PS3 motion-sensing controls coming soon?


1 May 2009

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The Nintendo Wii Remote may finally be getting some competition in the form of the PlayStation 3, as rumours abound of a motion-sensitive control from Sony that could be introduced at the E3 Expo in June.

As far as rumours go, this one appears to have some grounding in reality, with Variety’s gaming blog The Cut Scene reporting that a close source to Sony has not only confirmed the device will be forthcoming, but has also seen it.

Two other blogs have also said they are aware of Sony’s plans for marketing the rumoured controller.

While the Wii has been on the market since the end of 2006, Sony filed a patent for a motion-sensitive device back in 2007.

One of the reasons the Wii has been such a success story is due to the innovative use of an accelerometer that can detect movement in 3D space, adding much interactivity to games such as Wii Sports and Mario Kart.

Currently, the PS3 comes in third after the Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in terms of the number of units sold worldwide, but this is largely due to its higher price point (because of the onboard Blu-ray player).

If Sony’s motion-sensing device is already developed and ready to go, the only question that remains is whether it will compete with the current Wiimote, or if it will have the same technology as the more advanced, forthcoming Wii MotionPlus?

By Marie Boran