Ubisoft’s R.U.S.E. video game came out last fall on a variety of game platforms. But the World War II real-time strategy game never looked as good as it does here, on an HP TouchSmart 610 desktop computer.
This is one more example of how touchscreens are changing the way we interact with computers, for the better.
As you can see from the video, you can control the game with your hands, tapping on the touchscreen to make things happen. No need to use a mouse or a controller. You can move much more quickly with your hands.
The experience reminds me of Microsoft’s Surface touchscreen computer tables. But not many of us have $7,000 or more to pay for such luxury technologies. The great thing about the new HP computer is that’s not priced out of this world. It costs $899.
Hewlett-Packard is including R.U.S.E. on its new computers as an example of a Minority Report-like experience, a reference to the sci-fi movie in which Tom Cruise used a futuristic touch-oriented display.
The TouchSmart 610 models have big 23-inch screens and can respond to multiple finger-touches at the same time. HP has exclusive rights to the multitouch version of R.U.S.E. Normally, the game sells for $49. But HP is including it for free with a bunch of other free software on its TouchSmart 610. The consumer PC will be out Feb. 9. The game looks pretty cool, even if we didn’t know what we were talking about when we tried it out in the video below.
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