Mad Catz kicked off the annual 2019 Consumer Electronic Showcase (CES) with a bang. The company practically “slid” into the year with the announcement of their brand-new Mad Catz G.L.I.D.E. Gaming Surface range.
Selena Chang, Director of Sales and Operations for Mad Catz Global Limited, says that the company was delighted to announce their new R.A.T. gaming mouse line-up in 2018. The Mad Catz R.A.T. 2018 lineup is the peripheral makers’ first new line to ship from the rebranded Mad Catz Global, and as such had to follow through with another great, and complimentary product range. Hence, the G.L.I.D.E. range was born.
Mad Catz says that their “professional gaming surfaces are designed to work with high-end gaming mice”. In particular, Mad Catz says that it is made to work really well with the Mad Catz R.A.T. line-up of gaming mice. However, it must be noted that, as with all gaming surfaces, Mad Catz G.L.I.D.E. will enhance your desktop gameplay regardless of what brand of mouse you use.
The Mad Catz G.L.I.D.E. Gaming Surfaces come in four sizes and are “intended to function during competitive play”. The surfaces range from 16-inch (40cm), all the way through to a whopping 38-inches (1 meter) in length. The surfaces are admittedly large, but I have noticed a trend where professional gamers and streamers prefer to cover their entire desks with the mats. The other sizes are: 19-inch (48cm), and 21-inch (53cm) as measured from corner to corner.
Mad Catz states that the G.L.I.D.E. 19, 21, and 38 surfaces are constructed and designed from high density silicon and friction-free cloth. It is not clear what sets the G.L.I.D.E. 16 apart from the others, other than it is the smallest gaming surface. The G.L.I.D.E. 19, 21, and 38 are also fully washable and can be rolled up and put away or carried in cases when travelling – perfect for esport players and casters.
Chang states that the company is committed to providing a full range of professional gaming equipment for PC gamers and that they are confident that the G.L.I.D.E. will be received “enthusiastically amongst the gaming community”.
From their brand-new R.A.T. lineup, through to their new G.L.I.D.E. lineup, it seems that the company has emerged from the ashes with brand new vigor. Now if only they would update their Tritton headsets as well.