On Saturday, the USS Colorado, the last Virginia-class attack submarine of the United States Navy, entered service from the New London Underwater Naval Base in Connecticut. It comes with an unconventional team: an XBox controller, according to USA Today.
The Navy said in September that the new submarines would come equipped with a pair of photonic masts, which will replace the previously used periscope. The masts have high-resolution cameras that can rotate 360 degrees and feed their images to the monitors in the ship's control room. Initially, the masts were controlled with a "helicopter-type pole", but were described as heavy and clumsy, and exchanged with an Xbox 360 controller.
According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Colorado, Commander Reed Koepp, using commercial technology, saves money to the Navy, while the controller is already intuitive to the submarine's sailors.
The Navy is not the first to adapt its controls to what its users are familiar with. Wired for War author P.W. Singer told PBS in 2009 that the military has taken note of the video game industry, with controllers that imitate those who control the consoles: "We already have this generation that is already trained in its use. to use different systems that we would have to train them to use them?