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