by Shane McGlaun
It’s been a long time since Microsoft made any Sidewinder gaming peripherals, or any gaming peripherals in house at all. The Microsoft Habu Mouse and the Microsoft Reclusa keyboard were both designed by Razer.
Today Microsoft is rolling out their latest mouse, and the first gaming peripheral designed from the ground up at Microsoft. The SideWinder gaming mouse is being shown off today at the Games Convention in Leipzig.
Microsoft says the SideWinder mouse was designed for meeting a gamers needs, and they packed it with some interesting and useful features. A hot key allows one-touch browsing of Windows Vista Game Explorer and Quick Turn, which is a macro that allows gamers to check their perimeter from wherever they are in the game.
Microsoft also included the first ever LCD screen on a mouse, which is used to view DPI settings and macro recordings. Like the high-end mice from Logitech, the SideWinder Mouse has an adjustable weight cartridge and ships with additional feet featuring three different glide materials to change the feel even more.
Macros can be recorded that bind multiple mouse button presses to one key and the mouse has five main buttons that are all programmable. The laser engine of the mouse has 2000-DPI sensitivity and three switches behind the scroll wheel allow gamers to change sensitivity on-the-fly.
One of the more interesting features of the Sidewinder mouse is the built-in cable management system that holds extra cable to keep it from getting caught on items on your desktop during play. The compartment can also be used to hold the extra weights and mouse feet. The Microsoft SideWinder Mouse will be available in October 2007 for $79.95.
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