Joystick designed to attack 3D games

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 January, 1997, 12:00am

A joystick developed in Australia and the United States for three-dimensional computer games comes out in Hong Kong this month.

SpaceOrb 360 has been developed especially for games such as Quake, Doom and Descent, exclusively for the PC platform, according to local distributor Turbo Channel.

It is suited to systems running both Windows 95 or DOS 5.0 and above. The SpaceOrb is developed by Spacetec, which says the limitations of 2D joysticks and control devices are not experienced with the SpaceOrb.

One of the new moves is the Circle Strafe, a combination of a front, side and spin movement - performed simultaneously.

The new joystick also has 1,024 different speed levels.

The developers claim that it puts other 3D devices to shame, including the SideWinder Pro.

'They're called 3D but they're really not,' a Spacetec spokesman said.

'They allow forward/ backward, left/right and, with a twist of the stick or a knob, looking left/right.

'You can't combine moves. With the SpaceOrb 360, you simply twist the PowerSensor up.' The PowerSensor is central to the device. The Powersensor Ball works with Opto-electronic technology as used in CAD/CAM and Virtual Reality visualisation.

Other games it is designed for include Rise of the Triads and Duke Nukem. Also it supports all Windows 95 games that incorporate joystick control.

Free game software drivers are available on Spacetec's ftp (file transfer protocol) site for newly released games.

The controller comes with a software training utility on CD with its own practice arena, so the player can learn to master the movements of SpaceOrb.



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