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Razer Hydra Bundles Portal 2 for Motion Controls

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

With bonus content!

Portal 2 is the sweetness that anyone, and everyone, hoped for. We don't recommend that you put off playing it for a split second, but if you must, then maybe it'll be worth going full motion control.

Razer worked closely with Valve and Sixense to create exclusive Portal 2 content to showcase the power of the Razer Hydra, a new dual-motion controller. The full version of the game plus the exclusive Portal 2 content will be available in a special edition bundle with the Razer Hydra.

"The Razer Hydra is a significant step forward for the PC gaming industry because it not only affords an almost-physical experience for gamers, but also presents developers an opportunity to innovate and significantly push the boundaries on new forms of gameplay and entertainment," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve.

"We are excited to finally bring full motion control to the PC," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. "Gamers will be blown away by the pinpoint tracking precision that mirrors every move in-game. They'll also enjoy the exclusive new Portal 2 content created specifically for the Razer Hydra, giving them more bang for their buck."

On top of Portal 2, the Razer Hydra is optimized with over 125 popular PC games out of the box, including titles like Left 4 Dead 2 and World of Goo, and there is the future possibility for more downloadable game configurations and the ability to self-configure motion mapping to your specifications. Check out the full list of games at Joystiq.

Razer Hydra and Portal 2 bundle will be priced at US$139.99 / EU€139.99

Pre-orders start May 2011, with shipping starting June 2011.

Here's a peek at Portal 2 being demonstrated with the Hydra earlier this year at CES.

Portal 2 Played on Intel HD With Motion Control

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    eklipz330 , April 24, 2011 4:29 PM
    oh fuckin sweet ive been waiting for this! wish it was wired though, wudda enjoyed the 0 latency... i have so much stuff to buy *sad face*
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    fayzaan , April 24, 2011 5:08 PM
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2011 5:12 PM
    I didn't see that feature in Portal 2. Huh.
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    truchonic , April 24, 2011 5:30 PM
    124 GAMES!!! thats awesome lets see which game are coming for this system
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    LuckyDucky7 , April 24, 2011 5:35 PM
    I want Portal 2 on the Wii, please. Or at least just the original.

    Who cares about the graphics quality set on "low" when you can actually use the portal gun? A for orange, B for blue. Simple.
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    Division , April 24, 2011 6:11 PM
    Junk. He actually said, "I don't know how you can do this with just a mouse and keyboard." Don't take ignorance with you when demonstrating a new product.
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    memadmax , April 24, 2011 6:42 PM
    Wow, this is perfect for people that serial buy everything... Just like that one chick that is no longer allowed to watch infomercials because she can't stop buying $50 junk kitchen appliances that you use once then it collects dust for years on end before finally thrown into the "goodwill" box...
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    Trialsking , April 24, 2011 7:38 PM
    The is nothing like using your thumbs to controller a FPS, oh wait that's what consoles do...
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    wannaturnuptheheat , April 24, 2011 8:40 PM
    This sort of thing is why I am convinced motion controls will never take off. There's too much imprecision, and there always will be -- it's the same reason not everyone can be a surgeon.
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    foogoo , April 24, 2011 8:58 PM
    Razer made it? No thanks.
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    Ragnar-Kon , April 24, 2011 9:45 PM
    Doubt these controllers will sell well. The majority of Razer's customers are competitive gamers, or at the very least competitive gamer wannabes. And they will have no use for these. Almost exactly like their Switchblade (which I hope never leaves the concept phase). Cool, but doesn't target the majority of their customers.

    Granted I support Razer trying to expand their market, but I don't have any faith that they will be able to do so.
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    Hellbound , April 24, 2011 10:00 PM
    I dont know about you guys, but I see a lot of delay. From the time he moves his hand to the time the picture moves with him seems a bit long.
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    bv90andy , April 24, 2011 10:23 PM
    That looks HARD the guy was looking at the ceiling, at the floor by mistake, that never happened to me.
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    dallaswits , April 25, 2011 12:24 AM
    I love my razor mouse.
    But i wouldnt want to take a step backwards in terms of fine motor control.
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    vishal s , April 25, 2011 3:41 AM
    A great product for FPS gaming as always razer makes.Good magnetic sensing,nice design,stand for placing and makes by razer.
    Just not PS3 haves motion sense but now pc also.
    Obviously i buying it.
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    aaron88_7 , April 25, 2011 7:12 AM
    The guy demonstrating it can't even keep from dropping the box. Why on earth would anybody be interested in something someone from the company can't even properly use?

    Maybe when he said "I don't know how you could do this with a mouse" he meant he didn't know how someone using a mouse could drop the box so many damn times.
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    nebun , April 25, 2011 7:49 AM
    such a lame game
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    reggieray , April 25, 2011 11:07 AM
    The wires look so thin it will probably break within a week.
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    Anonymous , April 25, 2011 12:20 PM
    Considering the currency parity with 1E worth $1.45 for quite some time and never less than $1.30 for more than a few days a year, the above 1:1 price parity is a disgrace...
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    schmich , April 25, 2011 2:12 PM
    I would consider buying it if it enhanced gameplay but as someone said this seems to be a step backwards from mouse and keyboard. Or at least the mouse. I'm not a fan of the keyboard since it's not "analogue": i.e. you use WASD for moving about but you can't decide by how much, if you want to do it a bit slowly you have to tap it many times. Some kind of ball or joystick instead of WASD would be a lot better.
    ReggieRayThe wires look so thin it will probably break within a week.

    The cables are probably bad photoshops. There's no way that cable is so thin.
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