- By now, the word has trickled into every crack and corner of the Internet that Microsoft is developing a motion-sensitive wand controller for its Xbox 360 console, and that the prototype design fairly resembles the wand available for Nintendo Wii.
Since MTV spilled the rumor Monday, dozens of publications have jumped on the story and twisted it into a balloon animal for their own purposes. Yahoo Tech thinks any wand remote built years after Xbox's debut would rate as little more than a second-rate accessory. NintendoRevolution thinks it's an April Fool's joke. PS3 says it's a sign that Microsoft really does care about casual gaming despite the company's huge effort to command the high-end gaming market.
MTV has pinned the rumor to an "unnamed source" who claims to have been briefed on Microsoft's plans. The source says Microsoft's secret controller will do much more than the Wiimote, including interact with the Xbox Live Vision Camera, and that "several developers, speaking on background" confirmed the source's claim.
Because the report goes against Microsoft's earlier position that motion-sensitive controllers were not on the horizon for Xbox 360 (but perhaps for its hoped-for replacement, the Xbox 720) and has no credible sources cited, gaming pundits were quick to...