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Sony Prepping Revolutionary Motion-Sensing PS3 Controller?

We just got the Dual Shock 3, but it seems Sony isn't about to rest on their laurels. Yet another controller could be on the way, and it may be a nod to the Wii's remote motion-sensing functionality.

According to multiple sources (including Kotaku and BigFatCheats), Sony has prepared a "break-away" PS3 controller of sorts; it's a device that will break apart into two individual units, and apparently, working controllers have already been handed out to development partners. Nobody has any idea what it's called or when we might see it on store shelves, though, and Sony remains mute on the subject. The only details we have include a small device that actually attaches to the body; on the hands, for example, will let you move the character's hands on screen. There's still a lot of controversy over whether or not this thing actually comes together into one controller, as some believe it comes as a split-apart unit and stays that way.

Any other details are few and far between, and until Sony decides to make an announcement of some kind, we'll probably be in the dark. Of course, there is the possibility that this new PS3 controller might be unveiled at E3 next month, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for that.

6/16/2008 Ben Dutka

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Fabi
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 11:23:57 AM
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I've been curious about this, sounds cool. It would be so akward if Sony and MS both revealed Wii-mote clones. They would be starring at each other from across the floor...

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 12:18:50 PM

They already stare at each other lol, they'll just get Nintendo to look at them and occassionally walk by coughing "rip off"

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 11:52:14 AM
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From the sounds of it, i'd say it's a peripheral for a specific game that can be used in others. Similar to the Playstation Eye. An additional rather than a new type of main controller.

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Naga
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 3:43:34 PM
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The Spiltshock doesn't sound too bad. It has to do something with the PS EYE its flipping neglected heck I can't even remember the last time it got a proper game

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 10:33:26 PM

you should consider editing your post its really hard to understand what you're trying to say.

I love the name splitshock though.

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screw_off
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 7:55:32 AM

Shadow, you just don't understand much of anything. This is your 2nd bad post I've found in the last 3 minutes.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 4:54:25 PM

2nd bad post? WTF does that mean? posts you didn't agree with? Short? Please explain I'm dieing from anticipation of hearing your opinion.

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screw_off
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 6:36:28 PM

Lets see, the post about Vampire-whatever-his-name-is, yeah. I understood the post perfectly. The "splitshock" is supposed to work with the PS EYE, the PS EYE is not used as much as it could. He hasn't got a good game recently that actually is based on/manufactured/developed for the PS EYE. BAM DONE!

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 3:53:38 PM
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I am strangely a big fan of this idea. If this is what I invision it could be really cool. I imagine a Dualshock-like controller except cut in two. Each half will have motion sensing funcition similar to the Wiimote-Nunchuk combo. The two halves won't be connected with a chord though. This will give users Wii-like motion sensing without a severe loss of "normal" controls. For me this has always been the problem the Wii has. Sure you get motion sensing but you have almost no way of controlling games in a normal way (without using a different controller) hopefully this PS3 controller is different and not a complete clone.

I don't understand why MS is going for one of these things though. The 360 doesn't have Bluetooth. The controller will in all likely hood be MUCH less responsive then its Wii (and hopefully PS3) counterparts.

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Fabi
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 4:23:33 PM
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@Shadow - Wouldn't it just be able to use the same tech that the Wii uses?

I also have the same problem with the Wii mote. I think it's cool for some games, but sometimes I just wanna sit back and enjoy a game without having to use the motion sensing. It also feels real akward.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 10:28:29 PM

I'm not all that sure what you're referring to.

The PS3 controller would have to use differet tech to achieve similar results, because of patent issues and copyriht infringement, but that is easy enough to get around if you try really hard.

If you meant my comment about the 360 and no bluetooth then... the wii has bluetooth so... no it couldn't use the same tech.

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Jed
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 7:59:28 PM
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No way it would use the same tech, nintendo has got to have patents on every part they use. But it looks like a really cool idea.

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bamf
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 10:42:55 PM

Surely there's alot of borrowed tech in the wii-mote that Nintendo paid for?

My mates a nintendo fan and I'm never going to hear the end of it with him saying 'Sony copies Nintendo again'.
I'm not keen on the sixaxis motion and I don't like the wii-mote, so I don't know if I'm going to be interested in a splitshock controller.

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SilverSenshi
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 9:17:20 PM
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I have a crazy theory. Alone in the Dark is based a lot on the player controlling the swing of an object right? It has also been delayed on the PS3 for no real reason (That I know of). What if these two things are connected? Perhaps the Alone in the Dark will be the flagship title for this new controller. Any way if it happens let it be known that I called it first.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 10:31:23 PM

Definately crazy. If Alone in the dark was meant to be a flagship for this thing then Sony would have made sure it either wasn't released on other systems or wasn't released on other systems first.

The reasoning for the delay is that the PS3 version hit snags and got slowed down and they didn't see a good justification for delaying the finished 360 version. (If i remeber correctly)

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SilverSenshi
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 3:23:10 AM

Well I was just stabbing in the dark. Still it would be cool if the game supported this.

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ceedot
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 5:32:07 AM
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Mouse controller?

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screw_off
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 11:16:10 PM

That would be called the Frag FX by Split Fish. It is a second party company, but this controller is pretty sweet. Check it out... splitfish.com. Oh and just so you know shadow, Split Fish is actually coming out with the PS3 controller split in half, only it has the cord on it. Gay, I know but thats what they gotta do I guess. It should be realsed sometime later this month.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 5:02:35 PM

Ya the splifish controller looks really cool but I've heard bad things about the way it actually works. Also if developers want they can make their games support real mice and keyboards, ie: unreal tournament 3, so the controller is kinda obsolete (if more developers would support this very cool feature, I'm looking at you RTS developers).

Split fish's split controller won't support the "new motion sensing" so I can't see any reason to purchase it. I'm sure Sony would be able to change the PS3 architecture around a bit in order to support the cordless split, that i hope for.

Last edited by SHADOW on 6/18/2008 5:03:26 PM

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 5:51:05 AM
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@ JToTha2: Perhaps you could use a less offensive term than "gay" next time?

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bishamon8
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 12:55:20 PM
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I don't understand why everyone says that Sony is ripping Nintendo off. It's clear that they had the idea of motion sensing from the get go. Whether or not this was a defined technology at the time, they still had it up their sleeve. Not to mention they also filed a patent for this back in '06. The Wii is revolutionary to a certain extent, mainly a console at a good price point and a technology EXPLOIT. It was their main attraction, Sony's was blu-ray from the start. Other than that the Wii is no technological marvel, face it, Nintendo had to save their ass, they did. Kudos to them, but after a week, it's boring.

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Daedusian
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 7:22:45 PM
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Great, another item from Sony that I'll end up buying in the future that's going to clean out my wallet!! It'll probably be like $80 knowing Sony! =(

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shootu
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 9:30:14 PM
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ThePoetRazel
Perhaps you could not be so "gay"! And JToTha2
is right it is GAY!

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PaiNT_kinG
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 1:14:04 AM
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not interested!

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Jed
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 10:40:33 PM
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Hey if I were sony I would not have any problem with "copying" nintendo, becasue nintendo is kicking ass.

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