E3 2012: Mad Catz impresses and wowsPosted 12:02 am on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Adam "Kharakov" Kharatian
With the purchase of a new console also comes the inevitable necessity of additional controllers. While some opt for first party, many of us cheap bastards instead choose to go with the “economy” models. While they did their job, they were slow, clunky, and screamed of poor design. Mad Catz was one of the main brands seen on shelves across the world. Four years ago, everything changed. From being the product your friends used when they came over, to one that can now be referred to as “my precious”, Mad Catz made a complete 180 and now firmly holds the place as one of the world’s top “professional” gaming peripherals manufacturers.
After seeing the entire lineup in one room, it is safe to say that nobody in the industry can contend with the quality and thought that Mad Catz has given their products. With the acquisition and merging of some top shelf brands such as Triton and Cyborg, this is THE company responsible for our Christmahanukuanzika wish lists.
Back at CES we did a hands-on coverage for the MLG controller being the top option if sticks just aren’t your thing.
The MLG controller is a great choice for pad players. Mad Catz gives you the opportunity to fully customize the controller to your preference, starting from the weight of the controller, face plate, cord, buttons and your thumb pad/analog pad selections. They are all up to you, even the size of the USB cable could be as short as 3 feet or as long as 5.
E3 2012 had Mad Catz unveiled another surprise for the pad players, new pieces for customization. Not only would there be more pieces like longer analog sticks, but also everything would be available in different colors, allowing you to even further customize the controller to your gaming preference to fit your personality. Fighting stick parts are easily switched out and the image can change, but controllers can’t. Well Mad Catz fixes that by letting you buy separate colored pieces.
As a pad player myself, I’ve gotten a chance to play around with the MLG controller and a half-360, half-PS3 set up makes it easy for me to use my full potential in fighting games. Available for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the MLG controller retails for $99.99, complete with quite a few customizable pieces and a carrying case for for your controller and parts. The colored pieces coming soon.
We asked Mad Catz, “So how much of it is customizable?” They answered, “All of it”
On the PC side, Mad Catz has some really cool new stuff also. For fans of the R.A.T, the R.A.T MMO and the R.A.T 7 Contagion is perfect for anybody with a MAC or just wanting a White Mouse. It also goes perfect with the Cyborg F.R.E.Q 5 in solid white. The F.R.E.Q 5 also follows its predecessors with full metal sliding parts, offering only the finest quality and lasting durability.
- Wireless Frequency: 5.8GHz
- Wireless Range: 33ft / 10m
- Ear Coupling: Circumaural (Over-the-Ear)
- Xbox 360 Audio Input Type: Optical and RCA
- Frequency Response: 25Hz–20kHz
- Speaker Diameter: 50mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Batteries: 2 Rechargeable Battery Packs
As you can see, Mad Catz has not failed to impress. But don’t think that this is all they have, Yes, MC has already began production of their WII U Accessories! Including an extremely impressive stand for the console that folds to maximize on space usage.
All in all, this was definitely the most impressive peripherals setup at E3 2012. We expect Mad Catz to have some serious success with the current line. Check the gallery below for more pics of all the goodies!
Adam “kharakov” Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.