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Microsoft Corp. plans to launch its motion-sensitive controller for video games for pre-Christmas sales season, according to market rumours. The new accessory will be included with a new version of Xbox 360 Arcade and will be sold separately. Unfortunately, details about the launch are not revealed at this time.

There is no secret that Microsoft does have a patent on a gyroscope-based controller, but Microsoft has never confirmed that it has plans to release such a device for its Xbox 360 video game console. Indeed, the world’s largest developer of software does need such a controller to more successfully compete with Nintendo Wii, which has become the most successful game console in the generation due to its Wiimote, which can control video games by sensing motions of a gamer.

According to market rumours spread by Xbox 360 Fanboy web-site, Microsoft prepares to launch its motion-sensitive game controller by holiday season of 2008. The device will be a part a new version of Xbox 360 Arcade, which will reportedly come with games that take advantage of the controller, and will also be sold separately bundled with additional titles.

With new game controller included, the new Xbox 360 Arcade for $199 will be a rather strong competitor for everything that exists on the market, including Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 2 and even Sony PlayStation 3, as it appeals to both casual gamers and more advanced gamers.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is also rumoured to be developing motion-sesitive game controller.

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