PS3 "Sixense" Wii-Like Controller Seen In Demonstration Videos
Don't get too excited; what you're looking at here is only a mock-up, but thanks to a video leaked by PlayStation LifeStyle, you can now see what's known as the "Sixense" in action.
Everyone knows the Nintendo Wii has enjoyed great success, and most will agree it's due more to the unique interactive mechanic rather than the hardware or software. Hence, when something is this popular, it would only make sense for other companies to capitalize, which is apparently what Sony plans to do in this case. Throughout 2008, we continued to hear rumors about a possible "PS3mote," which would function much like the Wii's wand. The rumor could never be confirmed or even clarified, but the theories swirled; it might break apart, it might be designed specifically for one genre, it might do far more than the Wii-mote ever thought of doing, etc. But nothing could ever be considered concrete...until now. In those videos, you will see demonstrations using what is currently dubbed the "Sixense," and we await official news from Sony on the subject. As it's clearly still in a testing phase of sorts, we don't expect such a peripheral to be available for the holidays, but we're going to keep an eye on this going into 2009.
While we do think this is an immensely cool idea, we do have one remonstrance: Sony, don't you think that if we wanted a Wii, we'd buy a Wii? And for those who have neither the PS3 or Wii but just want the motion-sensing of the Wii-mote, what's causing them to pay the extra hundreds for the PS3? Of course, this accessory is an add-on; it's hardly the console's focus, unlike with the Wii, so that's the main difference. Even so...well, we'll see how things go and keep you updated.
11/26/2008 Ben Dutka