Bristol, 1 December, 2005 - Saitek (www.saitek.com) today announced the launch of the Saitek P990 - its new PC game pad.
The Saitek P990 has been developed in response to feedback from PC gamers and features the excellent design and ergonomics for which Saitek is renowned. The P990's smooth-control dual analog joysticks are complemented by an 8-way D-Pad, eight conveniently positioned buttons and four easy reach rapid-fire shoulder triggers for total control, allowing every game to be played in comfort and style. The P990 also offers improved grip and backlit controls, making button selection easier in low light environments.
The four shoulder triggers and control layout make the P990 immediately familiar to casual gamers who come from a console gaming background, while the FPS button - a new development in Saitek game pad design - also gets them instantly into first-person gaming by loading a pre-programmed software profile to configure the pad controls.
FPS games are set to be the most popular game genre this Christmas, with the release of blockbusters like Quake 4, Call of Duty 2 and King Kong, and the Saitek P990 is the perfect pad to play them with. Gamers no longer need to rely on a separate mouse (typically used for movement control or point-of-view control) to play their first person shooters or role playing games, as all mouse functionality is available using the pad controls.
The Saitek P990 is also fully programmable using Saitek's Smart Technology Software to deliver the complex functionality demanded by the most dedicated PC gamer.
Commenting on the launch of the P990, Rob Handoll, Saitek Product Manager, said: "We've talked extensively to gamers throughout the development of the P990 to find out exactly what they need in a gamepad and how we can make PC gameplay more seamless. Using their feedback we've improved materials, refined the positioning and action of existing features such as joysticks and buttons, added backlighting and additional shoulder triggers, and also included the new FPS button feature - a first in PC game pad design."
The P990 has an RRP of £19.99 and is available from Amazon, Comet and the Saitek online store (www.saitek.com/uk).
Saitek entered the Electronic Chess and Intelligent Games Market in 1979 and rapidly became the market leader - a position the company retains today.
In the early 1990s, Saitek diversified into PC Peripherals, developing and manufacturing high-end products with the emphasis on quality, design and innovation. Saitek launched its first PC Game Controller in 1994 and by 2004 had taken the number two worldwide position, dominating the flight simulation sector. The range was broadened to include products such as the award-winning Cyborg joystick, X52 Flight Control System and a range of award-winning PC gamepads.
A further expansion led Saitek into developing a Mobile Solutions range, designed to improve and enhance computing in the home, office and on the move. These products focus on Input, Connectivity and Multimedia.
Building on its experience of interaction with PCs, in 2005 Saitek launched a range of simple, innovative and practical, Hi Fidelity audio products. These products give the user the freedom to listen to music where they want and how they want and, above all, to take control of their digital entertainment environment.
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