Sony to launch Motion Controller in autumn
The Wii made motion-sensitive controllers a permanent feature of gaming, and Sony is now set to unveil its latest contribution – with a slight delay.
The Motion Controller for PS3, originally pencilled in for a spring launch, will hit the shelves in autumn 2010 in Europe, Japan, Asia and North America, and will be accompanied by what Sony Computer Entertainment promises will be “an extensive line-up of exciting software titles”.
The controller will combine with the PlayStation Eye camera to detect hand movement and reflect it on screen.
However, unlike other motion sensitive controllers, the Playstation Eye camera will be a requirement to use the motion controller. This will set you back anything from €30 upwards, and can be bundled with games designed for use with the camera, such as EyePet.
Details are bit thin on the ground: there’s no pricing information just yet, and it’s unclear if Sony will offer the camera with the new controller .
It’s also not known what these promised exciting software titles will be, but Sony has a bit of catching up to do with the Wii when it comes to motion sensitive games. Nintendo has carved out quite a niche for itself, particularly among casual gamers. Sony will have to pull out some great games – and get third party developers on board – to make the controller anything but a nice add-on for the console.
Xbox’s Project Natal is also on the way this year.