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Titanic sub lost: Outdated video game controller used

The Missing Tourist Submarine Controlled by Outdated Video Game Controller

The missing tourist submarine that went missing while surveying the Titanic cruise liner was controlled by an game controller used”>outdated video game controller. The vessel, which was taking a group of passengers on a deep-sea sight-seeing trip of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, relied on a Logitech game controller over a decade old, Forbes reported.

Outdated Technology Raises Questions

The Logitech G F710 Wireless Gamepad was released in 2010 and is currently available on Amazon for a little over $30. While there is no evidence that the controller played any role in the vanishing of the sub, the questionable nature of some of the vessel’s technology could bring increased scrutiny onto the company that operates it.

A video tour of the submarine showed Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, touting the DIY nature of the craft. “We run the whole thing with this game controller,” he said, resulting in someone with him face-palming. The video and the fact that the vessel relied on the controller led to widespread mockery online.

Investors also caught on to the public relations hit. Logitech’s stock took a large hit in value following the news.

Challenging Rescue Mission

Five passengers are inside the submarine, which search-and-rescue operators said may hold enough oxygen for them to survive roughly three to four days inside. However, the depth of the Titanic’s location may make it difficult to locate the missing submersible as rescue vessels may not be able to dive that far.

On Monday, G. Michael Harris, a Titanic expedition leader, said that his team believes the vessel imploded at around 3,200 meters deep, and that there is little to nothing that can be done to save those inside the craft.


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