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SteelSeries is up there with Razer in the world of input peripherals, offing gamer-centric devices that serve a small but important niche. Today, the company has introduced the new R.U.S.E. Edition Xai Laser Mouse and QcK gaming surface, both of which are aimed directly at RTS fans.

The devices are being made through a partnership with Ubisoft, with the mouse having a preconfigured profile setting that optimizes game-play. This preloaded R.U.S.E. profile, created with input from Ubisoft, allows quick access to the R.U.S.E. and HQ Menus, and preset macro buttons can take the player from the bird’s eye view of the battlefield in an instant. The SteelSeries QcK Limited Edition (R.U.S.E.) mousepad features graphics from the game and provides a smooth and consistent glide, but again, unless you're really into this game, you probably won't see too much here to get exicted about.

In addition to the R.U.S.E. profile that comes pre-loaded on the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition, SteelSeries will offer pro-gamer recommended R.U.S.E. profiles for users to download once the game launches in June. These recommended profiles will be found on the SteelSeries web site. The game is slated to ship in June, while the mouse will sell for $89.99 and the surface for $14.99.

Important features on the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition include:

  • Ambidextrous shape with a 10.8 megapixels/second sensor processing 12,000 frames/second at 5,001 Counts Per Inch (CPI) with movement speeds of 150 inches/second
  • Unique SteelSeries %2Fus%2Fproducts%2Fmice%2Fxai_laser%2Ffaq&esheet=6249283&lan=en_US&anchor=sensor+innovations&index=6&md5=7b3fb0d75771f9f3d4534317b85e89a2" shape="rect">sensor innovations including SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries FreeMove and automatic lift distance calibration deliver exceptional levels of personalization
  • Up to 5 stored profiles including a preconfigured R.U.S.E. profile created with input from game publisher, Ubisoft
  • 7 Programmable macro buttons with up to 200 strokes per button
  • Full customization via LCD menu system on the back of the mouse stored by the hardware - eliminating the need for drivers and providing configuration capabilities on-the-go.

“R.U.S.E. is a strategy game that we believe players will experience differently than any other RTS game on the market. In a game where every detail matters, choosing a mouse that obeys both the eye and every sleight of hand is a good strategy. With excellent levels of precision and ergonomy, the SteelSeries Xai mouse could become your best ally,” said Mathieu Girard, Senior Producer at Ubisoft. “Not only is it fully branded R.U.S.E. on the outside but is programmed with a special player profile.”

“Industry awards, player feedback and tournament wins have shown us that the time we spent methodically perfecting the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse has paid off,” said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. “R.U.S.E. players will be easily impressed with the game’s unique game-play built around an incredible zooming engine, and with the technology we pack inside the SteelSeries Xai as well as the smooth glide and graphics of the QcK mousepad it all comes together to provide gamers with an outstanding RTS experience.”

The SteelSeries QcK Limited Edition (R.U.S.E.) gaming surface is made of high quality cloth material and an optimized textured surface that guarantees smoothness and glide. The non-slip rubber base prevents sliding, no matter what surface the mousepad is on. Official artwork from the game depicts an exciting battle between opposing forces using the element of deception.

The SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition and QcK Limited Edition (R.U.S.E.) will retail in North America for $89.99 USD and $14.99 USD online at %2Fus%2Fproducts%2Fpartners%2Fruse&esheet=6249283&lan=en_US&" shape="rect">

R.U.S.E. is scheduled for release on Windows PC, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on June 8, 2010.


That price is insane!!!! I find that steep for a G5 mouse, I got mine for $45 after mail in rebate. They sure are proud of their mouse I got to give them that!

Marius Malek

I wasn't expecting this product to come out, mainly because RUSE never really seemed like a popular game for the masses, even though it was from Ubisoft. The problem statement sounds very clear though: The problem being trying to multi-task and issue commands and RUSES while still keeping your eyes on the battlefield. So, now we have this mouse engineered specifically for this game. Interesting.

I have personal experience of this, the battle can change quickly when the opponent switched strategies and if your eyes are glued to your command menu then you can easily miss something that could change the tide of the battle. It all seems like a sound idea, but to buy a mouse specifically for one game? I'm not entirely sure that many people would invest in this product because of it.

Even though it says it's Ambidextrous it doesn't entirely look like it based on that picture, it looks like a right handed mouse. But the real thing about this mouse is it's sensitivity. 150 inches/sec just seems like a squirrel on caffeine, or is that normal for most mouse speeds? I don't' know how that would help, when I played the RUSE beta the controls were pretty tight, and navigating the map was a little slow. I think the best thing that this mouse has going for it is the 7 macro buttons.

I'm confused on what the article means when it says:

"Full customization via LCD menu system on the back of the mouse stored by the hardware - eliminating the need for drivers and providing configuration capabilities on-the-go."

Does this mean what I think it does?

I bet that this mouse is incredible for not only RUSE but other various RTS games. But when I see products like these I always imagine how many people will actually go out and buy it.

Thanks Ray.



Since this is based off of the Xai laser mouse, I just looked up a review of that mouse.

Excerpt from HardwareHeaven with pictures:

Turning over the Xai reveals a small LCD screen on the underside that

is not dissimilar to the screen featured on the CM Sentinel Mouse.

SteelSeries have taken things one-step further; the menu system not only

allows you to switch between profiles but also to configure almost

every aspect of the mouse that you can configure through the software.

In fact the only things you can’t access are the button assignments and

the macros.

This system is quite easy to use. To activate the system, you hold

down the CPI button for a few seconds and can then navigate through the

extensive menus using the mouse wheel. The only small niggle I have with

this system is that you have to turn the mouse over to use it which is a

little inconvenient if you want to switch between profiles in game. It

would have been nice to see the screen positioned on the top of the

mouse in a similar way to the CM Sentinel.



Full article:


i think i might get a razer mouse next or another G9 xD.

Also i never heard of the game ruse... 😃 I love the design of the mouse though 😃 maybe its just the colors -.- lol


Marius...That is a great review of the review!

Optical joystick, Gaming/weighted, wireless, Space navigator?.....AHHH!!

This has been my main quagmire recently? With a current need for a mouse that doesn't wrench my wrist, has been a real conundrum for the past few months. Seems like most mice lately have either been fat in the end and too short, or long and flat. I need something that fits comfortably and allows the macro keys to function programmable within the hotkeys of DCC programs. The MS wireless mouse I got a few months ago, is just as uncomfortable as the standard HP mouse and the macro buttons seem to only work half the time in Maya and Max. I tried setting it up to use a button as the alt key and it didn't like to be used in conjunction with the LMB when rotating the veiwports.

I have been leaning towards the 3D SpaceNavigator, yet that operates opposite of the main mouse, in place of the QWER hotkeys for manipulation. At least the prices of them have come down to a reasonable level. So if anyone has any suggestions on a mouse that props up the palm comfortably, let me know?

This "Ruse" one, seems like any other new standard mouse out now. Except it has the Ruse logo on it. From the developers standpoint they should have released this before the game actually came out. then they might have been able to build a little more hype for the game. They also could have released it in a box set for around $130 with the mouse/Pad and game. At least then people would have felt like they were getting something special along with the game. If this was a game that was as popular and long lived like Halo, then it would be understandable to release it separately. Seems like they took a real chance by releasing it as a stand alone, then also a mouse pad by itself? Just think of all the times that you buy box sets just for the cool things like the terminator head DVD holder. Would you really buy the plastic head separately after you already bought the movie.

What happens when ruse comes out in June on the PS3 and everyone starts playing on that? You might feel kinda silly buying a ninety dollar mouse.


I had the R.U.S.E Beta a while back and I didn't really understand it completely (I only played for less than half an hour) but if I get the chance I'd like to try it out properly.

The R.U.S.E Version of the Xai doesn't seem like it offers anything more than a standard Xai. They could have included a ready made R.U.S.E custom mouse profile or something [:O]

On another note I got a new Mouse Today...the Razer Mamba 😃 It's been good so far but it takes some time to get used to [H]


Well, the mouse is themed around the R.U.S.E game and there is a game profile on it. Though it is less of a selling point because it says that SteelSeries will offer pro-gamer recommended R.U.S.E. profiles that will be downloadable. So I guess you can just download them onto your regular Xai mouse.


By the way, the game is developed by Ubisoft. I had a chance to find out about it and play the beta because that little advertisement that Steam pops up when you sign in was informing me about it. Not sure if you can tell by the videos, but the RTS play style is totally different. Not sure the looks, but the build path as well. It isn't like Starcraft where you build a building to unlock other buildings. All the buildings are available to build at the start as long as you have the funds for it. So you could start off with a building to build tanks if you wanted or an airfield for planes.


I tried Ruse and was bored after an hour of building stuff all over the map. It's just not my kind of game.

The mouse in the review is a little pricey for me, so I'll have to just slog along with my normal Po'Boy version of mousing.


realneil wrote:

I tried Ruse and was bored after an hour of building stuff all over the map. It's just not my kind of game.

The mouse in the review is a little pricey for me, so I'll have to just slog along with my normal Po'Boy version of mousing.


What kind of mouse do you have?

You can usually find some nice deals on Logitech mice. Here is one for their highly-acclaimed MX 518. Pretty much the precursor to the G series like the G5. Still a great mouse.

$40 - $15 mail-in rebate and free shipping.