MSI turns your gaming PC into a drum kit with an RGB foot pedal

MSI turns your gaming PC into a drum kit with an RGB foot pedal

July 4, 2022 There is less than a week left to support MSI Liberator if you are interested.

At this point, gaming PC people have mastered the art of using their hands with many keyboards and mice to choose from, but two of our limbs just sit there, lifeless. With the introduction of MSI Liberator, people at Micro Star International envision a world where we do not just let our legs weaken and instead use them with a three-button pedal.

If MSI Liberator gives you a little déjà vu, you’re not alone: ​​Corsair released the Elgato Stream Deck Pedal in early 2022, also with three programmable keys. The difference here is deeper than just throwing RGB lighting, you probably will never look into the mix.

While the rival has a more unpretentious, flatter approach, the Liberator looks more like a drum pedal, enclosing your foot to minimize the amount of movement you need to press each button. With this in mind, you can also chain up to four Liberators together for a total of 12 buttons on the tips of your toes.

Two MSI Liberator gaming PC pedals sit side by side

MSI Liberator specifications

Each Liberator has three buttons including the pedal itself. You can customize the two side buttons with magnetic caps to better fit the shape and size of your feet. It sits at an 8-degree angle, which MSI considers ideal for ergonomics, with a stepped foot base to hold the grip. There is a response time of 100 ms, and supposedly user-friendly software. It has a mountain to climb to compete with the usability of the Stream Deck software, mind you.

In the same way as teaching yourself how to play drums, there is a learning curve to double the amount of limbs you use to control a game, but it opens up a world of possibilities. On the one hand, it makes intricate spells in MMO games a simple matter. On the other hand, it could potentially open up previously inaccessible games for the disabled, and make them playable again. However, your mileage can vary, and it’s not the cheapest unit at $ 149 US / £ 122 (compared to the rival’s slimmer $ 89.99 USD / £ 79.99 price tag).

Unlike the Elgato Stream Deck Pedal, the MSI Liberator is not readily available. MSI made the curious decision to crowdfund its pedal to measure interest in what it considers a fringe product, which comes with a handful of considerations, but also some assurances that your regular Kickstarter campaign lacks.

First, what you see is not necessarily what you get. MSI tells us that the Taiwanese arm working on the project “changes a few pieces of the design”, which may be surface level, but may also indicate changes in the function set. We know that the company is still working to trim the waiting time and assure supporters that you get 100 ms or less. Secondly, this is an official product from a reputable brand that has already achieved 31 times the goal, but you still have to consider that you are buying an idea and not a product.

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If you want something here and now, you need to get yourself an Elgato Stream Deck Pedal. Otherwise, you must back up the project before the time runs out, and you must wait until December 2022 for MSI Liberator – provided that development continues and annoying hardware shortages do not get in the way.

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