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Controller set to launch this fall

When the Nintendo Wii burst onto the market, it made headlines not for being the most powerful or graphically gifted console, but for its innovative controls. The Wii turned gaming from a sedentary activity into one that got gamers up from the couch and moving around.

The Wii spurred Sony and Microsoft to start looking at motion sensitive controls of their own. Microsoft announced an innovative and interesting motion control system dubbed Project Natal that uses a camera to turn the players motion into control of games without needing a controller or joystick. The PS3 has had motion controls for many games since it debuted, but few will argue that the execution of the motion controls from Sony was more of a "me too" move than something well thought out from the beginning of the PS3 project.

Sony has been talking about a new motion controller for the PS3 for a while now. The controller was widely expected to debut this spring. Reuters reports that Sony has now announced that it will be delaying the launch of the motion controller until the fall of 2010.

The controller is somewhat similar to the Project Natal tech from Microsoft in that it uses a camera. However, the Sony system needs a controller with a colored ball on the end to transfer the player's movements to that of the on-screen character. If Sony can stick to the fall time frame, it should still be able to get the motion controller into stores in time for the important holiday shopping season. Microsoft has stated that its motion control system will be in stores for the 2010 holiday season as well.

Sony reports that the delay in launching the motion sensing controller is to give software developers more time to get games ready to take advantage of the new controller. Sony also announced this week that it was delaying the previously discussed March launch fate of its highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 title – a new launch date is unknown at this time.



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GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By sapiens74 on 1/20/2010 11:24:12 AM , Rating: 5
GT5 is the DNF of racing




RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By Ristogod on 1/20/2010 11:30:29 AM , Rating: 3
True. I'm pretty sure more people give a crap about GT5 that bought PS3. If they cared about motion sensing non-sense, they would have bought a Wii, played boring games with inaccurate controls with their non-gaming family and friends.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By bissimo on 1/20/2010 11:37:44 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I was an inch away from buying a PS3 just for GT5. Now I can wait.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By dubldwn on 1/20/2010 11:39:13 AM , Rating: 5
Over 3 years after the PS3’s release and still no GT5, God of War, or sequel to Shadow of Colossus. And where the hell is Twisted Metal?


By sapiens74 on 1/20/2010 11:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for reminding me of the others...

/sigh


By FITCamaro on 1/20/2010 11:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
God of War is two months away though.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By BrandtTheMan on 1/20/2010 12:00:50 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget a decent Final Fantasy. I can only dream of a FF that is on par with VII.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By Samus on 1/20/2010 12:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully decent final fantasy. It's looking more and more like World of Warcraft in the footage I've seen than Final Fantasy Online.


By The0ne on 1/20/2010 1:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
Since VII, I'm highly interested in FF13. The last trailer with the theme song got me hooked. Seems like a good story to play through. And of course I will be picking up FF14 later on this year when it comes out for PC. FF14 graphics and animation appears to be superior in detail than FF13 however. I just hope SE's US support improves but I highly doubt it.


By chick0n on 1/20/2010 10:52:52 PM , Rating: 2
Finished FF13 already.

Its nothing like WoW or whatever.

Storyline is good, Action is good.

Need I say more ?


By slashbinslashbash on 1/20/2010 12:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, Final Fantasy is not a Sony IP. Any problems that you have with recent FF's can be laid at Square's feet, not Sony's. However, Gran Turismo, Shadow of the Colossus, and God of War are all Sony-created titles.

However, to be fair to the PS3, Uncharted 1 and 2 are terrific and, although I haven't played it, LittleBigPlanet is supposed to be as well. Given the Blu-Ray built in, the PS3 is a very good value proposition at the moment IMO. Of course, I have had my 360 for years now, and the game catalog for the 360 is overall much stronger than the PS3's, but I'm strongly considering picking up a PS3 pretty soon...


By Phoque on 1/20/2010 5:07:05 PM , Rating: 1
motion sensing non-sense?

I personaly am eager to see how it handles for first person shooters. Ideally, a firmware update of the PS3 would give it backward compatibility with existing fps titles. I don't care about GT5.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By Aloonatic on 1/20/2010 12:13:13 PM , Rating: 1
If you'd played the demo, then you'd know that it's really no big deal. I don't now what they've done to GT, but the end result is that it's just not that good.

All sliding and drifting rubbish, with a car that seems to have been modelled using the physics of the SNES F-Zero game or maybe Wipe-out. It's like the car's hovering just above the road.

Killed my excitement pretty quickly, and I loved that game. The demo was deleted quicker than almost any demo that I've ever downloaded.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By cmdrdredd on 1/20/2010 3:59:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If you'd played the demo, then you'd know that it's really no big deal. I don't now what they've done to GT, but the end result is that it's just not that good. All sliding and drifting rubbish, with a car that seems to have been modelled using the physics of the SNES F-Zero game or maybe Wipe-out. It's like the car's hovering just above the road. Killed my excitement pretty quickly, and I loved that game. The demo was deleted quicker than almost any demo that I've ever downloaded.


You didn't play GT5, it's guaranteed. for two reasons...

1) There is no DEMO! There's Prologue released a while back and there a Time Trial! Neither are labeled a demo in any way shape or form.

2) If you played the Time Trial you would see the physics are accurate to the real vehicle. There is no drift unless you take a turn too fast and slam the brakes. You have to drive like a real car, not like Burnout. You'd know this if you played it which you obviously didn't.


By Aloonatic on 1/22/2010 6:08:04 AM , Rating: 2
1) if it walks like a demo and quacks like a demo, it's a demo. Call it whatever you want though, if you want to reserve your place in pedants corner, fair enough. You'll have a lot of company there on this site at least, so you wont get lonely.

2) I'm well aware of the all that you say, it doesn't change the way that it just feels wrong, compared to their other releases, which I have enjoyed a lot in the past, so I am aware of how GT works compared to other games. As it is, it also looks pretty bad to, giving the sensation of a floating car, to me at least. It's pretty bad, but that's just my opinion I suppose, and a step backwards.

By the way, I assume that you have the car (both versions) in the demo (sorry, time trial) and have driven it on the track in the demo (sorry again, my bad, time trail, what am I thinking calling it a demo?) to make the pompous claim that you have, with the authority/arrogance that you have?


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By mmntech on 1/20/2010 12:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
Polyphony's slow development speed is legendary. I would think it's costing them a fortune. Still, I'd rather have them take their time and get it right than rush and get a turd on wheels.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By lightfoot on 1/20/2010 4:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
I just hope that they have the '06 Saturn Sky in the game - it was still a new model when they started development on this game... If we are really lucky GT5 might even have '08 model year cars... But if they delay the game any further we will be well into 2011's model year.


RE: GT5 delayed? That's the bigger story
By mmatis on 1/20/2010 5:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't you REALLY rather play with tatas instead?
}:-]


By foolsgambit11 on 1/20/2010 8:13:55 PM , Rating: 2
Ooh, I see what you did there. Clever.


By Alexvrb on 1/20/2010 10:57:50 PM , Rating: 2
I do enjoy the modified Sky Redline I've got in Forza. As for GT, their detroit car lineup is typically lacking, so we'll see.


By Hiawa23 on 1/20/2010 3:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
meh, not interested in motion controls, not into sim racers.


By ajoyner777 on 1/21/2010 12:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
So why not play Forza 3?


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lol
By RandallMoore on 1/21/2010 1:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
March launch fate


I would call that a typo, but it actually fits considering the predicament haha




RE: lol
By RandallMoore on 1/22/2010 10:00:30 AM , Rating: 2
BOO! You changed it! Shenanigans!


And when it comes?
By bug77 on 1/20/2010 3:24:39 PM , Rating: 2
What do you do with a motion sensor and game designed for a gamepad? As a developer, how do you make a game that plays well with both? Maybe it's just me, but I don't see a market for these.




RE: And when it comes?
By cmdrdredd on 1/20/10, Rating: -1
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov














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