Everyone is jumping on the motion capture bandwagon for "next generation" controllers given the enormous popularity of Nintendo's Wii; Microsoft announced its upcoming Project Natal last year, although most details and supported games are still being kept tight lipped.
Not to be outdone, of course, Sony has announced its own peripheral last year as well. In an apparent attempt to beat Microsoft to the punch, yesterday they sent out a press release declaring that their "PS3 Motion Controller" would be heading to stores this fall.
Utilizing the PlayStation Eye (sold separately!), the wand will allow gamers to control titles using gestures and motion recognition, much the same way as with the Wii today. As with Microsoft's announcement, Sony promises that they will support the peripheral with plenty of games at and after launch. The full press release is after the jump.
Motion Controller for PlayStation(R)3 to Become Available Worldwide in Fall 2010
Motion Controller, Together with an Extensive Line-up of Software Titles, Delivers Whole New Entertainment Experience on PlayStation(R)3
TOKYO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release its new Motion Controller(1) (tentative name) for the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system in fall 2010 in Japan, Asian regions and countries, North America and Europe/PAL territories together with an extensive line-up of exciting software titles. The new controller, combined with the PlayStation®Eye camera(2), can 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.
"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, " said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "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."
SCE will vigorously promote the Motion Controller as the de facto controller of the PS3 platform along with the DUALSHOCK® series controller and will deploy various measures to enhance the software title line-up for the Motion Controller, delivering groundbreaking interactive entertainment only possible on the PS3 platform.
(1) Motion Controller is a tentative name.
(2) Users will need to use the PlayStation Eye camera to enjoy the Motion Controller on PS3.