Friday, 15 December, 2017

US Navy to Use Xbox 360 Controllers on Submarine Periscopes

US Navy Using Xbox 360 Controllers To Operate Submarine Periscopes Game On! Navy Submarines' Periscopes Will Soon Operate Using Xbox Controllers
Cecilia Poole | 20 September, 2017, 03:04

And then someone apparently suggested using an Xbox 360 controller instead. Lt. j.g. Kyle Leonard, the USS John Warner's assistant weapons officer, told the Virginian-Pilot that the Navy recently asked a number of junior officers and sailors what would make their lives easier, and many pointed to replacing the scope with something that's lighter and easier to use. Enter the Xbox 360 controller, which represents a savings of over $37,000 per submarine for the Navy.

The Xbox controller is similar to the ones many crew members grew up using to play video games, and while training on the helicopter-style stick took hours, sailors picked up the Xbox controller within minutes, the report said.

The reasoning behind the switch to the Xbox Controller is rather complex, but it is mainly due to the fact that some junior officers found the current joystick control system too clunky and heavy. In addition to being hard to manage, the handgrip and imaging control panel used previously also cost about $38,000, compared to the Xbox 360 controller's cost of around $20. Do you envision any other uses for Xbox Controller? Inside the sub's control room, the feed from those cameras is displayed on a large screen that anyone can see.

The US Navy will begin stocking all new Virginia class subs with the legacy controllers in the future, starting with the USS Colorado due to be commissioned into active service later this year. One of the reasons Xbox 360 controllers have been utilized is that the design is over a decade old at this point and has been tried and tested.

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