Microsoft has moved past their Xbox 360 controllers but the US Military has found a use for them now implimenting the classic video game controller on their new nuclear-powered warfare submarines.
‘Virginia class’ Submarines use digital cameras that officers can view on multiple screens instead of the traditional single view periscope that we’ve seen for decades in the movies or for those lucky enough to have toured an actual submarine. Until recently the camera systems for these Subs were controlled by custom built joysticks that cost $38,000 and needed hours of training to use. The Navy somehow came to the conclusion that the Xbox 360 controller is cheaper (costs $40 per) and also easier to learn.
This isn’t the first time the US military has procured Xbox controllers for their own ends. The Army used an Xbox controller to operate a high-energy laser gun which was contructed to blast mortar shells and drones. All seem to agree that by using video-game technology for a growing millenial army that this is also a great way to cut training time as the majority of young people enlisted have most likely used a console in their lives.
Microsoft has yet to comment on the growing use of the repurposing of their technology but something tells me their OK with it as long as the US military isn’t using Sony Playstation controllers.
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