224w ago - PlayStation president Kaz Hirai has confirmed that the new PS3 Motion Controller technology dubbed 'the magic wand' is slated for a spring 2010 launch.
Speaking at Gamescom in Cologne last week, Hirai said that Sony required some "great software" in order for a successful launch.
To quote: "We are slating it for spring of next year," he told The Times.
"One of the things is that we just don't want to put out the controller. We need a great software that supports the controller at launch.
It's something that we've been working on for the longest time."
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Isn't the whole point of gaming to relax and not flail your arms out in front of you making it seem like your racing a car when really all your doing is looking like an idiot, both the products are gimmicks, Natal will be very unresponsive (that is a fact live with it), and Sony's Motion Controller will be slightly more responsive but otherwise just as bad, not to mention the fact that the Wii has something similar to this already.
They are all gimmicks to get a share of the money Nintendo is making. A real step forward would have been something NEW, not essentially the same thing that I would rather not spend another $50-100 on.
The eyetoy already tracks a persons body movement to control a game, anything i have seen natal do can be replicated on the eyetoy with a bit less accuracy (MS copied sony? I believe sony was the first with the eyetoy concept)). The new controller for sony has been demoed at Gamescon and i believe they showed it being used well in games. Also the wii cannot do the same thing, it has limited sensitivity and accuracy; dont you wonder why so many times you just flick the controller one way or another for the wii? The motion plus helps but its still not as accurate.
In the end it will be which system is more fun to use and which costs less to use. I doubt either of these controllers will be a game changer, but I might be wrong. Can never gauge the effect of the casual gamer