Next-Generation Game Consoles to Use Motion-Sensing Controllers - Game Developer

Microsoft Kinect and Sony Move to Be Used by Next-Gen Consoles

by Anton Shilov
10/21/2010 | 06:22 PM

The chief executive officer of Ubisoft, one of the largest game designers on the planet, said that while Microsoft Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment have introduced their motion-sensing devices to control game play with their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the truly mass adoption of the Kinect and Move will occur when the next-gen consoles enter the scene.

 

"It is not just an investment in this generation, it's building the next one too. The next generation of console will automatically use all of these motion-sensing innovations and so a lot more people will be able to play with the next generation of consoles," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft, in an interview with MCV, reports CVG web-site.

This is hardly the first time when game publishers admit that since both Kinect and Move are add-on devices they will not be used by all the gamers who own PS3 or X360, not all games developed for the platforms will make use of the novelties. In fact, it is likely that even with the PlayStation 4 and third-generation Xbox not all titles will use Kinect or Move since some things got to be controlled by hands.

The chief of Ubisoft does not know which of the fundamentally different Kinect and Move will win higher market share. He implies, however, that due to better sales of PlayStation 3 in Europe and Xbox 360 in the U.S., the winners on different continents will be opposite. The bottom line here is that game developers will have to implement support for both Microsoft Kinect and Sony Move.

"I think it will be very interesting to see what happens in the U.S. and Europe. I do not like to say who will win, but I think one will win in one territory and one in the other," said Mr. Guillemot.