Razer loves to steal the show. Every CES, there's some crazy new project from the gaming hardware company. Apparently their longtime rival Mad Catz was having enough of that, because they pulled out all the freaking stops this year.
Mad Catz' engineers have gone insane.
Mad Catz has announced a new range of GameSmart hardware which is designed to work across pretty much any platform. These things will get you gaming on PC, Macs, tablets, phones, TVs—and even consoles.
If you take your gaming seriously, a stock keyboard is never going to cut it. Right at the other end of the spectrum, however, is this thing: the Mad Catz Strike 7, which is perhaps the most insane gaming keyboard ever made.
As we said before, Rock Band 3 is ambitious because it's not just a game where you push buttons to music, it's a game that gives you real(ish) instruments and makes you develop actual, usable musical skills.
Mad Catz has debuted a new line of gaming headsets for the launch of Call of Duty: Spec Ops. Coming in varieties for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC commandos, the headsets feature 5.1 Dolby Digital sound and detachable microphones.
Too many buttons! Unfair turbo! MACROS! MACROS! The Major League Gaming community is divided over an announced ban against Razer's Onza controller. Whining about unfair controllers is as old as gaming itself—is it justified this time?
An expensive mouse, fine. A premium keyboard, alright. Tools of the trade. But when it comes to gaming peripherals that seem as much decorative as they are functional, it may be time to draw the line.
Saitek and Mad Catz seem determined to literally recreate the flying experience with their line of flight simulator accessories, and who am I to argue? All that's missing from this latest crop is the armored flight deck door.
Mad Catz's partnering with Activision to make Black Ops PrecisionAIM controllers for the next Call of Duty game, meaning these $50 wireless peripherals are probably the best way to experience things.
For years, musicians have mocked those of us holding plastic guitars. Fair enough—but we had fun! But with Rock Band 3, we learn what Harmonix was up to all along: Actually teaching us how to play real instruments.
Mad Catz is the official hardware partner for Rock Band 3, and their two new realistic instruments—pro guitar with 102 buttons, and the keyboard peripheral—are the closest you get to real instruments yet.
If one good thing has come from this, it's that button manufacturer stocks should go up, up, up!
Madcatz has two new Xbox 360 peripherals out to compliment Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a controller with mappable buttons and a badass throat mic. I actually like them both.
I have to admit, the distressed look of the new Rock Band ‘Player's Edition' Fender Telecaster for the Xbox 360 is bad ass. But that badassery may not live up to the $110 price tag.
It takes a lot to get me excited about third-party controllers, but just take a look at this Modern Warfare 2 controller: it's got extra buttons on the back so you never have to take your thumb off the sticks.