Sony's Motion Controller Challenging Wiimote In Early 2010

There's little doubt that Nintendo changed the gaming world forever with its Wii remote (or Wiimote, if you please). Before the Wii, gamers were stuck using control pads, joysticks, keyboards and mice to interact with digital realms, but Nintendo made it possible for actual human movements to control gameplay. Now, Sony is under pressure to match Nintendo's efforts, and their answer is the Motion Controller. Or, at least that's the code name.

Originally announced at E3 this summer, Sony's response to the Wiimote now has a date on it courtesy of Sony: Spring 2010. It's somewhat unfortunate that it won't be available before the holiday rush, but we're sure hardcore Sony/PS3 fans will appreciate the fact that it'll be here as early as it will. Sony asserts that the Motion Controller will usher in a "whole new entertainment experience" on the console, with the new controller being equipped with an array of motion sensors. It can also recognize faces and voices when used in combination with the PlayStation Eye, enabling users to pretty much ditch the controller entirely.

Sony's Motion Controller recognize faces and voices, when used in combination with PlayStation Eye...

If you were worried that this may be some novel extra that never sees much use, hear this: "Sony will vigorously promote the expansion of this new experience only possible on the PS3 platform." Solves that, huh? Below is a brief description of what exactly makes the Motion Controller tick, along with a proposed list of Motion Controller-compatible software titles.

The newly announced Motion Controller is equipped with two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes accelerometer that can detect the controller's angle and movement held in the user's hand. Together with the PlayStation Eye camera for PS3 which can accurately track the absolute position of the controller, the controller can detect the natural and intuitive movement of the hand and reflect the precise movement on to the game. The sphere placed on the top of the controller is not only used to track the absolute position but can also give visual feedback to users by changing the colors or the illuminating patterns of the sphere. Furthermore, the new controller is also equipped with a rumble feature, familiar to the PlayStation(R) DUALSHOCK(R) series controller, delivering an immersive gaming experience to users.

Software Titles for Motion Controller from SCE Worldwide Studios:
(2010 release, includes both Motion Controller dedicated and compatible titles)

Title name:
Ape Escape (Working Title)
Echochrome 2 (Working Title)
Eccentric Slider (Working Title)
Sing and Draw (Working Title)
Champions of Time (Working Title)
Motion Party (Working Title)
The Shoot (Working Title)
Tower (Working Title)
Hustle Kings(*2)
High Velocity Bowling(*2)


Via:  PR Newswire
Crisis Causer 5 years ago

I think this might have more potential than Microsoft's solution if only because it has a button and it can be made into an image on the screen. But it's also limitted to the controller, whereas MS' is not. Meanwhile the Wiimote+Nunchuck actually has the most buttons. All 3 are unique and should offer interesting motion experiences.

3vi1 5 years ago

Even though this appears to be a completely unique implementation, expect a patent lawsuit from some clearinghouse in 3... 2... 1.... :(

gibbersome 5 years ago

Agreed. I smell a lawsuit coming. The motion sensing tech is the only advantage Nintendo has going for it.

segami 5 years ago

Bah! can't believe they use the vibrator prototype.

-Oh My God Honey! What are you doing with my brand new PS3 Motion Controler?!

---You mean this isn't my Bday present?


gibbersome 5 years ago

Haha, Sony needs to come out with a disclaimer:

"Use of PS3 Motion Controller as a personal massager may lead to early mechanical failure."

realneil 5 years ago

"Use of PS3 Motion Controller as a personal massager may lead to early mechanical failure."


Or a sudden interest in PlayStation 'Games'.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

See! You guys, sheesh... one track minds, the whole lot of you! (heh, I couldn't help but think exactly the same thing)

Fernandobeto 5 years ago

Maybe, just maybe, Sony will get this "wand" controller thing right. Many years ago I, as well as many others, were duped into all the wonderful possibilities of motion control in HARDCORE games that the Wii promised and never delivered on. I have a lot more hope that Sony will seize the opportunity, use its console's superior graphics, and make a motion controller core title that will blow everyone's socks off!

Get a FREE PS3!:

kid007 5 years ago

Well i look at this way, PS3 would increment his demographic from 3% women to 50%+ in a year :p

Crisis Causer 5 years ago

My 360 just got the red ring of death and I'm beginning to vow to switch to PS3.  I dunno if I will, but this motion stuff isn't gonna hurt my decision.  I like it more than Natal.

Soupstyle 5 years ago

Why buy a wii for 200 when you can get a ps3 (that no longer plays ps1/ps2 games) for 300~400 and wait 6 months for this remote then probably a couple months after that for a game to come out that uses it well?!

I think if they want this thing to work they need to have a wii-sports level game come with the controller, sort of the way the wii play and wii sports resort have come with the wii remote/motionPlus expansion.

LoL tho if they make this water-proof, then it will confirm all of our "massage" device suspicions. :P

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