Sony delays PlayStation 3 motion controller launch

Sony Motion Controller

According to a report from Reuters, Sony have delayed the launch of a motion controller for its popular PlayStation 3 game console in Japan to this autumn, slipping from their previous target of spring 2010.

The controller, when used with a specialized camera will allow gamers to control game input by movement of their hands and their location, similar to the movement-based input of Nintendo’s Wii console. Sony is trying to gain an edge in market share over the Wii, which has been quite popular due to its unique motion system; they're also hoping to take a swing at Microsoft’s much anticipated Project Natal for the Xbox 360, which will allow for natural game control via motion and speech.

Sony’s gaming division said that the reason for the delay is to give publishers more time to release software titles which will take advantage of the new functionality.

This follows an announcement that was made by Sony last week claiming that it would delay the launch of the newest iteration of its blockbuster racing series “Gran Turismo” in Japan, which was set to be unveiled in March. A new launch date has yet to be announced, however it is believed by industry insiders that the game will likely launch alongside European and American releases later this year.

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It might help to include a pic of the ACTUAL motion controller and not that other one. Hint: It has a giant glowing sphere on it.

Kushan said,
It might help to include a pic of the ACTUAL motion controller and not that other one. Hint: It has a giant glowing sphere on it.

yes... because that's such a gem of design. a gigantic glowing pingpong ball... whoo!

Kristan Kenney all I can say is please do your research with photos, that isn't even the current prototype.... I think it's a fan mockup.

I think they delayed to:
1) Give more time to the developers for release games, who would finish their games using the final product and final devkit / libraries.
2) Show how it works to 3rd party in GDC to improve release support.
3) To add more new release titles and patches of old titles at release. Both 1st and 3rd party.
4) To market it properly in E3 showing playable 1st and 3rd party games titles.
5) Improve their FYQ2, they had Gow3 in Q4 and GT5 in Q1.

And it will be competing close to Natal now.

AWBrian said,
The Sony Dildo wand delayed? Sony delayed something? GTFO, serious?

hahaha! funny man..

Edited by Motoko., Jan 20 2010, 4:31pm :

They are just waiting to see how Natal turns out. Then Sony will frantically redesign the system and claim that they invented all the technology. It's the same crap they pulled with Six Axis

ahhell said,
They are just waiting to see how Natal turns out. Then Sony will frantically redesign the system and claim that they invented all the technology. It's the same crap they pulled with Six Axis

i dont think you read the article it clearly states the reason why they delayed it.

Fubar said,

i dont think you read the article it clearly states the reason why they delayed it.

Dont mean thats the real reason for the delay.

SkyDX said,
Somehow I feel this will become a cheap Wiimote ripoff... :P

Well obviously it's a Wiimote rip (not that that's a bad thing) but I doubt it will a cheap rip I suspect it will be at least as good as the Wiimote if not better.

SkyDX said,
Somehow I feel this will become a cheap Wiimote ripoff... :P

This project has been around even before Wii was released. Wii didn't invent motion sensing, they just did a controller using it before others. + this one has a better sensor because it also uses the EyeToy.

SkyDX said,
Somehow I feel this will become a cheap Wiimote ripoff... :P

Just because the WiiMote is rediculously expensive - doesn't mean they don't make that cheaply - it's v. cheap plastic and construction. At least with Sony you know you will have an eliment of build quaility.

Glendi said,

This project has been around even before Wii was released.

Hahahaha. Do you really think they'd be releasing this if the Wii weren't around? =P

Of course not.

Kreuger said,
I didnt even know they had finalized the thing and were set on a date yet.

Yeah. I had still hoped that they would be making changes to be honest. I still don't like the design of it...

ahhh well better to delay it so there is actual content for it when it does come out, rather than releasing it with nothing for it lol

Fubar said,
ahhh well better to delay it so there is actual content for it when it does come out, rather than releasing it with nothing for it lol

Yeah, it doesn't make sense to release something like this without software to back it up...