Titan sub

Gamers confused by old controller used for missing Titan sub

By Olivia Richman


Jun 21, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

The entire internet has been ablaze over a five-passenger submarine going missing while on a tour of the Titanic wreckage. As the search for the sub continues, a lot of gamers have taken notice of the seemingly outdated controller that was used to control the deep sea vehicle.

The Titan is a five-passenger submarine that was designed to travel 12,500 feet under the water. It was made of “titanium and filament-wound carbon fiber” and weighed 23,000 pounds. It was equipped with four electric thrusters to propel it through the water and a bunch of cameras, lights, and scanners to offer an “unrivaled view” of the deep ocean and its mysteries.

Despite being so seemingly advanced, the Titan lost communication with anyone above water 1 hour and 45 minutes into its dive to the Titanic wreckage. One major trait not listed for its impressive specs was the controller used to pilot the Titan sub, and its starting to confuse gamers across the web.

What is the controller that was used for the Titan sub?

Even though it sounds like a very technologically sound vehicle, gamers noticed that the controller didn’t seem as up-to-date as the other components.

Photos of the Titan have revealed that it’s piloted using a video game controller. But it’s not even a new one — it’s the Logitech G F710. This is a controller that came out in 2010 for $30.

Titan sub controller

While this sounds pretty hilarious — and maybe dangerous — it’s actually quite common for the military to use video game controllers to control drones, tanks, and other vehicles. The United States Navy currently uses video game controllers to control submarines.

It’s unlikely that the old-school controller is related to whatever caused the Titan to go missing. But gamers can’t help but joke that the five people inside the sub were arguing over who got to use the controller, ultimately resulting in tragedy.

For now, the search is still ongoing.