Wednesday, January 9th 2008

Ubisoft Titles to Support amBX Surround Sense Technology

Ubisoft has confirmed two days ago at CES in Las Vegas that it is going to use Philips' Ambx-technology in some of its major upcoming titles. amBX allows developers to include "surround sense" elements in games through various peripherals, including light, colour, sound, rumble and air flow through enabled devices like fans and LED-powered lights. The tech is being shown at CES working on both Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway and Far Cry 2, which were recently delayed by Ubisoft until the next fiscal year beginning April 2008. "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway and Far Cry 2 are titles that will showcase just how powerful and in your face amBX effects can be in a war game. This is just the start of the alliance between amBX and Ubisoft and the level of our comarketing with Ubisoft will underline our dedication to bringing all-new ambient effects to world class games." said amBX COO Jo Cooke. amBX only works with PC titles at the moment, but console announcements are on the way too. The agreement will also see an amBX patch being released for the original Far Cry. Further patches for existing Ubisoft games will also be released with the amBX-enabling of additional titles to be announced later.Source: GamesIndustry.biz, amBX
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11 Comments on Ubisoft Titles to Support amBX Surround Sense Technology

#2
OnBoard
I had no idea what that amBX is, but this page described it nicely:

http://www.ambx.com/site/consumer/peripherals

Don't know how I feel (or not feel as I don't have amBX! :p) about them. Rumbling wrist pad is nice if you wouldn't use mouse, but wasn't there rumble mouses some year. Haven't seen them in years, so it doesn't really help. Those fans on the other hand could be handy at least in long gaming sessions and on summer even without the added reality :)

I always game with earphones though, so lights should be a separate unit, not sure though how much ambient glow would they bring.
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#4
ShadowFold
Wow that is so cheesy. I will never see this getting popular
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#5
DEFEATEST
Ya, you can see how it's kinda cool, but who wants gail force wind coming at you just because your near a chopper. Do they know how many tiny pieces of paper nerds have on their desks at any given time????I guess the light thing might be cool. I just think you are so focused on your screen, which these days is huge, how would you get the peripheral thing going on?

I can just see the forums now................"why the hell do I have gail force winds blowing at me when I'm inside a closet!!!!" ...........stupid drivers!!
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#7
OnBoard
by: imperialreign
decent review I caught in the mag early this year:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/philips_ambx_gaming_peripherals
"Philips offers the $400 “premium kit” that includes everything"

Heh, so this is Physics accelerator all over again. Too expensive, no game support and doesn't really change the gaming experience that much.

I though it was something like 100-200 max, but that's just an silly price for "anyone" to even consider. And you need those speakers and lights, so that the fans and the rumble thing works if I understood correctly. So if you happen to like just one piece of it you're out of luck.

by: DEFEATEST
Ya, you can see how it's kinda cool, but who wants gail force wind coming at you just because your near a chopper. Do they know how many tiny pieces of paper nerds have on their desks at any given time????I
Good point :D I have ton of stuff on my desk, but most paper is covered with heavier stuff =)
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#8
-2kill-
Does it shoot fire at you when something blows up? When they say "Game Over" They mean it.
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#9
imperialreign
TBH - I don't think this product has a chance in hell of going anywhere . . . not unless they develop support for p0rn ambx, then they prob wouldn't be able to keep the things on the shelf.
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#10
mysticjon
this sounds retarded....seriously if you want to have "more experience" join the damn army, how the heck is led speakers and fans going to emulate or even simulate anything???? this is a retarded deal that phillips is doing....i think it would be annoying hearing sirens go off and the led's flashin red and blue...if you want real experience go speed on some highway or something lol
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#11
lightsaber
I have a reality effects system from http://www.a-r-e.nl for about two years now, and it's always on. Games or whathaveyou, colorful light projection on my gaming desktop wall, or the adjucent connected MAME arcade, is something I enjoy every night.

Without the colorful light, the whole setting looks so dull; Worth checking out!!
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