Tagged: controller

X360 Arcade GameStick Gets Price Drop

x360arcadecontroller.jpgMad Catz Europe has announced a price readjustment for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade GameStick, offering an impressive 50% discount for those who buy it this holiday season. The Arcade GameStick, offering ‘arcade style’ controls for the console, will now retail for £24.99, half of what it sold for before.

The arcade controller is officially licensed by Microsoft and features a full-size joystick and the unique 360° ‘Spinner Control’. It also comes with three full Xbox Live Arcade games in the box – Frogger, Timepilot and Astropop.

Motion Controller for X360

The PS3 has it. The Wii serves it in spades. So, why not the Xbox 360? Well, one guy took up the challenge and actually created a Sixaxis-esque controller for the console. And it works. Check the video out:

DIY Black X360 Controller

Black Xbox 360 Controller (Alcaron)Dreaming of a black Xbox 360 controller? Wake up! Microsoft ain’t making one… yet. But thanks to Alcaron, you can have your sweaty hands on a black-colored Xbox 360 controller by just spending $5, notwithstanding the labor required of course.

Over at Alcaron’s Projects, you’ll find a DIY guide to blackening your precious controller, after which you can sit back and show off the controller to your friends and prospective girlfriend in hopes to impress her with your uber-painting skills.

Sixaxis, Remote, Memory Card Reader Priced

PS3 Bluray RemoteAn announcement on Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japanese site reveals the official name of the PS3 controller: Sixaxis. The company has officially dropped the DualShock name that has been used since the original PlayStation, with the new name referring to the controller’s six axes of motion control supported through sensors. Sixaxis will retail for 5000 yen (approx. $45 US).

Sony also officially revealed the memory card reader for the PS3; this will allow players to transfer their save games from the PS2 to the new console. It will retail for 1500 yen (approx. $15 US). The company also showed off the PS3 Blu-ray remote, which basically looks like the PS2’s DVD remote in design. The remote will retail for 3600 yen (approx. $30 US).

No prices for other territories were disclosed.

Harrison: PS3 is a Computer; Comparison with Wii Controller "Stupid"

Phil Harrison, the man behind SCE’s Worldwide Studios, in an interview with Spiegel Online remarked that the idea of Sony copying Nintendo’s Wii controller is “understandable,” but “a little stupid.” Apparently, both companies were working on similar technology for a long time, and now that such technology is possible within a price affordable by consumers, Sony went on to unveil the motion-sensing portion of PS3’s controller.

In the same interview, Harrison went on to say that users will adopt the PS3 as their “primary entertainment device” and that they’ll be doing their “gaming, movie watching, web browsing” and other “computer entertainment functions” through the console that will ship with a HDD and Linux preinstalled. “PlayStation 3 is a computer. We don’t need the PC.”

Miyamoto Flattered, Moore Not Worried

Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. My English teacher taught me that, and It seems Nintendo believes in the same philosophy too: Shigeru Miyamoto, often referred to as the “father of modern videogaming,” commented that Sony’s inclusion of motion sensing in their “DualShake” controller proves that the Wii is on the right track. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s kind of what always seems to happen. But the fact that they looked at what we were doing and decided it was a good path is kind of flattering; it kind of reinforces in our minds that we’re doing the right thing.

What they’ve done is just take your standard controller and add in this motion-sensing device that’s similar to what we did back on the Game Boy Color many years ago. Maybe if they were to completely copy and go with a remote and a nunchuk and two motion sensors, I might be a little more concerned. But I don’t think they’re anywhere close to that.

He also talked about his rivals’ performances at E3, saying that “it’s the same old experiences with new graphics,” referring to Sony and Microsoft’s plans for the “HD era”. The man also talked about the Japanese reaction to the Wii name; he also addressed worries that the new controller would be too cumbersome for casual gamers.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Peter Moore isn’t so forgiving. In an interview with EuroGamer, he remarked that the PS3 controller doesn’t have him worried:

At Microsoft we did the same controller six years ago – most people remember that,” Moore said. “The gamers’ response was muted at best. We remember it being applicable to flying games in particular and some driving games but overall there was somewhat of a collective yawn from the gaming community about the motion sensing technology.

Alluding to the removal of rumble in Sony’s PS3 controller, he commented that it’s “[not] a good trade off in itself.” Even the exorbitant (to most) price is commented on, but he concludes by saying that “Sony’s a great company,” and that it knows what it is doing.

New PS3 Controller Revealed

As expected, Sony has redesigned the banana/boomerang controller that was universally hated. The new controller retains the look of the DualShock 2 PS2 gamepad, but features enhancements which makes it different enough.

Although it looks exactly the same as the DualShock 2 controller, the PS3 gamepad uses a high precision, highly sensitive six-axis sensing system that does not require any devices for seamless interactive operation. This will allow for “more natural and more intuitive” play, making it as if the controller has “become part of your body.” This comes with a loss though: the vibration function of the previous controllers have been removed as it interferes with information detected by the sensor.

The redesigned controller also features larger L2/R2 buttons with increased depth in stroke for more subtle control in games. The tilting angles of the analog joysticks have also been slightly broadened, with information detection precision improved to 10 bit from 8 bit.

Following earlier announcements, the PS3 controller will make use of Bluetooth technology for wireless control. It will also sport a USB cable, enabling users to seamless transfer from wireless to wired (and vice versa); it also allows for charging.

E3 attendees will be able to sample the controller first-hand starting today.