Today Microsoft announced their new wireless gaming mouse, the SideWinder X8. Most gaming mice that you find on the market are wired, since wireless technology often adds an additional avenue through which lag can be introduced.
The SideWinder X8 features Microsoft’s new BlueTrack technology, what they consider to be the next step beyond laser optics in optical mice; it mixes this the more traditional 2.4GHz wireless standard to avoid the lag you sometimes get with BlueTooth mice. Interestingly, the new SideWinder also integrates an LCD to show users current DPI settings and macro icons. The mouse can switch from a 250dpi to 4000dpi resolution setting with one click.
Microsoft’s new wireless gaming mouse is a veritable cornucopia of customization with five main programmable buttons, left and right tilt, dpi switching and macro recording. Incredibly, the mouse will even allow macros to be recorded in game, which actually makes a macro feature useful. Like with current gaming mice, Microsoft is including three different styles of glide pads for the X8, allowing users to choose a specific pad to get the right degree of friction.
The SideWinder X8 is expected to sell for $99.95, but unfortunately won’t be available until February. Pre-orders are available now, however, through Amazon.com.
Amazon pre-order page
Microsoft press site for the SideWinder X8