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Rumor: Microsoft to acquire Logitech

The early 2008 rumor mill continues to grind, and the latest is that Microsoft plans to launch a takeover bid (i.e. "buy") the peripheral maker Logitech. Rumor has it that Microsoft plans to purchase the company at a price of 48 francs per share, a 38% increase over the company's Wednesday closing price of 34.80 francs. Our friends at Engadget are skeptical of the rumor, noting that both companies are doing just fine without each other, and furthermore, Engadget sees little advantage for either company in such a deal. Being the 360 fanboys that we are, we see things a little differently. Knowing that Logitech manufactures gaming peripherals -- most notably, gaming mice -- and the rumor flying that Microsoft is trying to improve right analog stick input, the possible bid makes some sense. Then again, we imagine Microsoft has a pretty hefty R&D department as it is.

[Via Engadget]

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mike1

1-10-2008 @ 1:36PM

mike said...

Lets hope this is not true. Logitech products are great for my pc. Much better then microsoft ones. And logitech sucks at making gamepads tho. Only their mice and keyboards are good (oh and my remote and joystiq :P)

Save your money microsoft. Go buy a game developer like activision so we can get that damn goldeneye remake for xbla.

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mattclarkie2

1-10-2008 @ 1:50PM

mattclarkie said...

I love Logitech, and hope that this isn't true. The keyboards have gone down hill, but the mice are still the best you can get, and Microsoft ones in comparison are a pile of steaming...

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Josh3

1-10-2008 @ 2:18PM

Josh said...

I love my Microsoft Trackball Explorer thank you very much. It's a good investment by Microsoft but only if they just let Logitech do their thing.

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Chase4

1-11-2008 @ 4:26AM

Chase said...

Stay away, Microsoft. Stay the frick away! >:[

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ryan5

1-10-2008 @ 1:44PM

ryan said...

I don't understand how the right stick can be used as a motion sensitive control. Moving the entire controller seems motion sensitive. Moving the control stick right now just affects movement speed.

Can someone please give me an example how the right stick can be used for motion?

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ryan6

1-10-2008 @ 2:21PM

ryan said...

anyone?

a decent answer to the benefits or functionality of motion on an analog stick or how it would work?

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abaddon147

1-10-2008 @ 5:15PM

abaddon14 said...

if they had something like the top of the analogue stick but withless of the stick and a little more surface area, making it a little bit like the one on the psp but actually grippable and with alot more maneuverability, if there was slightly more resistance of movement aswell then it would be alot better for first person shooters imo

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ryan8

1-11-2008 @ 2:32AM

ryan said...

but, that still doesn't sound like motion sensing to me, just a better built control stick.

btw, this is me commenting to my own self, it just looks like i'm commenting to abbadon14. the comment system here sucks.

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Chester9

1-10-2008 @ 1:48PM

Chester said...

Can someone just make a decent D-Pad? Is that so much to ask for?

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Josh10

1-10-2008 @ 2:20PM

Josh said...

The problem is that Nintendo and Sony have patented just about every d-pad out there that works well. If the 360 had the PS2 d-pad then the 360 pad would be absolutely flawless.

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ryan11

1-10-2008 @ 2:26PM

ryan said...

if the 360 had the Sega Saturn's D-pad:

http://www.axess.com/twilight/console/detail/saturn_a.jpg

and added back the extra white/black buttons then it would be flawless!

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Loban12

1-10-2008 @ 3:26PM

Loban said...

Someone has. They're called Nintendo. I'm pretty sure they patented their design years ago which is why the d-pads on the 360 and PS3 controllers sucks.

Of course, the entire PS3 controller sucks, so what do you expect.

The Nintendo d-pad has remained unchanged for 20 years and has yet to be improved upon.

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Loban13

1-10-2008 @ 3:46PM

Loban said...

I simply can't play SFII without a Nintendo d-pad.

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Etchasketchist14

1-10-2008 @ 1:53PM

Etchasketchist said...

Why just the right stick? What about the left?

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Tony15

1-10-2008 @ 2:14PM

Tony said...

Logitech's pads have improved. Those wireless ones for the PS2 were excellent, I thought.

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Nicholas16

1-10-2008 @ 2:28PM

Nicholas said...

OK first off, Franc don't exist since the the birth of the EURO. The Franc was worth about a fifth of a US dollar, while the EURO is worth 1.50 US dollars.

Now, I understand that Microsoft, a software company, would like to get an hardware-centric company under its wing so it could benefits from it's experience (let's face it, Microsoft is doing terribly with the 360 reliability (I personally had to change it 3 times in 18 months) , the Zune is a droplet in the MP3 ocean and their PC peripheral has a batting average of .500).

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Richard Mitchell17

1-10-2008 @ 2:35PM

Richard Mitchell said...

The French franc, yes. The Swiss franc, no.

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David W.18

1-10-2008 @ 2:45PM

David W. said...

I don't see how picking up Logitech would help with 360 reliability? I would say it might improve 360 accessories, but those are already pretty stellar...

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Loban19

1-10-2008 @ 3:25PM

Loban said...

Logitech mice are the best you can buy, I really hope this isn't true. I've always preferred Microsoft keyboards and Logitech mice. That's the combination I've had for as long as I can remember.

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George Arauz20

1-10-2008 @ 4:21PM

George Arauz said...

A nice keyboard/mouse system for the 360 would be nice out of this :)

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