Beyond the mouse and controller – the most extreme game controllers

Xbox controller, joystick and steering wheel – for many, only these game controllers exist. And yet there are a few pearls worth trying.

Not only the visuals and sound, but also the controller and force feedback can make a significant contribution to how enjoyable and immersive a game is.

The imagination of the designers knows no boundaries, so a couple of interesting concepts have been born over the past few decades – including a number that are perhaps already pushing the boundaries of insanity a bit, but they definitely deserve attention.

Shape and set mice

Under the umbrella of Hama, but marketed under the name uRage, MorphMouse2 is just a very “ugly” mouse at first glance, but if we take a closer look, we can see that it is a widget that can be completely customized. No more objections: the mouse will be neither too short nor too long, as this feature can also be customized. Despite its low price, it is made of excellent materials and its features make it great for gaming: its sensor comes from Avago, for example, and it has a resolution of 7,000 dpi and Omron microswitches under the buttons, which guarantee a long life.

URage also created the V3rtiKill, which also doesn’t differ too much in function from what a normal mouse can offer, but it’s special because of the design. You can use it with a hand position that is natural, so you don’t have to worry about discomfort and fatigue in the long run – in addition, the angle of inclination is not fixed, you can also adjust it to suit your needs.

For flight lovers

Controllers developed for flight are more of a conservative line in this field. Saitek is one of the most popular manufacturers among lovers of soaring, mainly because the company’s products are good value for money. Although the manufacturer has been officially part of Logitech since 2016, the gadgets can still be purchased under the name Saitek. The Pro Flight Yoke System is a great base: it includes a horn steering wheel and a thrust controller with three analog levers.

The controllers were also provided with two-position switches, a D-pad and a few additional buttons to control the configuration (e.g., brake wing) and control (aerodynamic brake) of the aircraft in a manner similar to real conditions. You can also buy a side steering pedal (SaitekPro Flight Rudder Pedals) to control the side steering and brakes, and true pros can also buy dedicated displays for the instruments or a separate control panel to control the radio.

Thinking in big “iron”, of course, the horn only fits Boeing planes, Airbus swears by the joystick; if you already have one at home, you can purchase the thrust controller separately. For fighter jets, take a look at the Thrustmaster T.16000M Hotas, which includes a thrust control in addition to the professional joystick, as well as pedals.

The omniscient button

There are several interesting widgets in Logitech’s 3Dconnexion offering, but for gamers, Space Mouse Wireless may be the most interesting. A small beauty flaw is that the device works with quite a few titles due to the special driver, which is compatible with the game and can do wonders with it.

The huge button is capable of six movements: tilt and push in four directions, lift, push, and rotate left and right. Not suitable for a primary game controller, but with a little fine-tuning, it can be a great addition to games that also require a “look.” The truth is, this gadget isn’t primarily for fun, it’s for creative professionals, but what could be more creative than solving it so that the controller can work with your favorite game as well.

A busting experience

Do you like FPS games but want a little more? If you have $ 140 (plus taxes, shipping, and customs) on it, nothing can stand in your way. The 3rd Space Ballistic Impact Vest, available from TN Games, is a vest designed to simulate pistol shots and other external influences. The front and back of the vest have eight “points of contact” that can put physical pressure on the wearer. Thanks to its sophisticated control software, the vest can mimic collisions or even the G-effect in addition to pistol shots.

“Buzzing” under the chair

The eloquently named Buttkicker Gamer 2 isn’t exactly an everyday structure either: it’s a haptic-based force feedback device that needs to be attached to the bottom half of the chair’s top. Once installed, even if you don’t have a wall-shattering experience, the little thing is perfect for reproducing the vibration generated by the engine during car racing or even in flight. What’s more, Buttkicker can do a good job in FPS games as it provides feedback on shots.

The advantage of this device is that, despite its special features, it does not require any driver, as it simply works with the signal coming from the audio output. That is, not only is it able to work with any title, but it is also a perfect cross-platform solution.

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