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Add More Realism to Your Stereo 3D Gaming, Go for a Light Gun

June 30th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Back in the days when we were using only CRT TVs some of the old consoles (dating back even to the old Atari 2600 and the first NES, although the light gun technology was developed back in the 30s of last century) there were the so called Light Guns that allowed you to use a gun as a controller in some games. But now, since almost everyone has an LCD or Plasma TV, LCD monitor or even a projector the conventional light guns are not usable anymore. So a new generation of light guns was developed that actually uses external sensor bars (array of LEDs) to track the position and movement with the help of a tiny camera in the front of the gun. The biggest advantage of this method is that the Light Gun becomes usable with any kind of display solution, no matter if it is a Monitor, TV, or even a projector – 2D or a 3D one and that is what makes it more attractive. Imagine using a 3D DLP projector to play your favorite shooter game on a big display and with a Light Gun, instead of using a mouse… definitely brings things a step further to feeling even more real, so here are a few options for you if you are interested…

EMS TopGun II


This is probably one of the first universal solutions that supports PC and Console use on a newer TV set or even a projector, the second version just offers some improvements over the first one.

- Visit the official EMS TopGun II product page for more information…


XFPS (Storm) light gun – PC Version


This light gun on the other hand is one of the most recent light guns announced, made by XCM, and you probably can notice that the design is greatly influenced by the Nintendo Wii. This one is only for PC, but there is also a different console version available for PS3 owners.

- Visit the official XFPS (Storm) light gun product page for more information…

Just have in mind that these light guns are intended for FPS games, so if you don’t play shooters there is no big point. Also if you are closing one of your eyes while aiming with a gun this can be an issue if playing a game in stereo 3D mode as you are actually going to loose the 3D effect and will not be able to aim correctly at the target. So there are some things you’ll need to consider before going to add a light gun as an accessory to your 3D gaming computer. And these are just some ready to use solutions that you can get, if you are willing to experiment there are a lot of things to be done, but that also may requires some specific knowledge and a lot of free time… ;)


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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thomasjn // Jun 30, 2010 at 13:34

    Nice, now you just need some sort of device to control movement with your feets :)

    If you get a projector and make the game scale 1:1 with reality, and get a gun and some kind of movement controller, which is controlled by your feets/legs, and 3D vision.
    Now that is immersive gaming :)

  • 2 Bloody // Jun 30, 2010 at 14:38

    The movement with your feet is a serious problem, because of the limited space you have in the room… if you want interaction with real world and virtual objects unrestricted by the space we are moving into the field of augmented reality… ;)

  • 3 Oli // Jun 30, 2010 at 18:36

    That article has missed one gun: The Novint Falcon.

    I own one of these (with the gun grip of coarse), and it is just great. I bought it before I went into 3D. Instead of controling with a stick or arrows “on” the gun, you simply more your hand, just like pointing.

    Plus, that gun offers feedback. You feel the bullets hitting you and the direction they came from, you feel walls and avatar movement, and of coarse, you get very realistic gun recoil.

    Talk about immersive gaming!

    As for controle with your feet… Using simple racecar pedals to duck and jump in nice enough if you ask me :)

  • 4 Thomasjn // Jun 30, 2010 at 18:38

    Yea, movement control with your feets/legs can get tricky, but by the speed gaming is growing at the moment, who knows what to expect in a few years :)

  • 5 Bloody // Jun 30, 2010 at 18:54

    The Novint Falcon is not a light gun, it is a different type of gun… With the Falcon you need to be sitting, it is good for when you are in front of a monitor and not using a big screen projector when you can be standing. Another similar, but much simpler option is Zalman FPSGUN FG-1000 Gun-Mouse for example.

  • 6 mr. hu // Jun 30, 2010 at 23:58

    the falcon is a vertical mouse.

  • 7 Rakayos // Jul 2, 2010 at 02:04

    There is an E3 special sale on the Novint website.
    http://home.novint.com

    Only 149,99$ for a limited time and with limited stock.
    Only 14 left right now.

    “This bundle includes: award winning Falcon controller, Pistol Grip, standard grip, along with Valveā€™s Orange box and another very popular Falcon title, Penumbra: Overture”

    I did not resist it. I’ve just bought it.
    I don’t know when I’ll receive my order but as soon as I’ve tested it I’ll tell you my feelings about how immersive 3D FPS games can be.

  • 8 Juanma // Jul 14, 2010 at 14:43

    Anyone have seen anything as this: http://www.youtube.com/user/virtual3dgun ???
    This is possibly the best pc game gun on the market.
    What you think?

  • 9 sam // Nov 14, 2011 at 04:57

    EMS Top Gun II or XFPS Storm Light Gun ??

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