Mad Catz has revealed two new mobile controllers, each with a different focus. The accessories are designed primarily for use with Android, and aim to improve user experience in gaming and media, both at home and on the move.
The S.U.R.F.R is designed to be a media controller for the living room, but can also function as as gamepad when you’re out and about. It features a full QWERTY keyboard, dual analogue sticks and comes with a detachable clip for smartphones.
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It connects via Bluetooth and works with smart TVs running Android TV, as well as Android-powered streaming boxes such as the Amazon Fire TV or Mad Catz’s own M.O.J.O. micro-console. In addition to the keyboard, the device provides users with an on-screen mouse cursor, making it easier to navigate the web.
It’ll work with smartphones, tablets and even home theater PCs, and offers an interesting solution when it comes to providing the necessary selection of gaming controls, with the traditional D-pad and four action buttons positioned around the edges of its analogue sticks. There are also slide-out grips for a more ergonomic experience when playing games.
Second up is the LY.N.X.3 – a controller geared solely towards gaming. According to Mad Catz, it’s the perfect accessory for gamers who like the look of its high-end L.Y.N.X.9 controller, but are put off by its hefty US$300 price tag.
The L.Y.N.X.3 holds on to some of its pricier cousin's convertible nature, with the ability to function as a traditional gamepad controller, before folding up small enough to fit in the user’s pocket. It's not quite as versatile as the L.Y.N.X.9 – losing the ability to split in half for tablet gaming.
The accessory connects via Bluetooth and, like the S.U.R.F.R, includes a removable clip for docking a smartphone. In addition to its Android functionality, the device will pair with Bluetooth-enabled PCs running Windows 7 or later. Its rechargeable battery is rated for 30 hours use on a single charge.
The L.Y.N.X.3 and S.U.R.F.R are priced at $70 and $80 respectively. They’re available for pre-order now and will start shipping in May.
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