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Razer Hydra Brings Motion Control To PC Gamers

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the flailing-at-your-screen-is-a-fundamental-right dept.

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Zothecula writes "While motion controllers are becoming a staple for console gamers with the release of the Wii, PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect, PC gamers have been left wanting. Razer is looking to change that with its Hydra motion controller which has been developed specifically for PC gamers. Unlike console-based motion control systems, the Hydra uses magnetic tracking technology by way of a base station that emits a magnetic field that Razer says allows the exact location and orientation of the handheld controllers to be detected with millimeter accuracy."

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Slashvertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35936692)

If I wanted motion controls, I'd have bought a Wii (and installed Linux on it, because why not).

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

Skidborg (1585365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35936768)

Because your PC has far more processing power. Seriously though, If you want to stay in the stone age and use a mouse for the rest of your life, don't hold the rest of us back.

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937522)

Your lack of buttons intrigues me.

Re:Slashvertisement (2)

uofitorn (804157) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938124)

...and I would like to subscribe to your stone tablet.

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938092)

Apparently you think the stone age was more efficient than the modern.

The mouse is still the most efficient pointing device for day to day use.

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938228)

The mouse cannot replace the Wii-mote.

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

piripiri (1476949) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938404)

The Wii-mote cannot replace the mouse either.

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

Skidborg (1585365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938456)

Yes, it is. Right now. The horse was also the most efficient method of travel for thousands of years and the blade the most efficient weapon.

This hasn't been in development nearly so long as the aeroplane or machine gun. Heck, computers haven't even. Give it a chance before you brush it off as a dead end.

Suspicious of Razer (1)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#35940326)

Seriously though, If you want to stay in the stone age and use a mouse for the rest of your life, don't hold the rest of us back.

Problem with Razer is they cash in on making things look futuristic. This may be a great new technology, I am no expert. What I do know is that Razer has a nasty habit of covering something with fancy looking LED's and then tripling its price.

Re:Suspicious of Razer (1)

torgis (840592) | more than 3 years ago | (#35941044)

Problem with Razer is they cash in on making things look futuristic. This may be a great new technology, I am no expert. What I do know is that Razer has a nasty habit of covering something with fancy looking LED's and then tripling its price.

Nerds, like moths, are irresistibly drawn towards shiny things. I'm just making up percentages here, but I'm guessing a good 90% of consumer products that fail do so because they're not shiny enough, and they don't have enough color-changing LEDs.

- iPod? Shiny, check. Success.
- Zune? Shit brown, dull. Failure.
- Apple Newton? Dull gray. Failure.
- iPad? Shiny! Success.
- Microsoft Sidewinder mouse? Dull, no lights. Failure.
- Razer Boomslang? Shiny! Has bright light. Success.

FYI - that was not a scientific survey by any means.

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35936776)

Would you cry slashvertisement if it were made by Logitech? Razer isn't some no-name company pushing a "revolutionary" device... most hardcore PC gamers know of them quite well.

Why not? RAM not. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35936890)

I'd have bought a Wii (and installed Linux on it, because why not).

Why not? Not everybody was born in a country where homebrew is legal. And once Nintendo introduces Wii Menu 5, not everybody's housemates know not to install Wii system software updates until after the HackMii Installer update.

That and Skidborg is right that even an ION nettop beats the Wii console. I'm not entirely sure about Atom vs. an 0.73 GHz PowerPC G3, but I believe the GeForce 9400M beats a Radeon-9000-class GPU on the "Hollywood" northbridge. And PCs have an order of magnitude more RAM than the 88 MB in a Wii.

Re:Why not? RAM not. (1)

the linux geek (799780) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937496)

A 1.6GHz Atom is probably a fair bit faster than the "Broadway" G3 derivative. It has a faster clock speed, a much wider set of vector instructions, and (presumably) substantially fewer cycles of latency for cache and memory access. I'll go out on a limb a little and estimate a 60% performance increase going from Broadway to Atom, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were more.

Re:Why not? RAM not. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938378)

As a former game developer I think 60% is way too high for a single core atom, perhaps 20%. The CPU from the GameCube was my favorite to program. Very fast RAM (used MoSys 1T SRAM) where the delays going through the cache actually hurt the performance. If the data was already in the cache it was faster but the ram had about 8 cycles delay before data came out. There also are special instructions for doing fixed/float conversions that are essentially free. The GC was the best console of the generation by far, and I programmed them all.
Now the Wii is a 50% overclocked GC with an additional 64MB of gddr RAM. It is so far away from being competitive with the 360 and ps3 as to be laughable.
What I hoped the Nintendo would do for their next console was do another die shrink to 28nm on the Wii/GC GPU and CPU. Tuck the original GPU into a tiny corner of the die for compatability, put 4-6 of the GC CPUs on the die optimized for high (>2GHz) operation and slap a gig or two of DDR3 RAM and whatever AMD GPU they can get for cheap with DX11 and at least 256 pipes on it. That would be the best console out there by far. If they were feeling generous they could open up the paired singles pipe to four way SIMD when not in Wii/GC compatability mode.

Old school (3, Interesting)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 3 years ago | (#35936744)

Great, now lets get the 3d head mounted display - which is where this type of tracker was originally used way back when - and get on with the real 3D environments. I played Dactyl Nightmare in the early 90's and have been waiting for that to arrive at home for like 16 years. And that was powered by what? An Amiga?

Re:Old school (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938096)

They just had to wait for the floppy drive to completely die so the games aren't a "One-play-per-copy" game.

Re:Old school (1)

NoAkai (2036200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939478)

[...]so the games aren't a "One-play-per-copy" game.

To me, that sounds like a Publisher's wet dream... They'd just need to come up with the marketing to "justify" it, I'm certain the gaming community would swallow it whole.

Re:Old school (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938450)

i too dream of the day of we can have virtual worlds that we can interact with naturally, but this ain't it. The device only has a 2-3 foot range because its designed to be operated at a desk, also looking at the videos it doesn't look very natural more like hand movements used for shortcuts.

Re:Old school (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35943700)

not necessary when you can have a web cam track your head.

A millimeter eh? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35936770)

A millimeter eh? Isn't that the length of CmdrTaco's fully-erect penis? Does this mean it can actually sense CmdrTaco jacking his dick?

Pass (3, Insightful)

Stratoukos (1446161) | more than 3 years ago | (#35936812)

While motion controllers are becoming a staple for console gamers with the release of the Wii, PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect, PC gamers have been left wanting.

No, not really.

Re:Pass (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35936950)

Indeed. The only thing I sometimes miss is vibration from controllers, but I trade it gladly to use a mouse.

Have a +1 and a nice day.

Re:Pass (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938232)

Indeed. The only thing I sometimes miss is vibration from controllers, but I trade it gladly to use a mouse.

Have a +1 and a nice day.

Heh. Try playing more than just shooters.

Re:Pass (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938778)

Strategy games? Trying playing Starcraft with a motion controller.

Re:Pass (1)

Confusador (1783468) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939994)

How, exactly, does one play an RTS with a controller? I can't even begin to imagine it.

Re:Pass (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35941142)

The same way as with any other console game that doesn't port well....the developer slows/dumbs it down until it works. I don't really play console games, not sure if there as ever been an RTS console game. There probably will be eventually though, too much money to be made.

Re:Pass (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35941176)

There have been numerous RTS's that work just fine with controllers. "Halo Wars" was a particularly successful example. PC snobs who say you "can't play such-and-such type game with a controller" remind me of my roommate who used to say that consoles would never have a decent FPS because no controller could be possibly ever handle one. Then Halo, Gears of War, Bioshock, et. al. came out and he had to eat his words. Today he's probably saying the same thing about MMO's, even as DC Universe Online is starting to prove that wrong.

Re:Pass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35942174)

No he did not have to eat his words- dumbing down the AI and slowing down the gameplay, adding autoaim, introducing weapons were accuracy are not important, assuring that engagement ranges will never be beyond 50 meters and adding health regeneration created a new low bar for console based FPS players to play around in that essentially sent them back to the keyboard only wolfenstine and doom days of PC FPS- they never played the type of FPS games that made the genre popular on the PC.

Microsoft's one experiment into allowing PC halo players to play with the X-box halo players pretty much established conclusively that the controller was no match for the mouse/keyboard (the PC players absolutely wiped the floor with the console players despite not having had several months of practice on there PC versions and the feature had to be removed).

It is similar to being stuck in the desert and having all of the water taste brackish; you want something to drink so you find the least brackish water (say, halo) and drink away- this does not diminish the fact that the guy in the middle of the oasis gets to choose between orange juice, pineapple juice, and fine alcohol mixes- it just means the guy stuck is the desert is no longer dying of thirst.

So can an RTS be done on a console; sure. Can one of the fast thinking dynamic RTSs that have defined the RTS genre on the PC be ported to the console; no I don't think so; concessions will have to be made to allow for the much less precise controller, and everything will have to be slowed down for the fact that there just aren't enough 'hotkeys' to allow quick access to commands. So your likely looking at non build-centric sort of games, like myth.

Re:Pass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35942912)

Halo Wars suffers from a pretty severe lack of depth and complexity. Granted, the designers invented a lot of interesting ways to get around the severe lack of precision that game controllers suffer from but the experience is a best 'RTS lite'.

Same goes for FPSs on consoles. I don't know how anyone can argue for controllers, or the quality of any FPS on a console. The proof my point is obvious in /every/ consol FPS. And that's autoaim. Every single one of them has massive amounts of pointer assist to let console players to hit their targets.Without it they'd be whifing bullets in to the sky or the ground 99% of the time. Many are simply unaware that it exists because the're used to it, or have never played with a mouse. It's simple to test. Fire up halo, get in to a multilayer game. Set your controller down. Have your friend walk across your field of view, near your aiming reticle. Watch how he can drag your view in complete 360 circles without you even touching your controller. Autoaim.

Re:Pass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35942942)

And they still suck to play because of the controller. But there are people who don't know any better (ie. you)

Re:Pass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938248)

We used to have a lot of simulator type games for the PC and a wide array of gaming peripherals. More than game consoles had in fact. If you used a Gravis Gamepad, you might get heckles from the keyboard only snobs. It used to be so diverse because PCs were so open.

Has anyone ever called you a pussy because you use a mouse instead of the keyboard?
Fast forward and now any non-mouse gaming peripheral is shat upon by same close minded elitist pricks.

PC games are doomed to the limitations of a mouse and a handful of genres that work with them.

In fact, "bunch of elitist pricks with too much say" pretty well sums up all the problems with computing in general.

Re:Pass (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937910)

Yeah the last thing my gaming PC needs is fucking motion control. It's bad enough that an Xbox 360 controller is basically required to play today's shitty console ports, but at least I can sit down and play with that.

Doesn't Razer get that a PC is supposed to be the anti-console?

Re:Pass (2)

an unsound mind (1419599) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938664)

PC isn't supposed to be anything, especially nothing defined by consoles.

Computers are versatile and are hundreds of things depending on the user, the software and the hardware. They are not the "anti-console", and console-like gaming fits the PC just as well as indie games, boring shooters and office tools.

Don't define yourself by what you're not. And more importantly, don't use that to define others.

Re:Pass (1)

Jartan (219704) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939464)

The reason a lot of PC gamers hate consoles is straight up because of the thumbstick. This thing has thumbsticks but obviously the motion controls will be the primary pointing device.

There are plenty of things this COULD be great for if it's as accurate as they say. The problem is simply whether or not they can get enough game support. Going by past products I'm going to guess no.

Re:Pass (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939700)

yeah.. we already tried motion control sidewinders, headtracking mouses.. touchscreen hacks for sniping and all that were common ages ago.

fact of the matter is that it sucks for long term playing. it's only good if the user will use the application/game for a total of 1 minute, eliminating learning curve. also minority report style ui's really suck and have been tried for years and years. i don't want to be a conductor in a shitty band.

millimeter accuracy (2)

Khyber (864651) | more than 3 years ago | (#35936814)

Not from a magnetic field from any reasonable distance, not by itself, liars.

You need a whole slew of additional sensors to even get close to such accuracies.

Re:millimeter accuracy (3, Funny)

Skidborg (1585365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35936858)

It is to a millimetre accuracy, it's just that that is also the full motion range of the controller.

Re:millimeter accuracy (2)

Skidborg (1585365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937434)

...Why is this modded informative? I didn't even read the article.

What is wrong with you?

Re:millimeter accuracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35937970)

Sounds authoritative... Check.
Says the summary is misleading... Check.

Must be right, mod informative!

It can be done with only magnetic fields (1)

DeadCatX2 (950953) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937848)

Yes, you can do 6 DOF, with only magnetic fields, with sub-mm precision. Ascension and Polhemus are two companies that sell such products.

Look at the stats for Polhemus' Patriot. About 0.01 mm resolution at 1 foot. That beats your "liars" stat by about two orders of magnitude.

http://www.polhemus.com/?page=Motion_Patriot [polhemus.com]

Re:It can be done with only magnetic fields (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938268)

I said reasonable distance.

For me, that's just over 10 feet away, like I sit right now from my monitor.

Re:It can be done with only magnetic fields (1)

Omestes (471991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939098)

I said reasonable distance.

For me, that's just over 10 feet away, like I sit right now from my monitor.

I doubt that many people sit that far away, and I doubt that many people would find that "reasonable" because that fact. Right now I'm about 3 feet from my 24" display, when I'm typing I'm less, when I'm watching a movie I'm a bit farther. But I'm never 10' (in my den its only 10' from my monitor to the back wall). Sure, on my HTPC I sit back a bit (as far as 7'-8'), but I don't think a television is considered a monitor, even when connected to a PC.

To me a reasonable distance would 3'-4'. For a console it would be 8'-10', since people sit further from them.

That said, I really doubt I'd buy anything like this. Even on the Wii motion controls often just become annoying after a short period of time, and most of the time is nothing but a cheap gimmick. Also, if I really cared, I'd just wait until people work out the kinks in connecting a Kinect. The Kinect is the only "motion" gimmick I think has any long-term potential. It still didn't get me to want a 360, but I respect them for trying.

Re:It can be done with only magnetic fields (1)

CSFFlame (761318) | more than 3 years ago | (#35944650)

The base station is tiny and you can put it wherever you like, even behind you, because it's absolute position/orientation, not relative position.

Re:It can be done with only magnetic fields (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35940030)

I'm impressed that they manage to deal with ambient magnetic fields. Your average PC has a few modestly chunky motors in it, plus power magnetics in the PSU, and the FCC doesn't regulate magnetic fields, so if it doesn't delete the HDD, it isn't an issue. Back in the CRT days, there were some speakers that had sufficient magnetic fields that they could not be placed near the monitor, on pain of rather horrid image distortion, as well.

Re:It can be done with only magnetic fields (1)

CSFFlame (761318) | more than 3 years ago | (#35944638)

It only deflects if you get VERY close (inches) from a large metal object, like a shelving unit. Also CRTs could play merry hell with it if you got the controller less than a foot from them. The EMF from a normal computer isn't even remotely a problem, the magnetic field from the base station is very strong.

Re:millimeter accuracy (3, Interesting)

Peteskiplayer (1032662) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939674)

Not from a magnetic field from any reasonable distance, not by itself, liars.

You need a whole slew of additional sensors to even get close to such accuracies.

The Polhemous Liberty and other devices have been around for a while now and offer 0.03" accuracy with 6DOF: http://www.polhemus.com/?page=Motion_Liberty [polhemus.com]

These only use a single sensor (for a single location, can use many with one base station for multiple points tracking), I've used them for motion tracking and they seem pretty accurate to me. I'm not sure what you consider reasonable range, but considering the Razer system is supposed to be used with a PC, I'm guess you're not counting in the 10s of metres. This system has an optional source which can get you 5 metres of accuracy from the base station.

These are quite expensive (in the thousands of pounds sterling) so would be interesting to see how Razer managed it on the cheap.

Re:millimeter accuracy (1)

CSFFlame (761318) | more than 3 years ago | (#35944452)

Define reasonable distance. In this case it has millimeter accuracy to 6 feet from the base station, with slightly less accuracy out to 8 feet. You don't need a slew of sensors, just one magnetic sensor for each axis per controller (read: three).

an all seeing eye in every house (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35936842)

from what i've read about Kinect, I wouldn't want an extra camera in my house monitoring my movements, boring as they may be.

the two way touchscreens are here, an all seeing eye in every house, under the guise of entertainment.

Re:an all seeing eye in every house (1)

Skidborg (1585365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937470)

You do realize that it would be more practical just to mount a touch screen with a camera hidden separately next to it, right?

Anyway, this tech sounds like another 3D mouse technology, as soon as you drop the remote, you're tracking free.

Incorrect. (-1, Redundant)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937008)

PC gamers have been left wanting.

No, we really haven't.

Re:Incorrect. (1)

johnsnails (1715452) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937254)

Did you always just repeat an earlier post that was modded high? I'm certain this is the 2nd time I have seen you do this in the last 3 weeks.

Magnets? (1)

Altanar (56809) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937014)

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I really don't like the idea of any kind of magnet anywhere near my PC. I get nervous if anything gets close to my speakers. Maybe that's just a relic of floppy disc/CRT days.

Re:Magnets? (3, Informative)

ben kohler (1109391) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937032)

TFA: "Razer says the magnetic field put out by the Hydra base station is 20 times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field, so it shouldn't affect objects such as credit cards, HDDs or speakers in the surrounding area."

Re:Magnets? (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937284)

what about my 1983 apple // disks?

Re:Magnets? (1)

Danieljury3 (1809634) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937414)

Couldn't they have just used the Earth's magnetic field instead.

Re:Magnets? (1)

mortonda (5175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937438)

TFA: "Razer says the magnetic field put out by the Hydra base station is 20 times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field, so it shouldn't affect objects such as credit cards, HDDs or speakers in the surrounding area."

If it's weaker than the earth's magnetic field, why not just use earth's magentic field?

Re:Magnets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35937508)

If it's weaker than the earth's magnetic field, why not just use earth's magentic field?

The earth's magnetic field doesn't vary much over the course of a millimeter, theirs does. Has something to deal with the source location of the magnet.

Re:Magnets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35942384)

Are you fucking serious? UID is 5175, and you're a moron. You typically (always) need a reference point when measuring something. Do you think maybe you need a reference position when trying to measure the position of something else? What fucking reference position does the Earth's magnetic field offer?

Do you also think we can extract energy from the magnetic field and solve the energy crisis? Well, we can't with the current state of our physics models. And crackpot theories may be on the right track, but they don't have experimental results and math to back them up. It's being worked on by CERN using real science. Stay tuned.

markets being created for lots in southern hillary (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35937038)

still underwater (literally) but that could change like the weather/topography etc.. any moment now. the unchosens who were conveniently placed down under in southern hillary aren't just drowning. each hillarian's 3X6 airtight citizen bunker has its' own shared oxygen line, light from the surface (when there is some), steaming vdo etc.. there's never any water, or seafood shortages. the surface may be coming down to the hillarians well before 2025, when their lease expires, & they're relocated, to mebotuh, as it was written, & re-written.

Re:markets being created for lots in southern hill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35937384)

Sometimes I wonder if these posts are the first, unintelligible words from a newly-born AI somewhere.

Re:markets being created for lots in southern hill (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938218)

I figure it's what APK posts when he stops taking his meds.

Re:markets being created for lots in southern hill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35941874)

it's either emanating from 4chan, or who/whatever it is trolls there too. I have seen the racist ones there.

watch (-1)

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fd (0, Offtopic)

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Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

cultiv8 (1660093) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937204)

Judging by their Razer Megalodon headset, which is a PITA to install on Windows 7 due to a driver issue [robertjtownsend.com] , I have no real faith this will work as described either. Razer just isn't what it used to be...

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

zigmeister (1281432) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937354)

I just built a gaming rig, this past summer, and I ordered a razer mouse and keyboard off newegg to go with it, both died due to manufacturing defects within 6 months. I checked around on google and it looks like a bunch of other people had the same problems with those products and then some got RMAs and the replacement units did the same thing... I saved myself the UPS fee and put it towards a nice logitech mouse and keyboard, sturdy as heck.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937528)

Razer's just not very good at writing software for their products (maybe they hired some ex ATI staffers). I've got a mamba mouse, the software screws up all the time. End up having to "reboot" the mouse to get it going again.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

RobbieThe1st (1977364) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938172)

razerd on linux + qrazercfg. Works great now that I figured out how to compile it.
3500dpi on my Lefty DeathAdder's very nice.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

Omestes (471991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939146)

Where did you find a lefty-version? I scoured their site and didn't find any reference. I'd love to replace my aging wired Copperhead, it still works fine but the scroll wheel is a getting a bit sticky, but I hate mouse shopping since decent mice with any functionality are largely only right-handed, and most ambi models kind of suck.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

RobbieThe1st (1977364) | more than 3 years ago | (#35940932)

They've so far only made one mouse in a left-handed version, and that most likely as an experiment(Their founder being left handed might also have something to do with it...)
You can buy it here: http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.182251700 [razerzone.com] or on Amazon etc.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35942038)

I used a mouse left handed for the first 3-4 years I had a PC...I finally just bit the bullet and went right handed only. Since the right handed devils have always forced us to use our off hand...it wasn't that hard of a transition. I did have a mouse on either side of my keyboard for a while though, which was an interesting setup. To this day I can use a mouse with either hand and never mix the buttons up.

Fight the good fight my left handed brethren.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938788)

In the PC peripheral market, quality of software only gets bad and worse.

Re:Judging by their Razer Megalodon... (1)

CSFFlame (761318) | more than 3 years ago | (#35944672)

Razer did not develop this. It was developed by Sixense and branded Razer by Dell.

UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, (1)

anomaly256 (1243020) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937236)

LEFT, RIGHT, LE.. oh crap my hard drive just got wiped by EMF. Thanks Razor. :(

Re:UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35940058)

I suspect that I'm walking into a joke; but contemporary HDD platters actually have fairly high coercivity. A decent rare-earth magnet will give you a bit more than a Tesla, if measured at the magnet's surface, so rubbing the platter down with one is not advised; but devices capable of wiping an HDD without opening the case tend to draw multiple amps of mains current, and devices capable of wiping an HDD from a distance tend to involve superconductors and cryogens...

Re:UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, (1)

anomaly256 (1243020) | more than 3 years ago | (#35940138)

To wipe securely and uniformly, sure. I've seen corruption caused by less though. Also the platters aren't the only concern.

But yes, it was a joke

one word... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35937272)

Vaporware.

PC Gamers left wanting for motion controllers? (1)

Liam Pomfret (1737150) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937300)

Fairly sure we've had one for a while now, considering I just saw it down at my local shops. Not that it's seen much support.
Oh, here it is [slashdot.org] , and on Slashdot no less. The Asus Eee Stick, released circa 2008. My, how soon we forget.

Lol! "MAGNETIC FIELD"! (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937494)

Standing by for all the frivolous and completely ignorant lawsuits and claims that these devices cause cancer, disturb sleep, cause depression, etc etc etc.... ...gotta love watching people who have no grasp of how things work start coming up with 'reasons'. Sure, its a pain that actual trials are held and so many people get pwned by science, but its sure fun to read about!

Re:Lol! "MAGNETIC FIELD"! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35938122)

So...

How do magnets work?

Is it just me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35937776)

Is it just me or does the challenge of controls sometimes make for an enjoyable gaming experience? I mean sometimes playing an action game on a PC having to time your finger movements to hit the right keys in the right sequence just makes it more challenging and entertaining at times.

Wii Controllers and Bluetooth (1)

xdancergirlx (872890) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937800)

Or you could just use your Wii controllers with your pc using bluetooth. I love playing Assasin's Creed on the big tv, with surround sound, and my wii-controllers so I can jump around instead of being hunched over in front of the computer screen. Also works great for controlling your pc's media player like a remote control.

There are some products out there (2)

FluffyBob (589615) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937980)

The flight sim community has been using TrackIR to control POV for quite a few years now.

Advances in Shaving Technology (1)

Meskarune (988797) | more than 3 years ago | (#35937986)

My first thought after reading "razor hydra" was that it was weird for slash dot to have a story on new 8 bladed shaving technology.

(In)famous Razer QA (1)

Weedhopper (168515) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938322)

Razer peripherals have some great features. I particularly like how their designers have really studied mouse ergonomics and have produced good designs for different types of grips for different types of gamers.

OTOH, Razer build quality is atrocious and Razer software matches the sloppiness of their hardware QA. It's ridiculous. I've had several Razer products fail within weeks or just never work properly at all. I'm talking about stuff like keys on the keyboard rubbing together and sticking combined with buggy drivers making you wonder WTF is going on over there at Razer.

I own over a half dozen Razer products and I'm often tempted to spend money on their next new cool gadget. Fortunately, each time I am about to pull the trigger, I am reminded of all my other bad Razer experiences, think better of it and don't.

Re:(In)famous Razer QA (1)

Laser Dan (707106) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939398)

Someone also wasn' thinking when they made the charger for my Razer wireless mouse USB (I forget the model). When I am using the mouse the PC is on, so the charger is on... but the mouse is not in the cradle. When I stop using the mouse and put it back in the cradle to charge, the PC is off, so the charger is off...

I realise some PCs supply USB power when switched off, but I can't see any BIOS settings to allow it on mine.
So I have to use my wireless mouse in wired mode (at least that feature is a good idea).

Re:(In)famous Razer QA (1)

Vegemeister (1259976) | more than 3 years ago | (#35939610)

the PC is off

Ah. That'd be yer problem right there.

Re:(In)famous Razer QA (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35940088)

Unless the charger has to be plugged in to the PC during use for some reason, you might be well served by dropping ~$5 for a teeny little AC-to-5v-on-the-power-pins-of-a-usb-socket adapter. Those things have become cheap as chips now that cellphones and ipods and stuff have moved to USB charging.

If it does have to be connected, many powered USB hubs, if plugged in to their wall wart, will continue feeding downstream devices regardless of the power state of the upstream host. Since those also start at under 10 bucks, it might be worth a shot.

Re:(In)famous Razer QA (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 3 years ago | (#35944506)

I'm not terribly enamored of Razor's ergonomics given how horrible the side-button design is on most of their gaming mice (requiring WAY too much pressure to generate a click, making those buttons useless for frequent use).

Then there are Razor's Linux drivers... oh wait, no there aren't. The only way to bind actions to the mouse buttons for their newer mice under Linux is to do so while running a Windows VM in VMware or VirtualBox and running Razor's configuration tool. And even then the tool allows for only a small number of actions to be bound, and they're almost all keyboard commands. It turns your mouse into a keyboard so you can bind actions like "Copy," "Volume Mute," etc. All I wanted was a mouse with multiple buttons that just passed those clicks on as if they were mouse buttons. But thanks to Razer's horrible design, that's just not possible.

Then there's the issue that my Razer Lachesis just starts to freak out after it's been connected to the computer for a few hours -- like it was "sticking" except there's no physical issue. For some time I worried that it was my new mouse pad that it was having trouble bouncing the beam off of, but the problem only existed if the computer had been on for some time and only with that mouse.

I went back to my years-old Logitech MouseMan. It's still a fantastic mouse, not something I can say for the $80 Razer Lachesis.

Euro price? (1)

Shemmie (909181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938564)

FTFA

The Razer Hydra will be available standalone or as part of a special edition Portal 2 Bundle that includes the Hydra system, that Portal 2 game and some Hydra-specific DLC. The Portal 2 Bundle will retail for US$139.99 and EUR139.99 – which seems a little unfair to European buyers

As a European gamer, that does sound tempting - except it should be around €100 ($140), not €140 ($200).

It is called virtual reality (3, Funny)

networkzombie (921324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35938970)

Motion controller? I want motionless controllers. I can frag 10 players with a slight wrist motion and even that is too much work. I want sensors connected to the back of my skull that let me tea-bag players without moving at all. I want to be suspended in a viscous fluid with my eyes closed fully submersed in virtual reality. I've played Wii tennis, and it's great and all, but real tennis is better. If I want to dance, dance revolution than I'm old enough and rich enough to go to a club in L.A., with a woman. One that smells nice. Need exercise? Go outside! When I game I need to be a cybernetic killing machine or a flying space monkey with a doomsday device. Waving my arms around in my living room is fucking stupid. I stopped playing portal 2 to post this rant. Let's see them do Portal 2 with a Kinect. Sorry, it won't work. The next games shouldn't even need you to open your eyes, because even that is too much. All the interaction should be in the game using virtual reality. That's why computers were invented. And porn.

Re:It is called virtual reality (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 3 years ago | (#35941932)

Let's see them do Portal 2 with a Kinect

Suddenly images of the WII mote meets tv screen fail videos came to mind, cept with the people hitting walls instead of jumping through a portal.

Kudos for the Firefly reference.

magnetic field eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35941118)

so what if i'm still using floppies ?

Re:magnetic field eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35942286)

Then you need to find a female

Wanting? Hardly. (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35941856)

"PC gamers have been left wanting."

The only thing I want is a mouse that doesn't agitate my wrist with prolonged use. Motion controls tend to agitate my wrist more so than conventional controllers.

Still a mouse for FPS (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 3 years ago | (#35941900)

I would still say a mouse should be the pointer of choice for any PC FPS fan. If I wanted to use this I'd buy a console. How about something similar to the PS3 gun for FPS? That would be cool.
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