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The US Navy’s newest submarine comes with an Xbox controller

On Saturday, the USS Colorado, the US Navy’s newest Virginia-class assault submarine, went into provider from the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut. It comes with an unconventional piece of kit: an XBox controller, according to USA Today.

The Navy said in September that the brand new submarines would come provided with a couple of photonics masts, which substitute the previously-used periscope. The masts function high-resolution cameras that may rotate 360 levels and feeds their imagery to displays within the send’s keep an eye on room. Initially, the masts have been managed with a “helicopter-style stick,” however the ones have been described as heavy and clunky, and have been swapped out with an Xbox 360 controller.

According to the Colorado’s commanding officer, Commander Reed Koepp, the usage of off-the-shelf era saves the Navy cash, whilst the controller is already intuitive for the submarine’s sailors.

The Navy isn’t the primary to conform their controls to what their customers are acquainted with. Wired for War author P.W. Singer told PBS in 2009 that the army has taken cues from the online game trade, with controllers that intently mimic those that keep an eye on consoles: “we already have this generation that’s already trained up in their use. So why would we try to use different systems that we’d have to train them how to utilize?”

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