Those talented guys and gals at SteelSeries have been very busy and their new MMO Gaming Mouse – the Rival 500, brings with it some excellent new features and a wonderfully clever new shape with side buttons engineered to follow the contour of your thumb 🙂
The new layout places your thumb in a comfortable central position from which you can easily make a slight adjustments (almost like smudging) to hit up, down, forward or backwards without actually lifting your thumb from this new home position and without having to push directly down on the buttons – awesome right!
They’ve also included vibration functions like they did in the excellent Rival 700, these haptic feedback ques can be used to alert you to low health, cooldown timers and more. Configuring this is done pretty easily thanks to the software package called SteelSeries Engine 3 and with the feature GameSense your games and gear become one. SteelSeries Engine 3 talks directly to your game, which changes your device’s illumination in real time, based off of in-game events. Ammo, health, kills, money, and cooldown timers are just a few things that you can integrate into your gear and if that’s not good, i’m not sure what is!
While the design lends itself to a better experience playing MMO games like World of Warcraft it’s also rather good at MOBA hits like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, we’ll be testing things out and will update this blog with any tips, tricks or interesting configs we find along the way!
UPDATE: 3D printable nameplate as well \o/