Wow… there is quite a lot of hardware bundled in the package.
Here's a list of them :
- 01 x GS Base Unit
- 02 x GS Gun Unit
- 01 x GS Handheld Motion
- 01 x GS VGA Pass-through
- 01 x 7.5V DC Power Supply
- 01 x User's Guide
- 01 x Registration Card
- 01 x Setup CD
The base unit, guns and motion
controller are made of sturdy plastic and come in a classy
silver finish. The various components of the GS belong to
a completely different class from the gun systems seen in
game consoles. The GS units do not have a cheap, tacky look
to them and possess sleek curves that would make a designer
car green with envy.
The Base with Guns and Hand
The Base Unit
The base unit is the heart of the system and contains the
"brain" of the entire GS. The top of the unit has holsters
for the two gun units and the rear contains a holder for the
handheld unit. The rear panel of the base unit has a three-position
switch that is used to calibrate the GS to the video hardware.
All components of the GS are connected to this base unit.
The "Brain" of
The gun units have a sci-fi look to them and would fit easily
in the worlds of Star Trek and Babylon 5. The trigger on each
gun does not have the tacky feel characteristic of cheap console
guns and it snaps back solidly. There is a rubber grip on
each gun that allows for firm and comfortable handling.
gun unit has two buttons. The first is the trigger while the
second is on the side of the gun unit and is accessible using
the thumb. The second button is duplicated on both sides of
the gun unit so that it is easily accessible to right or left
handed shooters. The cable from each gun unit plugs into one
of the two circular 13 pin connectors on the back of the base
One of Two Gun Units
Other than the guns, the GS also has a handheld unit that
is used to emulate a mouse or control movement in games. The
handheld unit seems like a cross between a phaser gun and
a microphone and looks downright cool. Its primary purpose
is to serve as a motion controller in FPS games such as Quake
3 and Half-Life. For right-handers, this would mean holding
the handheld unit on the left and a gun unit on the right
for fragging action.
GS handheld unit consists of an analogue thumb-operated control
stick and three buttons. Buttons one and two are on the front
of the handheld unit and pressing down on the control stick
operates button three. The cable from the handheld unit plugs
into one of the two circular 13 pin connectors at the back
of the base unit.
The Handheld Unit
The GS uses a pass-through box for operation of the GS unit.
Unlike the pass-through connectors for Voodoo graphics cards,
the pass-through box of the GS is not passive. This means
that the GS has to be powered via an external power supply
for the display and GS to work. You just have to unplug your
monitor's cable from the PC and plug it into the VGA output
jack on the pass-through box. After that, just connect the
VGA plug of the short cable of the pass-through box to your
video card's output.
addition to the VGA connectors for input and output of the
video signal, there is a small thumbwheel control on the side
of the housing to adjust the brightness of the flash used
for reading the screen. In short, this adjusts the sensitivity
of the device.
The Pass-Through Box
Other than the drivers for the GS, the Setup CD includes a
full version of Activision's Top Shot. This is a pretty standard
target shooting software that includes skeet shooting and
target boards for target practice. Top Shot is a bare bones
shooting game basically used to test the feel of the gun units.
The graphics are not spectacular and game options are limited,
so I don't think players will get a kick out of it. Note that
a patch for the game is out and you can get it here.
This patch is required for the new GS 1.02