A new computer games controller that could be mistaken for a real gun is set for release early next year.
The Delta Six controller for video games like Call of Duty looks frighteningly similar to a genuine firearm, with its inventor claiming 'the only way to get more real is to enlist'.Which reminds me – it’s that time of year again!
Will I be disappointed again, and immediately switch back to ‘The Hunter’?
The jury’s out…
But back to the frothing report on this controller:
Aimed at adult gamers…Yeah, like that’s going to make a difference!
… the device is intended to give players of First-Person Shooting (FPS) games a more immersive experience than has been possible so far.
However, the imminent release of the hyper-realistic add-on is bound to raise fears that computer games encourage violent behaviour among the young.Well, of course it is. There are, it seems, hundreds of people just waiting for a story like this to confirm their suspicions and push their agenda. God forbid the ‘Mail’ should disappoint them!
Other manufacturers don't go in for the hyper-realism, of course:
With a built-in accelerometer that its makers say can be used in any game without calibration, it aims like a real gun without the need for a receiver on top of the user's television set. The controller also features a range of pressure switches, one of which can automatically switch the game to precision aiming mode by simply holding the device up to the user's cheek.
Other functions include a faux recoil simulation that makes it judder like it's spitting lead from the muzzle, and a real-life style reloading function in the gadget's magazine.It sounds much more attractive than the new gun controller for Cabela’s games, which adds a rather naff ‘pulsometer’. I’d rather have the simulated recoil function!
The Delta Six is the brainchild of David Kotkin, who is well known in gaming circles for his Avenger joypad mod. … Mr Kotkin's company says preliminary testing has shown that the Delta Six is easier and faster to use than a standard controller for FPS-style games.This type of controller is certainly far better than the gamepad. But I doubt it’ll make me any better at the fast-paced FPS type games…