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Sony Preparing Motion Controller For Fall 2010 Launch

They're still not giving us an official name - guess we'll just assume it's "Arc" for now - but at least we've got a narrowed-down time frame.

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced today that their new motion controller for the PlayStation 3 will hit the market this fall in Japan, Asia, Europe/PAL territories and North America. As most of you know, it will be paired with the already existing PlayStation Eye and "detect the natural and intuitive movement of the hand and reflect the precise movement within the game, delivering a whole new entertainment experience on PS3." The previous estimate was that it might be ready in the spring or summer but it appears Sony wants to wait until they've got a goodly amount of compatible software ready. Said SCE President and Group CEO, Kazuo Hirai:

"We have decided to release the Motion Controller in fall 2010 when we will be able to offer an exciting and varied line-up of software titles that will deliver the new entertainment experience to PS3 users. We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative games for the Motion Controller, not only from SCE Worldwide Studios but also from the third party developers and publishers, whom we have been working closely with. We look forward to soon unveiling the exciting software line-up that further expands and defines the PS3 platform as the ultimate entertainment system for the home."

The press release adds that Sony plans to "vigorously promote" this new motion-sensing technology as the "de facto controller of the PS3 platform along with the DualShock series controller." They also remind us that "motion controller" is a tentative name (duh) and that if you wish to experience the innovation of this nifty new technology, you really will need the PlayStation Eye. Well, fall seems to be about the right time, don't you think?  Good for the holidays, no?

1/20/2010 10:23:19 AM Ben Dutka

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Gone
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 10:40:23 AM
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Arc the herald angels sing. Christmas release with GT5 bundle.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:34:34 PM

Erm, how would that work?

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Zorigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:48:11 PM

i'm thinking Arc is the gear stick, great for shifting

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Gone
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:43:09 PM

Sorry didn't mean to say that the Arc would be bundled with the GT5 PS3 bundle. What I meant was that the Arc and the GT5 PS3 bundle would probably be released around the same time for the holidays. I don't think Arc would be appropriate for GT5.

Arc in the dark.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 10:59:01 AM
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they've learned from releasing the PS3 without any AAA titles I see. Good. I guess u could include Resistance: Fall Of Man there, but o well. They've learned. I'll be sure to get Arc.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:35:22 PM

"Oh well" my foot. Resistance: Fall of Man IS a AAA title.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:02:19 AM
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The coming of the Arc of the Playstation Covenant

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:18:48 AM
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My wife is ever so close to wanting a 3rd PS3 in the house (mine in the living room, kids in the game room).

This could do it, and I am really crossing my fingers over it!

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:14:46 PM

You rich basterrrd :D

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:57:39 PM

Nah. I am just blessed with enough to live and enjoy my hobby.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:23:04 PM

Good for you cause at the moment I am jobless got laid off a bit ago. Can't find work,so i guess it's good Arc got delayed.It's tuff trying to figure out how to buy all this games,which is all i seem to think about.

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sniperflash
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:24:55 AM
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lol at maxpontiac thats funny cause my wife is ever so close to putting a hammer through the one i got lol

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:27:42 AM

Can I ask why?

My wife loves how the PS3 is something the boys and I do together.

She wants a Wii, but I keep telling her to wait till the PS3 motion controls come out.

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Gone
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:29:27 AM

@sniperflash

Is this your girlfriend?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvX8GHJLQIU

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:16:31 PM

PontiacMaxxx you player :D

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:25:33 PM

My girl has also threaten to smash mine in her moments of anger.Which is pretty much all the time,damn illogical creatures.lol

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maxpontiac
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 10:18:56 AM

Roach721 -

In my experience (been married for 17 years) its best to get the green light on all things video games when it comes to your significant other.

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Craigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:55:30 AM
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The PS3 Motion Controller is what most people think the Wii is going to be.

Just hope it comes out with the right games.

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Darwin1967
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:56:25 AM
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How exactly is it supposed to work together with the eye...meaning, would I have to put that bulky little box on top of my tv?

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:59:12 AM

Bulky? The thing is smaller than a fist.

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Darwin1967
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:10:41 PM

Still, when you have a white wall with a slim tv, it would seem to me that it would really stand out somewhat awkwardly.

We have the wii, and the bonus is that the detection bar fits and blends perfectly ontop of the tv, you don't even notice it.

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:54:10 PM

Put it under your tv?
I have my Wii's sensor bar under my tv so its almost perfectly hidden. Its actually right on top of my center channel speaker, you can hardly tell its there. The eye can't hide quite as well, but i'd plan on putting it under my tv somewhere.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:15:35 PM

Well, you could always attach it to the wall or build a retractable harness so that it comes down from the ceiling and back into the ceiling. Just a thought.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:58:39 AM
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They can take all the time they want. I have no problem with waiting for this because I will be getting it. Oh, yeah.

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SympoziumPawa
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:14:22 PM
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I'll need to buy a Playstation Eye soon, one problem is the fact that the motion controller could be in a bundle with the eye.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:14:20 PM

I'd wait and see if they may have a bundle. Plus, if you were planning on getting EyePet, it comes bundled with the Eye and that would make it only 19.99 vs. 34.99 for the stand alone option.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 8:06:54 PM

Or check out Toys R Us, they were selling the Eye of Judgment game, & came bundled with the PSEye, for $19.99

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Simcoe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:23:08 PM
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I wonder if it's being delayed because of MS. Could it be that the "comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative games for the Motion Controller" are games that are also being developed for Natal and the third party developers want to release the same games at the same time for both platforms?

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johnld
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:22:38 PM

there arent really any game for natal that i wanted let alone they almost finished. I mean milo, the hells the point of that? My coworker said hell probably want to get it though. Only to see how much he can mess with it. A sale is still a sale.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:34:04 PM
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I don't have the PSEye, and won't be motioning anyway, but why not just bundle it with the controller? And come up with a name already.

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Gone
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:47:43 PM

PSEyeMoCo

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:59:19 PM

It will probably be some weirdo thing with a "Q" in it, since that is where things are headed, Qore, Qriocity...

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Gone
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:04:43 PM

EyeQ

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LividFiction
Saturday, January 23, 2010 @ 10:49:22 AM

I still stand by WavyWandy. (http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/5910.html)

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:52:51 PM
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I think i read somewhere once that they plan on making the Eye able to use anything, not just the glowy-wand thing. Is this correct? If Sony wants Arc to compete with Natal they are going to have to lose the wand and let Arc track anything.

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johnld
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:23:55 PM

umm..the arc is the wand. i think you mean upgrade the pseye to do anything.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:01:01 PM
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Be interesting to aim two tvs with respective cameras at yourself, see how well Arc tracks your wands and how well Natal tracks your hands. How quickly, effects of hands being closer, farther (as in the bow and arrow demo) etc.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/20/2010 2:01:50 PM

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www
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 3:11:03 PM
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That guy in the pic looks like he's about to smash his TV.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:06:46 PM

@www

Bring out the straps! xD

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packersfan66
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 3:31:17 PM
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not buying, dont care.

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dveisalive
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 3:43:41 PM
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arc, shoot it should be called the six-dildo-axis!!! XD

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 3:51:32 PM
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Even if Fallout New Vegas supports this thing, I'll just use my DS3 thank you.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:47:29 PM

Mouse/Keyboard here, but I agree with you.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:32:01 PM

Hopefully most games will give you that option and not make it mandatory.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:00:01 PM
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I'll buy this if the price is right and it comes out with good software to back it up as well as a good bundle. Otherwise there's too many "normal" games to play.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:47:00 PM
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I will NEVER buy this. If I want to replicate my actions on my own I'll go play basketball outside. I play videogames so I can sit back, relax, and escape within a story.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:05:11 PM

Sports games haven't done it for me since Hockey on the Genesis.

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:01:25 PM
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Since the PS3 is reckoned to be the more mature gamer's choice (well maybe not mature, but older) I can't see this thing being too popular.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:05:36 PM

Your pic makes me want to poop.

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:17:10 PM

What was I saying... old but not necessarily mature... jk.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:26:09 PM

You Son of a...

::poop::

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:33:51 PM

Laughing.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:07:13 PM
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If only the Wii had failed none of this would be happening. I understand, Sony and MS want a piece of the casual gamer pie Nintendo is having all for itself. I just see the true gamers (like myself of course) suffering due to wasted time and money spent on accessories like this.

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Sunni_Boi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:17:40 PM
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Ok I Got Faith In Sony On This 1 So Imma Buy The PS Eye And The "Arc". Gotta Support Tha Best!

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:25:49 PM

If you want to support the development of motion controls I suggest you buy a Wii. They've been doing it for several years. I have a feeling this "Arc" is going to be one big mess.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:37:56 PM

You might want to wipe after you get those feelings, LV. ;)

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:36:30 PM

Oh yee of little faith,the wii is the mess.Were just taking their idea an making the way it's suppose to work.Real life trackin NEVER been done.

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Sunni_Boi
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 9:41:46 AM

Ok I can kinda understand you limited, but i feel lyk if i got the wii it would be a big waste of money cuz the only games i would get is super smash brothers brawl, and new mario bros. Those are the only games that keeps me coming back.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:06:01 PM
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I can already see them hot off the shelves this next Holiday. I know they'll sell, but I most likely will not be one of their buyers. I'm not really into this whole motion thing for the PS3 and now I have to get the Playstation Eye for the Arc?
Money, money, money. Want, want, want. Broke, broke, broke... It's a vicious circle!

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booze925
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:33:59 PM
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we get into americas hardest time since the 70's, and THEN they release all this awesome stuff? all these AAA games and peripherals? of man, bad timing everybody

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just2skillf00l
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 8:57:10 PM
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The longer it takes, the better the product. Take your time Sony, nobody's begging for Arc anyway. I'm looking forward to it but I'm not drooling over some videos of Arc footage. More time equates to better quality. Simple as that...in most cases anyway...cough. (clears throat).

What? Were you expecting me to insert some product before the cough where more time didn't equate to better quality? Sorry, I don't cater to cliched minds but yes if I would have inserted anything it would have been FF13. I mean how long have we been waiting for it-only to hear some depressing news regarding the content available in the game.

Oh, I should stop before this gets out of hand. Sorry for the randomly self-produced tangent.

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onsiterecording
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:18:09 PM
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It's being released 'this fall in Japan, Asia, Europe/PAL territories and North America.'

These places don't all share the same Fall/Autumn period. Are we sure it will be released according to the North American Fall period and not somewhere else's?

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Robochic
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:20:12 PM
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Can't wait been looking forward to the Arc I have aPS3eye so I would like to use it for once, also can't wait for the Eyepet my son really wants it.

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___________
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 12:52:07 AM
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i can really see this being the flop that the eyetoy brought on.
its a good idea that they delayed it till the software is up to scratch and ready for release, they last thing they can afford is to release another system with no games for it.
though i cant see it catching on.
thats what i hate about the world today, not just the industry but everything.
a company brings something in and makes millions of it, so instead of bringing something else out to compete with it companies just copy it.
like sony or M$ and their motion controls, or google with their new "iphone killer"
originality people!

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