Presenting the ROCCAT SOVA
So last week, I attended a gathering in a dark esports cafe, where ROCCAT had invited this small country’s gaming press. Haven’t seen a cooler computer cafe before, so the experience was marvelous.
I had scoured the street with Google Street View beforehand, and had a pretty good idea of where I would find the place. As I neared the place, I recognised the building, but the esports cafe (formerly known as netcafe) could be anywhere in the building.
Noticing people outside, they could be gamers which added to the possibility of being the location (confirmed by the name of the esports cafe on the door). As I was continuing my smoke before going in, another member of the danish press came along, greeted me and went inside.
I went downstairs, into the somewhat dark cafe, filled with computers, greeted the girls at the bar, and went in the back to the two VIP lounges. I greeted the ROCCAT guys, listened to what other people talked about, and decided to go into the room with the couch, where I was met with their PR representative. He was showing the ROCCAT SOVA to the press members.
SOVA will be your best friend when you’re taking the PC to the living room, as it will provide a fixed ground for keyboard and mouse. The best thing about it, is that you can customise it to your liking. It will as standard arrive with a rubberdome keyboard, but can be exchanged to a mechanical one.
The SOVA will have interchangeable cables, cableholders with magnets, mousepads, wrist rests and feet. You can change literally EVERYTHING on SOVA, apart from the keyboard which is embedded. The Android icon on the product page on ROCCATS website for SOVA indicates some form of indication with Android phones, but so far, ROCCAT is keeping quiet about this. It could just be Swarm, ROCCATs software that will work with the Nyth mouse. There were some mumbling about 3D printing, similar to the Nyth.
We also had a look at the NYTH and KOVA mice. NYTH support just as much customisation as the SOVA, sports a thumb zone where you an add special buttons for your need, and interchangable sidegrips that will relive your hand, as you can use something that fits your style of play, even depending on the game. Owning 2-5 mice is not needed now NYTH is here.
KOVA ads easy shift, which doubles the buttons, has a streamlined design, is able to double up the speed with Overdrive mode to a whopping 7000 dpi with the Turbo Core MCU. It also support the use of ROCCAT Swarm which helps you making layouts for the buttons and you can keep it all one headquarter to keep the tray icons to a minimum.
We also had a quick look at the white version of the ISKU FX keyboard. ROCCAT have recently begun to release their products in other colours than black, but this is their first white keyboard, and it does look good. I like they kept the keys in black, because backlit white keys never turns out good. It appears that the mold is the same as the ISKU FX. Here’s our review of the original black version.
Personally, I like that ROCCAT now gives players the opportunity to take their PC gaming to the couch. And the SOVA does keep the typical ROCCAT design, so players using ROCCATs devices will feel right at home.