Back at CES Razer said that it’s Hydra PC motion controller (formerly known as Sixense) would likely be available sometime close to the launch of Portal 2. Well, Portal 2 launched on Tuesday, and the Hydra isn’t here yet, but it will be here in the next few months.
The Razer Hydra will be up for pre-order in May and will begin shipping in June. It will cost you $140 and include a copy of Portal 2 complete with bonus DLC that takes full advantage of the controller. It makes sense to pack in such a huge game to show off what the controller can do and the support it has from big-name developers. Portal 2 isn’t the only game that support the controller, though. There’s 125 games that support the system including other Valve games like Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2; other big games like Civilization 5 and Call of Duty: Black Ops; as well as smaller games like Magicka, Super Meat Boy, Trine, and World of Good. The ful list is right here.
I wasn’t able to get any hands-on with the model of the Hydra that will be shipping in June, but I was able to play with a previous version. It certainly seemed to have the performance that Razer is claiming. That version was wireless, while this is wired, so there should be less latency, though I didn’t experience much at all when I used it. I know I’ll be looking forward to trying out the final version soon. Only downside is there’s no Mac support right now, despite the fact that it’s pack-in game supports the platform. Maybe that’ll come a bit later.