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Microsoft Launches New Gaming Peripherals

At the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Corp. unveiled several new products to enhance its gaming line the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows and Habu mouse in alliance with Razer USA Ltd. Guided by consumer feedback, these new products address specific gamer demands and demonstrate Microsoft Hardware's increased focus on the PC gaming market.

Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, built on the original IntelliMouse Explorer design, delivers maximum precision and superior control for gameplay on the PC. Its ergonomic design and wide footprint provide outstanding comfort and stability, and extraordinary tracking accuracy delivers superior reliability and performance, making this mouse ideal for gaming. With its new look and feel, IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 still has all the great features that gamers have been demanding and now includes improved mouse feet for smoother gliding.

"We are reintroducing IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 in response to the demand from PC gamers worldwide," said Bill Jukes, product marketing manager for Microsoft Hardware. "People were literally carrying around their IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0s in protective glass cases, and rightly so there isn't a mouse on the market that can beat this design for comfortable play and precision for low-sensitivity first-person shooter games."

Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 offers these advanced features including:

* 9,000 frames per second provides unmatched frame-rate performance for superior tracking accuracy.* Precision Booster enables gamers to switch between default and precision mode for enhanced control.* Gaming Toggle lets gamers easily switch between favorite weapons or program frequently used action sequences all with the touch of a button.* Scroll wheel with detents results in amazingly accurate in-game weapons changing and scrolling.

The new controller, a wireless version of the successful Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, delivers a consistent next-generation gaming experience across the PC and Xbox 360. Designed by the Xbox 360 gaming team, the controller features the following:

* 2.4 GHz wireless technology with up to a 30-foot range* Adjustable vibration feedback for longer battery life* Precise thumb sticks* Two pressure-point triggers* Eight-way direction pad for enhanced PC gaming* Integrated headset jack for PC headsets

The new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows is a superior wireless gaming controller that works with Windows XP-based PCs and the Xbox 360 system to deliver a consistent entertainment experience across Microsoft's gaming platforms.

Also announced today by Microsoft is its new alliance with Razer, resulting in a co-developed gaming mouse, Habu.

The products announced will be widely available for the following estimated retail prices:

* IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0: $39.95 (available October 2006)* Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows: $59.95 (available December 2006)* Habu: $69.95 (available October 2006)

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