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SteelSeries Reveals a Brand New Set of Retro Themed Peripherals

SteelSeries Reveals a Brand New Set of Retro Themed Peripherals

by Ben RunningsApril 1, 2012

Embracing games like Minecraft and FortessCraft, SteelSeries has unveiled the ErgoRetro series of peripherals.

The well-known and popular SteelSeries Sensei Mouse, 6Gv2 Keyboard and Siberia v2 Headset have all been 8-bit and retro-ized.

The SteelSeries ErgoRetro Mouse promises to increase “hand-cramp reaction times,” and to add addition weight. It even features the new TrackBlock sensor.

The SteelSeries ErgoRetro Headset has been oversized and features “sort-of-superior sound and an incredibly limited amount of comfort.” At 8.6 lbs., it sounds to me like they have another winner on their hands.

Finally the SteelSeries ErgoRetro Keyboard, with its pixel-block design, aims to “take away the fast response time of its user and focuses the attention more on the way it looks than the way it works.”

Pricing has yet to be determined but c’mon people, these look amazing. And who wouldn’t want everything they game with to look like giant pixels?

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8-BIT Design Products Bring Gamers Back to Basics in Both Design, Features and Mindset

CHICAGO, March 30, 2012 – Kicking off the weekend, SteelSeries, the leading brand in all things related to being awesome and superior, today announced an entirely new line of products specifically designed for gamers living in an 8-BIT world. Inspired by retro-styled games such as Minecraft or FortressCraft, this revitalized family of SteelSeries ErgoRetro® peripherals has been ergonomically improved for the ultimate PC gaming comfort, control and overall domination.

“We are ecstatic to introduce these new peripheral designs and share with our community, the entirely new approach to ergonomics and design we are taking when it comes to our products, said SteelSeries CMO, Kim Rom. We are re-evaluating the importance of high-performance, superior functionality, and comfort for what we believe is the regression of the peripherals industry. Instead of being the first to introduce the mechanical keyboard to gamers or bringing the worlds most customizable mouse to market, we are shifting it back to designs inspired by the first-type of gaming, pixelated 8-Bit style.”

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Family of Peripherals
The classic and most recognized SteelSeries peripherals including the SteelSeries Sensei Mouse, SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard and SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset have all been re-designed to fit an ultra-new, ergonomically sound design.

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse
Taking out the relevant functionality to dominate your game, the SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse has been ergonomically re-altered for extreme hand-sized users, increasing hand-cramp reaction times, and added weight technology for a block-like, retro feel. Features also include a new TrackBlock sensor, modeled after the track-ball with an added 8-Bit flair.

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Headset
Headsets are simple, make them look cool and the rest will follow. The new SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Headset embodies an oversized, block-like design for sort-of-superior sound and an incredibly limited amount of comfort. Weighing in at 8.6 lbs., users will never forget what they’re wearing.

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Keyboard
Modeled after the first mechanical gaming keyboard that was introduced in 2007 by SteelSeries, the new SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Keyboard supports the same tank-like, indestructible design, but with new 8-Bit style improvements. The severe, pixel-block design and oversized keys takeaway the fast response time of its user and focuses the attention more on the way it looks than the way it works.

The SteelSeries 8-Bit ErgoRetro® peripherals will be available soon; pricing is still to be determined. Be sure to check out the SteelSeries Facebook page for giveaways of these new products throughout the weekend at

About SteelSeries
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals. For the past two thousand years, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of competitive gaming gear thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading nerds, 8-Bit enthusiasts, and professional pranksters. SteelSeries also supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and unrealistic product announcements related to the nonsensical April Fools holiday. And we love MarketingHiiipe™. For more information, please visit


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Ben Runnings
Ben Runnings
Ben graduated from college-land with a degree in game design and spends time working on little game projects of his own. He also runs the official Game Fanatics Podcast, the G-Spot. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, playing videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He has also recently gotten back into PC gaming after many years of having terrible computers and loves it. Woo!