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PS3 Motion Controller Confirmed for Spring 2010

Image source: Joystiq

Image source: Joystiq

When Microsoft showed off its Project Natal and Sony demonstrated its so-cleverly-named Motion Controller, they both did so without any plans to launch them this year. While Microsoft's Project Natal is still a bit of a mystery, Sony today announced at the Tokyo Game Show that PS3 gamers will get to waggle in the Spring of 2010.

Sony describes the Motion Controller much like the Wii Remote – but it is far more accurate: "The newly announced Motion Controller is equipped with two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes accelerometer that can detect the controller's angle and movement held in the user's hand."

Besides just being an accurate game 'wand', Sony is pushing it to be paired with the PlayStation Eye camera. "Together with the PlayStation Eye camera for PS3 which can accurately track the absolute position of the controller, the controller can detect the natural and intuitive movement of the hand and reflect the precise movement on to the game."

Sony also came out to clarify that there won't be a repeat of the Sixaxis to DualShock 3 rumble 'upgrade' fiasco, as the Motion Controller will include vibrating force feedback as standard.

Price hasn't yet been determined, but Sony did reveal that there will be at least a dozen games supporting the peripheral next year. A few of them are:

  •     Ape Escape
  •     Echochrome 2
  •     Eccentric Slider
  •     Sing and Draw
  •     Champions of Time
  •     Motion Party
  •     The Shoot
  •     Tower

Sony also intends to retrofit existing games with support for the Motion Controller. Games confirmed for the upgrade, which hopefully will be free, are:

  •     PAIN
  •     Flower
  •     Hustle Kings
  •     High Velocity Bowling
  •     EyePet

Read more about Sony's TGS announcements at Joystiq.