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Since the dawn of mobile gaming, there have been numerous requests from traditional PC gamers for gaming keyboard support in Android. After all, an FPS is just more fun when you use WASD, right? Alas, this just isn't a thing – we live in a land of touch controls and Bluetooth gaming controllers. And SHIELD.

Mad Catz, maker of all sorts of cheapish gaming accessories (and upcoming Android-powered gaming console M.O.J.O.) is looking to change the landscape and make PC gamers feel right at home with its newest announcement: say hello to S.T.R.I.K.E., an NFC-equipped Bluetooth gaming keyboard designed specifically for Android. This is the newest member of a line of mobile gaming accessories that Mad Catz is calling GameSmart.

Keeping in line with the company's love for acronyms, S.T.R.I.K.E. "features micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys for crisp actuation with tactile click response and an Optical Finger Navigation Mouse Sensor with dedicated mouse buttons." Sounds I.N.T.E.N.S.E.

According to the press release, S.T.R.I.K.E. will have "striking aesthetics" (womp womp womp), though we can't say whether or not we agree because images of the keyboard are nowhere to be found. All we know is that it will come in gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red. Shiny. We've reached out to Mad Catz and requested images, and will update when/if we hear something back.

Update: Images!

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Unfortunately, images aren't the only thing missing from this PR, either – there's nary a word on pricing, and availability is left at a rather ambiguous "in time for Holiday 2013."

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX:MCZ) announced today the S.T.R.I.K.E.M Mobile Keyboard. Expected to ship in time for Holiday 2013, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M features a tablet sized footprint, ideal for mobile use and designed to interface with a wide variety of platforms and smart devices including the Company’s forthcoming M.O.J.O.Micro-Console™ for Android™.

Part of the Company’s range of GameSmart mobile products, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M features NFC technology allowing gamers to connect the keyboard simply by tapping it to a compatible device. For products without NFC compatibility, integrated Bluetooth allows for use with a wide variety of hardware including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

“The S.T.R.I.K.E. range has proven to resonate with passionate gamers, and we are excited to extend the brand into mobile gaming with a technically advanced product, which combines impressive features with striking aesthetics,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "We believe the S.T.R.I.K.E.M fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers across all gaming platforms."

The S.T.R.I.K.E.M features micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys for crisp actuation with a tactile click response and an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) Mouse Sensor with dedicated mouse buttons. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M features illuminated backlighting for use in darkened environments, dedicated media buttons with volume scroll wheel and on board memory used for storing multiple macro commands.

The S.T.R.I.K.E.M will be available in gloss black, gloss white and gloss red.

Additional information available at: www.madcatz.com.pressroom/

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Justin

    Did they typo the URL in their own PR?

    Fixed: http://www.madcatz.com/pressroom/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, they did. The images weren't there at the time the post went up, or at least when we started writing, they went up later, I definitely checked.

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    Picture here

  • mikegonzalez2k

    There needs to be a way to pair multiple bluetooth devices simultaneously. That way this keyboard and a mouse could be used to game just like a PC

    • Javon

      Use otg cable for wireless mouse with dongle then use this keyboard. that's what I am going to do.

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Looks like a 1980s-era keytar. In other words: well done, MadCatz!

  • Matthew Fry

    Sure looks pretty for a bluetooth keyboard. Unfortunately, Androiders are utilitarians.

  • Justin W

    Looks awesome, but how will it work with standard games? I'm interested in seeing some higher-powered games on Android (Steam for Linux compatibility, anyone?). I would love me some Dota2 or CSGO, screen-mirrored via HDMI or SlimPort, etc. for easy gaming on the go.

  • Josh Shaw

    Am I missing something? Why is this cool?

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    If Mojo can do PC gaming streaming at 1080p like the shield, then having an additional mouse/keyboard in the living room is actually quite appealing. Especially since the keyboard would be tailored to the OS. They should also find a simple way (without numerous apps/server apps) to use the phone keyboard / touch as input for the Mojo...

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    That doesn't look portable that's for sure.

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      I don't think it's supposed to be, I believe the idea is that it's an easy input method for your Microconsole, ouya/android-stick and obviously MOJO

  • Cherokee4Life

    I want one for my PC...

  • Falconator

    So when will someone make a controller that will connect via bluetooth and doesn't require rooting your device? I think that would be the million dollar idea! /endsarcasm

  • Quest Graves

    Why would you label MadCatz as "cheapish"? I am just wondering. I don't know much about their line of products but I am an Avid PC builder/gamer and use their R.A.T. 7 mouse. It's the best mouse I've used period. Maximum PC gave it a Kick Ass award. It was not cheap (relatively) price wise either.

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