Gravis Firebird 2 joystick

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Title

Gravis Firebird 2 joystick

Subject

hardware: computer peripheral, game controller

Description

Historical context

In the 1980s and 1990s, Advanced Gravis Computer Technology Ltd.  was  a leading maker of award-winning joysticks and game pads for desktop computers manufactured by companies such as Amiga, Apple, Atari, Commodore, IBM, and Tandy.

The company was founded in Burnaby British Columbia and incorporated in 1982 as Gravis Computer Peripherals Inc. Its first and highly-successful product was the Gravis Analog Joystick offered in 1985 for IBM and IBM-compatible computers. According to some reports (e.g. PC Data), by 1996, Gravis was number one in unit sales of PC game pads. In January 1997, the company was acquired by the Kensington Technology Group.


The list of  Gravis' iconic products includes, among other products (and in addition to the Gravis Analog Joystick),  the Gravis  PC GamePad (1991, the first and one of the most popular gamepads for IBM and BM-compatible computers), the Gravis Team Sports Set (a digital multi-player, multi-button PC game system), and the Gravis Firebird 2 programmable joystick (1996). Gravis also manufactured computer sound cards but this business was discontinued in 1997.

The museum has a Firebird 2 programmable joystick together with the Quick Install manual and The Gravis Game CD (1997) which includes a full manual.

Creator

Advanced Gravis Computer Technology Ltd.

Source

donated by Szabolcs Albertini

Date

1997

Coverage

world, 1997--

Files

Gravis_Firebird.jpg

Citation

Advanced Gravis Computer Technology Ltd., “Gravis Firebird 2 joystick,” York University Computer Museum Canada, accessed May 26, 2022, https://museum.eecs.yorku.ca/items/show/329.

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