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Konami’s Online golf simulator, GOLF CONNECTION
This is the latest digital golf simulator from Konami, called Golf Connection. It uses a high speed camera and sensors to measure the speed, angle and spin of the ball so it can reproduce it accurately in the game. It also measures how well you hit the ball by sensing if it hit the sweet spot of the club. This information as well as videos of your swing are then accessible online via a PC or smartphone.
“Until now, golf simulators had limitations, such as the ball had to be marked, and it had to face a certain direction. But with our new sensor, as long as the ball is within a certain area, it can be placed freely, and there’s no need to mark it. These are the main improvements we’ve made with this simulator.”
If you register with an e-AMUSEMENT PASS or a mobile phone that supports NFC, you can continue playing your game at a later date, as well as join online leaderboards and share your data via social networking services. In training mode, you can compare your current form with data stored on the server and see how you are improving as you play.
“Because you can perform data visualization on your shots, you can see which clubs you’re not very good with, or where your form was poor today. If people make good use of this, then beginners can see that they’re better today than they were yesterday, and intermediate players can see whether the new club they’ve bought suits them, by actually hitting the ball. So we think customers will be able to use this simulator in a variety of ways.”
The game features over 150 accurately reproduced courses, and in on-course training mode you can choose not only which hole to play, but the exact location you would like to play from.
“On the green, the tolerance is between a few centimeters to only tens of centimeters, and even on the fairway, it’s no more than 30 centimeters. Also, because having obstacles such as branches in the way affects your course strategy quite a lot, we’ve also reproduced the trees on the courses faithfully.”
This simulator will debut in September 2011, and will be priced substantially lower than the previous version.
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