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October 14, 2011 // 8:27 pm - Today Sony has announced news of a PlayStation branded PS3 keyboard and mouse controller slated for release on November 2, 2011.

Manufactured by HORI, the Tactical Assault Commander 3 peripheral set will sells for 9800 ($127 US) and is officially licensed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

To quote: "The Tactical Commander 3 consists of an optical right-handed mouse and a keypad for the left hand with WASD-style keys. The pad also includes an easy-access D-Pad comes attached with a palm rest.

Tracking resolution on the optical mouse is unclear, but it's doubtful that the mouse can match the capabilities of a true gaming mouse for the PC. However, the mouse will come equipped with a DPI/sensitivity toggle for more precise aiming.

Sony has not yet announced what games it plans to support with the peripherals at this time. It's curious to see if the company plans to offer mouse and keyboard support for first person shooters like Killzone 3 and Resistance 3, which would undoubtedly benefit from the precision offered by the peripherals."

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#18 - barrybarryk - October 17, 2011 // 4:12 am
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It's made by Hori, not Sony. That pretty much guarantees it'll be well made and Hori have never been a cheap brand.

#17 - oVERSoLDiER - October 17, 2011 // 3:23 am
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It's all about the money and force the customers to updated to a new firmware - for their customer's security of course.

#16 - GrandpaHomer - October 17, 2011 // 2:40 am
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Quote Originally Posted by OGroteKoning View Post
Is $ony hard up for cash? The only way for them to make this stick, is for them to lock the USB ports and the Bluetooth radio so it will allow only $ony/PS3 products. It is highly unlikely (abd debateble) that their keyboard/mouse will be superior to existing gaming keyboards/mice out there - so why would anyone want to spend money on this? I would love to see reviews on this when it is released.


Well - that would be the same situation like with official Sony headsets - both first bluetooth one as well as recently released stereo / surround one. There will be some additional support in FW I suppose (like on screen icons / status display etc.), official support of game developers etc. But - as with the headsets - the benefits is up to everyone to decide if they'll be worth the price tag. Also - as usually - Sony came with all this years after plenty of 3rd party products but on other hand there is always market for products like this as normal average Joes will see an "official" products and throw their wallet at the table ...

And finally - it's also question of design / ergonomics - I personally find the official Sony (BT) headset not only ugly, cheap made and overpriced but mainly very uncomfortable - comparing let's say to whole mid and high range Jabra headsets, which you can wear the whole day without even noticing them etc.

At least the new stereo headset (despite it's a bit controversary design) is much more comfortable to wear but still it's cheap plasticy gimmic more than proper headset and this blue LED on the end of the retractable mic boom? - meh! That mic will also not last long - again cheap product marketed at high price. It's a shame really - especially from Sony who make the whole range of not that bad audio products. But again - money is only at first place here, right?

So - bottom line - there will be demand for such product and - hopefully - for those, who can't play on console without "PC Controls" it would another step in the right direction.

#15 - ynoz - October 16, 2011 // 9:52 pm
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nonsense, my 20 bucks genius wireless mouse and keyboard combo works perfectly, just plug into a usb port and voila, why paying five times more for a cutted keyboard and a crappy mouse!!!

#14 - mark29 - October 16, 2011 // 2:04 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by jesterking1 View Post
Actually, it's my understanding that only about 10% of the worlds population is left handed. So it would really make no sense for the company to make this "left handed". It would make better sense for a left handed person to learn how to use a right handed peripheral. It is also my understanding that this peripheral (and others like it) are fully customizable. So you can map the keys to anywhere you want...

and it's not just that the number of lefties is low they don't use mice left handed, like me.

#13 - SwordOfWar - October 16, 2011 // 1:34 pm
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This is a ripoff! Don't get caught dead paying $100+ for this cheap piece of crap!

Look: amazon.com/Eagle-Mouse-Keyboard-Converter-Playstation-3/dp/B0040UAYI4

Seriously, they have had a converter for a long time now. You simply use the adapter (which costs like $50) and you can use a USB keyboard and mouse with any game you want. You can remap the standard controller buttons to the mouse/keyboard as you see fit.

So, if you guys already have a USB mouse and keyboard laying around, you only need 50 bucks to get up and running, and you will be able to use better hardware (better mouse and an actual full button layout keyboard).

That is only one example, there are other third party adapters and custom keyboards/mice that work with the PS3 and the FPS games on it. This is a very sad design by Sony and it's insanely overpriced for what you're getting in my opinion.

#12 - jesterking1 - October 16, 2011 // 1:20 pm
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Actually, it's my understanding that only about 10% of the worlds population is left handed. So it would really make no sense for the company to make this "left handed". It would make better sense for a left handed person to learn how to use a right handed peripheral. It is also my understanding that this peripheral (and others like it) are fully customizable.

So you can map the keys to anywhere you want...

#11 - barrybarryk - October 15, 2011 // 6:58 pm
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Cable from the Mouse goes to the keyboard bit, the cable from the keyboard goes to the PS3's USB slot. ATM it's priced at £89.99 for UK and $99.00 for US on pre-orders.

The reason it's different from using a regular keyboard and mouse is that only a handful of games support a regular keyboard and mouse (UT3 is the only one I know of even) and this has re-mappable buttons (probably via a PSN download or maybe through some PC software). There's still no word if the PS3 just detects it as a sixaxis/dualshock though so old games might still be out of the question without an update.

#10 - cfwprophet - October 15, 2011 // 6:33 pm
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But maybe the cables of the mice go to the psydo keyboard and that will be connected to the mini usb port of the wireless ps3 dualshock controller. Than it would work for maybe as good as every game and you still dont have a 1-2 meter cable connected to the console.

#9 - barrybarryk - October 15, 2011 // 6:19 pm
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The kind of people who spend £127 on a controller to get an advantage won't want a wireless one, the lag is noticeable at that level. Also pretty sure most left handed people still have the mouse in their right hand, I know I do.