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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Wireless 360 PC Controller

Not as complicated as it sounds:

Lastly, Microsoft is launching a wireless Xbox 360 controller for Windows computers. This one sells for $59.95 and debuts in December. It operates at 2.4 gigahertz and so shouldn't interfere with much else in your home. It has two vibration feedback motors and an improved ergonomic design. Last year, Microsoft debuted a wired Xbox 360 controller for the PC. Who wants something like this? Jukes says that sports gamers who play on the PC and racing game fans will like it. And maybe it will be useful for those of you who want to play the upcoming Halo 2 for the PC.
-- A+E Interactive: Microsoft Launches PC Game Accessories

Or those of us who might be interested in coding for the 360, obviously. This isn't a big deal, but it's good to see interest in developing serious gamepads for PC's. I really think one of the major things Apple could do for OS X gaming is to develop a really innovative controller, a la the Wiimote, for the Mac. It doesn't have to be a Wii-clone or anything, just something unique, flexible and accessible. Tall order, sure, but I hear Apple has some pretty good designers in their house.

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Patrick Dugan said...

I'm interested to see what Apple's cell phone has equipped. It might be as lame as a traditional media hub (which would be sweet on its own), it might have gaming abilities, or, it might even have motion sensitive input ala e-moto, which would be along the lines of what you're looking for.

Josh said...

Which reminds me of an alternative I've considered: writing a Bluetooth HID which would try and turn any cell phone in the area into a game controller.