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SteelSeries Reveals a Brand New Set of Retro Themed Peripherals

SteelSeries Reveals a Brand New Set of Retro Themed Peripherals

by Ben RunningsApril 1, 2012

Embracing games like Minecraft and FortessCraft, SteelSeries has unveiled the ErgoRetro series of peripherals.

The well-known and popular SteelSeries Sensei Mouse, 6Gv2 Keyboard and Siberia v2 Headset have all been 8-bit and retro-ized.

The SteelSeries ErgoRetro Mouse promises to increase “hand-cramp reaction times,” and to add addition weight. It even features the new TrackBlock sensor.

The SteelSeries ErgoRetro Headset has been oversized and features “sort-of-superior sound and an incredibly limited amount of comfort.” At 8.6 lbs., it sounds to me like they have another winner on their hands.

Finally the SteelSeries ErgoRetro Keyboard, with its pixel-block design, aims to “take away the fast response time of its user and focuses the attention more on the way it looks than the way it works.”

Pricing has yet to be determined but c’mon people, these look amazing. And who wouldn’t want everything they game with to look like giant pixels?

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8-BIT Design Products Bring Gamers Back to Basics in Both Design, Features and Mindset

CHICAGO, March 30, 2012 – Kicking off the weekend, SteelSeries, the leading brand in all things related to being awesome and superior, today announced an entirely new line of products specifically designed for gamers living in an 8-BIT world. Inspired by retro-styled games such as Minecraft or FortressCraft, this revitalized family of SteelSeries ErgoRetro® peripherals has been ergonomically improved for the ultimate PC gaming comfort, control and overall domination.

“We are ecstatic to introduce these new peripheral designs and share with our community, the entirely new approach to ergonomics and design we are taking when it comes to our products, said SteelSeries CMO, Kim Rom. We are re-evaluating the importance of high-performance, superior functionality, and comfort for what we believe is the regression of the peripherals industry. Instead of being the first to introduce the mechanical keyboard to gamers or bringing the worlds most customizable mouse to market, we are shifting it back to designs inspired by the first-type of gaming, pixelated 8-Bit style.”

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Family of Peripherals
The classic and most recognized SteelSeries peripherals including the SteelSeries Sensei Mouse, SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard and SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset have all been re-designed to fit an ultra-new, ergonomically sound design.

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse
Taking out the relevant functionality to dominate your game, the SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse has been ergonomically re-altered for extreme hand-sized users, increasing hand-cramp reaction times, and added weight technology for a block-like, retro feel. Features also include a new TrackBlock sensor, modeled after the track-ball with an added 8-Bit flair.

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Headset
Headsets are simple, make them look cool and the rest will follow. The new SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Headset embodies an oversized, block-like design for sort-of-superior sound and an incredibly limited amount of comfort. Weighing in at 8.6 lbs., users will never forget what they’re wearing.

SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Keyboard
Modeled after the first mechanical gaming keyboard that was introduced in 2007 by SteelSeries, the new SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Keyboard supports the same tank-like, indestructible design, but with new 8-Bit style improvements. The severe, pixel-block design and oversized keys takeaway the fast response time of its user and focuses the attention more on the way it looks than the way it works.

The SteelSeries 8-Bit ErgoRetro® peripherals will be available soon; pricing is still to be determined. Be sure to check out the SteelSeries Facebook page for giveaways of these new products throughout the weekend at

About SteelSeries
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals. For the past two thousand years, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of competitive gaming gear thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading nerds, 8-Bit enthusiasts, and professional pranksters. SteelSeries also supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and unrealistic product announcements related to the nonsensical April Fools holiday. And we love MarketingHiiipe™. For more information, please visit


About The Author
Ben Runnings
Ben Runnings
Ben graduated from college-land with a degree in game design and now spends his time working for the 'man.' A Genesis kid growing up, it wasn't until he stumbled upon Ocarina of Time that he drove head first into gaming. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, playing videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He has also recently gotten back into PC gaming after many years of having terrible computers and loves it.
  • Heidi Cabrera

    Hi, my headset has now gone kaput. I need a new pair. I am considering both the Steelseries Siberia v2 headset or the Turtle Seashore Ear Force Z6A or any suggestions.
    I would prefer it getting analog connections as I have a Xonar D2X.

  • Monique Spalding

    I just purchased the headset for 80$ and I though it must work for the ps3, but it doesnt. Any help?

  • Janet Somerville

    I just lately obtain the steelseries merc stealth keyboard. Soon After downloading the latest driver/software for it. The Zengine wont work. When I check out to start off the program, It automatically stops working. I’ve try to run it on other approaches like compatibility mode and such, absolutely nothing works.

  • Louisa Ellman

    I purchased the 3gc controller to use on my pc, it sais the system is functioning then i go to play bioshock 2 with the controller and it wont permit me use it, nor does it give me an choice to do so….what do i do?

  • Lizzie Galatioto

    I just got a steelseries 3GC controller for my PC and CoD: Black Ops too. Ive calibrated and read the instructions and everything. But my controller wont work for Black Ops yet. How do I get it to work??? ANSWER PLZZZ!!!!! THX!

  • Roslyn Pasley

    I want a new headset for black ops and mw2 but i cant decide on what to get.

  • white man

    I mean it says it has an RCA ending but wouldn’t that create two different input/outputs? (HDMI and RCA)
    And I don’t have a headphone jack.

  • Sonny

    I just bought the Steelseries siberia V2 headset (not the USB one). And for some reason it won’t use the mic on the headset, and it didnt come with a USB adapter. Im running windows 7, and i would really appreciate some advice on how to hook this thing up.

  • Caltel T

    My keyboard gave out on me and I don’t want to wait to get one if I order it online. Anyone have any idea if any retailers carry it? I’ve checked several places with no luck.

  • joevsyou

    Tomorrow is April Fools as we all know and in my chorus class we have a performance tomorrow night that we have been working on since August we want to pull a funny April joke on my chorus teacher in my first academic class i have with him all the main characters are there. and in the second it is everyone in my grade! Any funny ideas? The play is Willy Wonka. Any questions? Ask! 10 points to best answer! the play is at 7 tomorrow night anything funny to say? anything funny to scare him?

  • Kevin

    Also what other shooter games for the pc use the 3GC steelseries controller for the pc????

  • Ed D

    Sooooo for St. Patricks day, we got green silly string and he never saw it coming. I need some pranks for april fools that is not silly string, something he wouldn’t expect. But it also needs to be harmless and can be done inside.

  • Smashing Pumpkins

    Can anybody tell me any good pranks to play on my boyfriend on April Fools day? I don’t want nothing like where I pretend I cheated, or brake up with him. Just something good & funny. Any ideas?

  • Flash Funk

    I want to know some good april fools jokes! But nothing too messy.

  • ibjammin44

    Ok so I was planning to do a phone call prank to my victim but my sister ruined it by wanting to before april fools day. so I don’t have much to help. I would like my victim to find it funny as well because what I don’t like is a cruel practical joke!

  • Rkmc

    I have heard of scourgies on april fools and the fake pet makeovers. I have gone to the supposed “Neopetz”. But what were the rest?

  • Jamal

    It’s April fools day and i don’t know what pranks i should do to my family
    think you could help?

  • Austin

    heyy does anyone have any really good ides for clean fun tricks on april fools day?????? thanks!

  • colingrillo

    I have been hearing and reading about the April Fools Worm that would affect the Microsoft computer system. I wondered would Malwarebyte, as well as CCleaner ,can remove the worm.

  • MentallyCryppled

    I know that it is a little early to be thinking of april fools, but I want to start thinking of some really good ones because my family always pulls really good ones on me and this year I want to do one on them. Tell me the best ones you have done and how you did them. Thanks!

  • Cliffy N

    Hey everyone. I’m very into April Fools, and I am planning a head this year (lol). Last year, I created a facebook page for a fake guy and said that I was in a relationship. Everyone believed it, and it went off great without a problem. This year, I’m stuck on what to do. Any ideas? I’m a 17 year old girl, if that helps. All answers are greatly appreciated!