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PS3 Motion Controller Is Named "Arc?"

We know Sony's new motion sensing technology is set to release this year, but we still have no idea what it's called.

Saying "Sony's motion sensing technology" over and over again is just plain tedious and my keyboard hates it. Therefore, we've been wondering when Sony might lift the veil on the name, which everyone has guessed at ever since last year's E3 when the nifty system went on display. But according to VG247, they have it on "good authority" that the PS3 motion controller will be named, "Arc." At one time, it was once called "Gem" (which makes almost no sense whatsoever), but that was only an internal code name. This controller features two wand-like, Wii-like pieces, each of which is topped with a tracking device in the shape of a ball...it's why people have been calling it the "ice cream cone controller." It's fully compatible with the PlayStation Eye and its potential and capability may be unrivaled; we're not the biggest fans of motion sensing, but this could be very special. And if it really is called "Arc," that'll help a great deal in the future when we go to write articles like this. Three letters in a title? That's a space saver!

Anyway, "Arc" should be released this year, and we're just guessing at a late-Spring or early-Summer launch.  Not surprisingly, SCEE says they "don't comment on rumor and speculation."

1/19/2010 10:34:59 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (59 posts)

to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:48:31 AM
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Arc, that's an interesting name for the controller, i wondered why they named it that. Why not call it a mic, i mean it looks just like one.

Don't get me wrong, I'll probably try it out to see how it is, but don't expect me to buy one, I'll never replace motion sensory with the classic nob and button combo, to still feel like a game. But that's just me.

If you get what i mean lol

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:13:56 PM

arc sounds a hell of a lot cooler than Wiimote and natal

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napoleon85
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:50:49 AM
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I'm actually looking forward to using this but not for all my games. Sometimes I like to slack and when I do, I like to do it good.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:52:43 AM
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It will be interesting to see how this turns out. I personally think motion sensing is more of a gimmick, but if they release some games that make good use of the controller, I might have to get one.

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SympoziumPawa
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:53:38 AM
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Arc,sphere,gem,wand, timeh, what else will this mysterious Motion controller be named!?
I kinda like the name arc, only pray that it doesn't end up with crap from Ubisofts Wii library

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coverton341
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:54:19 AM
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Advanced Reactionary Controller.

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sunspider13
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 6:01:50 PM

Nice.

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:01:46 AM
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I prefer traditional controls over these "motion sensing" controls. i don't like the idea of moving like a crazy trying to kill a boss or something like that

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geovanwitdakick
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:04:17 AM
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Jawknee calls it moco, I like that one.

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Zorigo
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:07:47 AM
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This is a name which rolls of the tongue easily, and rocks the house.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:10:24 AM
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Have people really been calling it the ice-cream cone controller? I'm sure they had another description in mind.

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Imagi
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:18:06 AM
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Will wait and see what use Sony make for this before I purchase, it is by far the best option and most usable of the 3 technologies on offer by the console makers.

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inkme101
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:20:13 AM
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i call it the "ps dong" lol

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:41:08 AM

boy a nickel for every time that's happened

lol family guy ftw

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Alienange
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:57:39 AM
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Huh?

*Goes back to AC2*

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fuk u
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:02:57 PM
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hmmm i got the Wii for the kids.. I think ill stick with that im not into the motion controls for my PS3. I thought thats what the Wii was for... if i want that motion sh1t ill stick with the Wii.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:53:45 PM

Unfortunately the Wiimote is not accurate enough, even with the WiiMotion Plus attached.

Sony's Arc appears to be true 1:1.

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Nickjcal
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 7:01:22 PM

Yea the wii absolutley pisses me off i have to set it down to recalibrate all the time. The only thing we use it for is wii fit. That motion tech has not impressed me unlike arc. I saw it watchin e3 and was like wow. That actually looks fun

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godsman
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:09:52 PM
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Sony should really settle on a name and start hyping the controller. They went from Sphere, to Gem, to now Arc? It's merely months away, I feel like it needs a lot more attention for the great technology.

Microsoft has settled on Natal and has been nothing but Natal this and Natal that.

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Andysw
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:20:59 PM

Natal is still a codename for microsoft's eyetoy-like motion. So it might notbe the actual name.

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St_Jimmy
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:25:43 PM

still, when you say natal you know exactly what i mean. But there are tons of names for the ps mote.

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Andysw
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 12:22:43 PM
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Sony needs to do more marketing for their motion controller. Like microsoft with their eyetoy 2.

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Hezzron
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:04:17 PM
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I hope the Arc is well made like a DS controller, and not cheap and fragile like those Buzz controllers.

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www
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 3:08:05 PM

But I still find problems with the DS3. I just noticed a dent on my brand new DS3 around the neck of the leftstick after days of MW2 online, I take it me holding L3 down and pushing it forward to sprint is the cause and am utterly disappointed. Plus am expecting the rubber on the sticks to wear off soon and have the leftstick tilting and moving your player automatically without your help. I remember the DS2s always had plastic pieces breaking inside after a week use. Sony need to do something about those controllers

Quality-wise the 360 controller has the edge.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:15:56 PM

www, you aren't holding it down while you run are you? Don't hafta do that.

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Hezzron
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 5:15:55 PM

@ www -- Shhhhh.....Don't tell my PSX Extreme friends, but I agree with you on the 360 controller.

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www
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 5:51:40 PM

Nope World, even if I did that, I don't expect any dent whatsoever.
Hezzron, I've told them several times they don't mind ;) I wish Sony would just listen.

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Jed
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:26:30 PM

I had a little trouble with my sixaxis a little after Burnout Paradise came out. I would push the right stick really hard when trying to takedown other cars. My DS3s are doing ok, but I have been a little more careful since then.

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Roach721
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:58:11 PM

Why would you think the PsOrb would not be well made.The eye camera,the dualshock and the Ps3 are all well made why would they slack now. It makes no sense,i think your confusing us with M$ or Wii.

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Roach721
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:12:04 PM

It might be that M$ controllers might be more durable,who knows i havent used a m$ controller long enough to find out,but that might be cause it was made for big American Ogres and also they knew youd be really pist at rings of death and would slam the hell out of your controller.;)

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:19:07 PM
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I still like "Sonymote" better than all of 'em so far.

At least "get 'er done" on a final name & start hyping the damned thing, whatever it's called

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Gone
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:27:06 PM
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Now people will throw their "Arc" at the TV on purpose, so they can have an excuse to buy a LC3-D HDTV LED 240Hz Holographic Smellovision TV.

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www
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:59:15 PM

No. They'll rather have an excuse to go back to their SDTVs.

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coverton341
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 1:43:28 PM
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I personally am not too distraught over the fact that Sony has not gone out of their way to build the hype up on this project or sink a ton of resources into it for that matter. I like that they are adding this technology but still seem to be giving appropriate attention to their core market of "hardcore" gamers by delivering innovative titles and tried and true franchise instalments.

Take a look at Microsoft's Natal Project. They are focusing more on that than they are on delivering games to their core market and it cannot be going well for their financial team. I know Microsoft has their hand in many pies and can afford to let one area flounder while they sink near endless resources into this "super revolutionary ground breaking never before seen" crap but what happens when people say "Meh, it's like the Wii but a little better with voice controls...Where's Gears 3?"

I think Sony have found a happy medium for bringing us this technology while Microsoft are spending a bit too much of their resources on a product that is most likely not going to appeal to their core market.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:17:14 PM

Natal will be MS's "Home," interesting but not worth the time or effort.

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carl0975
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 5:52:48 PM

Can't say I agree with you on home being useless, some of the areas and game in home are pretty cool(The SodiumOne Salt Shooter game is awesome)

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Jackyl
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:00:32 PM
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At least it is a better name than Gem.

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www
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:58:18 PM

Yea, Gem sounded like one of those candies.

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:49:19 PM
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Alright, time for a little question round, but first a small story to attract y'all:
The other day I was discussing the Playstation vs. *add random rant name for xbox* and from the upcoming exclusives part we suddenly came to the "Arc" vs. "natal" (though the news that it was called Arc hadn't arrived yet, so I just said wand), anyways, I couldn't really come up with much except for the non hardcore game thing... So do any of you know some arguments to choose "Arc" over "natal"?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:18:23 PM

When you have the Arc in your hands and are doing motion stuff, people who see you won't call 911 to report a person having a seizure.

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Jed
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:33:02 PM

Every time I wonder how Natal will be, I am reminded of Minority Report. That is reason enough to stay away from it.

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www
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 2:56:11 PM
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How many names does this thing got.......

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:11:56 PM
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Just call it "Dild" and be done with it.

MS calls their Natal (Nuh-tahl) but I can't help but think of it as (nay-tuhl)as in prenatal, cuz it's for fetuses or something.

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booze925
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 6:01:09 PM

umm, world u thought that out pretty well..
how about they call it steeley dan? :)

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St_Jimmy
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 4:21:58 PM
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MOCO!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 5:38:23 PM

MocoLocoRoco

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backatcha00
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 7:29:33 PM
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should have named it flop

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Jed
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:49:52 PM
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I think they should call it STOGIE.

Sony
Tries
Out
Gimmick
Inspired
Entertainment

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Roach721
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 9:51:04 PM
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Arc sounds allright, but i think it should be named Orb instead.Orb just sounds cooler has a better ring to it the PsOrb don't you guys agree. What do you say Ben Dutka? Maybe you could e-mail Sony and give them that suggestion.

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Robochic
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:50:48 PM
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Arc interesting name, better than gem for sure.
I'm pretty excited about this it'll be fun and interesting

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___________
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:03:31 AM
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hmmmm i wonder if its true that it will be compatible will all current games.
dont see how that would be possible, unless all the games were programmed to use it and that would be impossible seeing some games are 3 years old.
but if it is true, that would be kind of cool!
i just hope they dont go and make some cool games i want to play and force me to use the motion controller.
if its kids games, like the demos they had at E3 i dont mind, but if its full fledged games than i wont be a happy chappy!

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just2skillf00l
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:54:09 AM
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I'm just waiting for motion control done right! The Wii couldn't do it. Microsoft, well I never have owned or will own a 360. PS3, it only does everything...oh yeah...Bet-ter.

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OriginalSin
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:54:44 AM
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I still think it looks like some kind of dildo! I really don't like the way it looks at all, and I am pretty sure they could have thought of something better looking than that!

Don't think I will be getting this any time soon...

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:16:21 AM
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You guys are not thinking of the possibilities this new controller may create, that is if it works the way it's suppose to.Remember the demo sony showed with the skeletons,well you guys can't tell me that didn't remind you of Zelda or something similar to Demons Souls as an option to play with the PsOrb not mandatory of course.How about an RPG something similar to Diablo or something entirely new where you could use flaming whips,ball & chain,sword,two by fours,throwing knives,or even some grenades.In the realm of strategy this device can prove limitless in possibilities a Command and Conquer maybe Starcraft or finally a great looking realistic Civilication or Spore.It could be an extension of what we already have,an extra option not a replacement for anything but another cool way to enjoy our beloved Playstation.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:25:25 AM
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A way to interact with people in Home or punish your EyePet,an rpg fireman game or a great simulation something weve never played before.A new 2d side scroller i just hope developers can get it together and actually put some innovation into whatever they create instead of making silly gimmicky games or stupid silly childrens games.To me it seems like the device is great now it's up to DEVELOPERS to make something of it.If they need ideas they can always come to me the possibilities oh my.

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fooosie
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:33:53 AM
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I think this will be better than Natal. "Arc" will have somthing to put in your hand and offer the tactile experiance that Natal cannot.
Motion control is neat but I still need buttons, like, to pause the game among other things.
What do I do with Natal? Use a safe word if I want it to stop? The Arc tech is tried and true: Take one of those nifty balls off of Nolan North's mo-cap suit and slap it on a stick. So simple. So elegant.
I dont think Ill buy one though. I like to game on the couch. With my thumbs.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:04:51 AM

@fooosie lol,lazzy.

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fooosie
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:34:39 AM
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Totally

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Richy
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 9:50:15 AM
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hello ...

WOW, SONY's Wand wireless controller which is a 'GEM' to some, would finally settle as the 'ARC' ... what next !?

will get it if the games are cool ...

cheers!

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