Why wait for the Nintendo Wii U, when you can have an LCD screen on your controller right now. That’s what Datel Design and Development offers with its TurboFire EVO controller for the Xbox 360. The controller, which passed through the FCC today, features a 1.7-inch display known as the “Combat Command.”
Sure, the display doesn’t really do much – it basically just gives users a visual interface for adjusting controller settings like speed, recoil, button mapping and rapid fire. But does that really matter when you’re the only one with an Xbox 360 controller with an LCD screen? No.
Traditional controllers work fine with first person shooters, but aiming at a target with analog sticks just isn’t very realistic. That’s why we love gun controllers, like Activision’s Top Shot Elite controller, that passed through the FCC today.
The Top Shot relies on a sensor bar and high-sensitivity camera for movement tracking. The gun has analog controllers near the end of its barrel and on the back of the gun’s grip, and a pump-action reloading mechanism that works similarly to a shotgun. There is also a scope on the Top Shot that has a red lens which will, according to Activision, give players a different perspective on the environment.
Activision will release the Top Shot with a hunting game called Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011. It’s not clear if the Top Shot will work with other games, but we’d love to try it out with Medal of Honor.
The Top Shot Elite is scheduled for release this Fall. Pricing for the device has not yet been released. The Top Shot Elite will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
It’s hard not to love first person shooters, but controlling a shooter with a typical controller isn’t very realistic. That’s why G-Mate designed the Mag Gun, pictured above. The Mag Gun enables users to actually aim and shoot the gun like they would with a real weapon. Additionally, the Mag Gun has a series of configurable keys, joysticks and pads that can be used to duplicate the functionality of keys on the Xbox 360 or PS3 controllers.
For example, the analog stick on the Mag Gun’s front grip controls strafing and forward/back movements. There are also a series of buttons on the gun’s back grip. Since all of these buttons are customizable, the Mag Gun can work with most shooters on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms.
Check out the videos below to see the Mag Gun in action. We’re not sure when the device will be released, or how much it will cost, but G-Mate passed the device through the FCC today, suggesting that a release date will be coming soon.
The future or a flop, only time will tell, but you can preorder Microsoft’s KINECT motion controller for the Xbox 360 right now at the Microsoft Store. The KINECT will cost $149.99, although Microsoft notes that “The $149.99 price represents an estimate only as the official price has not yet been announced.” Interesting.
The KINECT is scheduled to be released on November 4th, 2010. However, Microsoft again tempters our expectations with a cryptic note, saying “The Kinect sensor will be available on or after November 4th, 2010,” so the November 4th date doesn’t seem to be completely solid just yet.