Rail Gun Controller Lets You Pack The Heat Of Your Favorite Air Soft Gun In Any FPS Game

The cool thing about playing Duck Hunt on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was that you got to point a plastic gun at the television and shoot at fowl (or clay discs). It offered a deeper level of immersion than what would have been possible with a controller. Such is the pitch for a new Kickstarter project called Rail Gun.

Rail Gun is a series of attachments designed to work with your existing Air Soft gun. The pieces attach to any standard Air Soft gun to give you a "truly realistic and immersive experience for FPS games." The beauty in being compatible with any standard Air Soft gun is that most models present players with recoil from the CO2 cartridges.

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There are five units that comprise the Rail Gun. The Main Unit houses the power and sensitivity buttons; the Jog Unit has an analog stick, special action button, and a few other components; the Weapon Unit lets you cycle through weapons, walk, drop items, and so forth; the Trigger Unit features the trigger and buttons for jumping, zooming, reloading, and crouching; and the USB Unit is what plugs into your PC or console.

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"Every button you find on a PC or console game controller is just as intuitive and responsive on Rail Gun. Movement, aiming, shooting, jumping, crouching, auxiliary weapon etc. are all accounted for. Button configuration is fully customizable by the user via the 'Settings' page," the developers explain.

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The Rail Gun uses Fast Rotation technology to track your vision based on where you're pointing your Air Soft gun. It also uses an algorithm to enhance aiming by detecting (and discarding) minor hand trembles, and of course you can adjust the sensitivity to your liking.

At the time of this writing, Rail Gun is approaching $25,000 in pledged funding towards its goal of $100,000 with 22 days to remaining. The $150 Early Bird tier is gone (includes a complete set of the Rail Gun), though there a several remaining at the $165 level. 

The developers say the Rail Gun works on various platforms, including Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, and even Oculus Rift, which would make for an interesting combination.

If you're interested, head over to Rail Gun's Kickstarter page and make a pledge.