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The holy grail of living room PC gaming is up for preorder

The Sova includes a baked-in keyboard, and has a padded base, providing comfortable PC gaming in the living room 
The Sova includes a baked-in keyboard, and has a padded base, providing comfortable PC gaming in the living room 
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The whole base is substantially padded, meaning it shouldn't uncomfortably dig into your knees during extended gaming sessions
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The whole base is substantially padded, meaning it shouldn't uncomfortably dig into your knees during extended gaming sessions
The Sova includes a baked-in keyboard, and has a padded base, providing comfortable PC gaming in the living room 
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The Sova includes a baked-in keyboard, and has a padded base, providing comfortable PC gaming in the living room 
The membrane keyboard version is priced at US$150, while the higher-end mechanical-keyed variant comes in at $200
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The membrane keyboard version is priced at US$150, while the higher-end mechanical-keyed variant comes in at $200
With the keys anchored straight into the body of the tray, the whole thing should feel pretty sturdy
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With the keys anchored straight into the body of the tray, the whole thing should feel pretty sturdy
The Sova includes two USB 2.0 ports and a channel for your wired mouse cable
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The Sova includes two USB 2.0 ports and a channel for your wired mouse cable
provides a sizeable surface for gaming, complete with a baked-in backlit keyboard, available in both membrane and mechanical flavors
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provides a sizeable surface for gaming, complete with a baked-in backlit keyboard, available in both membrane and mechanical flavors

We first saw the Roccat Sova – a device that provides a fixed keyboard, spacious mouse pad, and a cushioned base – back at E3 2014. It was only a concept at that stage, but now the device is nearly ready for action, providing gamers with what the company promises to be a true bridging of PC gaming and the living room.

If you're looking to use a mouse and keyboard in the living room, then your best option is usually to use some sort of TV tray, balancing your chosen peripherals upon it. That solution can get the job done, but it's far from elegant.

Roccat's Sova gaming board looks to shake things up by providing a sizable surface for gaming, complete with a baked-in backlit keyboard, available in both membrane and mechanical flavors. Anchoring the keys straight into the body of the tray is designed to make the whole accessory feel sturdy. There's a spacious palm rest below the keyboard as well, with a 27.5 x 24 cm (11 x 9.5 in) mouse pad to the right, providing plenty of room to line up your next head-shot.

The Sova includes two USB 2.0 ports and a channel for your wired mouse cable
The Sova includes two USB 2.0 ports and a channel for your wired mouse cable

The Sova includes two USB 2.0 ports, a channel for your wired mouse cable, and the base of the accessory is substantially padded, which should help keep it from uncomfortably digging into your knees during extended gaming sessions.

The gaming board connects to your gaming PC via a 4 m (13 ft) cable that's designed to easily disconnect should someone trip over it. Roccat includes its own "Swarm" software in the package, adding quick-access shortcuts to system commands and game functions. There's even an optional smartphone holder, which you can use to display shortcuts and vital system info.

If you pre-order either the membrane or mechanical version of the Sova, Roccat will throw in one of its new Kova gaming mice at no additional cost. The membrane keyboard version is priced at US$150, while the higher-end mechanical-keyed variant comes in at $200. Both versions are scheduled to ship in October.

Source: Roccat

3 comments
Arahant
this actually kinda perfect as I sit in a non computer chair thats more like a leather sofa chair, and have to balance my mouse pad on the arm rest and the keyboard in my lap. Puts me at a big disadvantage while gaming but using a 60" tv means i can't exactly sit at a desk either. Not sure how big the market is but I think this is a great product. Might seriously get one.
mem5000
Couldn't the same be accomplished with a padded board? just put your keyboard and mouse ontop of it....
Eggster
The mouse pad and keyboard placement need to be adjustable - they need to be able extend and pivot away from each other for comfort.