Mad Catz In Trouble After Shares Plummet And CEO Resigns

Mad Catz is best known for creating various peripherals including keyboards, mice, headsets and more while adopting a very distinctive style. This gives their product range a unique aesthetic, and makes anything they produce instantly recognizable. Whether many of these complicated constructions are as comfortable as more simplistic solutions is topic up for discussion. Not only that, creating any mass market product involves a great deal of research and development. Furthermore, competition within the peripherals market is fierce with Corsair, Roccat, Logitech, Mionix, Cooler Master and more all vying for people’s hard earner cash. As a result, the financial situation at the company looks very bleak and their share value has fallen by more than 25% today!

On another note, Mad Catz announced some sweeping changes to the management team. Firstly, the company’s president and CEO, Darren Richardson resigned his position with immediate effect. In a similar fashion, the chair of the board of directors and member of the board’s audit committee, Thomas Brown resigned on Friday. That’s not the end though as Mad Catz’s senior vice president of business affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, Whitney Peterson also handed in her resignation. The timing for the CEO’s resignation is quite worrying and comes just one day before Mad Catz’s financial reports are published. The company released a statement describing these changes which reads:

“We recognize the tremendous value that Thomas, Darren, and Whitney have brought to Mad Catz during their tenure and thank them for their many contributions throughout the years,”

“Looking ahead, we are confident that we have a talented leadership team in place that will enable us to steer the company on a steady course in its operations and financial performance as we look to grow our business and reward our shareholders.”

Clearly, the company’s financial standing is in disarray and I’m expecting the results to tomorrow to be alarming. Only time will tell if Mad Catz struggles to remain in business, but the picture so far doesn’t look very promising.

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Mad Catz Announces E.S.Pro 1 Tournament Grade Gaming Earbuds

Ear buds traditionally don’t come with the best sound quality and that is why most people opt for the larger full-size version in order to get that satisfying sounds. Mad Catz latest offering looks like it could mix that up a bit with the release of a the new E.S.Pro 1 gaming earbuds with tournament-grade quality, as they call it.

The E.S.Pro 1 uses larger than usual 13.5mm speakers to deliver better sound than conventional ear buds with an increased bass response and clearer highs. The ear buds feature two different microphones and you can use whichever you prefer and switch as you wish. There is the simple and discreet in-line microphone and there is also a removable omni-directional boom microphone that is ideal when chat is of primary importance.

The 2-meter long cable features an easy to reach remote control unit that allows you to change the volume, mute the chat, and control the track selection for your music pleasure. The In-line microphone also features automatic noise and echo suppression.

 

The added size requires a good fit and the E.S.Pro 1 come with soft-rubber support arms that are designed to gently fit inside the ear and prevent the earbuds from falling out during heated gaming sessions. To aid with comfort and acoustic isolation, the E.S.Pro 1 also comes with optional earbud attachments designed to fit virtually any size ear.

The new Mad Catz E.S.Pro 1 gaming earbuds are expected to ship in January 2016. Included in the package are a standard 3.5mm cable and PC audio adapter that allows you to connect it with almost any audio device from PC over mobile to gaming consoles.

Mad Catz Announces TRITTON Katana HD 7.1 Wireless Headset

Mad Catz didn’t just have a new mouse to present us today, they’re also ready with a new headset under the TRITTON brand. The new headset is called the Katana and it is a HD 7.1 Wireless headset, but it isn’t an ordinary one. The Katana is the world’s first headset to draw its audio signal directly through HDMI to deliver eight channels of uncompressed sound for pure high-definition audio quality. With near-universal compatibility across gaming consoles, PCs and smart devices, the Katana HD features state-of-the-art DTS Headphone:X audio technology that faithfully recreates the spatially accurate immersive sound experience from your favorite game.

The TRITTON Katana is the new flagship headset and comes with a flagship pricetag too. It can currently be pre-ordered for $249 and is expected to ship during December 2015.

The headset itself features 50 mm drivers and crystal clear interference-free chat through an omnidirectional boom mic. The earpieces feature intuitive controls to control your audio, mute the mic, tweak the volume or change the EQ settings. The drivers have a frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz and the microphone has a frequency response from 20Hz to 5kHz.

Along with the Katana HD 7.1 Wireless Headset and the omnidirectional boom mic, you also get the heart of the operation, the headset nase station with a 1 meter long USB to Micro USB Power Cable. The HDMI pass through is truly a great idea and one that makes the setup a lot easier. No need to worry about multiple audio devices any more.

A 1 meter HDMI cable is also included as you’ll need one extra when using pass through than without. Mad Catz also added a USB to Micro USB headset play-and-charge cable that is 1.5m long and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm chat cable for Xbox One users. No matter what platform you’re using, you’ll be able to use the TRITTON Katana HD Wireless Headset.

 

Specifications

  • Wireless Range: 33ft (10m)
  • HDMI with Full Pass-Through
  • Driver Size: 50mm
  • Headset Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 20Hz – 5kHz
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Battery Life: 20 Hours

The Katana headset is available in black and orange as well as white and orange version.

Mad Catz Announces Weird Looking R.A.T.1 Mouse

Mad Catz has been on a role lately and released quite a few new products, but they’re far from done. The newest entry is a budget oriented and a very weird-looking mouse called the R.A.T.1. The R.A.T.1 features an innovative modular design as well as 3D printing and personalization options that enable users to truly make it their own.

The new Mad Catz R.A.T.1 is available for preorders now and it will ship in December. The price isn’t bad at all and this new funky looking mouse can be yours for just $29.99. The mouse features three core components: A tripod chassis, a sensor module, and an adjustable palm rest that users can customize to match their personal style and usage requirements. Due to the simple design, the mouse is ultra-lightweight but still made from the same materials used in Mad Catz’ tournament-grade mice.

The R.A.T. 1 comes with an adjustable 3500DPI optical Pixart PMW3320 gaming-grade sensor module. The module itself can be used without anything else as a very compact laptop mouse, making it even more useful. The R.A.T.1 is also the world’s first gaming mouse that empower users to use a 3D Printer to create their own customized Palm Rest. Owners of the R.A.T.1, can download 3D CAD files of the Palm Rest, create, print and share their own unique designs right from their home 3D Printer! The DPI is adjustable all the way down to 250 DPI and the R.A.T.1 features six programmable buttons.

“With a gaming DNA derived from the award-winning R.A.T. PRO Series, the R.A.T.1 re-envisions what a gaming mice could be with its innovative modular design and unique customization options,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.1 sets a new standard in design and personalization, appealing to both passionate gamers and casual users alike – allowing us to broaden the appeal of our R.A.T., range and drive our PC business into 2016 and beyond.”

The Mad Catz RAT1 mouse is available as a black and green model or white and red for those who want to mix it up a little bit.

 

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Now Available

Competitive gaming is big business, as like any other sport, having the right equipment can help you perform better and also just improve the experience for you personally. Mad Catz has been working closely with pro gamers for years now, so it comes as no surprise that their latest headset is tailored to be suitable for that market.

“The F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 is a new tournament quality 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset optimized for competitive multiplayer gamers with an unrivaled level of audio personalization and an advanced dual microphone system for precision communication with teammates.” Said Mad Catz.

The name is a bit of a mouthful, it looks like a bad pick from the bag while playing Scrabble, but I don’t doubt the performance of this headset. Having used the F.R.E.Q.5 and the F.R.E.Q.7 over the last couple of years as part of (one of) my gaming setups, they’ve proven they can last a long time, sound great and provide a comfortable fit and the new TE looks to follow the same design cues as its predecessors.

“Connecting via standard USB, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 delivers highly immersive 7.1 surround sound via state-of-the-art audio customization software, placing the gamer in the heart of the action and in full control over their audio landscape. High quality 50mm audio drivers present the audio with precision clarity, providing the gamer with a full 360 degrees of positional awareness. In addition, the removable boom microphone with dual-chat mic system work in unison to actively cancel out environmental background noise and boost the clarity of the gamer’s voice to teammates.” Added Mad Catz

“As the next generation in our award-winning F.R.E.Q. line of high performance gaming audio headsets, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 exemplifies Mad Catz’ commitment to delivering products tailored to needs of today’s competitive gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “In-game audio is vital to the performance of the player, and we believe that our F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 will offer the competitive edge eSports and competitive gamers require to stay ahead of the competition. We’re confident that our strong line up of products spanning multiple gaming formats will see us build considerable momentum as we move towards the Holiday’s and into 2016.”

For more information, or to order your own F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1, check out the official Mad Catz store.

 

Mad Catz Now Shipping the R.A.T. Pro S Gaming Mouse

About a month ago Mad Catz started to ship their flagship R.A.T. Pro X gaming mouse and now its little brother the RAT Pro S gaming mouse is ready to take on the job of being your instrument on the virtual battlefields.

The new R.A.T. Pro S follows the same scheme as the other R.A.T. mice by combining aggressive looks with eSports focused performance features and user customization options. It doesn’t feature all of the same as its bigger brother, but it still delivers a solid feature list.

You’ll get 8 programmable buttons with one mode per profile. You can store 3 profiles in the onboard memory and have access to a total of 24 programmable commands. The sensor is an optical PMW331 infrared optical sensor with 5000 DPI. The DPI is adjustable in steps of 50 DPI all the way down to 50 DPI itself. The report rate can be set to 125, 250, 500, or 1000Hz. The buttons should withstand up to 20 million clicks. The Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro S Gaming Mouse comes with a gold-plated 6ft/1.8m USB connector cable.

“Together with the R.A.T. Pro X, the R.A.T. Pro S illustrates Mad Catz’ next-generation of PC gaming and our commitment to designing high-performance products that enhance the experience of competitive gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T. Pro S combines blistering speed, lightweight design and user customization options, making it an ideal gaming mouse for tournament gamers and beyond, and we look forward to it contributing positively to our Holiday 2015 lineup of products.”

With a price tag of just $69.99, it is quite a bit cheaper than the R.A.T. Pro X, although it isn’t a budget mouse either.

Mad Catz Releases XInput Update for C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad

Mad Catz released the C.T.R.L.R. controller a while ago and while it is a great controller for mobile gaming, it wasn’t the best when connected to a PC due to lack of the XInput compatibility. Instead, users were required to reconfigure and map buttons in complicated ways. But that is a thing of the past now as Mad Catz release a firmware and software update for just this controller adding that feature.

The C.T.R.L.R. is now truly a multi-format controller that you can connect to pretty much any devices thanks to the Bluetooth connection. Amazon Fire TV, M.O.J.O., and most other Android platform devices should work well with this controller, and now the same goes for Windows users.

The XInput protocol is widely recognized as the modern standard for PC controllers and is supported by the majority of today’s PC games. Starting now, owners of the C.T.R.L.R can download the free XInput update which will dramatically improve compatibility with PC games and remove the need for time-consuming button remapping. In addition, the XInput update will enable the C.T.R.L.R to be fully compatible with the Steam Big Picture service*, enabling users to play Steam’s library of games and navigate multimedia content on their big screen TV.

The firmware and software update can be downloaded directly from Mad Catz homepage.

Mad Catz Now Shipping the R.A.T. Pro X Gaming Mouse

Mad Catz announced that they have begun shipping the pretty amazing R.A.T. Pro X high-performance gaming mouse. The R.A.T. Pro X was initially revealed during CES 2015 and now it can be yours too. This is a very unique looking mouse, as its predecessors, and it looks pretty cool at the same time as it looks utterly ridiculous, but one can’t argue with the features.

You can adjust and replace pretty much any part of this mouse and thereby truly create a mouse that fits the palm of your hand, no matter what play and grip-style you might have. The R.A.T. Pro X is built on a durable magnesium alloy chassis and comes with 10 programmable buttons over 9 profiles for a total of 90 programmable commands. There are three different sensors to pick from. A Phillips Laser and an Avago Laser with 8200 DPI as well as a PixArt Optical 5000 DPI sensor.

Both the thumb and pinky rests can be replaced to fit your needs and it even comes with three different kinds of scroll wheels. The scroll wheel doesn’t work the same way as you’re used to either. It isn’t a mechanical solution but rather an optical that allows for even more control. The side movements of the wheel aren’t buttons either, but rather analog axes.

A mouse like this won’t come cheap, but theoretically it could be the last you ever buy. Seeing as you can replace any part, including the sensor array, you could theoretically upgrade it forever and as long as the company decides to create compatible parts. And that is a risk that can happen anytime, we’ve seen it in the past with other controller types that featured replaceable parts.

So how much will it cost you, well, the MSRP is set to $199. A hefty price for a mouse, but then again, this isn’t your everyday generic computer mouse.

Mad Catz Team up with Star Citizen for New Space Simulation Hardware

Mad Catz and their Saitek brand have reached out into new realms as of late and we’ve seen several interesting new things, ranging from music instruments for the new Rock Band game as well as exclusive farming simulation hardware geared towards, yes you guess it, Farm Simulator. That wasn’t enough for them and they’ve now announced dedicated Star Citizen Space Simulation Hardware. We have not yet been shown what that will look like, but I’m sure that it will get one or the other fan excited.

Mad Catz teamed up with Cloud Imperium Games to create a range of officially licensed simulation products for Star Citizen and its groundbreaking science fiction universe. The new range of hardware is expected to ship in 2016 and will be released under the Company’s Saitek simulation brand.

The game combines FPS combat with persistent MMO gameplay to create an amazing universe with almost unlimited gameplay experiences. Such a game also deserves some proper hardware and while Mad Catz already worked closely with the company that used the Saitek X52 in multiple videos and also made it perfectly compatible with the game. While the X52, and also X55 H.O.T.A.S. sticks are great, they are more aimed at earth-based simulation games.

It will be very interesting to see what the two companies come up with. The official web page already has a section for space simulation, but so far it only contains products from the current lineup.

Rock Band 4 Pre-Orders Available and FreeStyle Guitar Unveiled

Harmonix and Mad Catz have partnered up for the newest Rockband game and the fourth in the series, that is old news. What is new is the reveal of the Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay, something everyone is understandably excited about.

When you think of rock music, you need guitar solos and it has been missing from the previous games. You just can’t have real rock without guitar solos. We will still have to wait a little until we bring out the axe as the game isn’t scheduled for a release until October 6th, but it is already available as pre-order for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Show off your vanity, impress your friends, and generally just have fun. That is what this game is all about. Now you don’t need to be a skilled guitarist anymore, tho it probably wouldn’t hurt if you are.

https://youtu.be/Dtvh7B_U-Hw

We also got two videos along with the announcement, one being the Freestyle trailer above and one being a behind the scenes on how it all came to be. What the team wanted to achieve and the journey towards the product we’ve just seen demonstrated.

There are two different versions for each console. One is a bundle with all instruments for your entire band and that will set you back $249.99 while the other just comes with the guitar and only costs about half, $129.99.

Below you’ll find a bunch of screenshots of the game that were released along with all this information. I for one am looking forward to this game.

Mad Catz Supports Virtual Farmers With New Hardware

Mad Catz recently branded out into the Music games with their Rock Band deals, but there are more simulation genres to be conquered; the next on is farming. The Farming Simulator game has become quite popular and had many versions up until now.

Mad Catz now brings the exclusive hardware specially designed for farming. The Tractor Steering Wheel, the pedals and the side panel you need to play Farming Simulator 15 the best way possible. If you would couple this hardware with an Oculus Rift, then you truly get close to the real experience.

Pre-orders can be placed now and the actual hardware is scheduled to be available this fall. The hardware is officially licensed and compatible with Farming Simulator 2013 and 2015 as well as the upcoming Faming Simulator 2015 Gold Edition and future GIANTS Software titles in the series.

The highly realistic Tractor Wheel & Pedal Set provides enthusiasts with a center-sprung, properly tilted wheel, complete with turn-knob providing 900 degrees of rotation.

The Vehicle Side Panel has over 25 programmable buttons for total control. The realistic front loader control stick finishes the sensation of true mastery over heavy machinery.

You can pre-order the new hardware now at the official Saitek Mad Catz Farming Simulator page. The new hardware will already be on display at the E3 expo.

“Our Saitek brand of simulation products strive for authenticity, quality and attention to detail and we believe that Farming Simulator enthusiasts will be impressed with our forthcoming range of hardware,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are pleased to offer fans the opportunity to pre-order the range of products and look forward to them contributing to our growth in 2015 and beyond.”

As for the price, the Wheel and pedals set will cost you $149.99 and the same goes for the Side panel. A complete pack with all three items will also be available for $299.99, which actually is a cent more than buying the individual packs.

Mad Catz Partners for Retail Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Mad Catz has signed a deal with Dovetail Games for the exclusive retail distribution of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. Mad Catz will distribute the boxed version of the game in America, Russia and the Asia Pacific area under its Saitek brand, and you get a nice coupon bonus along with the purchase.

“Our Saitek brand has long been recognized as the leader in simulation technology, and distributing FSX: Steam Edition allows consumers a one-stop-shop for their flight simulation software and hardware needs,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “Whether you’re an experienced pilot or just want to fly, FSX: Steam Edition provides a great experience.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is probably one of the best flight simulators for enthusiast all around with support for almost any kind of extra hardware. With the Steam Edition you get the updated game with better Windows 7 and 8 support, the Accelerated Expansions pack and the deluxe version of the base game.

But the real kick is that Saitek includes a 15% discount code for your first flight simulation equipment. The Saitek First Flight Bundle includes the Pro Flight Yoke, Throttle, and Rudder Pedals – the basic setup that any real pilot will need.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X features

  • 24 Precisely-Rendered Aircraft-Pilot everything from single-prop planes to helicopters, fighter jets, and ultralights
  • Over 80 Engaging Missions-Test your flight sim skills as you visit 24,000 of the world’s airports
  • Thrilling Air Races-Fly solo offline or compete against online rivals for intense multiplayer action
  • Explore the World of Aviation-Experience realistic flight conditions including weather effects, seasonal changes, and time of day
  • Easy to Learn-Gameplay tutorial gets you airborne quickly, empowering you to track and improve your skills

The new retail version will be released on June 16th and it can already be pre-ordered for $19.99.

Mad Catz Will Co-Publish Rock Band 4 for PS4 and Xbox One

Mad Catz has entered the software business before, but never on as large a scale as this time. They have partnered with Harmonix and this time it’s not just for branded peripherals but the entire game. This cooperation will help to ensure that there is plenty of available stock when the game is released as well as great bundles with Mad Catz controllers packed together with the new game.

“Since the announcement of Rock Band 4, we’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response of passionate fans and gamers worldwide. The time is right to reintroduce the franchise to the new generation of consoles and our co-publishing agreement is a natural extension of the excellent relationship both companies share in realizing that vision,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We’re excited to extend our agreement with Harmonix, and are confident that Mad Catz’ global sales force, distribution channels and retail marketing expertise will deliver the retail success we believe Rock Band 4 will achieve in 2015 and beyond.”

The new game is scheduled for a 2015 release date on both systems and Mad Catz will handle retail sales, promotions and distributions of both the game and hardware while Harmonix will handle all digital sales and content. Mad Catz is also developing a new generation of Rock Band 4 wireless music game controllers that will give players the chance to rock as the biggest guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time.

The new rock game will feature an unrivalled and diverse collection of music across the spectrum of rock and provide gamers with access to over 2,000 compatible tracks via DLC. Previously owned music from the franchise will be reintegrated which is great news for those who have spent a lot on the previous three Rock Star games.

Mad Catz Announced L.Y.N.X.3 Mobile Wireless Controller

Mad Catz announced the L.Y.N.X. 3 Mobile Wireless Controller, a highly-compact mobile game controller. It is designed for those who value performance combined with lightweight portability and it retains the transformative design of the L.Y.N.X. 9 that allows you to fold it up during travels.

“We’re thrilled with the attention the L.Y.N.X.9 has garnered and proud of the multiple ‘Best of CES’ awards received when we unveiled the new controller in January 2015. We’re excited to now introduce the L.Y.N.X. 3 as the newest member in the L.Y.N.X. range – a new mobile gaming controller designed to convey the same striking looks and Bluetooth® technology, at a price point which we believe will resonate strongly with passionate mobile gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We expect that mobile gaming will see strong growth in 2015, and we believe our strategy of offering console-quality controllers for every budget will allow our GameSmart range to contribute positively to our sales in fiscal 2016.”

The L.Y.N.X. 3 features a removable mobile clip for docking a smartphone when on the move and a full complement of analog thumbsticks, action buttons and trigger controls, as well as the companion L.Y.N.X. app which will unlock additional functionality.

The entry-level L.Y.N.X. 3 mobile game controller will debut on March 1st at the MobileFocus Global 2015 in Barcelona and is expected to begin shipping in Spring 2015.

Thanks to Mad Catz for providing us with this information

Mad Catz Announced S.U.R.F.R Wireless Media And Game Controller

Mad Catz announced the S.U.R.F.R, a wireless media and game controller designed to integrate into today’s connected living room while staying portable enough to take it with you anywhere you want to go.

The controller connects with Bluetooth enabled devices to control your smart TV’s running Android TV, Android-powered streaming media devices such as the Amazon Fire TV and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console as well as connected devices including smartphones, tablets and home theater PC’s.

The controller also featuring a full QWERTY keyboard and mouse capabilities along with integrated media controls allowing you to easily control pretty much any aspect of the connected system.

Gamers can enjoy the gamepad controls with action buttons positioned around dual analog thumbsticks, four buttons positioned on the left thumb stick mimic D-pad control, while buttons on the right serve as the traditional four action buttons commonly found on console-style controllers. The controller also features a removable mobile clip for docking a smartphone.

“Today’s living room is rapidly evolving beyond proprietary cable boxes and gaming consoles. While consumers continue to gravitate towards connected devices as their preferred platform for streaming digital media content, gaming, surfing the web and social media, current controllers just don’t deliver on the experience they desire. The S.U.R.F.R has been designed to get the most out of these different devices we are now accustomed to in our daily lives,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are confident in the multiple opportunities presented by the S.U.R.F.R and look forward to it contributing to sales of our GameSmart suite of connected products throughout 2015 and beyond.”

The new Mad Catz’ S.U.R.F.R will debut on March 1st at the MobileFocus Global 2015 in Barcelona and will be on display the next day at Mobile World Congress in the Silicon Image/MHL booth.

No word on pricing or general availability yet, but the controller can be pre-ordered from the official site.

Thanks to Mad Catz for providing us with this information

Mad Catz Lowers MOJO Price

The market for mini PCs and micro consoles has changed a lot over the past year, and we see more and more competitors enter and more and more unique features added each time. Mad Catz have had their MOJO out for a while now and as a result of the market change, their lowering the price.

The new price will take effect in the US market first and then it will be adjusted worldwide in the following time to the new price of $149.99, £119, and €149.

The MOJO micro-console for Android is both versatile and feature-rich. It has access to content via Google Play and other digital storefronts of choice. There is full access to hundreds of OUYA games, OnLive cloud gaming service, and the Limelight PC Streaming App.

UHD 4K native resolution, a/b/g/n WiFi, LAN, and USB 3.0 is also part of this tiny package, just as the C.T.R.L Bluetooth controller with removable AAA batteries. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Thanks to Mad Catz for providing us with this information

MAD CATZ Announced the R.A.T. PROX Gaming Mouse

Mad Catz announced the R.A.T. PRO X mouse, the next generation of the company’s popular R.A.T. gaming mouse series. The new mouse is built with a magnesium alloy chassis to reduce weight and enhance strength, and the scroll wheel system has been completely reinvented.

“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 mouse is designed to offer a future proof upgradable solution by incorporating a Modular Sensor Units (MSU). This allows gamers to swap out the sensor of their mouse to suit either individual needs or upgrade with new and better sensors once they become available.

The new scroll wheel system allows gamers to adjust the click force of the wheel, swap it out, or utilize the new analogue strafe feature that offers configurable analog control for the horizontal movement on the scroll wheel – that’s pretty cool and something that’s been missing in my opinion.

The new Mad Catz RAT X is expected to ship spring 2015, no word on pricing yet.

Thanks to Mad Catz for providing us with this information

Mad Catz Starts Shipping the C.T.R.L.i Gamepads

Mad Catz announced that the shipping of the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i Mobile Gamepads have begun. The only difference between the two models is that the micro is about 20% smaller and better fit for young gamers or people who just have smaller than average hands.

The new range of controllers is designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and are the first controllers in the company’s GameSmart mobile product range designed for iPhone 5 to 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and 3, and 5th generation of the iPod touch (running iOS 7 or iOS 8).

With mobile gaming becoming more something that actually can be considered gaming, a high-quality gamepad is a welcome product. It features pressure-sensitive action buttons and D-Pad. Using low-power Bluetooth technology, the gamepads should provide up to 30 hours of gameplay via two AAA batteries.

The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i app will allow you to update the firmware and provide input diagnostics for battery level, buttons, and axis input as well as displaying you a list of gamepad compatible iOS games. The price starts at £49.99 via Amazon UK.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us wit this information

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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Mobile & PC Keyboard Review

Introduction


Gaming is incredibly popular, that much is obvious to anyone who hasn’t been living on a remote island for the last 40 years! It doesn’t matter what kind of games you play, these days you’re overwhelmed with options of when and where you can play; gaming at home on your desktop computer, consoles, handhelds, laptops, phones, tablets and more, or gaming on the go with most of the same devices. It doesn’t matter where, but how you play that really makes a difference. Touch screen phones are a prime example of how many people play games on their tablets and smartphones, but they’re simply no substitute for a good old fashioned keyboard and mouse, or at least a high quality control pad. The same can be said about touch screens for typing and working, writing up a long email, a word document or any large block of text on a touch screen device can be a labour intensive task.

Mad Catz are well-known for their high-end gaming peripherals; they make some of the coolest and most unique gaming keyboards, mice and headsets on the market and now they’re taking a shot at the world of mobile peripherals. Mad Catz new STRIKE M keyboard looks set to solve the problem of cumbersome touch screen interfaces by giving you a real keyboard for your mobile work and gaming. The STRIKE M promises a compact, lightweight design that is packed full of the kind of features you would expect to find on a premium desktop gaming keyboard.

Main Features

  • Compact keyboard for mobile and desktop platforms
  • Integrated OFN (optical finger navigation) cursor control, ideal of web browsing, navigation and touch games.
  • Bluetooth connectivity for multi-platform wireless gaming and productivity.
  • Adjustable white LED backlighting
  • Rechargeable battery – 18 hours life (backlit), 45 hours life (no backlight)
  • Quick switch between 4 paired devices for seamless multi-tasking
  • Dedicated multi-platform media buttons
  • Up to 33ft (10m) operational range
  • Micro-USB port for battery charge and firmware updates
  • Smart Device stand, supports devices up to 10” screens. 

Minimum System Requirements

  • Android: (M.O.J.O., phone, tablet Version 3.0 or Higher)
  • Smart Devices: Device supporting Human Interface Device (HID) keyboard input over Bluetooth 3.0+
  • PC: Windows XP or Higher
  • Mac: OS X 10.8 or Higher, iOS 7+

Mad Catz products are always well packaged and the STRIKE M is no exception; there is a clear photo of the keyboard on the front, as well as a few details of the main features, such as Bluetooth support and the 30+ hours battery life.

Around the back you’ll find a more detailed rundown of the STRIKE M’s features, but we’ll take a closer look at those in a few minutes.

The box cover slides off, revealing another nicely designed white box.

On the interior you’ll find a bunch of smaller boxes and packages all neatly arranged and protected.

The smaller box contains a tablet / smartphone stand and a high quality USB cable.

The larger section of the box features a fold-out setup/user guide, some Mad Catz stickers and a protective plastic bag.

Inside the bag you’ll find a padded slip-cover carry case which already contains the keyboard.

Mad Catz Launches Tritton 720+ 7.1 Surround Headset For PC

It was over a year ago that we took a look at the Tritton 720+ headset and while it was a while ago, I remember it was an absolutely stunning piece of tech. Mad Catz know a fair bit about making a great headset, and they’ve proven it time and time again with hit after hit, and while the 720+ my be a little older now, it’s still one of the best on the market, and now it’s available for PC users, not just for consoles.

Featuring powerful 7.1 surround sound, the headset is equipped with extra features such as Dolby headphone Technology and its fully plug-and-play compatible. The 720 + brings Tritton’s surround sound hardware to the competitive PC gamer.

Connecting directly to the USB port, without the need for additional power, setup is simple making the 720 + highly portable and ideal for tournament play. In addition, the in-line controls can be easily detached at any time, revealing a 3.5mm jack, allowing connection to a wide variety of mobile and smart devices. Gaming at the PC may be great, but being able to hook the headset up to your iPad or Tablet means you can kick back and relax, and not have a need for multiple headsets to play on other devices.

“We believe the combination of excellent sound quality and simplified connection will make the 720 + an extremely appealing proposition for passionate PC gamers.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “With quality, accurate sound so important to competitive gaming, we believe that the 720 + will allow us to grow our market share in the PC audio category.”

A simple button press on the 720 + initiates Dolby Headphone technology, providing 7.1 surround sound to enhance directional awareness and create a detailed, spacious 3D audio landscape. When listening to stereo audio, Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing will up-mix sound to create a highly authentic 7.1 channel effect. In addition, the 720 + features Selectable Voice Monitoring (SVM) which allows gamers to hear their own voice through the headset should they choose. I found this effect to be a little disorientating at first, but its certainly beneficial when you’ve got the game audio cranked up a little high.

Thank you Mad Catz for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Mad Catz.

Mad Catz Now Shipping TRITTON Kama Stereo Headset for PS 4 & Vita

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. have announced today that their latest gaming headset, the TRITTON Kama is now available as the company begins shipping orders. The new headset is designed to be an affordable solution for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, which is perfect given the harmony between both these Sony gaming systems.

  • Cable Length: 3.3ft/1m
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Ear Coupling: Supra-aural (On-ear)
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
  • Resistance: 16 ohms
  • Audio Input Type: 3.5mm Connector

Specially built for the PlayStation 4’s multiplayer online environments, the Kama delivers a comfortable audio experience while simplifying online chat. Directly connecting to the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller – and nearly any device with a 3.5mm jack – you’ll be free to play in full stereo with the quality we’ve come to expect from the TRITTON gaming range. The Kama also features a flexible performance microphone and uncomplicated in-line audio controls which further enhance the online and offline gaming experience.

“The PlayStation 4 has proven a massive success at retail, and we’re pleased to ship the Kama headset specifically designed for this next generation of gaming,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “The Kama offers high-fidelity sound and impressive build quality at a price we believe to be unmatched within the category.”

The headset looks a little similar to their rather impressive Kunai gaming headset that was released last year, which is no bad thing. While clearly based on the old headset, MadCatz have tweaked and improved the design and performance of the headset and it looks like it will be a great upgrade from the standard headsets that come bundled with the two PlayStation devices. The headset is very affordable too with a price tag of just £24.99 here in the UK and $29.99 in US from the MadCatz store.

Thank you MadCatz for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of MadCatz.

R.A.T. Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac Announced By Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive announced the R.A.T. Tournament Edition, a new mouse designed for the professional and competitive gaming community. Expected to ship early 2014 for PC and Mac, the R.A.T.TE has been designed to appeal to the e-sports professional. With a newly developed Phillips Doppler-laser sensor, the R.A.T. Tournament Edition provides reference quality tracking with speeds up to 8200 DPI.

Each feature of the R.A.T. Tournament Edition has been engineered for mobility, performance and precision. Weight has been reduced to decrease inertia; speed and resolution have been radically improved for faster reaction times, and programmable button mapping has been optimized for popular e-sports games. In addition, customizable attributes such as ‘Lift-Off’ height calibration and dynamic surface detection have been added to create the ideal mouse for professional gamers.

“We launched our original R.A.T. line of gaming mice four years ago, and we’re pleased to continue expanding this highly successful range with the announcement of the Tournament Edition model,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.TE is another example of our ongoing commitment to building high performance hardware for the passionate gaming community.”

Thank you Mad Catz for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Mad Catz

Mad Catz Announces Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. System for PC

Mad Catz have announced today that the Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. (Hands On Throttle and Stick), a product designed and developed to give flight simulation enthusiasts the most realistic flight experience at an affordable price, and it is expected to ship to consumers in early 2014.

The X-55 RHINO is styled after modern fighter jet control systems and was built from the ground up to deliver a multitude of customizable options never before seen in an H.O.T.A.S. system. Whether flying a modern fighter, single- or multi-engine aircraft, or even a retro single-seat plane, the X-55 RHINO supplies all the control surface options required to achieve the exact level of aerial performance aspiring pilots demand. The X-55 RHINO features enhanced 16-bit hall-effect sensors in the axes, four swappable springs for the joystick so you can dial in your preferred stick tension, and twin lockable throttles with a friction adjustment knob that can be set on the fly.

“Our Saitek brand strives to replicate reality and deliver a great experience to the flight simulation community,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We believe the X-55 RHINO accomplishes these goals and is another example of our ability to deliver outstanding products to passionate consumers.”

Given that Mad Catz and of course Saitek are world renowned for creating some of the greatest flight stick and gaming controllers in the world, I really can’t wait to see this one in action. From a light cruise in MS Flight, to a chaotic game in World of Warplanes, this controller could be a lot of fun.

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Thank you Saitek for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Saitek.

Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Mobile Headset Review

Introduction


In the last 12 months we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a wide range of products from Mad Catz and their related brands, Tritton, Saitek and Cyborg. In that same time we’ve had the further pleasure to review not one, but two Kunai headsets, the first for the PS3 / PS Vita and we followed that with a review of the Wii U / 3DS edition. Today we complete the set and bring you the third in the Kunai series with an in-depth look at their new mobile edition aimed at users of Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Mad Catz already have one of the hottest ranges of peripherals on the market that spans PC gaming, consoles and mobile and the Kunai Mobile is just the latest addition to their already very successful range. Priced at around £43 here in the UK it is also competitively priced against brands such as Rapoo and Genuine, as there are very few, if any popular gaming brands making headsets anywhere near this price range. However, Mad Catz have long been known for their excellent value and if the Kunai Mobile prove worth just as headphones, then the extra mobile features could be a huge win for the Kunai.

As you can see from the specifications below, the headset features a good cable length, powerful 40mm drivers, in-line controller, built-in microphone and interchangeable covers. However, what we really want to do is see how the headset looks and the of course, put it to the test, so let’s get right to it and see if the Kunai have the looks and performance required to survive in the mobile arena.

Specifications

  • Cable Length: 3.9ft/1.2m
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
  • Resistance: 16 ohms
  • Audio Input Types: 3.5mm

Box contents

  • Kunai Stereo Headset with In-line Audio Controller Featuring Integrated Microphone
  • 2 Additional Sets of Interchangeable Speaker Tags

The packaging is nicely styled, matching the rest of the Tritton range with a great image of the product on the front as well as a few details about the headsets features. Also detailed at the bottom is the compatibility, which is listed as iPod, iPad and iPhone. It is worth pointing out that this really applies to the in-line controller, other wise the headset and microphone will work with any standard 3 or 4 pole 3.5mm audio output.

Around the back we have a more detailed run down of the features, as well as a simple user guide to the main functions of the in-line controller. This includes details on answering calls, the location of the microphone and adjusting music volume.

Removing the slip cover and opening the box we find that the headset is very well packaged, with just one side exposed to be visible from a window panel on the side of the retail packaging.

In the box we found a few extras, these include a simple upset setup guide, warranty information, a few Tritton stickers and two sets of clip on covers.

Mad Catz MOJO Now Available At Retail

The Android gaming market is bigger than ever and this Christmas is a battleground between the GameStick, OUYA, Project Shield and now the MOJO. Sure there are even more android consoles on the market too, and that is before you get into the fact that there are endless tablets and phones out there too!

The MOJO console is available to purchase now from e-tailers and some retail stores such as Fry’s Electronics for £219.99 here in the UK and $249.99 in the US.

One thing that really stands out about the MOJO is the price, it is one of the more expensive Android consoles on the market and for good reason too, it’s one of the more powerful and feature packed devices in the area of the market. The OUYA and Gamestick for example need games porting to them before they will work, but the MOJO does not and to make it all possible it packs the latest 4.2.2 Android OS, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage as well as a MicroSD slot for a further 128GB space, 1080p output via HDMI, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

While it doesn’t support it yet, the MOJO will soon support PC game streaming much like the Nvidia Shield and upcoming SteamOS.

Thank you Pocket-Lint for providing us with this information.

Mad Catz Begin Shipping Their New Tritton Kunai Mobile Headset

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced this week that the shipping of their new Tritton Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset has begun. The Tritton Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset is compatible with most popular handheld consoles, Windows PC, and Mac, as well as smart phones and smart devices. When used with compatible Apple products, the Kunai provides the ability to adjust volume, answer calls, and control music on-the-fly via the convenient in-line audio controller.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, said, “The TRITTON Kunai range was designed to deliver an ideal balance of performance, value and aesthetics, a combination which has resonated with the passionate gamer. Today’s announcement will allow us to introduce Kunai to a broader mobile segment who we believe will be extremely receptive to our headset.”

The TRITTON Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset is available in matte black, matte orange, matte blue, and matte red colours. If it is even half as good as the rest of the Tritton and Kunai ranges that we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix, then this should be a great little headset for those people on-the-go.

We’ve got got one here in the eTeknix office and you can look forward to a full review very soon.

Thank you Mad Catz for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Mad Catz.

Android Powered Game Console Announced by Mad Catz in December

Mad Catz Interactive has started its claim in the microconsole market, with a release date and price for its M.O.J.O. console, an Android OS console that will release on December 10 and can now be pre-ordered for $250 ( £155 ).

If you’re wondering about that high price tag, it’s due to the device’s high-end hardware — the M.O.J.O. includes an Nvidia Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB of RAM, and HDMI out capabilities with full 1080p resolution.

Mad Catz is positioning its microconsole as a more hardcore way for players to bring their favorite mobile games to the living room TV, and one of its main selling points is that it’s totally open to developers — the Amazon AppStore and Google Play store will both be available directly through the console. Notably, you’re also able to plug a mouse into the console — or you can use the controller’s left analog stick to console a mouse pointer on the screen.


Although Mad Catz hasn’t yet talked in-depth about it, there is mention of the console being able to play PC games as well. All signs point to the same sort of technology found in the Nvidia Shield, such that the M.O.J.O. will be able to stream PC games directly from another PC device to your TV. There are, rather strangely, no solid details regarding this functionality.

Thank you Gamasutra and NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gamasutra and NextPowerUp.