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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd's Custom PS3 Controller Is Enormous

Posted by Sammy Barker

Make some room

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, the sequel to SEGA’s strangely popular rhythm game, may be packed with dainty melodies and twee vocaloid voices – but there’s nothing elegant about its monstrous PlayStation 3 peripheral. The optional Hori manufactured extra – which rivals the first boss from Team ICO classic Shadow of the Colossus in sheer scale – boasts eight enormous buttons, allowing you to match beats with ease.

The input device – which will set you back ¥9,800 ($94) – includes artwork of Kagamine Rin and Len, as well as all of the DualShock 3’s usual buttons positioned towards the top. Admittedly, it’s quite a neat piece of kit, but at 2,000 grams you’re going to need to stump up some serious postage costs to get it shipped overseas. Still, with the series seemingly starting to catch on in the West, it may be a sound investment yet. Can you picture yourself drumming up the cash for this ostentatious device? Sing us a song in the comments section below.

[via siliconera.com]

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MadchesterManc

#1

MadchesterManc said:

Come on now @get2sammyb Theres nothing strange about people liking a Vocaloid infused rythmn title that plays fantastically well

I was looking at these on Amazon not too long ago, but importing would probably cost as much as, if not more, than the actual controller itself lol Ive seen smaller Hatsune Miku variations out in the wild bu there harder to get a hold of it seems. Probably best just sticking with the Ds3/Vita

ZedameX

#3

ZedameX said:

Believe it or not but this is actually the MINI controller which is roughly a quarter of the size of a full sized controller. Mind you, a full size hasn't been announced for F 2nd, and the previous releases are limited and therefore now hard to find.

To compare:
Mini controller is 370x225x60mm, 1.7kg out of the box
Full sized controller is 690x430x70mm, 7kg, features actual project diva arcade sized buttons which just like the arcade, stand lit up and dim when you press them, it used to cost ¥ 33,900 or roughly $330 USD.

I have used both controllers and own the full size. When you play these games for thousands of hours and the controller works fine for all previous installments as well (which you still play for certain songs), it doesn't seem like a lot of money spent.

The big mistake with the design of the large PDF controller is that the touch panel is hard to find in the frey, becomes unresponsive quickly, and only supports a single touch point which I understand makes it useless for F 2nd. The workaround is to fix a standard controller where you feel most comfortable to access the analogue sticks when required. Hopefully F 2nd will also let you use any controller that is currently switched on so you can still do this.

Either that or constantly use the help item that assigns star notes to the L/R buttons... Mind you, those are probably hard to hit quickly as well :(

Sources
Personal Experience
(Hori Japanese Official Site): http://www.hori.jp/products/ps3/ps3_miku_pdf_con/large_index.html

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