BenHeck revises single-handed console controller

Written by Phil Cogar

October 25, 2007 // 9:28 a.m.

Tags: #360 #benheck #benjamin-heckendorn #controller-mod #mod #ps2 #ps3 #single-handed

BenHeck is at it again. The man who constructed such creations as the Xbox Laptop 360 has one-upped his previous work by redesigning his one-handed controller.

The 'Access' controller is currently slated to be manufactured and sold by etailer eDimensional.com and will be available for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. An Xbox 360 version is in the works, but no release date has been set yet.

With all of that out of the way, let's get down to the really cool stuff. The controller has six fully-customizable module holes, with a main bus inside that will read the pin location on each module so it can distinguish between modules. This allows the user to configure the unit however they like, so there won't be a problem if you're right or left-handed.

You'll also be able to customise the layout depending on your needs for individual games. That means you can use your thumb and forefinger to control each joystick for some Clive Barker’s Jericho slaughtering, then with a few twists and moves you can have the joysticks next to each other for a quick spin around the Top Gear test track in Gran Turismo 5.

The design is even suited well for those with only partial use of both hands and should be easier to use than standard controllers. The bottom is even contoured so that it will rest comfortably on the arm of a chair, your thigh, or anywhere you find it comfortable to place.

I know I’m enthralled by this, as my favourite feature of the Wii is the freedom to not have my hands nearly fused at the wrists during multi-hour gaming sessions. Who knows, if you can train yourself to be ambidextrous you may even be able to grab two of these and play through Halo 3 co-op style on your own.

So, will you' pick one up or just resign yourself to looking at the pretty pictures? Leave your thoughts over in the forums.

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