Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

The cat came back - Mad Catz presses continue…

The cat came back - Mad Catz presses continue…

That announcement is apparently the return of Mad Catz. According to CNET, most of the old company's assets have been acquired by a Chinese holding company that includes workers from the brand's Chinese factories.

Go back in time, and we're talking nearly 20 years now, and any new console release happened alongside a string of Mad Catz branded peripherals. We'll see a range of all-new PC gaming hardware such as new R.A.T. mice, S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards, F.R.E.Q. gaming headsets, and G.L.I.D.E. gaming surfaces.

Although the full list of products has not been revealed, Mad Catz confirmed that it would be previewing its first line of gaming peripherals at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

It is not clear exactly how many new products Mad Catz will have on tap for its return, though it will be at least three.

Leading the pack is a wireless version of the user-adjustable Rat mouse called the Air, which rocks a similar battlebot-like appearance to earlier versions of the gaming mouse, but can operate cable-free.

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Much of the company's product nomenclature remains.

Mad Catz' new official website can be found here.

The Rat Air doesn't rely on battery power, instead resting on a powered gaming surface that keeps the juices flowing, likely in a similar fashion to Logitech's Powerplay system. What is less certain is how this new incarnation of Mad Catz will fare. "We can't wait to unveil a little more at CES 2018 and in the months to come".

Some of the other products are the Strike 4 gaming keyboard-which has a mechanical key bed, RBG lighting, and an aluminum frame-and the Freq 4 gaming headset, which uses 40mm neodymium drivers. Because Mad Catz invested so heavily in the failed sequel, they ended up failing right alongside it. Mad Catz has been a permanent fixture in gaming for nearly three decades and we firmly believe its best days lie ahead, ' claims Selena Chang, Mad Catz' incoming director of sales and operations.

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