People shocked to discover Titanic craft is controlled using cheap knock off video game controller – here’s what we know

The search is underway for Titan, a submersible that was due to return from the Titanic on June 20th.

As the search for the deep-sea submersible continues, more information about Titan’s construction has been revealed.

The wireless controller was used to control Titan, only adding longer thumbsticks.


The wireless controller was used to control Titan, only adding longer thumbsticks.Photo credit: CBS

Titan has no GPS, instead relying on text messages from the surface to navigate its journey to the Titanic shipwreck.

However, previous trips have found that the vehicle can often lose contact with the surface.

In this case, this happened when the Canadian research vessel Polar Prince lost contact with the submarine just two hours after the start of the voyage.

It seems that GPS tracking isn’t the only place where Titan cuts corners, as it’s controlled by a fairly unreliable video game controller.

A report from CBS has revealed the inside of the ship and the now infamous controller that piloted the ship.

The Logitech F710 gamepad is a third-party wireless controller that can be used to play PC games.

It’s one of the cheaper and most unreliable controllers out there, but it comes with a number of issues.

Numerous reviews on Amazon state that it often encounters connection issues where the controller refuses to connect wirelessly.

The controller is also currently on sale on the shopping page.

Google searches for the Logitech F710 often return terms like “not working” and “can’t connect”.

The reporter, who took part in a dive on Titan for the story, wrote, “It appears this submersible has elements of MacGyver rigging.”

While it’s not uncommon for video game controllers to be used for essential missions, they tend to be more expensive and reliable products.

The US military has been known to use wired Xbox controllers on its submarines, and the Ukrainian army uses Steam Deck to remotely control turrets on the front lines.

The reason for the loss of communication with Titan is currently unknown and the cause of his disappearance has yet to be determined.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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