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E3 2009: Sony Finally Unveils PS3 Motion-sensing Controller

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289w ago - Sony has finally shown off its potential Wii remote beater. They have demo'd a stick-like pad that has a 'magic ball' on the end, which is then picked up by the PlayStation Eye.

Jack Tretton claims it is the closest thing to real life on the market.

They are aiming for spring 2010 launch, and the prototype of the new controller showed a glowing sphere on the end of the stick. PS Eye tracks it.

The demonstration showed 1-to-1 motion control. On the screen, the controller became a racket in the guy's hand, changing into various other bits and bobs, such as swords and guns.

It has true 3D pointing too, and if you change angles to the camera it'll notice. In FPS mode, you can move and shoot but, will sometimes need buttons.

The ability to use two controllers is there as well, and with one in each hand you can play with building blocks, paint, use a sword and shield and fire virtual arrows.

When you move the camera follows you, should you drop down on one knee, for example.

To quote: The prototype of the unnamed device was demo'd live on-stage by its creators. The stick-like pad - which has a 'magic ball' on the end - is held in the gamer's hand, and then picked up by the PlayStation Eye.

SCEA boss Jack Tretton called it: "Technology that's much closer to real life than anything you've ever seen."

Creators Dr. Richard Marx and Dr. Antony Mikhaeloff took to the stage to show the device off.

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#3 - one2 - 289w ago
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definitely more impressive than project Natal, but weren't similar demos shown last E3? As well, this seems like economic consumer version of MoCap tech.

#2 - chrykel - 289w ago
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I cant wait to use it!

#1 - Phreakuency - 289w ago
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I sold my rarely used Wii and don't see the 360 Natal being used for 'real' games but this was slightly more impressive.


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