DJ Hero was announced earlier this month amidst a slew of Guitar Hero games, and while the controller looked interesting, their competitor’s got more buttons!
That there’s the controller for Scratch, currently in development for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The developers worked with Numark Industries (the “world’s leading manufacturer of DJ technology”) to create their controller.
“For decades, Numark has been developing turntables, DJ mixers and digital DJ controllers. We know what professional DJs demand, and we used that knowledge to produce SCRATCH DECK,” said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Numark. “It was critical that we deliver an authentic DJ experience to gamers, whether they be experienced DJs or players who have never put a needle to vinyl.”
It’s got a free-spinning touch sensitive turntable with a turntable and 5 drum pads (ie buttons). You can use over 60 in-game battle records to load samples or just upload your own using a USB mic. Awesome. The game will apparently control like most music rhythm games (hit button when scrolling bar tells you to) but the realistic turntable will feel like real Vinyl.
Both games will be playable at E3 next week, so I’m sure we’ll hear more about how each works shortly. Either way, it’s good to see some competition for this genre already.