Gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz is doing a Lazarus

Cesar Mills
January 6, 2018

Go back in time, and we're talking nearly 20 years now, and any new console release happened alongside a string of Mad Catz branded peripherals. These products include new iterations of their R.A.T. mice, S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards, F.R.E.Q. gaming headsets and G.L.I.D.E. gaming surfaces; all of which will be getting showcased at CES 2018.

In March 2017, gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz declared bankruptcy. Audio specs pan out to a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range, 32 ohm impedance and 110 dB sensitivity and Mad Catz has ditched the 3.5 mm audio jack in favor of USB connection.

Though there is no mention of fightsticks or gamepads in that lineup, it appears that Mad Catz is generally continuing where it left off, promising that it "will focus first on quality, committed to producing innovative gaming products, designed and engineered in-house to stand out amongst the competition and deliver superlative performance for gamers of all abilities". The device has a wireless power system, drawing power via a wireless activation gaming surface instead of a battery pack. What is less certain is how this new incarnation of Mad Catz will fare.

Gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz is doing a Lazarus

More details regarding these new peripherals will be unveiled by the company at CES 2018, which runs from January 9 through 12.

Some of the other products are the Strike 4 gaming keyboard-which has a mechanical key bed, RBG lighting, and an aluminum frame-and the Freq 4 gaming headset, which uses 40mm neodymium drivers. However, the products will be the start of a more humble version of the company that went bankrupt. Mad Catz is also making earbuds that are equipped with a boom mic, as well as the dangerous-looking Rat Pro X3 that features a swappable thumb rest, palm rest, pinkie rest, scroll wheel, and more.

Speaking about the return, Mad Catz' Selena Chang explained that the company firmly believes that its "best days lie ahead".

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