Razer's crazy new Artemis concept PC game controller

Razer likes pushing the envelope when it comes to peripherals for PC gamers, but it may have outdone itself with its latest idea.

Razer likes pushing the envelope when it comes to peripherals for PC gamers -- and yes, plenty of them still exist -- but it may have outdone itself with its latest idea.

The Artemis concept controller was unveiled at E3 this week, and as you can see from the image above, it's about as complicated as a controller can get. Razer took the challenge of designing a controller fit for the forthcoming MechWarrior Online and ran with it, joining together a force-feedback flightstick, a keypad with a dozen mechanical keys, and an integrated 8-inch display panel.

Because it's a concept, we know few details about Artemis, like whether it will even officially launch and just how much it would cost if it did launch. According to Engadget, it took 5 months just to build the prototype, and since the game it's built around is still in beta, the controller won't be available for some time.

But the Artemis is just the latest in a string of ever-more-complicated controllers for PC games, from mice with multiple programmable buttons to motion control systems, proving that consoles, iPads, and smartphones haven't completely wiped out PC gaming just yet. What do you think of the Artemis concept controller? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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