Custom Mac drivers are now available for Belkin Corp.’s
Nostromo n50 SpeedPad, a USB-based game controller.
|<?php virtual(“/includes/gamesboxad.inc”); ?>
Mac OS X already supports HID-compliant game controllers like joysticks and gamepads, although support for those products is dependent on the game application’s support of HID Manager, the OS X system technology that provides that capability. But the Nostromo n50 SpeedPad is no mere gamepad or joystick — hence the need for custom Mac drivers.
The Nostromo n50 SpeedPad is an input device designed for especially for games that use a keyboard and mouse, like first person shooters. It has 10 programmable buttons, a programmable 8-way directional pad and throttle wheel. The Nostromo Array Programming Software (NAPS) for Macintosh enables the SpeedPad to be programmed with up to 57 functions all together.
The SpeedPad can be used with popular Mac games like Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Max Payne, StarCraft, Diablo, Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Age of Empires, and many others, according to the manufacturer.
The Nostromo n50 Speed Pad carries an estimated street price of US$29.99 (Belkin sells it direct from their Web site e-store for $34.99).