A new patent application published by the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals that Microsoft has invented a next generation joystick controller for racing car and fighter plane video games. Older joystick were designed with spring force mechanisms to control the directional controls of a game while next-gen joysticks are described as using a magnets-centric system to provide greater accuracy for game play. The magnet control element will utilize special sensors to better simulate operations of a vehicle, such as a race car. The joystick will provide a rest position plus corresponding gears of a manual transmission to make it a lot of fun.
Microsoft filed their patent application under serial number 323441back in Q4 2011. The US Patent and Trademark Office published Microsoft's patent application earlier this month. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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