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Novint Falcon Controller with Gun Attachment Reviewed (Verdict: Awesome)

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It has been almost a year since we first heard that Novint would add a pistol grip accessory to their 3D Haptic Joystick—but the update has yet to hit the market. Nonetheless, Wired got a chance to play a few FPS games with the add-on and were blown away by the level of feedback and control, saying that it completely changes the experience. Targeting was precise, and each gun used in the game takes on a different recoil intensity—which can sometimes be violent when dealing with high caliber weapons. There is also a steep learning curve with the haptic controls. More and more games are adding support for haptic controllers, so gamers interested in the experience will have a lot of choices down the line. However, we are still waiting for the pistol grip add-on. Let's just hope that it makes it out of the gate by the end of the year. When it is finally released, the grip is expected to retail for $20. [Wired]

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Ooh, this looks awesome.

The only downside to the controller, it seems, would be that it gives control more along the lines of a console controller or joystick compared to the more exact movement you get while using a mouse. I do like the powerful force feedback, though. I wonder how strong it can actually get... like if you had the base stuck in place could I break it if I pushed too hard forward?

Also, I wonder if it has some flexibility to the force feedback in that if I were to use two hands and steady my aim completely would it still force me to have the same recoil reaction, or would it be more stable like it should be?