Flex-Fire: An Innovation or Fine Adjustment?
Posted by Christopher Ingram
Sharp Shooter with a twist
It seems like we just put our hands on the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter a few days ago, but an inventor named Adam Wickam — Colorado gamer and entrepreneur — has already found a way to innovate the design of the Sharp Shooter. In our Sharp Shooter Impressions Article we noted that the controller had its strengths and weaknesses (awkward character movement) alike, but how does one go about fixing these weaknesses?
Welcome the Flex-Fire, which could possibly become the new standard in gun peripherals for PlayStation Move. The Flex-Fire looks much like the Sharp Shooter with the Move controller inserted into the end of the barrel, and the Navigation controller inserted into a drop down handle positioned in the back by the stock instead of under the barrel here. The gun features an adjustable stock and 30 unique configurations, but the real innovation here is that the barrel ‘flexes’.
This flexible barrel supposedly eliminates the awkward character movements found when using the Sharp Shooter, by allowing the ability to look around freely with the flexible barrel without actually moving the entire gun peripheral. It’s far easier to see how this new peripheral ‘flexes’ in action, so check out the video below to see just how unique this new design truly is.
When speaking about his Flex-Fire, Wickam stated:
Games should replicate the real experience as closely as possible. Troops in battle aren’t clumsy and can turn their heads without turning their shoulders. Why should gamers have to point the whole gun off the screen just to turn the character's head in the game? If I’ve invested in a high-level game, I want the control and feel of an actual gun and a better chance of success.
And better success is exactly what Wickam is claiming too. Supposedly gamers that have used the Flex-Fire have seen a 19% winning-edge, and we will soon know for sure as the Flex-Fire will be showing off its innovative twist on the Sharp Shooter at this year’s E3 Expo next week. We will bring you any new information as we get it, and will give our in-depth analysis on the Flex-Fire when we get to take it on the battlefields for ourselves when it releases sometime this summer.
Be sure to look for the Flex-Fire in Sony’s E3 Live Stream media conference next week, and head over to Flex-Fire's Webpage for more info and videos. Does the Flex-Fire look like a innovative design over the Sharp Shooter? Let us know what you think about the Flex-Fire in the comments section below.