Microsoft released two new USB-compatible controllers at the E3 electronics trade show in Los Angeles recently. The upgraded SideWinder Game Pad Pro and the new SideWinder Dual Strike controller combine both keyboard and mouse functions.
They are Microsoft's first controllers designed specifically for 3D first-person "shooter" games such as Quake, Doom, or Tomb Raider. The controllers feature a rotating pod to facilitate the 360-degree range of movement shooters use. The Dual Strike also has six action buttons, two triggers, and one shift button that you can customise to trigger as many as 16 keyboard commands.
The SideWinder Game Pad Pro is a USB upgrade to its popular 1996 Game Pad controller with both proportional and digital control in the same directional pad.
Microsoft also promoted its new IntelliMouse Explorer at the E3 show, which uses optical sensors rather than the traditional mouse ball.
All three devices are scheduled to hit Australian shores in September with no local pricing information available as yet.