Delta Six game controller looks like an assault rifle


— 6:00 AM on October 15, 2013

Remember Duck Hunt on the original Nintendo Entertainment System? Now, imagine a similar concept with modern technology—and first-person shooters. That's the idea behind the Delta Six, a PC-compatible game controller that looks like an assault rifle.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Delta Six is now available for pre-order. You can reserve yours now for $245, down from what appears to be a $300 retail price. That doesn't include the briefcase, by the way; it's sold separately for $60.

Unlike the light-based Nintendo Zapper, the Delta Six relies on an accelerometer to track the player's aim. Melee attacks are triggered by swinging the stock forward, and players can reload by tapping the bottom of the magazine. Zooming requires little more than moving one's head close to the scope.

The Delta Six also has more traditional control elements. Movement is handled by an analog thumbstick on the back of the front pistol grip, a handful of buttons sit below the thumbstick, and more can be found on the main grip and on the side of the body.

If you want to see the controller in action, here's the requisite promo video:

Yeah, that was pretty cheesy. And the dramatic pauses make the Delta Six look a little laggy, even though the videos on the Kickstarter page show reasonably responsive tracking.

Obviously, the Delta Six won't rival the precision of a mouse. I have to admit that I'm curious to see what it's like, though. I have fond memories of on-rails arcade shooters like Silent Scope, and the modern equivalent of a light gun could be fun with certain games. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

   
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