Mad Catz's CES Product Extravaganza


Posted January 7, 2009 - By kijibe

Mad Catz has announced some new toys at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

First, you now have even more choices when it comes to plugging up your ears when you need free hands and you gotta talk to mom on your drive home.

Mad Catz has released its AirDrives FIT Interactive Earphones and AirDrives FIT Interactive Earphones for iPhone.

It uses a patent pendidng InAir Technology which allows you to listen to the tunes but still be aware when someone is creeping up behind you. There are no frames in their earphones. Instead there's a wire loop that fits around the ears that's adjustable. Great for when you have your Blublockers or bike helmet on.

The AirDrives FIT earphones also has an integrated microphone that let's your pause your music to take those important calls, too.

They're priced at $59.99 -- yeah, a bit steep just for a pair of darn earphones, but let's see if the sonic quality makes it worth the price.

Second item is their PC Cyborg X Flight Stick. Compatible with most flight simulators and air combat games, this new stick's handle can be adjusted to fit any gamer's hand. It's got a heavy duty trigger and check this out -- 11 programmable buttons. You can pull, gun, steer til the cow's moo for $49.99.

Lastly, Mad Catz has come out with a whole shabang of goods of StreetFighter IV accessories: FightStick; FightPad; and FightStick, Tournament Edition (these three are for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles only); Faceplate and Console Skinz (Xbox 360); Controller Faceplate and Console Skinz (PS3); and Wall Scroll.

The FightStick has dual-speed Turbo functionality with LED indicators. The Tournament version is made by the brilliant Yoshinori Ono (one of the best developers out there) with a Japanese style ball-handled joystick with 30mm Action Buttons -- this means it's the first time such features have been added to a commercial product outside Japan.

The Console Skinz are beauty enhancements, if you will. They go on you console as a backdrop. The Wall Scroll is just the same -- it's a vinyl scroll with official SFIV artwork.

That's a lot of extraneous stuff to buy to enhance your SFIV experience, but if you're a rabid fan, ain't no thang but a chicken wing, right?


Mad Catz's CES Product Extravaganza


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