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Mad Catz takes on mobile gaming with new Bluetooth 4.0 mice and gamepad

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Mad Catz has announced the first accessories in its GameSmart line — a selection of Bluetooth products certified to work across a wide range of mobile devices as well as computers or consoles. The company's Rat M and Mous 9 gaming mice, Freq M headset, and Ctrl gamepad have all been adapted to work with the low-power Bluetooth Smart standard; the goal is to create a gaming accessory framework that can offer compatibility across any platform or game, taking advantage of a rise in mobile gaming. GameSmart was announced a few days ago, but these are the first devices we've seen.

Using Bluetooth 4.0 also allows for incredibly long battery life: the Rat M and Mous 9 mice are said to last a full year on two AAA or one AA battery respectively. The new products will be available in "early 2013" in multiple colors, and they're currently listed online, with both mice offered for $129.99 and the headset for $149.99. No price has been given for the gamepad.


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