Full Battlefield 3 simulator video is, well, awesome

A few days ago we reported on a $650,000 first person shooter simulator that was built by a TV show to create the ultimate FPS gaming experience. Now the UK-based The Gadget Show has posted the entire video feature on YouTube for all to see and, well, it's just what we hoped. It's awesome.

We won't spoil the entire feature for you; it's definitely worth watching the whole thing to see how this simulator was set up, combining a number of hardware and software products from a variety of companies, including the long awaited shooter Battlefield 3. But we do want to point out what we think are a couple of interesting features.

One is that the plastic toy gun used by the player in the simulator has an iPhone, of all things, attached to the top. The iPhone's touch screen is used by the gun to transmits its "shots" wirelessly (via an app) to the PC game. Pretty MacGyver-esque.

Another aspect is that the dome used to show the image of Battlefield 3 can't actually show the game in a full 360 degree projection; it's limited to just 180 degrees. So the team came up with a software solution that actually moves the screen image of the game around the dome when the player moves his line of sight around; he just sees the game rather than a blank wall.

Finally, former SAS soldier and now novelist "Andy McNab" (not his real name; he still keeps his real identity a secret) got a chance to try out the simulator. It's pretty cool to see how a real combat hardened soldier navigates his way through the Battlefield 3 simulator. We suspect that the real military is looking at this set up very closely.

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This should go to a amusement part.

BTW, I think this wont be the last time we hear of this system....

If you're going to go the trouble of building such a realisitic simulator why not get some balls and save yourself the hassle and join the military?

What are they going to do with this after the show? Seems like a lot of money to waste for a one off. I hope they can dissamble it and take it to the gadgetshow live so people can have a go

Teebor said,
What are they going to do with this after the show? Seems like a lot of money to waste for a one off. I hope they can dissamble it and take it to the gadgetshow live so people can have a go

i wouldnt be supprised if ea funded it, or the tech providers donated the bits for free advertisement.

They could've used Nvidia 3D or something similar for even more realism.

I wish to see setups like this in arcade halls in a near future.

Finally something that would make all gamers really fit without having to go to the gym every once in a while....

.Markus said,
Finally something that would make all gamers really fit without having to go to the gym every once in a while....

All it's missing - a drill sergeant yelling "drop and give me twenty" at his leisure

This is smashing, simply smashing. I would seriously love to get myself one of these to play CoD, Battlefield, Resident Evil, hell even Splinter Cell. I give it 10-20 years before we start seeing something like this being manufactured and sold on the market.

I could so see this being a Microsoft toy for the 4th Gen Xbox.

One is that the plastic toy gun used by the player in the simulator has an iPhone, of all things, attached to the top. The iPhone's touch screen is used by the gun to transmits its "shots" wirelessly (via an app) to the PC game. Pretty MacGyver-esque

Out of all the amazing technology and collaboration of to create immersion, this is what the reviewer noticed?

Any controller or ever wireless touch pad could have been used. It was the most basic piece of 'replaceable' technology, as it the gun was using triggers to click on two points on the screen. (It was used because the gun/toy was made to hold an iPhone and click on the screen, and it could relay to the PCs as MOUSE CLICKs.

The video and simulation is beyond brilliant, but the cheap iphone being used as a touchpad trigger mechanism was the least MacGyver item from the demonstration.

Yet Apple is so cool, that out of all this technology, not to even mention the Kinect and Windows computers running the base game and technology, the freaking iPhone is what people notice and mention? (The world is slipping into insanity.)

Wow... Amped by the video and sad that the mentality of anyone that would watch this, let alone the Article Poster focused on the iPhone.


Apple is brilliant, in that they expose people to technology, and make them feel like they are a part of technology and thus they get to be geeks/brilliant by just buying products, and magically also inherit the understanding of technology and are 'included' in the genius tent.

This is good as it educates them and they feel like they are a part of technology.

It is also analogous to children feeling brilliant when they are included and can match the colors with the dinosaur on the screen, but in adult world, they are still kids figuring out colors, no matter how smart Barney made them feel.

This is where reality hurts...
Apple fans, you are kiddies, and Apple is Barney making you feel good.

And the last tent you look for genius, is the one with the Apple users that magically inherited their understanding of technology because they bought an iPhone.


PS I bet the designers of the floor, and tracking, and even the PC game maker would be a bit put off by a review that focuses on the iPhone attached to the toy gun.

@Author... Very good kiddo, you matched purple with purple, Apple and Barney would are proud of you.

thenetavenger said,

Out of all the amazing technology and collaboration of to create immersion, this is what the reviewer noticed?

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@Author... Very good kiddo, you matched purple with purple, Apple and Barney would are proud of you.


Who is fixated on the iPhone here? The author, or you? All he did was mention what it was. You wouldn't have been in such a fuss if he had said 'The trigger system was a Samsung Galaxy S phone!'. Get off your iHorse.

Really cool, but game seems unplayable like that.
I think an easier and more effective simulator would just be a real car with screens for each window that bounces around etc.

Very cool. Sort of expected a poor man's version by now with a visor system from one of the graphics companies...

The roller floor is a great idea too

Incredible, I hope they adapt on this and allow anyone to use it, like the modern-era laser paintballing, there's a market for this!!!