Haptic controller creator Novint recently announced that it had signed a deal with Electronic Arts to bring support for it's three-dimensional controller to a whole load of new sports games.
For those of you who don't remember, we reviewed the Novint Falcon
a while back and came away suitably impressed. A sort of next generation joystick, the Falcon uses a selection of motors which oppose player movement in certain ways to give accurate sensations of weight, texture and momentum.
In other words, when you use it to pick something up in Half-Life 2
then you can actually feel how heavy that something is, what it is made of and how it feels in your hand.
Thankfully, now our major concern about the revolutionary PC controller (a lack of support from publishers) has now been addressed and EA Sports will be including support for the Falcon in future games such as Madden
, Need for Speed
and, yes, even Battlefield
Trust us, you won't believe the Falcon until you've tried it in a shooter and directly felt the recoil of firing in-game guns.
There's no word on which games will be offering support when, but the press release
is making all the right sounds by the look of it and we can't wait to break out another Haptx-enabled game. Let us know what you think of the Novint Falcon in the forums