Razer Brings Motion Controls to the PC

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It may be a little late to the game, but the PC is finally jumping on the motion control bandwagon.

Razer HydraThe Razer Hydra, a motion controller for the PC that looks to bring a new dimension of gameplay to the platform, is now scheduled to be released sometime in June with preorders starting in May.

The Hydra — the first product of the partnership between Razer and Sixense that was announced back in January at CES — is actually a pair of controllers; one for each hand and each equipped with an analog stick, four command buttons, a trigger, and a bumper. The controllers provide six degree-of-freedom motion tracking by interacting with the included base station. The base emits a low-power magnetic field and serves as a high-precision sensor that offers 1 mm and 1 degree tracking, but in what appears to be an attempt to maximize that precision and response time, the Hydra is a wired controller.

At the time of launch, the Hydra will be compatible with over 125 PC titles. Though the full list of games has yet to be disclosed, Razer has said that the Hydra will work with many popular titles, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bulletstorm, Portal 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. Compatibility will be restricted to Windows operating systems, however, so Mac users are going to have to sit this one out.

When the Hydra goes on sale in June, it will available for purchase in a bundle with a special edition of Valve’s Portal 2, featuring extra content designed specifically to take advantage of the motion controls. While it has been confirmed that the bundle will cost $140, the price for the peripheral by itself is currently unknown.

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