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GDC 2010: Sony Press Conference and PS3 Motion Controller Q&A

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241w ago - Update: If anyone missed it, the video of Sony's 2010 GDC can be rewatched below!

The Sony Press Conference at the 2010 Games Developer Conference (GDC) will be streamed live on [Register or Login to view links], and among other announcements it will likely include fresh details on the upcoming PlayStation 3 Motion Controller.

Below is a GDC 2010 video on it via GameSpot with SCEA's Rick Marks alongside tonight's broadcast details, as follows:

"G4TV.com will be streaming the entirety of Sony's GDC Press Conference starting at 7PM ET on Wednesday, March 10.

What does Sony have up their collective sleeve? We could see some possible game announcements, and a new demonstration of their new motion controller, but the only way to find out for sure is to tune in and watch it unfold live... so... do that.

Attack of the Show will be the only exclusive television coverage and will be breaking in live to the press event as well on Wednesday, March 10 at 7PM ET. If you feel like watching some of the press conference on your TV, then G4 once again has you covered."






 

Video: Taliban Use PlayStation Controller as Detonator Device

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242w ago - It appears Sony's PlayStation really does do everything like their TV commercials state, as recently gamingtarget shared a video on YouTube of Taliban militants who use PlayStation Controllers as a detonator device in Afghanistan.

To quote: "Veteran war correspondent for Fox News Channel Steve Harrigan discovered that militants got their hands on a familiar game controller-turned-detonator while he was embedded with U.S. and Afghan troops last year in Jaji, Afghanistan.

There, troops raided a suspected bomb-making house thanks to an Afghan informant who was paid $2,000.

"A farmer's house, in a locked shed: jackpot," he exclaims before almost poetically listing what troops found inside. It is an enemy, they can build weapons even out of garbage.

The garbage Harrigan refers to includes a clear-blue original PlayStation controller, one that's so old it pre-dates the dual analog sticks.

"Something as simple [that] a solider may've thrown out, because their Sony PlayStation was broken, can be used as an initiator device," explains an unidentified U.S. Army Ranger who was holding the controller and involved in the operation."




 

Sony Files a Patent For a Universal Video Game Controller

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244w ago - Sony's recent [Register or Login to view links] filing indicates that a universal video game console controller may be joining the trend of such devices including universal TV remotes.

The Sony patent, which was filed in August 2008 but appeared online on February 18 of this year, reads to quote:

"Just like remote controls, game consoles, and thus game controllers, are becoming widespread. It is not surprising to find more than one game consoles in a household, especially when competing game console manufacturers attempt to attract unconventional consumer groups in the gaming industry.

As understood herein, it would be useful to have a universal controller that would be able to work with a variety of game consoles."

This controller would feature a touch sensitive liquid crystal display that would display various button layouts depending on the consoles. For example, a Nintendo console would pull up a Nintendo controller layout, a Microsoft console would pull up a Microsoft controller layout and a PlayStation console would pull up a PS controller layout.

The patent also notes that this controller will have...
 

PS3 Motion Controller to be at Game Developers Conference 2010

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244w ago - Today SCEA's Kirk Bender of Developer Support and Research Manager David Coombes have confirmed that Sony's PS3 Motion Controller will be shown at the 2010 Game Developers Conference in a presentation on March 11th.

To quote: "The PlayStation 3 Motion Controller will be shown at the Game Developer Conference next month, it has been announced.

Titled 'Introducing the PlayStation 3 Motion Controller', the session description has confirmed the features of the devices, but does not specify what it will explicitly cover.

Recently delayed until the autumn, the controller has yet to be given an official name, release date or launch line up."

The GDC conference, based in San Francisco, will run from March 9 to March 13, 2010.
 

Video: Nokia N900 Runs SNES Emulator via PS3 Sixaxis Controller

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246w ago - Today Tomasz Sterna has shared a [Register or Login to view links] and video of a Nokia N900 running an SNES emulator with a PS3 Sixaxis controller.

This demonstration comes not long after other recent N900 developments, including the release of Open Remote Play (ORP) v1.3 for the Nokia N900 and a Control the PS3 with a Nokia N900 via BlueMaemo video.

To quote from the video's caption: "Video demonstration of setup allowing to play emulated games on Nokia N900 using PS3 Sixaxis controller."

Those interested can check out the video below of a Sony PlayStation 3 controller hooked up to the Nokia N900 to play SNES games!



 
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