PlayStation Branded PS3 Keyboard and Mouse Controller Incoming

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131w ago - Today Sony has announced news of a PlayStation branded PS3 keyboard and mouse controller slated for release on November 2, 2011.

Manufactured by HORI, the Tactical Assault Commander 3 peripheral set will sells for ¥9800 ($127 US) and is officially licensed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

To quote: "The Tactical Commander 3 consists of an optical right-handed mouse and a keypad for the left hand with WASD-style keys. The pad also includes an easy-access D-Pad comes attached with a palm rest.

Tracking resolution on the optical mouse is unclear, but it's doubtful that the mouse can match the capabilities of a true gaming mouse for the PC. However, the mouse will come equipped with a DPI/sensitivity toggle for more precise aiming.

Sony has not yet announced what games it plans to support with the peripherals at this time. It's curious to see if the company plans to offer mouse and keyboard support for first person shooters like Killzone 3 and Resistance 3, which would undoubtedly benefit from the precision offered by the peripherals."
 

Video: Sixaxis Emulator Plays PS3 Games with Keyboard & Mouse

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151w ago - Today Matlo has updated his PlayStation 3 project which allows users to identify (spoof) a PC as a PS3 controller in order to use PC peripherals to control a PS3 and shared some videos followed by version 0.23 and v0.24 updates.

Based on the early work of Jim Paris, the application emulates the PS3's Sixaxis controller and sends commands via Bluetooth dongle plugged into a Linux computer allowing you to play all PS3 Games with keyboard and mouse.

Download: DIYPS3Controller Sixaxis Emulator / Guide

Features:

  • up to 7 controllers - requires 1 bt dongle or 1 usb converter for each controller
  • up to 8 configurations per controller
  • on-the-fly configuration switch with switch back mode
  • supported devices: mice, keyboards, joysticks (gamepads, wheels, ...)
  • multiple joysticks
  • multiple mice
  • multiple keyboards
  • configuration GUI with automatic event & device detection

 

Videos: Sony PlayStation Move Linux Mouse Driver PS3 Demos

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158w ago - Today Jacob Pennock has shared some PS3 demo video footage of a PlayStation Move Linux mouse driver he built based off Sony's upcoming Move.Me library.

Also below is a Gestural Interaction PS3 demo video, essentially a wand-based Linux Media Center using the PS3 Move controller.

To quote from his blog (linked above): A couple weeks ago at the game developers conference Sony announced a new product called moved.me which is basically a C library that allows you to connect the move controller to your computer.

Is currently in closed beta and I just got access to it this past Thursday. I spent my weekend playing with it and so far I've built a Linux mouse driver.

Since the Sony software is still closed I'm going to hang on to the source code at the moment, but hopefully by the time it goes public I will be up to polish this up into a nice wand gesture-based Linux Media Center.







 

Sony Releases a PS3 Compatible Bluetooth Mouse

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232w ago - Sony has recently released a new multi-function Bluetooth laser mouse with it's new Vaio X, CW and L range of laptops.

The new VGP-BMS80 can:

• Dual function of PC remote control and multi-function laser mouse
• Remotely control PLAYSTATION 3 to enjoy web browsing (No game control available)
• Software keyboard to input words easily

The new device includes an OFS (Optical Finger Sensor), which allows you to control the PS3's XMB without the use of a controller.
 

Computer Mouse Celebrates 40th Birthday

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281w ago - It was only meant to be a prototype. But 40 years after the computer mouse first scrolled its way into the public consciousness, new touch-screen technology could be about to consign the mouse to the annals of history.

The computer mouse was the creation of Doug Engelbart and his team at the Stanford Research Institute in California, who needed a simple way of controlling their computers. The result was a carved wooden block mounted on wheels, with a long cable trailing out the back. One researcher nicknamed it a mouse, and the moniker stuck.

"We thought that when it had escaped out to the world it would have a more dignified name," said Mr Engelbart. "But it didn't."

The mouse made its debut at a presentation in San Francisco in 1968 to show off a working network computer system. Before the invention of the mouse, people working on computers used a light pen, similar to those wielded by radar operators during the war, to navigate around on screen. The research team at the Institute set about finding an alternative, and went through a range of designs before finally settling on the mouse.

"We set up our experiments and the mouse won in every category, even though it had never been used before," said Mr Engelbart. "It was faster, and with it people made fewer mistakes....
 







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