Did you play Steel Battalion for the Xbox? Do you have fond memories of a hulking controller with tons of buttons? Well, so does Razer, apparently. because they’ve worked closely with Pirhanha Games to create a unique and awesome looking controller for the upcoming MechWarrior Online free to play title.
On display this year at E3 was a demo product that wasn’t functional, but was intended to garner support and gather feedback to help perfect the design for a release in the near future.
What we can see so far shows a Joystick with various different buttons, a screen in the middle that can be manipulated to show various different things (in the Mechwarrior Online game, this can be used for a map, your armor, your target’s armor, and more than likely your weapons), a small throttle, and keypad. The keypad and joystick have integrated functionality, meaning that buttons pressed on the keypad can edit the assigned buttons on the joystick, allowing you to have a massive amount of hotkeys with just a few button presses.
There’s no word on whether it will be a modular system so that left-handed players can switch the joystick to the other side. Knowing Razer’s build quality, it will likely be made of pretty high-grade material, which will also likely send the price up, likely in line with the cost of their mechanical keyboards.
Do you think Razer has taken a unique approach in offering specialized peripherals, or is this something that is just a waste of desk space? Let us know in the comments below!