Razer founder explains lack of PS3 peripherals saying he “doesn’t spend much time with his”

Razer CEO

By on July 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

If you’ve ever wondered why Razer doesn’t make too many peripherals for the Playstation 3, today the company’s founder Min-Liang Tan has an explanation for you.

In a series of tweets on the subject he revealed that Razer don’t make PS3 accessories because, well, he doesn’t really use his PS3. Rather than make stuff just to sell to gamers for money, he said he designs things that, as a gamer, he really wants to use.

When someone pointed out that it is not a particularly sound business strategy, Tan retorted saying that it is not only about business to them, and that if it was, they would be a much larger company than they are today.

None of this is to say that Tan dislikes his PS3, saying he enjoyed InFamous and dug it out again for The Last Of Us, but that when he did so it had — literally — been gathering dust.

How do you feel, PC gamers? Do you think his attitude is selfish? That he should design his goodies for everyone? Or that using his gamer sense for inspiration as to what the gamer needs is a better idea? Let us know!

Source: VG247

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Wow a company that doesn’t want to become the next EA, how dare they ?!

Where is their capitalist spirit?

 

Stick with the future of the ever-evolving PC, that’s where the company should have its eyes on – as it currently does!

 

Sounds like my kind of guy. While I didn’t literally *dig* out my Ps3, I did turn it on for about the first time this year merely for The Last of Us too (Off it goes again until later this year for Beyond two souls ;)).
Pc Gamer through and Through. Good to see a company doing the “By Gamer’s for Gamers” approach, rather than the cold, corporate money money money money money approach.

 

There’s a nice middle ground between making anything that will sell and only making things you want…

Just because I don’t like blue or pink or green – I shouldn’t ban those colours from my range if they are going to be popular with a group I’m not part of…

Just because I don’t use a Mac doesn’t mean I should ignore the simple tweak that would make my PC product available to Mac users

If you are making gamers peripherals – and they can be made available to another market without much effort… you’d be silly not to at least consider it

 

No complaints here. In fact, if Razer did do PS3 peripherals just for the money, quality would suffer as a result IMO.

Basically, what I’m saying is that if you want to do something, do it right or don’t bother.

 

I generally dislike Razer products anyhow. The build quality isn’t great. The headphones I had, apart from sitting uncomfortably on my ears to the point of causing pain, had pretty bad sound quality anyway. Much prefer my Sennheisers.

 
Ralph Wiggum

Funny, because I’ve heard a number of complaints about the quality of Razer products from the PC crowd.

As the owner of a Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth and two Razer mice, I’ve always liked their products.

 

As I understand it, their basic mice = win but many other Razer products have quality issues.

I have a Deathadder which I love, didn’t get their mechanical keyboard after reading numerous reports of failure.

 

3 Mice, 2 keyboards, 2 headphones. All broken. :<

Have only one Razer headset still working, the Characarisisichashrasis how ever it's spelt. And a Razer Destructor mousepad, I like their products, but everything I buy from them seems to break. :/

 

The stuff sells, so even without PS3 peripherals he’s still doing well.

 

Damn, I really wanted obnoxious LED lights all over my PS3 controller :( :( :(

The Dualshock lasts far too long, no breakages in a whole two years. This needs to be rectified. Get on it, Razer.

 

How do you feel, PC gamers? Do you think his attitude is selfish?

Shouldn’t that be PS3 gamers? Why would PC gamers care if a company makes PS3 components or not?

… should (he) design his goodies for everyone?

Again, if the PS3 crowd don’t like it, just vote with your wallet. If it bothers them that much never buy another a Razor product for your PC.

But, if you are a PS3 gamer and are getting upset that a company is NOT selling products that you want, then tough luck… what’s having a tanty going to solve? Go have a cry then either go find someone else that does make want you want or go make your own!

Besides, it doesn’t look like him not making PS3 products is hurting him anyway.

 

If he only makes things he would use, why is there 10 versions of mice and headsets. Shouldn’t there just be the one he would use?

 

Bicketybam: Why would PC gamers care if a company makes PS3 components or not?

^ this

 

I’ve had 2 Razer mice – Dead or broken buttons in 6months -1 year
I have 3 Logitech mice – Still working, just replaced with better models
Small sample size, but there you go.

If you’re looking for new peripherals, I’d recommend Logitech, Steelseries or even Microsoft.
The only Razer product I have is a foam/cloth mousepad.

 

hol:
I’ve had 2 Razer mice – Dead or broken buttons in 6months -1 year
I have 3 Logitech mice – Still working, just replaced with better models
Small sample size, but there you go.

If you’re looking for new peripherals, I’d recommend Logitech, Steelseries or even Microsoft.
The only Razer product I have is a foam/cloth mousepad.

Yeah, I’ve got a logitech trackman marble FX from 1997 that works, I just wish they’d have kept making/updating that basic form factor with more modern components so I didn;t eventually have to upgrade to a G5.
http://image.aving.net/img/2006/10/30/200610301854452.jpg

 

i’ve had my logitech g5 for 5 1/2yrs… judging from the comments on here, i’ll avoid razer in future and stick with logitech.

 

chainsawmcp:
There’s a nice middle ground between making anything that will sell and only making things you want…

Just because I don’t like blue or pink or green – I shouldn’t ban those colours from my range if they are going to be popular with a group I’m not part of…

Just because I don’t use a Mac doesn’t mean I should ignore the simple tweak that would make my PC product available to Mac users

If you are making gamers peripherals – and they can be made available to another market without much effort… you’d be silly not to at least consider it

Well i see this arguement alot and its a double sided argument because on one hand i agree completely in all buisness product areas, but on the other hand its justified in this way: consoles nowdays have no excuse not to make pc ports, which is the same as your color argument, so in a way, razer are just doing the same, if you hate how razer do this, blame it on how console devs are lazy in their coding, but solid point you have

 

It’s all personal preference. You either like their gear or you don’t.

I’ve had 4 Razer Mice – Naga which was a mistake as I don’t play MMO’s, Lachesis which died on the day I bought it but I didn’t like that it was so flat, BF3 Imperator which I broke when I threw it out of anger and now onto the 2013 Death Adder.

The Death Adder is the best mouse I have owned and I have gone through a shit load. I have a Razer Goliathus Control Mouse pad and Razer Chimaera head phones. They’ve been good to me and I will continue to support them.

Min-Liang Tan is such a genuine guy. Read his posts on facebook and twitter, he promotes rival companies and all things gaming. It’s how it should be. The way he is to the general public makes him and his company very likeable.

 

Got a Mamba, it’s dying badly. Had a Deathadder, didn’t like the feel so gave it to my sister. My Onza always had a dodgy right trigger which gave out the last day of warranty.

So far though due to the large volume of Gaming peripherals I buy (mostly for customers) and that I’m really harsh on mice, I haven’t actually found a decent mouse yet that I like. Broken two Kone[+] mice, broke my G5 (main LMB failure), got a G700 which was crap, had an MX1000 which was also crap. Had about 8 MS intellimouse 3.0′s which I used to love but getting larger screens (especially dual screen) stopped them being useful :(

Mates have reported mixed results with Razer. Most have liked their Black Widow Keyboards (whichever variant they got) though there have been 2 reported failures , one of which was replaced out of 5 purchased.

I’ll be getting a Sabertooth gamepad soon to replace my standard MS 360 wired. But Keyboard’s going to be a Roccat Ryos (when they bloody well release it) as well as a Roccat Kone Pure mouse assuming the claimed mouse wheel fix works. If not then it’s gonna probably be another Logitech for me (G500s or G700s).

 
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