Hey, look at this Mad Catz Android Bluetooth controller. It looks really compact, if a little odd. But then that's Mad Catz for you.
I wonder what happens if I pull this thing and - oh, a full-sized console controller. That's kinda neat, even if the extended handles do look a little too much like scissor blades. What happens if I put this little plastic bracket on...
Huh. A phone clip too. I guess Mad Catz is going for a super-portable version of the MOGA controller and... wait, there's something else in the box.
A keyboard? Really? You guys are really reaching for that multifunction market, huh? And there's a microphone built into the controller, too? This thing feels a little loose. What's that big plate for AAAAGH
Jeez, Mad Catz, you can't spring things on a reporter like that! I'm pretty sure the security guards here at CES think this is some kind of weapon! What's the point of this?
Oh, a tablet stand. So you've got a portable controller, a full-sized controller, a phone clip, a mini-keyboard, a microphone, and an expanding tablet holder, all in one Transformer-like peripheral. And you say it works for PCs as well. Interesting.
And how much will you want for this thing when it launches in March?
Three hundred dollars? Really?
Let me introduce you to the folks over at Sony. I think you'd get along well.
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX:MCZ) announced today the shipping of the L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller, a radically different gamepad designed to offer uncompromised control and portability.
Designed for the passionate gamer who typically plays across multiple devices, the L.Y.N.X. 9 features a patent-pending design which allows it to fold into a compact footprint, fitting into a shirt pocket for travel without compromising on the classic console-style ergonomic feel gamers are accustomed to.
The L.Y.N.X. 9 design uniquely enables the controller to be assembled in a variety of different configurations to fit the gamers’ chosen device. Consisting of three primary components (Left Wing, Right Wing and Controller ‘Brain’), theL.Y.N.X. 9 can break apart and attach to the included tablet stand, transforming a tablet of up to seven inches into a portable games console! Configure as a standard controller and enjoy living room gaming on a compatible set-top box or PC or attach the mobile clip and dock your smart phone for console quality gaming on the go.
The L.Y.N.X. 9 is an ideal companion for Smart TVs and living room browsing. The included QWERTY Keyboard Module attaches simply to the underside of the L.Y.N.X. 9 and provides effortless on screen typing. At the top of the controller, the integrated Mouse Sensor Pad and media controls allow for all manner of traditional control and the L.Y.N.X. 9 even includes an integrated microphone allowing for voice search with compatible hardware and applications.
“We believe the L.Y.N.X. 9 represents a generational leap in mobile game controllers. Today, gaming is commonly format agnostic, with most of us playing games across a variety of platforms and locations. The L.Y.N.X. 9 is designed to offer a premium gaming experience in almost any situation. Traditionally a mobile controller meant that comfort had to be sacrificed, unsuitable for sustained play and complex software now being introduced to mobile. Thanks to the ingenious design of the L.Y.N.X. 9, Mad Catz has produced a truly portable controller that delivers a full size, uncompromised gaming experience,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The trend towards mobile gaming continues unabated and is set to explode further into 2015. We believe that a disruptive, high-quality product like the L.Y.N.X. 9 will enable us to further cement our reputation as leaders in mobile gaming and contribute significantly to sales in 2015.”
The L.Y.N.X. 9 is designed for precision performance, featuring hard-wearing metal and premium components, with action buttons rated to one million button presses. Owners of the L.Y.N.X. 9 are encouraged to download the free L.Y.N.X. app to their Android™ smart device. As well as providing gamers with a constantly updated list of compatible software, the app allows gamers to tune the sensitivity of the thumb sticks and triggers, creating a custom feel for their chosen software and ideal for FPS and action titles.
The L.Y.N.X. 9 will be debuting at CES Las Vegas 2015 and can be seen via appointment only at the Mad Catz suite, located at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, suite number: 12121. Mad Catz will also be unveiling the L.Y.N.X. 9 Controller at the ShowStoppers CES event, taking place the evening of January 6, 2015 at The Wynn, Las Vegas.
For additional information or to order your own L.Y.N.X. 9 please visit: http://store.madcatz.com/Mad-Catz-L-Y-N-X-9-Mobile-Controller-for-Android-Smartphones-Tablets-PC.html