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You Probably Don't Need the MSI Liberator Gaming Foot Pedal, Right?

MSI Liberator
(Image credit: MSI)

So this is a thing. MSI appears to be crowdfunding a product, the Liberator gaming pedal, with XFastest reporting that the peripheral is expected to debut on March 16. 

Pretty much everything about this needs to be seen to be believed. Take the most recent post on the product's Facebook page. We're sure it reads perfectly fine in the original Chinese, but the social network's automatic translation is just breathtaking:

MSI Liberator

(Image credit: MSI)

So what is this "unprecedented electrical pedal" exactly? Well, it looks like the kind of pedal racing enthusiasts have used for years, but with far more RGB lighting. It also offers numerous inputs, activated by pressing different parts of its surface.

An earlier Facebook post from the MSI Gaming account said Liberator features an Omron shaft, and the product's Typeform page revealed that it can be used to input keyboard shortcuts. (A GIF showing Liberator in action is also worth checking out.)

Other details about the product are sparse. It appears to rely on a braided detachable cable, which is a plus for pretty much any peripheral, and it can also be adjusted to accommodate people who know that foot size truly does matter.

Jokes aside for a moment: Liberator could obviously prove useful to people with accessibility concerns, for example, or anyone who wants a discreet way to control their PC. We aren't mocking the product itself; we're delighting in the fact that it exists.

XFastest reported that crowdfunders receive an "early bird" discount that brings Liberator's cost down to approximately $430 (2,790 yuan) and that it will cost about $600 (3,900 yuan) after the official debut on March 16. A ship date was not revealed.

  • Nemesia
    600 dollars for a foot pedal? I don't even get it. Is it because mouse and keyboard doesn't have enough keys and buttons?
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  • gargoylenest
    The translation hurt my brain...how can we "anti-kill" and where can I buy "insane electro-racing clothes"?
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  • mac_angel
    $600 for a foot mouse?
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  • 1_rick
    mac_angel said:
    $600 for a foot mouse?

    It's because they think you'll dance to anything by Book of Love. Whoops, I meant "buy anything, no matter the price, if it's gamer-y".
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  • PapaCrazy
    "Jokes aside for a moment: Liberator could obviously prove useful to people with accessibility concerns..."

    You mean like this thing for 1/6th the price?

    Buy 3dRudder Foot Controller - Microsoft Store
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  • exploding_psu
    gargoylenest said:
    The translation hurt my brain...how can we "anti-kill" and where can I buy "insane electro-racing clothes"?

    "Tibetan table can't stop the temper" sounds like something you'd find on a parchment written by Ming dynasty blacksmith on how to forge the weapon of the gods
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  • Phaaze88
    "Unprecedented electric pedal, freeing your super-gods"

    Pure madness ladies and gents. We've found a way to transcend Autonomous Ultra Instinct.
    I gots to sign up!
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  • Chunghsiao
    its actually not that expansive, cause its 2790 TWD (early bird), not RMB. 2790 TWD is roughly 100 USD. 3900 TWD (regular price) is about 140 USD. Just FYI~
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  • Chunghsiao
    1_rick said:
    It's because they think you'll dance to anything by Book of Love. Whoops, I meant "buy anything, no matter the price, if it's gamer-y".
    The article got the currency wrong, its 2790 TWD, not RMB. 2790 TWD is roughly 100 USD.
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  • Clovis559
    I laughed when I first saw this, but I'm the person that will likely buy this, as long as the important parts are metal and not plastic. I started with a cheap $9 foot pedal and loved it, but it broke in 3 months because of plastic around the hinge.

    I currently use two Stealth Switch foot pedals, they only mimic keyboard buttons and cannot do macros. They are all metal and I've had them for years, but since covid I don't know if this is a company anymore. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUFCR9Y/?tag=hmo00-20 is not listed as having any controllers for sale.

    I do like that it is three buttons. $102 is a little high but I've spent money on worse things...
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