Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is projected to showcase its motion-sensing controller for video games at the forthcoming E3 trade-show in early June. The novelty will not become standard controller for PlayStation video system, but will allow select titles to be played.
According to Variety web-site, Sony’s motion-sensing game controller may be completely different from Nintendo’s Wiimote, which is based on mechanical gyroscopes. Apparently, Sony’s solution may feature LEDs (light-emitting diodes) as well as a special sensor that tracks the coordinates of the light. This should enable better precision, however, the method is also not without drawbacks (If a gamer changes position in the room, does this affect game play?).
Since all the video games designed for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 game console rely on Dual Shock controllers, it is unlikely that the new motion-sensing controller from Sony will become necessary to play new video-games. According to Kombo web-site, Sony asked “key third-party publishers” to implement last minute functionality of the motion-sensing device into their soon-to-be released games and ensure compatibility with select future games.
Motion-sensing game controller would allow PlayStation 3 to offer experience similar to Nintendo Wii. However, the price of the PS3 – $399 – is too high for casual gamers, therefore the release of the unit at E3 may not be the first priority for Sony.
Sony did not comment on the news-story.