Microsoft Unveils Laser Gaming Mouse With Enhanced Functionality

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 6, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today unveiled its first wired laser mouse, outfitted with enhanced gaming performance features as part of its new Game Precision Series. Delivering superior performance and control, Microsoft® Laser Mouse 6000 is sure to give every gamer an edge when battling on the PC. In addition, advanced software features, smart navigation tools and a comfortable design make this mouse a desktop necessity for both work and play on a PC.

“We heard from gamers that they wanted a mouse designed specifically for their PC gaming needs, equipped with features and functionality that will optimize their gameplay,” said Tom Gibbons, general manager of the Hardware Group at Microsoft. “We are now excited to say that we have answered that request with a perfect PC gaming solution: Laser Mouse 6000. Equipped with a thin, flexible cord for the feeling of wireless, gaming-specific software features, advanced laser technology and more, Laser Mouse 6000 will take gaming to a whole new level.”

Point, Click, Shoot

Microsoft’s first wired laser mouse delivers maximum precision and superior control for work and play on the PC. Its ergonomic design provides outstanding comfort, and the advanced laser technology delivers superior accuracy and performance, making this mouse ideal for everyday use on a desktop.

Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 has advanced software features that include a Precision Booster, enabling users to shift between ultrafast speed and precision control for targeting, and a Gaming Toggle that lets users easily switch between favorite weapons or program frequently used action sequences — all with the touch of a button.

The thin, flexible cord is great for agility and movement — the closest feeling to wireless while still having a wire. The scroll wheel with detents is great for desktop navigation and gaming, for amazingly accurate in-game weapons changing and scrolling. In addition, productivity-boosting features including a new Magnifier tool, for real-time enlargement and editing, deliver maximum efficiency on the PC.

Consistent Game Control

Joining the Game Precision Series later this year will be the new Xbox 360™ Controller for Windows®, a wired gaming controller that works with Windows XP-based PCs and the new Xbox 360 system to deliver a consistent gaming entertainment experience across Microsoft’s gaming platforms.

Pricing and Availability

The new Laser Mouse 6000, introduced today, will be widely available by October 2005, and the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows will be widely available in November 2005 for the following estimated retail prices*:

  • Laser Mouse 6000: $54.95 (U.S.)

  • Xbox 360 Controller for Windows: $44.95 (U.S.)

About Microsoft Hardware

For more than two decades, the Hardware Group has employed innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial design and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience.

About Games for Windows

Games for Windows are built to harness the powerful technology of Windows to provide gamers with the most innovative games possible. Games for Windows utilize the performance and stability of Windows to bring seriously fun gaming to everyone. Reliability, compatibility and the freedom of customization empower gamers to create their own gaming destiny. More information is available at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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