191w ago - A few weeks back Sony's PlayStation Move hit the FCC, and today Engadget (linked above) uncovered the subcontroller dubbed the Navigation Controller.
The FCC docs state that it will be officially known by Sony as the CECH-ZCS1U.
To quote: "Sony part number CECH-ZCS1U just hit the FCC's database, and "Navigation Controller" is written in nice bold letters right there on the label.
It's looking like this is official, as the Sony US Web site has been quietly updated with the change, and we think it makes a certain amount of sense, as most 3D games let you aim the camera with your dominant hand and relegate navigation to the other. Like the Motion Controller, Sony's opted for confidentiality on this one."
196w 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 G4TV, 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."
197w 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."
198w ago - Sony's recent patent 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...