Lightgun technology was popularized in 1984 for home video game consoles, starting with the Nintendo Entertainment System. Original Light Guns for video game consoles were only compatible with Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions and used the CRT Scanline targeting method.
As televisions with LCD and plasma screens became more widespread, CRT televisions started to die out. Since these types of screens are not compatible with lightguns, the technology had to be altered. In 2006, Nintendo popularized IR emitters for use with their Wii console. With an IR emitter placed near the TV, the Wii remote used an IR sensor to determine where the remote is aimed. The problem with IR technology is that it can generate lag and be inaccurate compared to traditional lightguns.
With exciting technological advancements developed by our talented development team, lightgun gaming is no longer exclusive to arcades and can now be used on modern televisions. As a whole new way to play, the newly developed MARS platform is something you’ll need to experience for yourself. The adventure is just beginning, so make sure you check out all that MARS has to offer.
In order for our MARS LIGHTCON (lightgun) to have unprecedented accuracy, we needed to develop a MARS IR STATION (camera) that would fit right into your living space and we needed to make sure it could smoothly track the movements of all 4 players during couch co-op.
The camera is key when it comes to compatibility with modern LCD and plasma screens. With a low power IR laser, gamers can make sure every single MARS LIGHTCON shot lands where it’s supposed to.