When gamers play a console shooter like Halo or Call of Duty they want crisp graphics and cinematic audio, but also expect the controller to respond with engaging rumble feedback so they can feel every gun shot, collision and explosion. As the processing power and display technology in mobile devices improves, mobile games are becoming more sophisticated. Top development houses are porting their most successful console games to mobile platforms, and as a result, users expect a console-like gaming experience from their handsets and tablets.
Controller feedback is still important, perhaps even more so on a mobile platform where engaging gameplay is hindered by limited screen sizes and audio capabilities. But feedback is lost on platforms like the iOS where developers have virtually no vibration control, or minimized on platforms like Android where developers are only given simple on/off motor control. This is where Immersion’s free extension to the Android vibration control method becomes so important by allowing developers to go beyond simple motor commands and use a full library of pre-made gaming effects. Rockstar Games, Sega, Konami and others are using this effect library to bring the console rumble experience to their Android releases. With advanced haptic effects, every weapon in an Android shooter game can feel different. Feel it for yourself in games like Grand Theft Auto III and Deadly Chambers. Want to preview the feeling of over 120 pre-made effects before you commit to using the free SDK? If you have an Android device 2.1 or later with a motor (sorry, Kindle devices), you can download the free Haptic Effect Preview App to experience haptic effects directly on your phone or tablet.