Microsoft wishes gamers a mice day

Bored with fiddling about with Windows Vista, Microsoft has taken a break from software and rattled off a hat-trick of PC gaming peripherals.Its Intel

Bored with fiddling about with Windows Vista, Microsoft has taken a break from software and rattled off a hat-trick of PC gaming peripherals.

Its IntelliMouse Explorer, already a much-respected intellectual in gaming mouse circles, has been given an update. Version 3.0 promises to be even more accurate, tracking at 9,000 frames per second, and has nylon feet that apparently help it to glide across a mouse mat in ice skater fashion.

Security guards were apparently carrying Intellimice around in protective glass cases at the launch show, but it’s still not the most exclusive of the three. That accolade goes to the Habu mouse (pictured), which is an even more accurate laser mouse.

The good thing about this little chap is that you can adjust the speed between 400 and 2000 dpi (dots per inch) to suit your particular fragging style, and there are seven programmable buttons to make sure you don’t get picked off while trying to reload.

If you’re a PC and Xbox 360 gamer, though, the pick of the bunch is the new wireless controller for Windows. It’s got a 30-foot range, a built-in headset jack for online gaming and all the same shoulder buttons and thumb sticks as your standard 360 gamepad.

Best of all, it’ll work whether you’re playing Prey on your PC or having a Table Tennis session on your 360.

Essentials

Microsoft Intellimouse Version 3.0, Habu mouse, Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Price: £35, £TBA, £60

On sale: October, December, October

Contact: Microsoft

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