Razer Hydra motion controller coming to PC

Darren Allan
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The Xbox has had Kinect and the PS3 got Move, now it’s the PC’s turn for some motion controller goodness it would seem.

The Razer Hydra is powered by Sixense technology, which provides “six degree-of-freedom magnetic motion tracking”. Yes, magnetic tracking – a base station emits a low power magnetic field which tracks the controller to a precision of 1mm and 1 degree for finely tuned control.

As well as this, the Razer Hydra pack comes with two controllers which boast an analogue stick and four “hyper-response” buttons, along with a rapid fire trigger. The controllers are wired rather than wireless, however.

The Hydra is apparently optimised for 125 popular PC games, including Left 4 Dead 2 and World of Goo. Razer plans to provide downloadable configurations for future titles, and the controller can be custom configured to work with any game, theoretically.

Bundled along with the pack is a copy of Portal 2, which the Hydra has been optimised for. And you get six bonus Portal 2 levels thrown in as well, with a launch price tag of 140 Euros (currently about £123) for the whole package.

Gabe Newell, President of Valve, commented: “The Razer Hydra is a significant step forward for the PC gaming industry because it not only affords an almost-physical experience for gamers, but also presents developers an opportunity to innovate and significantly push the boundaries on new forms of gameplay and entertainment.”

Pre-ordering goes live next month and the Hydra will start shipping in June.

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