SteelSeries announces new Rival gaming mouse

Danish gaming peripherals manufacturer SteelSeries, today introduced the Rival Optical Gaming Mouse. The Rival uses a high-precision optical sensor and the company’s new proprietary switches that provide speed, consistency and durability across a 30 million-click lifespan. Rival’s ergonomic right-hand design features anti-sweat coating and rubber side grips to improve texture, feel, and comfort. The mouse offers multiple levels of customization ranging from 16.8 million color illumination options over two color zones, to SteelSeries ExactTech settings powered by the new SteelSeries Engine 3 software.

“We’ve named our newest optical gaming mouse the Rival, because we believe that it meets and surpasses every other optical mouse in its price bracket on the market,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO.  “The new ergonomic shape and state of the art hardware deliver unmatched levels of precision, comfort and durability. Combining this level of hardware with new SteelSeries Engine 3 software, users will find an entirely new customization experience that redefines how a mouse can be configured.”

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The SteelSeries Rival’s optical sensor can reach tracking speeds of up to 6500 counts per inch (CPI) and down to one millisecond of customizable response time.  The sensor delivers zero acceleration and the ability to reach movement speeds of up to 200 inches per second at 50g of acceleration. The mouse is dressed with PTFE material feet for a consistent glide across all surface types.


The mouse is highly customizable through its downloadable software suite, which runs in the background, taking up very few resources. The Rival allows one profile to be directly saved on the mouse, while SteelSeries Engine 3 allows for unlimited profiles to be created, assigned and stored on the computer. The software provides users with the ability to visually adjust their settings from advanced macros to sensitivity and even advanced features like cross-device macros and SteelSeries’ ExactTech settings such as:

  • SteelSeries ExactAim – allows the user to slow down, focus and aim
  • SteelSeries ExactSens - controls the levels of sensitivity
  • SteelSeries ExactAccel – how quickly the mouse accelerates from one point to another

The SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse retails for a recommended price of $59.99 / €59.99 and is available for pre-order starting today.


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