Prince Harry bolsters pilot skills on PS3 & 360

Apache co-piloting royal claims gaming helps his stills in fight with Taliban.

Prince Harry has revealed that playing games on his Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has helped him develop his skills as a helicopter pilot.

The often criticised Royal told reporters from The Telegraph about his experiences during his 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot of an Apache helicopter.

Acting as a crew member in charge of the aircraft’s significant weaponry, the 28-year-old Prince said gaming may have helped his dexterity.

“I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think that I’m probably quite useful,” he commented, after describing his stint on tour in Afghanistan as “a joy”.

Videogames and the military have had an often controversial association, with America’s Army, an FPS devised by the US Army, acting as a recruiting tool.

According to a report by the New York Times, it cost the American government $7.6 million to develop the original title, while the third iteration was released for free in 2009, racking up a bill of nearly $33 million, reports GameSpot.

Former British major Neil Powell told Eurogamer that the British Army should do the same but is too out-of-touch.

"The US Army is miles ahead of us on that; they understand completely their target audience," he commented. "It isn't difficult to see why we have recruitment and retention problems."

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