Mad Catz is always one of the most impressive of the hardware booth at the E3 show with their two-story mega-complex full of controller and live demos. This year they had dance mats setup for rhythm games and a their new microphone was the hit of the Karaoke game from Microsoft. They even had a shooting gallery setup for the new Silent Scope Complete game from Konami.
There were literally dozens of controllers and peripheral products on display; some entirely new and other merely redesigns or upgrades of existing devices, plus they had their newly acquired GameShark peripherals on display as well. Here are a few highlights from my visit.
Lynx Wireless Controller for Xbox (Also available for PlayStation)
The Lynx goes 2.4GHz with an unblockable signal from up to 40ft. away and powered by only 3 AA batteries you can get 60 hours of gameplay with rumble or 160 hours without. The Lynx still features the textured rubber grips for great handling and no sweaty palms. With accurate analog sticks and pressure sensitive buttons (in the non-S configuration) this is one of the finest wireless controllers you can get for your Xbox.
RetroCON for PlayStation
Feeling a bit nostalgic? Step back in time with the RetroCON, the latest PlayStation controller designed after the classic NES gamepad. With so many retro games being re-released on next-gen systems Mad Catz has decided to do the same with a controller that thousands of gamers grew up with.
Classicly designed, the fully featured RetroCON controller demands attention with its sleek styling, powerful vibration and precise control. Designed for gamers of all sizes, this comfortable control pad gives your hands instant access to every stick and button.
You can relive a bit of your past this summer when the RetroCON ships for only $24.99
- Classic and stylish retro design
- Fully analog buttons and D-pad
- Durable 7 foot braided cable
- Two powerful vibration motors
LumiCON for Xbox
The LumiCON is one of two new Xbox controllers about to release. This upgraded version of the current Xbox controller features gold contacts for superior signal reception and a ultra-cool LED glow from inside the controller that lights up the area around the buttons. This stylish controller comes in translucent smoke, orange, green, and blue and comes with the standard 8 foot cable and textured rubber grips. The LumiCON is also be available for the PS2.
S-Type Pro Controller for Xbox
Long overdue, Mad Catz finally prepares to release their S-Type Pro Controller. The scaled down size still features Mad Catz traditional sleek design and textured rubber grips, now with the Controller-S button layout. A handy Macro button allows you to program you favorite command sequences and the 9-foot breakaway cable gives you freedom to move around. Pick you favorite color; green, black, silver, or orange for only $19.99
Online Gaming Starter Kit (Universal)
Online gaming is no longer the future, it is here and now and Mad Catz is stepping up to the challenge of offering a quality online gaming kit that is easy to install and easy to use, even for the novice gamer. The Online Gaming Starter Kit is the perfect solution for non-techies and comes complete with everything* you need to get online including 4-Port Gaming Router with built-in Firewall security, AC Power Adapter, and two 8-foot CAT-6 network cables.
This quality router automatically manages connection speed over the network for maximum efficiency for up to four devices including muiltiple PC's and gaming consoles. The setup is done through a simple online interface that will have you online and playing your favorite games in no time at all.
* Additional system-specific requirements
- Cable/DSL Internet connection required
- PC and PS2 users require compatible LAN adapters for their respective devices
- Xbox users require Xbox Live subscription