Not sure if you've noticed, but Razer has definitely been on a tear of
late. Following up the already impressive Orochi BT mouse and Kabuto surface, the accessories powerhouse has today revealed a new one-two
punch over at GamesCom in Germany. Hailed as the company's first ever
MMO gaming mouse, the Razer Naga promises to add a whole new level of
reality to those who spend hours on end within World of Warcraft and
The mouse, which was tested in participation with leading MMO gamers
and community sites such as Curse.com, offers a wild new level of
customization and offloads some of the strain on one's keyboard and
places it onto the mouse. We get the feeling it'd take a bit of getting
used to, but it's nothing you Level 50 warlords can't handle. The Naga
boasts a customizable interface for bringing keyboard commands to the
mouse, as well as a dozen thumb buttons that can be mapped however you
please. The Razer Naga’s add-on software, in conjunction with the
supported titles, enables gamers to save unlimited profiles and program
thousands of different in-game commands for each character you choose
to play without the hassle of remapping every time you re-spec.
Also on tap today is a Megasoma, a so-called hybrid gaming mat. The
surface was designed with one goal in mind: to bring the accuracy,
comfort, flexibility and durability of a soft mat into a stiffer,
sleeker gaming mat. Consider it the best of both worlds, with Razer
promising the ultra-durability of a hard mat but also the smooth glide
of a soft mat. The company notes that the mat is built with a durable
translucent silicone that enables gamers to actually roll it up and
transport it, which is way more than most stiff, flat mats can say.
The Naga is expected to ship worldwide soon for $79.99, while the
Megasoma pad will do the same at $49.99. Full specifications are in the press release below.
GET IMBA AT GAMESCOM 2009 Razer Launches Its First MMO Gaming Mouse, And A Hybrid Gaming Surface
Germany, Cologne – Aug 19, 2009 – Razer™, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today announced the Razer Naga™ and the Razer Megasoma™ at gamescom 2009, from August 19–23 in Cologne, Germany. The Razer Naga is the next level in gaming mice for MMO players, tested in participation with leading MMO gamers and community sites such as Curse.com; it gives gamers the competitive edge. Also showcasing at gamescom is the Razer Megasoma, a premium hybrid gaming mouse mat that combines all the best features of a hard and soft mouse mat into one. Product demonstrations will be held at the Razer booth in Hall 9, #C-022 and in the meeting rooms in Hall 4, #A-050 “Gaming interfaces have been growing but there’s a gap in providing gamers a true experience of control in the virtual world,” said Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff, president, Razer. “Razer’s engineering team addresses this issue with the Razer Naga, designed to be unique and innovative by offering MMO players more customization and balance in-game. The Razer Megasoma provides support in utilizing the most efficient gaming environment; it’s a hybrid gaming mouse mat catering to both hard and soft mat users with its optimal tracking performance.” Razer Naga
Get Imba with the Razer Naga™ The Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse provides uniquely innovative gameplay features. The Razer Naga’s customizable interface allows gamers to program and command the mouse in-game to fit their specific needs. Razer understands the critical features of the keyboard commands in MMO interfaces; the slightest delay or mistake that occurs in raids and arenas can result in a fatal outcome. The Razer Naga’s distinctive 12 button thumb grid is designed to aid gamers by eliminating excessive clicking on the keyboard spell keys (1 through 12) while freeing up the hands to focus on movement and modifier keys. The Razer Naga is designed to offer a different approach to gaming with instant access to many commands at the click of your thumb, making it more convenient and accessible.
The Razer Naga’s add-on software, in conjunction with the supported titles, enables gamers to save unlimited profiles and program thousands of different in-game commands for each character you choose to play without the hassle of remapping every time you re-spec. The ergonomic form factor gives players comfort and optimized control to every button. Razer’s engineers have raised the bar as the new interfaces of this gaming mouse bridges the gap between the game, peripheral and the user with customization, stimulating interaction and easy control. With the Razer Naga, get overpowered, get the advantage. Get Imba.
Razer Megasoma™ The Razer Megasoma is designed solely to achieve one goal; to bring all the best features -- accuracy, comfort, flexibility, durability, and portability -- of a hard and soft mat into one gaming mouse mat. The Razer Megasoma is constructed to be a hybrid gaming mouse mat that fuses superior tracking and ultra-durability of a hard mat but also the smooth glide of a soft mat. The composition of the Razer Megasoma is engineered with highly durable translucent silicone allowing gamers to roll it up and take it to LAN parties. The sleek white surface and illuminating embedded logo gives adds a nice, aesthetic touch.
Razer Naga™ Features COST: US: $79.99, Europe €79.99 AVAILABILITY: Worldwide
* 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor * 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ / 1ms response time * 200 inches per second max tracking speed * Zero-acoustic Ultraslick™ Teflon feet * 17 MMO-optimized buttons (including 12 button thumb grid) * Optional MMO-specific software AddOns * Unlimited character profiles with AddOns * Approximate size: 116L x 69W x 41.6H (in mm)
Razer Megasoma™ COST: US: $49.99, Europe €49.99 AVAILABILITY: Worldwide
* Exclusive ambient glow * Optimal performance for both laser and optical mice * Silicon Mouse Mat for pinpoint precise tracking and optimal grip * Extra large mouse mat suited for most gaming environments: 350 X 230 X 2 mm