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E3 2012: Razer Unveils Artemis, BlackShark 2.0 Headset

by on June 13, 2012
 

Razer brought three new items to the table at E3 this year, one of which is still in the concept phase.

Starting off with the biggest announcement, the company is currently in the process of making a controller for MechWarrior Online. Called the Project Artemis Concept Controller, the controller is a spin on a standard flight stick for the game when it releases.

“We wanted to actually put people in the cockpit of the mech,” Alvin Chua said. “We built in the auxiliary screen that shows ammo and a lot of secondary info.”

The controller is thanks to a partnership with Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing. It features a joystick on one side, with a keypad on the other for switching ammo.

In the middle is the auxiliary screen that will show off ammo info, maps and more information, Chua said. Gameplay will still be on the computer screen.

While Chua didn’t have a set release, he was hoping to see it out later this year.

On the headset side, Razer was showing off the BlackShark 2.0 Gaming Headset for PC, which was made specifically for Battlefield 3.

The headset, which Chua compared to looking like a helicopter headset, features the color scheme and logo of the game, along with aluminum voice coils clad in copper.

The BlackShark felt comfortable on the head, and was still pretty light. The headset is set to release in July for $129.

“We try to do things that will innovate and that people haven’t seen before,” Chua said.

Finally, we have the Razer Taipan, the newest mouse from the company that’s ambidextrous.

The mouse has a 7-foot cable with nine programmable buttons, and fit smoothly into the hand. What’s intriguing about the inside of the mouse, though, is that it will use the Synapse 2.0 software by Razer. The software will use cloud storage to let your profile and settings be used anywhere with a connection.

The Taipan will be out in July for $79.99.

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