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Thread: Steering with sixaxis motion sensing

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    Default Steering with sixaxis motion sensing

    Despite my fervent hopes, I don't think it's going to work adequately, certainly it ain't going to replace the negcon as favoured control mechanism
    I experimented a bit with Burnout Paradise, and it was mostly bad. It seemed just about controllable when only accelerating calmly, but as soon as I needed to brake or anything:

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    afaik the motion sensitivity on the DUALSHOCK3 has/will be improved over that of the sixaxis, meaning that a response will be made for somthing less than throwing it at the wall This should mean that it will be easier to control craft, but I won't be risking whatever might be caused by playing it at phantom, I don't even know if I could move my hands fast enough...

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    there may be some games where motion controls are appropriate (it works great in bowling for example) but for the VAST majority of games it's just too imprecise.
    this is especially true for steering in racing games.. it's just a gimmick

    I'd be happy if a rapid wobble of the sixaxis is used to activate a barrel roll in HD, and I might be able to deal with it for pitch control. but I have zero interest in it as a method for steering.

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    Totally agree motion control would probably never work for steering, but it could perhaps be a good solution for pitch control. There`s probably no other way to have independent control of steering and pitch, as with a Negcon. I imagine the problem with any form of motion control is knowing where the centre point is, so one thing that could be useful would be a display on the screen showing an image of the ship relative to horizontal, i.e. neutral pitch, so we can learn how much pitch we are applying with motion sensing, and where the centre point is. You wouldn`t be able to look at it in Phantom, but maybe it would help you get used to how to use pitch control with motion sensing.

    Maybe there could also be use of the rumble to help with this - a little bump that you feel in the controller when the pitch is centred, though not much use to a Sixaxis user obviously.

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    I did actually use the Dualshock3... If it has improved sensing over the standard sixaxis, I dread to think what that's like.

    I think the pitch/rumble idea is a great one. And I guess if we have to have barrel rolls, then wobbling the sixaxis to do them is also a good one. Although having both pitch and barrel roll activated through motion sensing might lead to some seriously messed up jumps

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    I like the idea of the motion sensing being used to control the pitch. Quite frankly I can't see what other practical use it could have aside from being used solely for barrel rolls.

    People are always talking about making the game more accessible right? I think motion sensing pitch control would be a step in the right direction for casual players and also please the hardcore fans. (Assuming it works I've got a launch day shitaxis here). I think a lot of new players are not aware of pitch control in Pulse and so they can only progress themselves so far and probably wonder why they keep getting spanked in Rapier and Phantom.

    SL if your going to implement it so the motion sensing can be used to steer the craft I think you are wasting your time, if it wasn't good enough for Motorstorm it sure as hell won't work for Wipeout.

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    I wonder if the six-axis could be used for automobile racing as though it were a steering wheel with all controls on the wheel.

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    Played Motorstorm with the SIXAXIS once. I have to say: It is very strange at first. But you can get used to it, I'm sure.
    It's very accurate once it's controlled. But you're moving the controller in the air instead of some nub that's in some ball bearing.
    That can give the impression of not having anything real in your hands you control.

    For WOHD, I would like pitch control via motion sensor. Barrel roll via R1 - L1 combination please. Not via D-Pad/nub anymore - that can lead to BRs you don't want.
    Alternative steering with the motion sensor is nice, but I prefer the D-Pad/nub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    I wonder if the six-axis could be used for automobile racing as though it were a steering wheel with all controls on the wheel.
    that's the way that most wii driving games work, and also pretty much the way that it works in most ps3 driving games that have tried to use it.
    that's where the complaints about the precision (or lack thereof) come in.

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    Are any of the Wii driving games really good/compelling/having long term interest?

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