Microsoft on Top of Its Game With Launch of Exciting New Gaming Peripherals

Company boosts gaming offerings with top-of-the-line gaming mice and

wireless controller.

Aug 23, 2006, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    LEIPZIG, Germany, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the Games
 Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Corp. unveiled several new
 products to enhance its gaming line -- the Microsoft(R) IntelliMouse(R)
 Explorer 3.0, Xbox 360(TM) Wireless Controller for Windows(R) and Habu(TM)
 mouse in alliance with Razer USA Ltd. Guided by consumer feedback, these
 new products address specific gamer demands and demonstrate Microsoft
 Hardware's increased focus on the PC gaming market.
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     Back by popular demand, the original IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 offers
 gamers award-winning industrial design, unmatched optical tracking
 performance and superior comfort. The Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for
 Windows delivers a next-generation gaming experience on the PC and Xbox
 360. Also announced today, Habu provides adjustable side buttons and up to
 2000 DPI laser tracking in a comfortable design.
     Extreme Makeover: Mouse Edition
     Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, built on the original
 IntelliMouse Explorer design, delivers maximum precision and superior
 control for gameplay on the PC. Its ergonomic design and wide footprint
 provide outstanding comfort and stability, and extraordinary tracking
 accuracy delivers superior reliability and performance, making this mouse
 ideal for gaming. With its new look and feel, IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
 still has all the great features that gamers have been demanding and now
 includes improved mouse feet for smoother gliding.
     "We are reintroducing IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 in response to the
 demand from PC gamers worldwide," said Bill Jukes, product marketing
 manager for Microsoft Hardware. "People were literally carrying around
 their IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0s in protective glass cases, and rightly so
 -- there isn't a mouse on the market that can beat this design for
 comfortable play and precision for low-sensitivity first-person shooter
     Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 offers these advanced features for
 the ultimate gaming experience:
     -- 9,000 frames per second provides unmatched frame-rate performance for
        superior tracking accuracy.
     -- Precision Booster enables gamers to switch between default and
        precision mode for enhanced control.
     -- Gaming Toggle lets gamers easily switch between favorite weapons or
        program frequently used action sequences -- all with the touch of a
     -- Scroll wheel with detents results in amazingly accurate in-game weapons
        changing and scrolling.
     Cross-Platform Control
     The new controller, a wireless version of the successful Xbox 360
 Controller for Windows, delivers a consistent next-generation gaming
 experience across the PC and Xbox 360. Designed by the Xbox 360 gaming
 team, the controller features the following:
     -- 2.4 GHz wireless technology with up to a 30-foot range
     -- Adjustable vibration feedback for longer battery life
     -- Precise thumb sticks
     -- Two pressure-point triggers
     -- Eight-way direction pad for enhanced PC gaming
     -- Integrated headset jack for PC headsets
     The new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows is a superior wireless
 gaming controller that works with Windows XP-based PCs and the Xbox 360
 system to deliver a consistent entertainment experience across Microsoft's
 gaming platforms.
     Razer Alliance
     Also announced today by Microsoft is its exciting new alliance with
 Razer, resulting in a co-developed gaming mouse, Habu. The new gaming mouse
 brings together cutting-edge innovation and comfort from Microsoft Hardware
 and best- in-class gaming accessory technology from Razer.
     Pricing and Availability
     The products announced today will be widely available for the following
 estimated retail prices*:
     -- IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0: $39.95 (available October 2006)
     -- Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows: $59.95 (available December
     -- Habu: $69.95 (available October 2006)
     About Microsoft Hardware
     For more than two decades, 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's IntelliMouse 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.
     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.
     * Prices are U.S. estimated retail prices. Actual prices may vary.
     Microsoft, IntelliMouse, Xbox 360, Windows and Habu are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
 and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.

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