Not Even Gaming Mice Can Escape World Of Warcraft's Cataclysm

The Cataclysm set to change the face of Azeroth this December is also changing the SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse, and the differences go way beyond the cosmetic.

In 2008 SteelSeries introduced the original World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse, and it was an excellent piece of technology, if a bit uncomfortable and single-purposed. As the world of Azeroth prepares for a major change, the peripheral manufacturer prepares an update of its own, stripping the number of buttons down from 15 to 14, changing its shape and adding improved functionality to make sure it's supplying players with the latest tech.

Fifteen programmable buttons was apparently one button too many. The new design only houses 14 clickable bits, but that's still plenty more than your standard mouse has. The dropped button is a result of user feedback complaining of uncomfortable, often unreachable buttons on the first design.

The new MMO mouse is outfitted with the same technology as the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse, allowing players to store one profile on the mouse hardware itself and up to 10 custom profiles using software on PC or Mac.

The new SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse will be available for $US99 in time for Cataclysm's December 7 release. It'll be available at next weekend's BlizzCon 2010 in Anaheim, California, where players will be able to stroke it lovingly.

I'll be there, so drop me a line and I'll stroke it for you.

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    No info on sensor(s) type, dpi, acceleration handling. I hope that's all "to be announced" and not just "we cheaped out so awfully that we don't want to tell you."

    Another $199 Warcraft mouse which is only good for the name plastered on it. Oh joy. I will stick to my $50-80 premium Logitech, Razor or Microsoft gaming mouses from MSY thanks.

    Yeah, never really understood the purpose of buying a mouse for one game. Even 14 buttons seems a bit too many IMO, 6-7 buttons is the maximum i'd want on my mouse, any more and it just gets too cumbersome. I'm perfectly happy with my 6 button logitech G5 (although the cord is starting to fray a bit, and I might be in the market for a new one)

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