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CES 2011: Razer announces PC motion controller

CES 2011: Razer announces PC motion controller

Razer demoed its new motion controller, the Hydra, with Portal 2 out at CES 2011.

CES 2011: Away from the news of ARM powered windows and “superphones”, peripheral manufacturer Razer has been one of the companies to catch our eye out here at CES 2011, with a motion controller for PC named Hydra, that looks similar to the Playstation Move.

Comprised of two wired handheld, nunchuck style controllers, motions are sensed not by a camera but by a small electromagnetic field generator positioned on the desktop.

Moving the controllers disrupts the field, allowing for a very precise in-game movements, and without the need to stand 10 feet away from your monitor. The technology is being developed by SixSense, and was demoed extensively using a build of Valve's up-coming first person puzzler, Portal 2.

We were shown the Hydra performing feats of surprising accuracy, such as threading a companion cube through a small space and resizing in-game objects to solve puzzles - a new feature for Portal 2.

Razer also stated that Valve planned to release special, motion control only levels in Portal 2, which would come bundled with the controller. Support in other games is patchy right now though, with only Left 4 Dead mentioned as another compatible title.

Still, the Hydra looked to offer a unique, smooth and very accurate experience, and we're really looking forward to putting it through its paces when it's released later this year. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

CES 2011: Razer announces PC motion controller Razer demos PC motion controller with Portal 2
New Portal 2 gameplay mechanics were on show, including resizing and altering the mass of objects to solve puzzles

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Fingers66 7th January 2011, 10:22 Quote
Wait....

"...a small electromagnetic field generator positioned on the desktop."

...what could possibly go wrong with that? :|
johnnyboy700 7th January 2011, 10:24 Quote
Looks interesting, I'll wait for your review.
leveller 7th January 2011, 10:44 Quote
Exciting tech. But I wonder how many devs aside from Valve will be able to make use of it ...

However, if they find a way to translate all the Wii/Play/Kinect inputs into Hydra inputs ... Mmmm!

Another win from Razer!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fingers66
"...a small electromagnetic field generator positioned on the desktop."

...what could possibly go wrong with that? :|

PMSL
Xtrafresh 7th January 2011, 13:23 Quote
Guys? It's a motion controller, can we see some moving pictures so we can see how it... you know... moves?
HourBeforeDawn 7th January 2011, 22:12 Quote
forget the controller lol look at that Portal 2 pic man I want that game >.<
felipemorse 7th January 2011, 23:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
Guys? It's a motion controller, can we see some moving pictures so we can see how it... you know... moves?

http://kotaku.com/5727146/this-is-portal-2-played-with-a-magnetic-motion-controller

Here is a video of the controller in action.


You're welcome.
GravitySmacked 8th January 2011, 00:15 Quote
Nice video link.

I'm not convinced it would be better than using a mouse and keyboard (at least for Portal 2) but looks promising and nice to see this sort of tech head the PC's way.
HourBeforeDawn 8th January 2011, 00:15 Quote
that video is awesome.
savantguarde 8th January 2011, 11:04 Quote
There are lots of interesting things we can do with motion controller tech when it comes to the pc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9ujnzMPBoc
This is the devkit of the same tech, ignore pricepoint as it has not been mentioned officially yet.
Guinevere 8th January 2011, 16:12 Quote
But OMG, look at the lag on that (well found) video. Who would want to play any game with input lag light that... other than one live subscribers of course ;)
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