Attention Sony: We Don't Need A Motion Sensing PS3 Remote
One of the biggest rumors currently making the rounds is the idea that Sony will unveil a Wii-like motion-sensing remote for the PlayStation 3 at E3. Now, as you can see by the majority of responses to that article, such an idea simply doesn't appeal to current PS3 owners, and I refuse to believe it will appeal to potential buyers.
I'm well aware that this technology should be a great deal more advanced than what is offered on the Nintendo Wii, but I don't care. It's still a gimmick. In no way is it more accurate or reliable than pressing buttons (it never has been and it never will be, simply due to the physical nature of how the human body moves). And above all else, you're looking at the wrong demographic. The NPD recently released a study concerning the average age of console owners, and not surprisingly, while the PS3 and 360's average user age sat in the 20s, the Wii was down in the 12-14 age group. It's also a good two and a half years since the gimmick turned to gold in Nintendo's hands, so adding it to the PS3 now seems utterly superfluous and even arbitrary.
Furthermore - and this point is the most obvious - if somebody wants to swing a remote around, they're going to buy a Wii. Not only is it the cheaper option, but just about everyone on the planet associates this kind of activity with the Wii. Nobody will do so for the PS3, and I think we all know what Sony's track record is concerning advertising... And on top of which, I really don't care how advanced this technology is; I will absolutely never opt to play a game with motion sensing when I could press buttons. The latter actually works and I really hate to tell people this, but in no way does moving the controller around in the air feel like I'm doing anything special. It doesn't feel like I have a "special connection" with what's happening on the screen. I seriously doubt I'm the only gamer who feels this way, and I hesitate to get on Sony's case about this, but we want great games like God of War III, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Gran Turismo 5...and we don't need motion sensing for any of it. We don't much want it, either.
Yes, let's not forget that the Dual Shock 3 has motion sensing already, even though it isn't as fancy as the rumored Wii-like remote. And every single time I have the option to use motion sensing with the PS3 controller, I take a pass. I turn it off immediately. I said it from the very start of the respective launches of the PS3 and Wii: if I wanted to play with a remote wand, I'd buy a Wii. I'm sorry, but the audience is wrong for this idea, and in all honesty, I just don't think the current PlayStation community or prospective community members even care in the slightest.
5/11/2009 Ben Dutka