San Diego, June 15. 2010
Mad Catz ® Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or“the Company”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider today announced a full range of licensed Call of Duty ® : Black Ops TM accessories for Microsoft ® Xbox 360 ® , PlayStation ® 3 and Nintendo ® Wii TM video game systems and the PC, which are expected to ship world-wide alongside the release of one of the year’s most anticipated games in November 2010.
Products expected to ship as part of the range include:
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops PrecisionAIM Controller– Xbox 360 *>
Armed with a host of features designed to enhance the in-game experience, the Call of Duty: Black Ops PrecisionAIM Controller features‘military inspired’ Rubber Grips and soft-touch finish, ideal for extended gaming sessions. Two newly updated Combat Buttons located on the rear of the controller allow gamers to enter‘Precision Aim’ mode, slowing down feedback from the Analog ThumbStick and allowing gamers to obtain the perfect shot during heated play. In addition, gamers can use the Combat Buttons to re-map Action Button or ThumbStick commands, empowering players to shift melee or sprint to the rear buttons in order to maintain full motion control of the analog sticks. Immersive Backlighting bathes the Analog ThumbSticks in a red glow, enhancing in-game atmosphere while Dual Vibration Feedback allows the gamer to experience every shot and explosion. Available in dual‘Stealth’ or‘Tiger’ designs and complete with fully braided connection cable providing a robust and latency free connection with the console.
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops Wireless PrecisionAIM Controller– PlayStation 3 *>
The Black Ops Wireless PrecisionAIM Controller utilizes a secure 2.4 GHz wireless link to connect with the console for accurate wire-free action. Similar in features to the Xbox 360 Combat Controller, the PlayStation 3 variant features a built-in Rechargeable Battery that allows for charging directly from the console’s USB port and provides up to 60 hours of game play from a single charge.‘Military inspired’ Rubber Grips and soft-touch finish feature along with the unique Combat Buttons allowing gamers to enter Precision Aim mode or re-map Action Button and ThumbStick commands. Immersive Backlighting bathes the Analog ThumbSticks in a red glow for enhanced in-game atmosphere and the Wireless PrecisionAIM Controller for PlayStation 3 is again available in dual‘Stealth’ or‘Tiger’ designs.
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops Controller Pack– Nintendo Wii *>
Ideal for complete Wii gaming, the Black Ops Controller Pack features all you need for authentic Call of Duty action. Compatible with all official Remote and Nunchuck devices, the Black Ops Controller Pack features separate‘Wii Remote’ and‘Wii Nunchuck’ style controllers, both of which fashioned in authentic Black Ops‘Stealth’ design graphics. Comes complete with Black Ops Rubber Gripz and collectable lanyard.
• Call of Duty: Black Ops OptiCOM ProGaming Glasses– Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3
Powered by GUNNAR Optiks i-AMP ® lens technology, the OptiCOM ProGaming Glasses integrate performance optics with a high quality chat headset to create a unique gaming experience. GUNNAR’s specialized lens technology increases contrast and enhances detail, delivering greater visual fidelity and improved focus. Attaching to the temple of the glasses, the OptiCOM voice communicator provides clear two-way communication when playing online. PlayStation 3 owners connect directly to their console via Bluetooth ® and Xbox 360 owners simply plug their voice communicator headset directly into the game controller’s Xbox LIVE TM port. The unique design allows gamers to choose to use their ProGaming Glasses and voice communicator headset independently should they wish. (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 OptiCOM ProGaming Glasses sold separately).
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops Controller Faceplates– Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 *>
Depicting official artwork from Black Ops, the highly collectible Controller Faceplate allows gamers to customize their official Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers in style. Highly durable and featuring a high-gloss finish, the safe and removable Controller Faceplate attaches in seconds to the official controller and features authentic artwork to support the game (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Controller Faceplate sold separately).
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Inductive Charger– Nintendo Wii *>
Utilizing innovative electromagnetic induction technology, the Black Ops Stealth Inductive Charger comes complete with two rechargeable battery packs which fit both official and Mad Catz Wii Remote’s to provide up to 15 hours of gaming between charges. Rapid and safe recharging of up to two Wii Remote’s is carried out simply by placing the Remote on the Inductive Charging Unit with no need to remove the battery pack, silicon skin or Wii MotionPlus TM device before charging. NiMH rechargeable battery packs feature‘Sync Button’ pass-thru allowing gamers to sync their remote without the need to remove battery pack and the Inductive Charging Unit features a high quality 3D lenticular design depicting official artwork directly from the game.
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops PrecisionAIM Mouse&USB Dog Tag Bundle– PC *>
Powered by Mad Catz Cyborg ® R.A.T. technology, the Black Ops PrecisionAIM Mouse features a new generation“twin eye” 5600DPI gaming grade laser sensor that reads each axis separately for pinpoint accuracy. Highly ergonomic and adjustable for sustained gaming, the Black Ops PrecisionAIM Mouse features interchangeable palm rests allowing for comfort and bespoke feel. Gamers can program four DPI settings which can be instantly recalled via an integrated toggle switch, affording the option to strategically switch DPI settings mid game, programmable all the way up to 5600DPI. Precision Aim button allows gamers to temporarily slow down cursor movement and reduce sensitivity on the fly, or alternatively, can be re-programmed to imitate any keyboard stroke or mouse button operation. 5 programmable buttons combined with a 3-position mode switch allows for a total of up to 15 user definable commands to be available to the gamer at any one time. Fashioned in unique‘Tiger’ camouflage design, the Black Ops PrecisionAIM Mouse also ships with a highly collectible Call of Duty USB Dog Tag which conceals a fully working 2GB USB Flash Drive, containing bespoke Black Ops profiles for the PrecisionAIM Mouse. The Black Ops PrecisionAIM Mouse&USB Dog Tag Bundle is compatible with Windows TM 7, Vista TM and XP TM .
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Gaming Surface– PC *>
Powered by Mad Catz Cyborg technology, the Black Ops Stealth Gaming Surface features a high density, low profile design which provides exceptionally detailed and accurate mouse feedback for the serious gamer. Tactile silicone material securely adheres to the desk for rock-solid stability even during heated combat. Low friction design allows for effortless arm and mouse movements while the ultra smooth 11.5” by 15.5” surface texture allows for precise tracking with laser or optical mice.
- <*> Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Controller– PC *>
For those who enjoy gaming on their PC but prefer the feel of a gamepad over a keyboard and mouse, the Black Ops Stealth Controller provides a comfortable and highly ergonomic method of play. Featuring full analog control and‘military inspired’ Rubber Grips, the Black Ops Stealth Controller features‘plug-and-play’ operation, using native Windows ® drivers to ensure maximum compatibility with Call of Duty: Black Ops software. Fashioned with authentic game artwork and complete with a complement of four Action Buttons and four Trigger Buttons as well as a stable eight-way D-Pad, the Black Ops Stealth Controller is pre-programmed for Black Ops controls though also ships with software allowing gamers to customize their button commands and configurations. The Black Ops Stealth Controller is compatible with Windows TM 7, Vista TM and XP TM .
Alongside the accessories listed above, Mad Catz expect to ship two all-new TRITTON powered Call of Duty: Black Ops Pro-Gaming Headsets, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game systems and for PC. Promising a feature rich specification and a multitude of class-leading features, the Pro-Gaming Headsets are expected to set a new benchmark in gaming audio headsets, with further information to be disclosed in due course.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented,“We are excited to build on our relationship with Activision through the announcement of this new range of licensed accessories. This year we are showcasing our R.A.T. gaming mice and TRITTON professional gaming audio headset technologies. By integrating them into Call of Duty: Black Ops licensed accessories range, we can provide premium gaming products to both the Call of Duty fan and the dedicated gamer. Our range blends leading technology and gamer focused products to produce a highly exciting proposition for gamers everywhere.”
For further information please contact:
Alex Verrey: Global PR&Communications Manager
t. +44 (0) 1908 336 538
Michael Greco: Vice President of Marketing
Stewart Halpern: Chief Financial Officer
t. +1-619-321 3550
Joseph Jaffoni, Norberto Aja and Jim Leahy
Jaffoni and Collins Incorporated
About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a leading global provider of innovative products for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz develops and markets accessories for videogame systems and PCs under its Mad Catz (casual gaming), Saitek (simulation), Cyborg (pro gaming), Eclipse (home and office) and Tritton (gaming audio) brands. Mad Catz also operates e-commerce and content websites for videogame and PC products under its GameShark brand, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary earphones under its AirDrives brand, and publishes and distributes video/PC games. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com, as well as www.store.gameshark.com, www.saitek.com, www.cyborggaming.com, www.eclipsetouch.com, www.trittontechnologies.com, www.gameshark.com and www.airdrives.com.
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