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Razer unveils Artemis MechWarrior Online controller

Razer unveils Artemis MechWarrior Online controller

The Razer Artemis boasts a mechanical keypad, throttle, force-feedback flight stick and touch-screen display.

Peripherals manufacturer Razer has unveiled a preliminary design for a controller built for a single game: the long-awaited MechWarrior Online massively-multiplayer on-line giant-robot-fighting game.

Dubbed the Artemis, for the huntress daughter of Zeus and sister of Apollo in Greek mythology, the controller combines a flight stick, keypad and large colour display into a behemoth of a customised gaming controller created specifically with the needs of MechWarriors in mind.

It's not the first time a gigantic, custom controller has been created to help gamers controller building-sized heavily-armed mechs: Steel Battalion, released for the original Xbox console in 2002, came equipped with a dual-stick, 40-button, triple-pedalled controller which was exclusive to the game and its multiplayer sequel Steel Battalion: Line of Contact. The game's latest incarnation, sadly, ditches the device in favour of tying in to Microsoft's depth-sensing wave-your-arms-around Kinect system.

Back to the Artemis: from the left-hand side of the controller it features a 12-key keypad with mechanical switches for tactile feedback, an analogue throttle slider with button, an integrated LCD screen which displays the in-game map - and, if Razer's got any sense, will be touch-sensitive - and a force-feedback flight stick with adjustable grip and more buttons, triggers and hats than you can throw a Kodiak at.

Sadly, Razer is being slightly coy about when the device will hit the market and how much it will cost. It readily admits that the current Artemis is a non-functioning prototype, but claims that it has every intention to bring the design to production and - hopefully - release the controller in time for the launch of the game.

More information, and a sign up form to be alerted as and when the device is launched, is available on the official website.

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justicefornone 6th June 2012, 13:27 Quote
I wish for this and a little room where I can build a replica Madcat head with three monitors and a chair which thumps every time I take a step in my massive robot...

I think I need a lie down now.
Guinevere 6th June 2012, 14:50 Quote
Razer producing an outlandish controller / device / gadget design but not saying when/if they are going to bring it to market???

That's so very out of character for them*

*It's not out of character at all.
Isitari 6th June 2012, 14:56 Quote
ME WANTS NOAW!
Krikkit 6th June 2012, 15:14 Quote
It would be nice if they dropped the touch screen to bring it down to Earth-level pricing. As it is a £350 controller isn't too affordable.
Gareth Halfacree 6th June 2012, 15:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
It would be nice if they dropped the touch screen to bring it down to Earth-level pricing. As it is a £350 controller isn't too affordable.
Touch-screens are dirt cheap these days. Hell, DX.com will sell you a seven-inch capacitive tablet with Android 4.0 for under $90 (<£60), and that's an entire tablet computer. A simple USB-connected touch-screen can be had wholesale for a lot less - I'd be surprised if it cost Razer more than £30 to add to the controller, so say a retail price increase of £60 over a touch-screen-free version.
.//TuNdRa 6th June 2012, 15:42 Quote
Translation of the above; Razer are charging out the ass again because they can.

It's a shame, because it looks really friggin' awesome. But the sheer cost expenses makes me cringe.
johnnyboy700 6th June 2012, 15:59 Quote
Just had a Steel Battalion flashback, must...resist..temptation...to..dig..it...out...of...my...loft...
Crossing 7th June 2012, 07:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by justicefornone
I wish for this and a little room where I can build a replica Madcat head with three monitors and a chair which thumps every time I take a step in my massive robot...

I think I need a lie down now.

Chair that thumps? Use one of these: http://www.buttkickergear.com/ButtKicker_Gamer2_p/bk-gr.htm
The_Beast 7th June 2012, 07:38 Quote
To bad it's overpriced and of low quality


but that's razer for you
modfx 7th June 2012, 08:40 Quote
Awesome, but a tad excessive for a single game imo. Either way, it will sell.
Star*Dagger 10th June 2012, 22:55 Quote
I will buy two of them, you always need to have a back up. Having your peripherals fail in mid-game is NOT a valid excuse to lose a league match.

MechWarrior this is your Khan!

Yours in Crusader Plasma,
Star*Dagger
Star*Dagger 27th July 2012, 18:12 Quote
@The_Beast. Razer makes excellent gear for a decent price, they are very good at understanding the gaming market and creating products that gamers want. That is such a rare combination, dont be a hater
The_Beast 27th July 2012, 19:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
I will buy two of them, you always need to have a back up. Having your peripherals fail in mid-game is NOT a valid excuse to lose a league match.

MechWarrior this is your Khan!

Yours in Crusader Plasma,
Star*Dagger

You'll have to buy two, maybe one will work.....




.....maybe, but knowing razer, probably not
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
@The_Beast. Razer makes excellent gear for a decent price, they are very good at understanding the gaming market and creating products that gamers want. That is such a rare combination, dont be a hater

Lol, bring up a dead thread and saying the exact same thing....double fail
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