of fabric-and-foam mouse pads that measure 16, 19, 21, or 38 inches throughout, and are pretty nondescript. Nevertheless, the G.L.I.D.E. Chameleon provides some aptitude with a base that comes with, as soon as once more, customizable RGB lighting.
Mad Catz has not introduced pricing or availability for its new merchandise but, however it plans to see them hit shops this summer season.
This text initially appeared on PCMag.com.