Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone Is Here!
Author: Adrian Date Posted:20 January 2017
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone was released on the PSN store on January 10th 2017 to little fanfare; for me it was a glorious day as I had already spent many hours playing the back catalogue of Hatsune Miku games and even went through the effort of buying the original Japanese version of the game months ago. I've always been a fan of rythm games as there is just something so simple and pure about the playing experience.
Given how much I was enjoying the game play on a console I decided to make a dedicted play system. I had an arcade cabinet collecting dust and figured I may as well make some use of it and chucked in a PS4 and imported a couple of Hori Licensed joysticks from Japan. For the sound I opened one of our Silver Wired PS3/PS4 headsets and used the included USB audio cable along with a headphone splitter so I can easily go from an enclosed headphone experience to big bass pumping explosive rythm experience.
The above controller is the Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - F Special Controller made by Hori which is massive and was made specifically for PS3 use only. I dug up a CronusMAX that I had sitting around collecting dust and put it all together - et voila! We now have arcade style gaming at our finger tips. The main drawback of this controller is that the touch pad is supposed to be used for hitting star notes from the other games but Future Tone doesn't use star notes. Because of this, the touch pad is a common complaint among owners as it is all but useless. You can use the top left and right arrow buttons in game though as they replicate the L1 and R1 button from a controller but given their awkward location it is best to just avoid songs that need those triggers.
This is the smaller Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - X HD controller made for both PS3 and PS4. I love it. When I first purchased this controller from Amazon a few months ago it was sub $150 new but the price has now sky rocketed due to demand and lack of supply. Hitting all the notes with a Hori joystick is much easier than your standard PS4 controller as you can just lay the smack down on the buttons as opposed to button mashing a controller.
If you are keen to try the full Hatsune Miku arcade experience you can have a play at Supanova Melbourne as we are going to bring the whole unit with us!
If the machine survives three days of abuse at Supanova you can also have a play with it at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne. Make sure you venture out and visit us so you can test your skills and try and beat some high scores.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone is available now for PS4 on the PlayStation Store via digital download.