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Sony CEO: PS3 Motion Controller Can Work with Existing Games

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272w ago - Speaking to [Register or Login to view links], the president and CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton promised that the PS3 motion controller (and its games library) will be far more flexible and diverse than what one would find on Nintendo's machine.

To quote: "Personally, it's very difficult for me to perceive God of War 3 being played with the Wii controller," he said.

"It's a different experience that doesn't lend itself to certain types of games. [But] I think our [motion] controller can be used with every game that's on the system now - and every game we're working on."

In fact, Tretton goes so far as to say compatibility with current PS3 games is "absolutely conceivable."

Without being able to go hands-on with the device, it's hard to judge. Are there sufficient buttons and sticks to make a 1:1 translation between DualShock and the motion controllers? Time will tell...
 

Sony Explains Unnamed New PS3 Motion Controller a Little More

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273w ago - The head of marketing for the PlayStation brand told Kotaku at E3 that Sony's new PlayStation 3 motion-control tech could be the thing to get hardcore players into "motion gaming."

To quote: We covered Microsoft's new motion-control system, Natal, heavily last week. And that's without us getting a firm release date for it.

But what of Sony's camera-and-wand PS3 tech, also debuting at E3 2009, and which is dated for a spring 2010 release?

During my interview with Sony Computer Entertainment of America marketing chief Peter Dille, I pressed for more details.

The Sony approach involved a showcase of a player holding one or two wand-shaped controllers in his hand. A PlayStation camera detected some of the positional information of the controller.

Holding the controller allowed the player to precisely write words on a virtual canvas and to tightly control a bow-and-arrow or a gun in shooting demos. The PS3 was also able to render the wand as a virtual object, even when showing a video feed of the person holding the wand (that wand appearing as a giant gold gun...
 

E3 2009: Sony Finally Unveils PS3 Motion-sensing Controller

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273w 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...
 

Rumor: Sony Unveiling Motion-sensing PS3 Controller at E3?

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278w ago - Variety's CutScene [Register or Login to view links] has spoken to several sources who have said that Sony will be revealing a motion sensing controller for the PlayStation 3 at E3 this year.

Reportedly, the PlayStation 3 motion-sensor will use LED lights and a webcam to track movements. Because the camera reads the shape and angle of the lights, the PlayStation 3's motion sensors will be more accurate than the Wii.

Sony filed a patent for this tech in January of 2007, and it has apparently taken this long for the work to be finished and the controller ready for public consumption.

Sony is apparently reaching out to developers and publishers to get some early software coming, and the thing will hit shelves reportedly later this year or early next year.

To quote: What we heard: Less than 48 hours after a geyser of speculation erupted about a new PSP reveal at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Sony rumor volcano is rumbling once again. This time, Variety's game blog, The Cut Scene, is citing "several sources" as saying that Sony will unveil a new motion-sensing controller...
 

Rumor: Industry Source gives Details on PS3 Motion Controller

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324w ago - An anonymous industry source has decided to set a few things straight about an earlier report that stated Sony was working on a new PS3 controller that can "break apart into two separate units, each of which contains an accelerometer for Wiimote-like motion-sensing functionality."

The source stated: The control system actually consists of a smaller-sized device that can attach to the body - and multiple devices are intended to be used in concert, such as wearing two on the hands to move a character's hands in-game, or four, on hands and feet at the same time to move a character's body.

To quote: Though the source admits the technology might have evolved since the last time it was seen, the source disputes the idea that any of these pieces merge to form a single controller.

It is also unclear how the individual pieces will be packaged, whether individually or in sets.
 
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