PS3 Motion Controller Delayed

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It seems that Sony will see its PlayStation 3 motion controller delayed until Autumn of this year, after relatively recent reassurances that we’d see it this Spring.

While Sony describes its motion sensitive controller as the “Motion Controller (Tentative Name),” the news of the delay comes alongside some new rumours about the device itself, which it seems could well end up being called the PlayStation Arc, which would certainly help describe the motions to which it might be ascribed. Sony’s CEO, Kaz Hirai, detailed the delay in a statement from Sony, saying that,

“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.”

Whether or not there would be enough games available at the device’s launch (aside from some first-party titles) to drive adoption had been one of the biggest questions about both Microsoft’s Project Natal and Sony’s Motion Controller. Hirai went on to outline the fact that Sony has been working with developers and publishers in an attempt to ensure there is a reasonable amount of content available for those who sink money into the device at launch.

The other big piece of news is that the new controller will require users to pair it with the PlayStation Eye, which means that it’s edging into the kind of territory that will see a motion controller for the PS3 being a fairly hefty setback, though of course there’ll only be one PlayStation Eye required per console.

Still, it already looks like something of a less attractive offering, as well as being late into the bargain. We’ll be curious to see just what Sony can deliver in terms of motion control and games in the run up to its release.

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One Response to “PS3 Motion Controller Delayed”

  1. Gil Says:

    I guess it’s nice that I have had a playstation eye for quite some time now. Unfortunately I know that not many PS3 owners have one. It will be a hefty setback for anyone who has to buy them both together. $40 for the eye and who knows how much for the motion controller. This doesn’t bode well for Sony.

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