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SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Mouse & CloudSync Compatibility – A Great Idea with the Potential to be Greater
So this is going to be a bit of a combination post. I know many of you probably looked at the title and said “oh, it’s about a mouse so that’s just PC.” And you’re kind of right. But it’s not all PC related because there’s an interesting idea in here that SteelSeries is running with (in relation to PC for now). That said, this one will have some information in regards to the press release SteelSeries sent out recently and where exactly I’m going with this (I promise it’s going somewhere).
I’m going to break this down a little bit between the info from this press release and what I’m thinking from it.
First off, they’re announcing the pre-order opportunity for SteelSeries’ new Sensei wireless mouse. Cool, as a sometimes PC gamer I love the idea of a wireless mouse because the wires are just annoying. However, usually the response time on a wireless isn’t ideal for any fast paced gaming. We don’t really see this on consoles since the preference is wireless controllers and they’re usually optimized (or rather, we just don’t know any better anymore) for that delay.
Now on to the parts I found interesting in a general gaming sense (because of course I love seeing any new gear regardless of platform). SteelSeries Engine is a program that’s used to maximize performance and allow you to manage and edit all your SteelSeries gear in one place (I love that). So they’ve recently launched the SteelSeries Engine 3, with all the shiny updates and improvements. There is now a new feature called CloudSync.
To use their words, the CloudSync “provides gamers with the ability to save and access all of their peripheral settings wherever they are.”
Now for all the non-PC gamers. You probably don’t care. And even some of the PC gamers, if you don’t travel with your tower very often (I so want to get another gaming laptop so I can travel with my games) then it’s kind of ‘eh’ anyways. But I’m looking more at the brilliance of the idea.
Now those of you that have gamed with me know that I normally play on odd settings (on console). I’m right handed, but prefer lefty settings for the triggers when available. My Y-axis must always be inverted or I might as well be a sloth trying to use a controller. Very slow moving.
Maybe you see where I’m going with this? Having attended tournaments, trade shows, expos, and just played at home with a ton of friends, the need to change the controller settings every time I play is annoying (yeahhh, first world problems). I would love if the console companies, publishers, developers, and all others could somehow take SteelSeries’ example and implement something similar for the consoles.
What if you could set on your account/profile what settings you prefer generally and genre specific? Then it’s tied to the account and any time you start a new game, it just fills that in and there’s no constant visits to the start menu and controller options. For every shooter, it’d default to inverted Y-axis and lefty (when available) for me. Well, actually, invert Y-axis on all games. But you get the point!
So SteelSeries, well done to you! Maybe this kind of functionality will start becoming more standard on consoles as the companies move towards the digital and cloud space like PC has been. Until then, I’ll just be happy with all these PC options and woe every time I have to adjust settings on console.
I’m including below the SteelSeries press release just so you can hopefully see the flow pattern of my thoughts from it.
CHICAGO – March 18, 2014 – SteelSeries, a global leader in the gaming peripherals and accessories market, today announced the Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse is available for pre-order now along with new SteelSeries Engine 3 CloudSync compatibility later this week. The new Sensei Wireless matches every level of performance as the award-winning Sensei Mouse, which has been recognized as the world’s best in tournament-level mice. With an industry-leading 1-millisecond response time, the Sensei Wireless has no detectable lag, meaning full wired-level performance in wireless mode. Available for $159.99/€159.99 MSRP, the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless can be pre-ordered starting today from the SteelSeries Web Shop athttp://steelseries.com/
“Until now, a wireless gaming mouse meant compromising performance in exchange for removing the wires. We believe gamers should not be forced to make any sacrifices when it comes to their gear and that wireless doesn’t have to mean there are accepted limitations. The Sensei Wireless finally delivers what gamers should expect in a wireless mouse, said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. On every mark, the Sensei Wireless hits what is considered a tournament-level gaming mouse. We have also delivered it in a beautiful package, with customizable illumination and the industry’s most durable 30-million-click switches. These features are all backed by the power of SteelSeries Engine 3, now available with CloudSync.”
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of top quality gaming peripherals from headsets, keyboards and mice to controllers, surfaces and software. For more than a decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of designing and creating gear for gamers. The company’s continued innovation also comes in collaboration with the world’s leading professional gaming teams and partners. SteelSeries is a global brand that continues to support the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships and community support. For more information, please visit www.steelseries.com.