It’s "official" now. White Fusion is doing it. Videos and pictures on the newly-updated White Fusion website show images of their working prototype for a trackball controller.
Videos of the controller in action show comparisons between joystick and trackball precision in the PS2 version of Unreal Tournament. Pictures show a Playstation 2 controller (in developmental stage, judging by the rough exterior), which has had its right thumbstick replaced by a trackball.
According to a press release on the web site, the new controller technology, dubbed REFLEX Control™, is intended for release in Fall of 2005.
The following message was sent to White Fusion "UNIT B members" earlier today..
White Fusion, LLC to release details of first planned REFLEX Control controller Thursday, 31 MAR 2005 at 2100hrs ET on their website – whitefusion.com
Reliable sources tell me that a trackball controller (like the concepts I’ve shown) for PS2 and Xbox is not far away! A company called Whitefusion apparently has working prototypes for Xbox2 and PS2 trackball controllers.
Although they have posted no details or press releases, you can visit Whitefusion’s website at http://whitefusion.com
I will have more details as they come…
Nintendo’s next-generation console, dubbed "Revolution", is expected to have radically different controllers than those of previous generations. Could it be that Nintendo is adopting the trackball controller concept? We should know more at E3 2005. (Thanks Dave H.)
This is a conceptual image I created to show the feasibility of placing a trackball on the Nintendo game controller. Read more about the benefits of the trackball…
This is a conceptual image I created in 2003 to show the feasibility of placing a trackball on the Playstation game controller. Read more about the benefits of the trackball…
If you wish, tell Microsoft about this idea, and send them the URL to this page.