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Newfangled PS3 motion-sensing pad in the works

by Steven Williamson on 16 June 2008, 11:35

Tags: PlayStation 3, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3

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GamesIndustry claim that Sony is working on a new PS3 controller that that will break apart into two pieces, with each section containing an accelerometer that will allow true motion sensing functionality similar to that experienced on Wii.

Whereas GamesIndustry believes that the two parts will snugly fit together to resemble one controller, Kotaku believe that the controller will 'actually consist of a smaller-sized device that can attach to the body - and multiple devices are intended to be used in concert, such as wearing two on the hands to move a character's hands in-game, or four, on hands and feet at the same time to move a character's body.'

Wouldn't a break-apart controller be a vastly expensive product to manufacture (anyone see The Apprentice and the two-part After-shave bottle?). Surely it would be far too expensive to the end consumer to have any real appeal?

Whatever Sony are working on, it's almost certainly in the process of bringing a new pad for the PS3 to the market and rumours suggest that the controller has already been sent out to development partners for testing.

Sony may announce the mysterious controller at E3 later this month. It should be interesting.

Source :: GamesIndustry and Kotaku

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