Fellow gamers, almost exactly one year ago I posted the first entry on this blog announcing the kick-off of development of XIM3 -- the device Iíve always aspired to build. The ultimate mouse, keyboard (and more) console adapter. A device that is unmatched for its precision gaming quality yet simple to use. Something Iíd be proud to put my name on and game with myself.
Its been quite a ride over the last year. Many long nights and weekends filled with all sorts of ups and downs. Throughout, Iíd ask myself: "Wow, what have I gotten myself into!".
But, no matter what, I knew the team I assembled would pull through with me Ė which they did. And now, Iím very proud to share the first production pictures of XIM3!
I wanted XIM3ís enclosure to match the level of sophistication contained within it. When the industrial designer asked me to describe the enclosure I wanted, I told him I wanted something that conveyed sophistication
, and a weapon
. He along with the plastics manufacturer did a phenomenal job realizing this goal. From the smooth contours and reflective face (sophistication), the circuit-board trace-like venting lines (technology), and the soft touch "grip"-like feel with dark gunmetal coat (weapon), XIM3ís enclosure is everything I had hoped for.
The completion of the enclosure marks the end of development and transition to production. As such, XIM2 is discontinued effective immediately
. In addition, XIM360.com will soon be shut down
and redirect to our new redesigned site: XIM3.com
Production of the first batch of XIM3ís is underway and I expect to be able to provide a firm release date within the weeks to come. This initial batch will be a limited pre-production
run. The intension behind it is to gain additional feedback and usage coverage in more varied environments over the Beta and test our end-to-end production and fulfillment capabilities. This is fully retail hardware and firmware. However, the cost of pre-production XIM3ís will be higher than future runs, it will be community-only (forum) supported, and there will be no refunds. The feedback from this run is critical, and, will be used to determine next production steps.
Iíd like to take this opportunity to recognize three people from our community that have given their time and dedication to this project well beyond anything I expected. And yet, theyíve never asked for anything in return. For this reason, Iíd like personally thank OMGsus
, and d0nskii
for all their time and talents directed toward the XIM project. OMGsus
for his professional creation and maintenance of our site, community forum, and store and rebuilding it all over for XIM3.com. mist4fun
for his constant support of our community and the tremendous amount of time he saved me by working directly with XIM2 customers on any and every issue that came up. Finally, d0nskii
for organizing and producing the high quality instructional video and gameplay content that is critical to the success of XIM3 (and, if you are wondering who that player was with incredible skills behind those XIM3 COD Beta videos, look no further
. As a token of my gratefulness to these individuals, they will be the owners of the first XIM3ís ever built and shipped to them later this week!
Itís been a great journey and the finish line is finally in sight. As always, thank you
for all your continued support of this product.