ORLANDO, Fla. - September 24, 2008
Blue Orb, Inc., creators of the intuitive SwitchBlade™ application that allows gamers to play PC games with a console controller, today unveiled their newest product, SwitchBlade™ PRO. SwitchBlade PRO has all the PC game play muscle of the original SwitchBlade, plus powerful new features including support for PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS controllers, pre-configured game“Blades” for more than 20 popular games, and the new BladeBuilder TM tool that allows gamers to build and share their own customized game support Blades. Additionally, SwitchBlade PRO introduces the new Texter™ system that let’s gamers send text messages right from their game controllers.
In addition to the debut of SIXAXIS support, SwitchBlade PRO features the patented and unique Texter™ technology for messaging and chatting in games using only the controller. Natural thumb button movements produce all the characters and numbers needed for easy convenient messaging from the user’s controller, with stored phrases and full configuration provided through SwitchBlade PRO’s configuration menus. Fully animated onscreen tools guide the user through typing messages, displaying commonly-used phrases and providing the ability to text in other Windows applications.
“After receiving feedback from many of the more than 100,000 people who have downloaded SwitchBlade, we’ve implemented what they’ve liked best, and added the new features they wanted. SwitchBlade PRO is the result,” commented Peter McAlindon, PhD., president and CEO of Blue Orb.“SwitchBlade PRO users will continue to experience a growing assortment of supported games—with Blades developed both by Blue Orb game experts and players using the great new BladeBuilder tool.”
SwitchBlade PRO is intuitive, easy to use software that brings the fully configured controller experience to the most popular PC games, including World of Warcraft®, Guild Wars®, Half-Life® 2, Call of Duty® 4, Age of Conan® and now Warhammer® Online: Age of ReckoningTM. SwitchBlade PRO provides THE console gaming experience to gamers playing PC games. Support is now provided for both the PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360® controllers, with additional controller types slated to debut later this year.
Dr. McAlindon commented further,“Gamers have told us they wanted in-game messaging capability right from their controller. The patented Texter system gives them this capability, plus a powerful stored phrase feature that makes sending messages quick and easy.”
SwitchBlade PRO will be available on a subscription basis for $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year, and can be downloaded from www.switchbladepro.com or www.switchbladegaming.com starting October 1, 2008.
About Blue Orb, Inc.
Blue Orb, Inc. is a high technology company located in Maitland, Florida that specializes in the research, production, distribution, and licensing of advanced software solutions for gaming, computing, and communications devices. The company's mission is to create and bring to market innovative products that enhance the gaming experience. For more information on Blue Orb, our products, and licensing opportunities, please visit our Web site at http://www.switchbladegaming.com.
Chris Schmidt , Account Manager , TriplePoint Public Relations