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Microsoft Unveils New Gaming Hardware with Enhanced Functionalities

8 September, 2005 | Archived Post
New Game Precision Series gives gamers a winning edge with new gaming peripheralsSydney, Australia, 08 September, 2005

Press Release:
Microsoft Australia today unveiled its first wired laser mouse, outfitted with enhanced gaming performance features as part of its new Game Precision Series. Delivering great performance and control, Microsoft® Laser Mouse 6000 is sure to give every gamer an edge when battling on the PC. Joining Microsoft's new Game Precision Series, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system Controller for Windows® is equipped with smart features for enhanced PC gaming performance and greater navigational control.

“We heard from gamers that they wanted a mouse designed specifically for their PC gaming needs, equipped with features and functionality that will optimise their gameplay,” said Jeremy Hinton, Hardware Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Australia. “We are now excited to say that we have answered that request with a perfect PC gaming solution: Laser Mouse 6000. Equipped with a thin, flexible cord for the feeling of wireless, gaming-specific software features, advanced laser technology and more, Laser Mouse 6000 will take gaming to a whole new level.”

Point, Click, Shoot
Microsoft's first wired laser mouse delivers greater precision and increased control for work and play on the PC. Its ergonomic design provides outstanding comfort, and the advanced laser technology delivers enhanced accuracy and performance, making this mouse ideal for everyday use on a desktop.

Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 has advanced software features that include a Precision Booster, enabling users to shift between ultrafast speed and precision control for targeting, and a Gaming Toggle that lets users easily switch between favorite weapons or program frequently used action sequences ? all with the touch of a button.

The thin, flexible cord is great for agility and movement ? the closest feeling to wireless while still having a wire. The scroll wheel with detents is great for desktop navigation and gaming, for amazingly accurate in-game weapons changing and scrolling. In addition, productivity-boosting features including a new Magnifier tool, for real-time enlargement and editing, deliver maximum efficiency on the PC.

Consistent Game Control
Joining the Game Precision Series is the new Xbox 360™ Controller for Windows®, a wired gaming controller that works with Windows XP-based PCs and the new Xbox 360 system to deliver a consistent gaming entertainment experience across Microsoft's gaming platforms.

Xbox 360 Controller for Windows works with most Windows XP-based PCs and Xbox 360, delivering a consistent and universal gaming experience across both of Microsoft's gaming systems and eliminating the hassle of learning a new controller layout.

Built on the acclaimed design of the Xbox® Controller S, the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows delivers the precision, comfort and control that will set the standard for next-generation game controllers. The high quality controller features two vibration feedback motors, improved ergonomic design, new left and right shoulder buttons and up to 25 percent higher resolution with analog to digital converter (ADC) compared with the original Xbox controller; enhanced precision and accuracy in both thumb sticks. 

Pricing and Availability
The Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 will be widely available by November 2005 and the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows will be widely available by December 2005 through Microsoft reseller partners. Recommended retail prices*:

Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 - $79.95
Xbox 360 Controller for Windows - $59.95

*Prices are Australian recommended retail prices. Actual prices may vary.

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For further information:
Anne Flanagan
Howorth Communications 
Ph: 02 8281 3802 or 0405 082 603

Stephen Rodi
Howorth Communications                            
Ph: 02 8281 3828 or 0416 008 500                              
For online reviewers guide visit:
Visit the Microsoft Australia Hardware Web site at /australia/mouseandkeyboard/


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