Up close with the Battlefield 3 simulator!
Remember our Modern Warfare training a while back? The Gadget Show decided to take it one step further by transforming a studio into the ultimate first-person simulator featuring the latest in entertainment technology, achingly realistic paintball gun feedback and a copy of upcoming war shooter Battlefield 3. Gamers. This is what dreams are made of.
Today’s games might promise realism, but nothing quite like this. In an attempt to create the ultimate first-person shooter simulator, The Gadget Show transformed a studio into a virtual battleground. Here’s how it all came together.
The simulator was housed in an Igloo Vision immersive dome measuring 4 metres high and 9 metres wide, fitted with five HD projectors to project the game onto a colossal wraparound 360-degree screen. The idea is that wherever you look, you see the action going on around you.
But what about player movement? That’s where the genius of Swedish company MSE Weibull comes in. The company have built an omni-directional treadmill that enables you to walk in any direction – perfect for simulating walking soldiers in the game. Ten overhead cameras track the player, so that whichever direction they walk is simulated in the game itself.
Ambient lighting technology from Extra Dimensional Technologies recreates real-time lighting changes found in Battlefield 3. Since being shot makes the screen go red, the lighting system can signal to a series of paintball guns when this happens to deliver the ultimate in paintball gun-powered force feedback. It’s the only simulator that’ll give players battle scars.
For firepower Jason got his hands on the the appBlaster – a clever toy gun that uses two triggers. Here, pressing the front aims the reticule, while pulling the back trigger lets the player shoot. Synced wirelessly to a PC running a copy of Battlefield 3, it proved to be the ultimate in war sim weaponry.
A copy of the game wasn’t the only gaming tech on show. A modified Microsoft Kinect camera hacked by Running in the Halls is used to track player movements such as crouching and jumping. The experience was so realistic that even SAS commander Andy McNab felt right at war.
You too can get your hands on Battlefield 3 when it arrives in stores on October 28. Read our Battlefield 3 single player campaign preview to see what we think so far.
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