Can Razer's Hydra motion controller help save PC gaming?

It's pretty clear that while it still has many adherents, hard-core PC gaming has suffered as a result of the current generation of game consoles. Some game makers have fled the PC altogether and gamers have thus far waited in vain for innovations like Microsoft's Kinect motion controller to be officially supported on their computers.

It's pretty clear that while it still has many adherents, hard-core PC gaming has suffered as a result of the current generation of game consoles. Some game makers have fled the PC altogether and gamers have thus far waited in vain for innovations like Microsoft's Kinect motion controller to be officially supported on their computers.

Razer, however, remains committed to PC gaming, and is stepping in where others fear to tread with its new Hydra motion controller. Due in June for $139.99, the Hydra bundle will include a pair of wired controllers, base station, and a copy of Portal 2, which includes extra exclusive content Razer and Valve designed specifically for the Hydra.

Razer also says the controllers are optimized to work with over 125 PC games out of the box, including Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Crysis 2. The company says downloadable configurations will come for future games, and users can develop their own motion-mapping configurations. Developed with Sixense, each Hydra controller has four buttons and the base station's sensor can track down to the millimeter and degree.

Unfortunately, Razer has neither announced a price for Hydra without Portal 2, nor has it guaranteed that it will offer a wireless version of the controllers in the future. So you'll be making some compromises in order to keep up with your console buddies. Then again, you won't have to wait for Microsoft to fully support Kinect for the PC.

Does the Hydra provide enough to help keep PC gaming relevant in this new world of motion-controlled gameplay? Let us know in the Comments section.

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