SteelSeries’s Rival 600 mouse could solve esports tracking woes

Jack Baker 11 January 2018 NEWS

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The Rival 600 could be the solution for people who lift their mouse during a game.

In fast-paced first person shooters like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, people often lift their mouse to put it into a better position. If a tracking issue occurs at the wrong time, the entire game could be lost.

To combat this endemic problem, SteelSeries has created a gaming mouse with not one but two sensors for optimal tracking while moving your mouse, even when in the air. SteelSeries claims that its TrueMove 3 optical sensor will experience “no acceleration, no tracking errors, and no lag” on top of having the PixArt optical depth sensor which can detect lift off down to 0.5 millimetres.

A key selling point for the mouse is the sheer amount of customisability it offers. The base weight of the mouse is 96 grams. If that doesn't suit you, there are an extra 8 4-gram weights that can be placed on either side of the mouse, behind the side grip. These weights give you the freedom to alter and adjust the centre of gravity so that it suits your grip and play style.

The 8 independent zones of RGB lighting are also customisable along with macros, programmable buttons and DPI settings (up to 12000 DPI) through the SteelSeries Engine Software (which now has discord integration for notifications and more). All of these preferences are saved onboard the device, powered by a 32-bit ARM processor.

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You won't have to worry about the lifespan of your high-end gaming mouse for a very long time. The mouse is rated for 60 million clicks on the mechanical switches on the main left/right mouse buttons.

Unfortunately, for those left-handed gamers, the mouse is not ambidextrous. There’s only a right-hand variant at this time.

The Rival 600 is US$89.99 but no pricing or availability has been announced for Australia yet.

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