It’s the kind the Steam Controller was supposed to do: bring the precision of a mouse and keyboard to the living room, without the hassles and discomfort of multiple wires.
But Valve’s controller is way too fiddly for most people. So ROCCAT have gone and followed in CORSAIR’s footsteps by introducing the Sova Gaming Board — basically a stable table for your mouse and keyboard.
Replacements for the mouse and keyboard haven’t been quite as precise and user-friendly as people were hoping them to be. So like CORSAIR did with its Lapdog earlier this year, ROCCAT isn’t bothering to replace the mouse and keyboard at all. Instead, it’s making mouse and keyboard gaming on the couch more accessible.
It’s basically a tray that houses a full-size keyboard and mouse pad that weighs 2.35kg. It works with any gaming mouse and you can switch out the built-in mousepad, although the fixed dimensions of the SOVA means there are undoubtedly limits to what surfaces you can use.
The keyboard isn’t interchangeable though. ROCCAT’s website says the Sova comes in membrane and mechanical varieties, although given that EB Games are retailing the Sova for $300 you’d probably want mechanical switches.
There’s also two USB 2.0 ports and a channel on the underside of the tray for you to run your mouse cord through. The entire thing connects via a 4 metre cable, which is handy since the last thing you want when playing twitch shooters on the couch is any semblance of lag.
You can read ROCCAT’s elevator pitch over on their website. What do you think? Is there any appeal in having a stable table for your mouse and keyboard?