REvolve: A New Type Of Controller

The REvolve is a controller with a slight difference, instead of the R analogue stick, it has been replaced with a trackball! Pretty cool huh.

The controller, is actually an improvement from it’s predece…… predeces…… Daddy. By making a big leap and changing it into the wireless generation, which is a big deal nowadays.

Here’s a picture of the prototype controller:

Yes well done. You don’t need to tell me that it has 2 USB’s. I was curious about that myself so I contacted the person running the project, to which he replied:

Regarding the dual-USB: In its current form it connects via USB to provide both native gamepad input and native mouse input. So the two are separate but parallel. This is to provide a broad support format. In the future we may look to provide other combinations of output as well.


Good ol’ Pete! :D

Basically, one USB is for the gamepad, and another is for the trackball, because technically the trackball is just a mouse.

I also asked him what his plans were for the REvolve, I won’t sum it up. I’ll make my job easier and just quote:

In the form we are aiming to build, it will be targeting use on PC’s natively and on Android-based devices, providing the same native gamepad and mouse input. I have also been exploring interfacing with console systems using third-party translator, which has been overall good, but the current prototype has some limitations to get a solid demo. I have been trying to find time to capture a little video of what that looks like so far.


Okay, I’ll sum it up. He is focusing for the PC and Android devices for it to be used on, and also is exploring ideas about connecting it to consoles which seems to be going well!

The REvolve has an interesting history actually, our mate Pete here originally pitched it to Sony but unfortunately they decided against it, saying to him ‘I’m afraid the controller might provide a competitive advantage’. Had they known that 7 years later our ears will be bleeding from 12 year olds shouting in their microphone, on the innovative, once-a-year game known as CoD. They may have changed there mind.
The first controller is designed to be like a PlayStation controller because it was made with for the PS2 in mind. It still bears a remarkable resemblance, and they didn’t stray too far from the original design of it (unlike this one). The controllers design still looks modern, flashy, and…….. Awesome.

I asked him more about his aim with consoles, because this is what would make me buy it. He replied with;

What I’m working with is a translator designed to enable players to use a mouse/keyboard combination with their PS3 (or Xbox360). The REvolve connects to the translator, (like a dongle) then that provides a bridge to the PS3 producing a very natural feeling movement from the mouse/ball input via the console system’s joystick input. The connection is currently using the wired USB – later wireless USB via Bluetooth or direct Bluetooth link if available.

Above, where he said there were ‘limitations’, he told me that the console version is not working properly, where the ‘translator’ he has made was recognising the mouse input, but not the gamepad itself!

Pete is being very clever on this one, creating a controller that works with both home consoles, Android platforms, and also the PC & Mac. Yay! Everyone wins!


Want a video of it? Of course you do ;)

This video is of the controller which is connected to the PS3, although the gamepad does not work, with the demo of the REvolve trackball in place, how can you not like it?

It is easy say that this controller is based around FPS games, or any first person game, but it will still be great on plenty other games…….

Games like the ever so popular Diablo, and for you classic gamers out there, Age Of Mythology!


Wait, he didn’t just change the stick with a ball. What do the insides look like?

Here you go!

I will be backing this when I get the chance, and although it has around 30 days to go, it is still a beastly $52,000 away from its mark and has only got $7,200 so far. I think that this controller is a revolution (get it?…….. ball…… revolution…… ba…. Okay, I know it was bad) in console gaming, and will also make PC fanboys be quiet about how ‘mouse gives you better accuracy’.
Shutup(oh yeah I’m not allowed to be rude) Pretty please with a cherry on top. Now shutup.

How’s that?

If you fancy this controller, you can pledge money to his kickstarter page HERE.

If the controller reaches it’s goal and more, then the project owner will try to change the design into triggers, rather than buttons which is what it is at the moment. (Remember? It’s designed like the PS2 controller)

At the moment, you unfortunately cannot buy the corded controller. So if you want one of these pieces of awesomeness, you can pledge $40 towards the project, and if it is successful, you will be getting your REvolve. (In October 2013)

It’s not my fault there’s so many amazing things on kickstarter!

  1. JeoWay’s avatar

    This is kind of odd? I wonder what the track ball feels like


  2. The_S’s avatar

    I’ll admit, I didn’t think that I would like this at all but after reading this and watching that guy play… I kinda want one! xD


  3. hgoel0974’s avatar

    So, you just couldn’t resist the urge :lol: but I actually find the idea cool, I really wonder what the track ball might feel like and how it would affect gameplay (not that I own a PS3 but it isn’t bad to be curious)


    1. Minimur 12’s avatar

      Like i said hgoel, it works for PC/mac aswell.


    2. gunblade’s avatar

      arcade bowling and golf would be fun i guess with the ball but u can just go like one way realy fast but do quick fast turns i would guess targeting would take getting use to… bunch of rolling ball type games would be best….


  4. kuagelo’s avatar

    I think this beats the R-stick for aiming in FPS’s. :D

    (I personally use a mouse and keyboard though, even on my PS3)


  5. Justin’s avatar

    where is te “cool” part?


    1. David’s avatar

      Did I forget to mention that you can roll the track ball on your face?


  6. derek’s avatar

    that controller has a big boil on it =]


  7. svenn’s avatar

    Why would I want a controller on my pc when I got a full keyboard and a mouse ? As for android mobiles It would be nice, but android is made for touching … :/


    1. gunblade’s avatar

      i had one for extra buttons n rapid fire…


    2. gunblade’s avatar

      yea android uses alot of touchscreens but touch repsones is good but they dont keep up hard ware wise way not enough ram or cpu since touch was for more laptops.(mainly realy small mouse but was like the screen size wy sumtimes were u touch was like on the screen).at least with atoms and alright but with the size of the touch screen they still dont realy keep up.


      1. gunblade’s avatar

        but there like mutiple touch now days but i guess for the acer iconia touch looks alright…(its like a huge ds)androids r alright but most larger touch screen lag with real small chip ….tablets…phones do two jus not as bad… but its gotten better


    3. G’s avatar

      Because some games on the PC are console ports and are terrible with a mouse, like Dark Souls, DMC4 and the AC series.


      1. Remoe’s avatar

        AC is great with a mouse/keyboard.

        This is innovation though.


    4. mlc’s avatar

      “Why would I want a controller on my pc when I got a full keyboard and a mouse ? As for android mobiles It would be nice, but android is made for touching … :/”

      There are PC fighting games, you know. ;p

      (obviously this is moot if you own a PC compatible arcade pad, tho, haha)

      Also there is the nostalgia for those of us who love console controllers, and the novelty of getting to play games in a new way.


  8. Grammarnazi’s avatar

    Hey minimur, can I just ask you to proofread your posts before you post them, you have many apostrophes in the wrong place and a there instead of their, I hate to be that guy and sorry in advance, but just a heads up


    1. mlc’s avatar

      at least you chose an appropriate name


  9. gunblade’s avatar

    laser…looks like took sum time..used a ps3 usb contolers tough.. i would have used the wire less one.. jus cuz it has blue tooth but thats guess cuz the ps3 n its bluethooth integreatead controller..(ihave a xbox 360 afterglow contoler does not turn on wen i press the button-but wifi is like always on with the ps3 think with the xbox 360 to.o..)but the ps3 only has two usb slots while newer models but even the new ones still r limited to four and four bluethooth device or six not sure think i had like tree controllers and two keyboards i dont remember how much worked.. but i guess still works good for the ps3..nice controller..da dule shocks look huge…think theres room for two more..(all its need is a flashdrive for ps3 game save back up and an ipod for media playback on the ps3)(but then if the bluethooth controller wouldent get so heavey can even add a bluetooth usb hub to the ps3 controller….)


  10. internally-blazed’s avatar

    thanks for this find, this seems like an excellent piece of work, its a shame both sony and microsoft disregarded this 10 years back, would have been great.

    Pledged my $55 for the white version, hope to use it once its here in october, thats if it gets the backing.


  11. Kyu’s avatar

    I am positive the trackball will be awesome in Wii emulation without a WiiMote.


  12. jd20dog’s avatar

    i remember this concept from back in the 90′s
    i think it was a pelican or madkatz controller for PlayStation, and one for the Sega Saturn
    i still have it somewhere…


  13. Antiheadshot’s avatar

    Backed :D I am already using the Logitech TrackMan Wheel and its great or gaming!


  14. dan’s avatar

    you can just use a xbox 360 controller on pc and mac already


  15. tomapanymoja’s avatar



  16. E’s avatar

    Not bad. If they get a wireless one I will definitely buy it


  17. Cum xplosion’s avatar

    At least you can touch your right ball now while playing call of duty


  18. Ivo’s avatar

    Hi so i would like to see ps4 with buildin sony hd tv decoder and prolly androids plausability of being a sotware emulated controller bye


  19. R’s avatar

    I always love reading the hate for anything controller. You mouse/keyboard maniacs slouching over a desk can keep your slouching, wrist pain and slow movement and item keys. I have been playing battelfied 3 recently on pc on my couch using a thumb trackball and it works fine, perhaps even great but too soon to tell. The only advantage of a mouse is the cursor movement accuracy and a trackball is a mouse. I’m excited about this product if it ever comes out.



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