Razer Hydra motion controllers for PC gamers debut

Shane McGlaun - Apr 22, 2011
Razer Hydra motion controllers for PC gamers debut

We can thank the Nintendo Wii for bringing motion controllers to the masses. I still think that motion control was a bit gimmicky, even if it is fun. I think that the gaming masses have spoken though with sales of the Wii slipping significantly and the Xbox 360 selling in larger numbers. Still, some people want motion controls and if you are one of the gamers that do you can soon get your hands on a new motion controlled gaming setup from Razer called the Hydra.

Razer is one of the biggest names in gaming peripherals and has been making some really cool gear like the special DeathAdder mouse that I talked about back in early March. The new system is called the Razer Hydra and it is the first gaming grade motion sensing system powered by Sixense designed for PC gamers. Razer says that it worked with Valve and Sixense to create some cool Portal 2 content to show off how powerful the Hydra really is.

“The Razer Hydra is a significant step forward for the PC gaming industry because it not only affords an almost-physical experience for gamers, but also presents developers an opportunity to innovate and significantly push the boundaries on new forms of game play and entertainment,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. The Hydra and Portal 2 bundle sells for $139.99 and pre-orders will kick off next month. The Hydra will ship in June. It has an it uses magnetic motion tracking to give six degree-of-freedom, has a thumb analog stick for fluid control, and lots more.

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