Microsoft’s New Gaming Products Receive Rave Reviews

REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 13, 2006The Microsoft Hardware Group’s preview of new PC-based gaming devices presented at the Games Convention in Germany last month received praise from competitive and casual gamers alike. The recently announced gaming mice are the updated Microsoft® IntelliMouse® Explorer 3.0 and Habu™, a new mouse introduced in alliance with Razer USA Ltd., both available later this fall.

In keeping with Microsoft’s Live Anywhere strategy, the Hardware Group will also be releasing the Xbox 360™ Wireless Controller for Windows® later this year to deliver a next-generation gaming experience on the PC and Xbox 360. These innovative gaming mice and the controller were a hit from the start, addressing specific gaming needs with enhanced comfort and design.

  • IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 offers gamers award-winning industrial design, reliable optical performance and superior comfort. This new version of the legendary mouse has enhanced nylon feet for superior gliding.

  • Habu provides the ultimate adjustable-sensitivity gaming mouse designed for all levels of PC gamers. Made to perfectly fit gamers’ needs and hand positioning, this mouse comes with two side panels; users can choose to position their side buttons up front or closer to the back.

  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows is equipped with smart features for enhanced PC gaming performance and greater navigational control. It allows gamers to experience next-generation gaming with the new standard in wireless controllers. The wireless receiver, powered by 2.4GHz wireless technology, allows a range of up to 30 feet.

Pricing and Availability

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

  • IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0: $39.95 (U.S.), available October 2006

  • Habu: $69.95 (U.S.), available November 2006

  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows: $59.95 (U.S.), available December 2006

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. Microsoft’s IntelliMouse Explorer, which launched in 1999, earned a place on PC’s list of “The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years” as the first mainstream optical mouse that “brought gunk-free pointing devices” to a broad consumer base.

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.

Microsoft, IntelliMouse, Habu, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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