A device that combines multiple input peripherals into one
You never know what you'll find when browsing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that's helped bring Oculus Rift, Ouya, and Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded to fruition. We've also seen a handful of peripherals skate through Kickstarter -- items like the Stinky Footboard Controller and Paradise Desk. More recently, we stumbled upon a unique peripheral called King's Assembly, and with 51 days still to go, it's already blown past its funding goal.
Traditionally, motion control has been the domain of the consoles. Between the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and the PlayStation Move, the tech has developed a reputation as an arm-wagging, casual experience—emblematic of the overall shift away from the kind of deep, demanding, rewarding gameplay that the PC as a platform is known for.
With that in mind, you can imagine that we were a little surprised when we heard that Razer—a company associated with competitive, hardcore gaming—was releasing a motion controller for the PC. Is this the beginning of the end?
In a word, no. Whether or not the Hydra is the beginning of anything at all is debatable, but it’s definitely not trying to dumb down PC gaming.
TIE Fighter is the single greatest game ever created; that fact is undeniable, so let’s not even bother trying to address it in a flurry of comments to this post. Case closed.
The problem? This is 2010. TIE Fighter came out in 1994. We’ve seen great changes in the computing industry within that sixteen-year gap: The growth of the multi-core platform. The death of the space-sim genre. And the uber-death of those strange contraptions called, “joysticks,” which one would use in said space games to fly about and rip things up with lasers or what-have-you.
Do I plan to go out and purchase a joystick just to play a sixteen-year old title? Or, for that matter, any game in the space-sim (or racing!) genre that requires such a device? No. That would require effort and money. And why should you invest those in a retail product when applications like PPJoy can give you exactly what you need to play such titles using the very devices that already sit at your fingertips!
You want to know what separates Thrustmaster's new Hotas Warthog joystick from the competition? A hefty price tag, for one. At $500, the Hotas Warthog isn't for the faint of wallet.
What you get in return is a replica set of the joystick, dual throttle system, and dual throttle control panel of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. The entire thing weights over 6.5kg and uses plenty of metal in the construction (joystick, throttle handles, and bases).
There are 55 fully programmable buttons to play around with, as well as 2 four-direction hat switches, each with their own built-in push button. According to Thrustmaster, this is the first joystick in the world to sport this feature.
The Hotas Warthog will be available later this month.