Force feedback technology developer
Immersion Corp. today announced the availability of twelve game controllers that it says provide Mac users with force feedback. It’s the most comprehensive list yet for Mac-compatible controllers that support force feedback, introduced on Mac OS X with the release of v10.2.3 earlier this year.
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Although force feedback’s application is not specifically limited to games, the technology is ubiquitous on video game consoles. Force feedback game controllers have become increasingly popular for gamers over the last several years, but up until the release of Mac OS X 10.2.3, Mac users were excluded.
Now force feedback works on the Mac, at least with three titles — Feral Interactive’s F1 Championship Season 2000, Aspyr Media’s NASCAR Racing 2002 Season, and Aspyr’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (with a forthcoming patch). Mac game publishers promise future support for force feedback as well.
Immersion Corp. reports that a dozen force feedback-equipped game controllers from various vendors are supported by Mac OS X 10.2.3 or higher. Immersion Corp.’s haptic technology is licensed by leading PC game controller and peripheral makers under the “TouchSense” trademark — you’ll see the TouchSense logo on equipped gamepads, wheels and joysticks.
The list of Mac-compatible force feedback game controllers includes: ACT LABS Force RS2 Wheel Gravis Xterminator Force GamePad Logitech Cordless RumblePad Logitech Driving Force Wheel Logitech Force 3D Joystick Logitech MOMO Force Wheel Logitech WingMan Formula Force GP Wheel Logitech WingMan RumblePad Logitech WingMan Strike Force 3D Joystick Saitek Cyborg 3D Force Joystick Saitek R440 Force Wheel Thrustmaster Hotas Force Feedback Joystick
These gamepads, joysticks and wheels can be found for sale where PC game controllers are sold; you won’t need Mac-specific drivers to get them to work, however, so don’t worry if you don’t see Mac system requirements on the box. Force Feedback support is built into Mac OS X 10.2.3 or higher and the games that support it.