This game pad from Valve looks really exciting. However I wonder how it would feel like with no proper buttons. It will probably not win any design awards.
The reason I’m excited though, is because they are trying something new and that is something you should always encourage! Regardless if it is a success or failure, it is very bold! I love playing Street Fighter and it will interesting to see if that still works properly with this game pad.
I’ll try to bully some friends that do release games on Steam and see if they have managed to get a game pad that I can try out =D
(“brain” dump, eg me trying to anticipate the future haha)
If you are following me on twitter you probably saw that I got my kickstarted pebble smart watch recently. What a pebble can do is receive and send data to your phone. Currently, my pebble shows SMS and phone calls I get, and I can adjust what songs are playing. But on android you can do a lot more.
Anyhow. This got me thinking. Since there are a lot of rumors surrounding the next wave of gadgets among the big mobile companies (Google, Apple, Samsung) that they are going to do smart watches. There were also rumors during GDC that Apple showed of a gamepad to developers. I doubt that Apple will do a gamepad since they have put in so much effort on touch screens and a gamepad won’t revolutionize anything we do today. And gampads as they are today are clunky and you don’t really want to run around with one in your pocket.
So this got me thinking. Since gaming is probably the number one activity on smart devices, can we do it better? (Or maybe we dont need to since it is number one…). A smart watch has buttons, we wear it everyday, it is not clunky and can do more things than just show the time, so why not use it as a gamepad? The number one reason why I really don’t play as much as I should on my phone is because of buttons. I may be very traditional in that sense, but my gaming experience is way better with buttons. I enjoy games on xbox/ps3 more than on my phone.
So how would a smart watch look like to behave as a game pad? My only “design” right now is that you have to remove the watch from your wrist to use it. That is not so efficient, but doable. I really don’t know what a smart watch gamepad would look like since I havent tried to concept it on paper (lulz, me painting). We just need to figure out how to design it in a proper way! Post your drawing in the comments =D
Or I am totally wrong and everyone will start using this tech instead - touch screens that can create “bubbles” that behave as button! Now that is a next gen touch device!
The future of the Playstation X? Tomorrow we will know!
Playstation X will be announced tomorrow! Or ..something :D I hope they will start talking about why they bought gaikai last year. My guess is that they will bring backwards compatibility for ps1 and ps2 games that way. I don’t see how they would be able to stream ps3 games today.
Above is one of the leaked pictures of the new Playstation gamepad. Do you think it is legit? It sure looks ugly but maybe the features are all there :)
The rumors says that it got a trackpad area. It also got an audio output in between the analog sticks and it also seems to have a speaker? Or is it a mic (maybe both?). It also seems to have some kind of lamp on the top similar to the move gamepads.
Other than that it looks like the regular ps3 gamepad. The rumors also says that the trigger buttons are better. The d-pad seems to have been adjusted. I hope it is better :)
I’m looking forward to see what the Sony guys will show off tomorrow!