Microsoft Hardware's Got Game: SideWinder Line is Back With a Mouse That Defines Customized Gaming Control

SideWinder Mouse is group's first gaming mouse built in-house from the

ground up.

Aug 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    LEIPZIG, Germany, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the Games
 Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Hardware debuts the revival of
 its SideWinder(TM) line with its first gaming mouse built from the ground
 up -- a product that transcends the mouse category to become a customizable
 gaming system.
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     The Microsoft(R) SideWinder Mouse was created to meets gamers'
 individual needs, providing custom tuning tools and a design for ultimate
 handling. The first mouse to wear the coveted SideWinder name, this
 top-of-the-line gaming machine sets itself apart from the competition with
 never-before-seen features that gamers want, uncovered during worldwide
 research. Features include one-touch access to Windows Vista(R) Games
 Explorer, Quick Turn -- a performance-enhancing macro that lets users check
 their perimeter from wherever they are in-game -- the first-ever LCD on a
 gaming mouse, and a cable anchor that doubles as an accessories storage
     "We're taking gaming mice to a new level with a mouse created in direct
 response to gamer feedback from all over the world; it offers superior
 customization and performance handling," said Bill Jukes, product marketing
 manager for Microsoft Hardware. "We found that gamers are a lot like
 performance car enthusiasts. They like to tweak and tune their mouse to get
 it just right, and today we are giving them the tools to create a
 personalized experience that lets them focus on what's important: being at
 the top of their game."
     The SideWinder Mouse marks the return of the popular SideWinder line of
 gaming peripherals, established in 1995 and known for its top-notch PC
 gaming peripherals, including game pads, joysticks and steering wheels. The
 SideWinder Mouse adds to the line of PC gaming products and reinforces
 Microsoft Corp.'s continued commitment to PC gamers.
     Nearly 5,000 Mice in One
     The SideWinder Mouse lets gamers create an individual gaming system
 with tuning options that allow them to personalize their SideWinder Mouse,
 including an adjustable weight tray, changeable mice feet with three
 materials for glide preference, DPI control and new software features. The
 SideWinder Mouse lets gamers record their own macros by tying a sequence of
 actions into one press of a button. With all the features in this new
 mouse, gamers can transform their mouse into nearly 5,000 different mice
 from a single system.
     These new features allow gamers to do the following:
     --  Turn on a dime. The new Quick Turn feature -- a performance-enhancing
         macro -- is built right into the software and lets users check their
         perimeter at any angle from wherever they are in the game with the
         click of a button.
     --  Choose the perfect weight. The SideWinder Mouse has a weight cartridge
         system and comes with four weights (up to 30 grams) so gamers can
         customize the weight of the mouse to their preference.
     --  Choose from three sets of feet to match gameplay preference. The
         SideWinder Mouse ships with three sets of feet, offering varied levels
         of glide depending on personal preference and the surface used.
     --  Instantly switch between DPI settings. A 2,000-DPI laser engine
         delivers super-fast response time, and three DPI switches behind the
         scroll wheel allow gamers to toggle between low-, medium- and
         high-sensitivity settings -- in-game, at any time.
     The First Gaming Mouse System
     The SideWinder Mouse is more than a gaming mouse -- it's a gaming
 system. To complement the customizable options, this mouse has the
 following three innovative features to make it the ultimate gaming package:
     --  LCD. With the first LCD on a gaming mouse, gamers can easily keep
         track of key gaming actions -- including their DPI and steps for
         recording macros -- without being distracted from the game.
     --  Cable management system. The unique cable management system offers the
         feel of a wireless mouse with the connection speed of a wired mouse by
         holding the extra cable and preventing it from getting caught on other
         items on the desk. The cable management system doubles as a storage
         compartment for extra weights and feet.
     --  Quick-Launch. The new Quick-Launch button demonstrates the exceptional
         way in which Microsoft ties hardware and software together. When the
         Quick-Launch button is pressed from within Windows Vista, it will
         bring up the Windows Vista Games Explorer so gamers can instantly see
         the games available in their PC's game library.
     "Great games on Windows(R) deserve great controllers, and the new
 Sidewinder Mouse delivers," said Kevin Unangst, director of Games for
 Windows at Microsoft. "The SideWinder Mouse is an ideal companion for every
 game, from your favorite PC classics to the upcoming releases 'Crysis,'
 'Hellgate: London,' 'World in Conflict' and more."
     Designed for Performance Handling
     The SideWinder Mouse also features a unique design with key ergonomic
 elements designed to allow gamers hours of comfortable play. Features
 include the following:
     --  Two vertical side buttons. This side placement allows gamers to feel
         exactly which button they're pressing, thereby reducing the risk of
         executing the wrong command midgame.
     --  A wide, detented metal scroll wheel. The wheel design helps gamers
         feel each movement as they scroll, and the wide metal finish adds
         elegance and control to the mouse.
     --  Balanced weight. Designed for quick, balanced, comfortable precision
         gaming action and painted black with a crimson-red stripe, the
         SideWinder Mouse has gamers in mind from top to bottom.
     Pricing and Availability
     Microsoft SideWinder Mouse will be widely available in October 2007 for
 an estimated retail price of $79.95 (U.S.).* The SideWinder Mouse is now
 available for special pre-sale on and will ship in October when
 the product is widely released. More information about the Microsoft
 SideWinder Mouse can be found on and
     About Microsoft Hardware
     For 25 years, the Hardware group has employed innovative engineering,
 cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create
 products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software
 experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC.
 Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial
 design, and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier,
 more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience. Microsoft
 IntelliMouse(R) Explorer, which was launched in 1999, earned a place on's December 2005 list of "The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50
 Years" as the first mainstream optical mouse that "brought gunk-free
 pointing devices" to a broad consumer base. More information about the
 Hardware group is available at
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
     * Price is U.S. estimated retail price. Actual retail price may vary.

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