Mad Catz's GameSmart tech suggests Windows 8 support

With CES 2013 starting up in Las Vegas next week, companies are already using the time to offer up some pre-announcements of the products they plan to show off in public during the annual electronics trade show. This week, Mad Catz announced a new brand of game controller products that will be sold under the GameSmart brand and a teaser image shows it will work with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 products.

The press release states that GameSmart products will use the Bluetooth Smart stack so that the controllers will be able to connect to a variety of tablets, mobile phones and laptops. The press release also said the products will come with its own apps that will provide extra features. It adds:

By utilizing Bluetooth Smart, GameSmart devices will feature simplified setup, longer battery life and universal compatibility. In addition, GameSmart offers game developers and game publishers standardization, ease of implementation and scalability when enabling controller and console-like accessory functionality in mobile games.

The GameSmart brand will include new "game controllers, gaming mice, gaming keyboards, headsets, and other specialty controllers." While there are no images of these controllers yet, the GameSmart teaser page does suggest that they will work with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 products, along with Windows 7 laptops and Android tablets. The first products should go on sale sometime in 2013.

Source: Mad Catz | Image via Mad Catz

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