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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 20, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Sony to launch Motion Controller in autumn

    Ciara O'Brien

    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.

    • dealga says:

      It needs the camera too?… Is that to improve accuracy? Because it sounds a bit technologically iffy.

    • says:

      I think they will have their work cut out if the current batch of rumours about the next generation of wii controllers/suits is to be believed.
      The wii is great, especially for parties etc, mine is hooked up to a 2m x 1.5m cinema screen/HD projector so when we have friends round for a night of bowling, snowboarding etc, its lifesize more or less and fantastic fun.
      Any innovation in motion sensor technology has got to be fun. I await real virtual reality (contradiction in terms?) with baited breath, could be exceptional fun if applied to something like WoW (though I doubt that will happen).
      Meanwhile I am looking forward to apple’s new toy, whatever it turns out to be.