I was pleasantly surprised to get an update last week from Bodielobus, an innovative developer bringing trackballs to console game controllers. After months of relative silence, Bodielobus has made the major announcement that their Paradox Controller for Playstation 2 is available for Pre-order at Buyreflex.com. The Paradox is Bodielobus’ first controller incorporating Reflex Control, a trackball that replaces the usual right thumbstick.
Although I’m not a Playstation 2 owner, I’m excited to finally see the trackball concept approach reality. Hopefully, this will represent a proof of concept among gamers and reviewers that the trackball can dramatically improve gameplay, especially in FPS’s. Bodielobus has not made any official announcement regarding future compatabilty with other platforms.
At the time of writing, the Paradox controller can be pre-ordered for a surprisingly low $21.99 USD, plus shipping. According to the site, that number will go up by $1 each week, until itis $26.99. NOTE: By using the “trackballer” code at http://www.buyreflex.com/Order.aspx or by using this link, the price at checkout is only$19.99. I don’t know if that is intentional or not.
Unfortunately, Bodielobus does not have an official release date slated yet, and I expect they are waiting for a minimum number of orders before hitting the manufacturing stage. I would not complain if Bodielobus sent me a prototype for review (hint, hint).