Mad Catz, one of the biggest players in the third-party peripheral market, just scored a major win by convincing Microsoft to let it produce and sell audio headphones co-branded under Mat Catz's Tritton and Microsoft's Xbox 360 brands, Mad Catz announced (PDF).
Under terms of the deal, Mad Catz has the worldwide rights to manufacture, market, and sell licensed, co-branded wired stereo headphones and exclusive rights to produce licensed, co-branded wireless stereo and Dolly 5.1 headphones for the popular console. The new line of headphones will ship in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season, and incidentally, Mad Catz claims it will mark the first time that licensed and co-branded wireless cans will be available for the Xbox 360.
We first heard about the Rock Band 3 MIDI Pro Adapter by Mad Catz back in June of this year, and now it's finally here. With it, you can hook up just about any real MIDI keyboard or MIDI drum set while playing Rock Band 3, plus it works in conjunction with the upcoming Rock Band 3 Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller, Mad Catz says.
The MIDI Pro plugs right in your console's USB port and then works as an interface between the console and MIDI instrument. There's a velocity sensitivity adjustment for MIDI drums so cross-talk doesn't become an issue, as well as a full D-pad and standard gaming buttons right on the adapter itself.
The adapter is shipping now for the PlayStation 3 and and Wii, while the Xbox 360 version "is expected to ship imminently to Best Buy." It goes for $40.
We've seen some funky looking mice before, but nothing quite like Mad Catz's Cyborg R.A.T. lineup first introduced at CES earlier this year. If you've been waiting for one of these contraptions, they're now available for pre-order.
There are several models to choose from, including the R.A.T.9 built around zero-latency 2.4GHz wireless technology. According to Mad Catz, their flagship gaming rat boasts a 1ms response time. It also comes with two custom built lithium-ion battery cells, one of which powers the rodent while the other charges in the dock.
Taking a cue from Logitech, the ninth rat also includes five 6-gram weights so you can make it as heavy or light as you see fit. Other features include a 5600 DPI, four custom DPI settings, five programmable buttons, and interchangeable pinkie and palm rests.
These new R.A.T.s look a bit like something out of Battlestar Galactica. They are sleek and black, and at the high end allow for complete optimization for “the key points of contact between the gamer’s hand and the mouse.” You may not aim your weapon any better, but at least you’ll die with a comfortable grip on your mouse.
There are four versions of the Cyborg R.A.T. available. They range from the 3200 dpi laser, USB powered Cyborg R.A.T. 3, with a MSRP of $49.99, to the 5600 dpi laser, fully adjustable, programmable, and wireless (complete with rechargeable batteries), Cyborg R.A.T. 9, with an MSRP of $129.99.
Mad Catz says these Cyborg R.A.T.s will be available this spring.