GameBall allegedly finishes its gaming trackball for launch in Q1 2020

davkol

15 Oct 2019, 15:31

GameBall have been teasing a new finger-operated trackball design for gaming on and off for a few years now. It's just been announced that they'll start selling them early next year (2020), though.
GameBall will be available in early 2020.

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features:
  • ambidextrous
  • three buttons on each side (vertically oriented), six total
  • scrolling in a ring around the trackball (touch-based, as opposed to Kensington's mechanical scrolling by ring/ball)
  • modern sensor
  • ceramic bearings
  • USB (wired)
The previous version, which didn't get into production, had a 1.5" ball and was supposed cost under $100.

video (warning: ¿dubstep?)

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Wodan
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15 Oct 2019, 15:34

Aww for a moment I thought this was going to be a new SpaceOrb ... miss that thing!

Archie

16 Oct 2019, 18:51

Can't take it seriously, unless actual sale begins. They're routinely "updating" the release date for several years, with words like "last changes", "streamlining design", "some final improvements", "will be available next year" and so on - but nothing beyond computer-generated images was created till now.

davkol

16 Oct 2019, 19:28

There's a new video that shows a prototype.
And another:

Archie

20 Jan 2020, 23:39

davkol wrote:
15 Oct 2019, 15:31
GameBall have been teasing a new finger-operated trackball design for gaming on and off for a few years now. It's just been announced that they'll start selling them early next year (2020), though.
GameBall will be available in early 2020.
All as expected:
https://old.reddit.com/r/Trackballs/com ... ct_update/
We were hoping for an early 2020 release, but unfortunately we are not going to make that. With the latest design changes and some internal setbacks we will be closer to mid year.

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BitbatClicks

15 Feb 2020, 02:39

Really interesting. I always saw trackballs frowned upon as an input device

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ifohancroft

15 Mar 2020, 15:04

To be honest, I can't take them seriously and it's not even for the fact that they always push the release date further into the future.

They claim they are making a gaming trackball, like that's the main use for their trackball and then they go and release it with a scroll like this.
The scroll isn't functional (I'll explain later what I mean and why) and makes the device look like it either doesn't know who its intended target customer is or like it's made for hipster designers.
Let's take CS:GO for example:
Not counting the actions that are performed by the keyboard, you need to be able to either shoot (left click) or put/remove your silencer (right click) while being able to use the scroll at the same time. I don't see that happening with the current design.
It seems like it would be possible but definitely not comfortable and will be fatiguing and tiring just after a few minutes.

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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

15 Mar 2020, 16:21

ifohancroft wrote:
15 Mar 2020, 15:04
To be honest, I can't take them seriously and it's not even for the fact that they always push the release date further into the future.
This, I remember looking at this what seems like years ago and they still haven't released anything. :|

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