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Razer Ships Hydra Motion Controllers Alongside Portal 2

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Razer's more typical controllers are easy to describe: mice, keyboards and joysticks usually comprise the company's line. But the Hydra is something entirely different. It's a new set of motion sensing controllers, and while they were announced first a few months back, they're just now being put on sale. Naturally, the timing here is perfectly place; they'll be available as a standalone product or alongside Portal 2, which is storming the digital shelves right now.

Razer worked closely with Valve and Sixense to build these, particularly the exclusive Portal 2 content that showcases the power of motion controls. The full version of the game plus the exclusive Portal 2 content will be available in a special edition bundle with the Razer Hydra. It's a somewhat familiar concept by this point; the Wii and Kinect have people "understanding" the concept of using motion controls, but these utilize one-to-one tracking for enhanced precision.


Outside of Portal 2, the Hydra is compatible with over 125 games (and growing), and they are being called a first of their kind in the PC gaming realm. The Hydra + Portal 2 bundle will sell for $139.99, with pre-orders starting in May (and shipments in June).
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deadmanet replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 9:33 AM

Finally! I was hoping to see this show up on the market soon. I remember reading about it a while back and wondered if it was going to make it public. +to my wish list!!

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omegadraco replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 10:48 AM

Sweet, I agree it is about time that the PC gets this type of tech it is a much more powerful platform than any console. Plus with all the crazy hardware/software modders out in the world they will probably find some ways to use these for even more.

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This is awesome! So now you really can just have an htpc instead of a console system. On a side note, was Razer the company who a while back was going into a secret lab to produce new products? Or was that a different company or am I just crazy?

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Inspector replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 1:21 PM

Yep, this is a real interesting device, they made a video on it and it seems so cool. I would love to buy it when it is released.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 1:43 PM

I will be checking this one out to see the exacts. I really want to see the video so I can understand how these specific cntrollers are used. The coverage of titles is pretty wide especially for a new to market device.

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rrplay replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 4:15 PM

 this would be a total blast ! The first thing I thought of after watching the vid was i gotta make some more room so I could easily move around  >>rearrange the coffee table,shove a bunch of stuff out of the way, & check the cushions for lost change and hopefully find some cash.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 6:09 PM

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Sweet, I agree it is about time that the PC gets this type of tech it is a much more powerful platform than any console. Plus with all the crazy hardware/software modders out in the world they will probably find some ways to use these for even more.

Well they managed to get a Nintendo Wii controller working with a PC, there's no doubt in my mind they couldn't do the same for PC specific hardware.

 

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