Virtual Earth

Virtual Earth with XBox 360 Controller

By February 27, 2007 3 Comments

Navigating in 3D space has always been tricky with a standard mouse. Over the years their have been various devices created to allow the move into the third dimension, more recently with the successful Space Navigator for Google Earth.

Game pads on the other hand are made for navigation and with the introduction of Windows Vista it is now possible to link the Xbox 360 controller (wireless or wired) to Microsoft’s Virtual Earth.

Video: Using Xbox Controller for Live Search Maps

The movie above demonstrates how easy it suddenly is to navigate Virtual Earth, our Xbox is in the office (more on that in a future post on Gaming in the Office Environment) all we need now is the adaptor.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.