PSP to get rumble functionality?
- Posted October 16th, 2007 at 10:49 EDT by
- 16 Comments
Suers of Sony, Immersion, are looking at ways to broaden their horizons by introducing their rumble technology to new markets.
Immersion is planning to bring force feedback to handheld games consoles, specifically the PlayStation Portable. As Sony and Immersion have settled their disputes, and a Dual Shock 3 is just around the corner, this seems to be a logical step.
Vic Vegas, Immersion CEO, had this to say: “The effects and strength you can get with a small motor is really amazing… you really feel the staccato of a machine gun, you really feel when you’re pressing on a piece of glass on a touch screen that you’re pressing a low profile button… This would translate quite easily to the Nintendo DS, PSP or almost any mobile device”
The DS already has rumble, albeit with a classically named ‘Rumble Pak’ that slots into the GBA slot, but the PSP is still without one. Whether or not it will be integrated into a ‘PSP 2’, if one is ever made, or whether or not it will awkwardly clip onto the handheld somehow is still unknown.
The problem with rumble on a portable device is that it eats up battery life. Maybe Immersion will develop a way to reduce this?
Source: Pocket Gamer
- 6:25am EDT - October 16th, 2007
Nice idea, taking it a stage further I wonder if it would be possible to connect a sixaxis controller to the PSP using mini usb cable which then theoretically could be used to play PS3 games remotely using the remote play feature??
- 6:54am EDT - October 16th, 2007
That would remarkable, mayhemmusiq
- 7:24am EDT - October 16th, 2007
WOW... Sony wont stop will they... KEEP GOING SONY, MILK THAT COW!!!
- 9:01am EDT - October 16th, 2007
I don't see why the PSP can't get rumble. It already has a motion sensor add-on (similar tto the sixaxis controller's). Although the motion sensor isn't official, and it is currently only being used for homebrewing. Here's the link:
- 9:51am EDT - October 16th, 2007
i think adding an extra JOYSTICK ON THE PSP for FPS games, would turn the psp from a driving/ protable Gta handheld....to a hardcore FPS lov'n machine... anyone else think Syphon filter, socom etc. could use another analog stick?..... i know for sure that coded arms needed it.... and medals of honor, and COD..... any shooter for that matter...
- 10:34am EDT - October 16th, 2007
sweet, but i really dont know how they could put it in the current psp's.
- 11:00am EDT - October 16th, 2007
Easily, by adding a pak to the top of the psp where the Digital tv and GPS' go.
- 11:35am EDT - October 16th, 2007
nice, cant wait for DualShock 3.
- 12:50pm EDT - October 16th, 2007
USB port silly bear!
- 5:27pm EDT - October 16th, 2007
useless for PSP... as useless as it is for the DS. It's nice to have rumble back on a home console but it's beyond not worth the expense to put it on a hand held. You know sure maybe for a cellphone style portable like a side kick it might be a cool idea to have a vibration in games but otherwise it's just a waste, especially if it has to be an add on.
- 6:45pm EDT - October 16th, 2007
Damn, Sony always thinks of something new and inventive. I love it.
- 8:35pm EDT - October 16th, 2007
This is what the fans want here................................
- 9:03pm EDT - October 16th, 2007
Never imagined the PSP getting rumble. Sounds like a good idea nonetheless.
- 3:27am EDT - October 18th, 2007
this will be so cool
- 11:15am EDT - October 18th, 2007
Lovely, but Immersion has got a real challenge; that of maintaining battery consumption to the lowest pssible value, thus increasing the battery autonomy.
- 7:08am EDT - October 20th, 2007
psn id: gingo.... i'm really glad i've held off getting a psp so now i can get one with rumble builti n which would be awesome
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