Trying to combat the age old problem of sweaty palms playing computer games Logitech has unveiled a new game controller with a built-in fan-based cooling system, designed to keep the hands of gamers cool and dry - even during intense competition.

The Logitech ChillStream controller for PC is the only new game controller to offer this exclusive, patented technology.

"We're always evaluating the different kinds of materials and technologies that can help make the gaming experience more comfortable", said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech's director of product marketing for gaming. "But for intense action-games, there is nothing that can substitute for moving air - it's the best way to keep hands cool and dry. This new controller offers Logitech's unique ChillStream hand-cooling technology without compromising on the size and design of the controller. And the fan is extremely quiet - you'll know it's on only because you can feel the air cooling your hands."

Logitech's exclusive ChillStream Technology includes a built-in 40 mm fan that circulates up to 3.41 cubic feet of air every minute, while generating very little noise.

Three narrow vents on each side of the controller push air directly onto the four fingers, the base of the thumb and the palm of the hand - the three areas of the hand that need cooling most. The air stream has three settings - high, low, and off.

The plug-and-play, full-speed USB Logitech ChillStream controller for PC works on Windows XP computers, and will work with Windows Vista when Microsoft's new operating system becomes available.

The controller also features Logitech's patented floating D-pad, which uses four points of contact instead of a single pivot point.

The Logitech ChillStream controller for PC will be available in the US and in Europe, beginning in September. It has a suggested retail price of $39.99.
We are awaiting confirmation from Logitech whether this will be available in the UK and if so how much it will cost.

We will keep you posted.