Wii sensor barDid you know that Nintendo's next generation console requires a Wii sensor bar? The bar needs to be placed in front of the television to pick up movements from the Wii remote.
Check out the long power lead! Just how far from a power supply is your T.V?
Nintendo have also revealed another port on the back of the console which will support the sensor bar.
We don't know the exact dimensions of the Wii sensor bar, but it appears to be huge, just make sure you don't tread on it!
HEXUS.gaming : Second ShotNick Haywood writes:
When we took the tour through Nintendo's booth at E3 2006, we took a few snaps of all the Wii stuff in the perspex case and grabbed a couple of shots of the Wii sensor bar without knowing what it actually was.
The bar itself is about 30cm long, which should give you an idea of it's height too. All of the Wii's on display were using wired Wii Remotes, which is why none of the bars were evident at the top of the screens we were playing the games on. Despite how Nintendo's shot looks, the sensor bar to us, doesn't look as intrusive as first galnces might make you think. It's a long, low profile affair that, we suspect, will be able to judge the Wii remotes orientation within 3D space.
The narrow depth of the bar is obviously catering for those with flatscreen TVs and, looking at Nintendo's offically released shots and ours from E3, it could be available in a variety of shades to match your existing equipment.
That we were using wired Wii Remotes suggests that the sensor bar might be an optional extra, allwoing you wire-free play is you fancied. Looking at the back of the Wii's in Nintendo's 'lounge area', the remotes were connected to the console via a socket next to the power plug. We did wonder at the time how more than one remote would be hooked up to the console through just this single jack... So maybe this is the answer, multiplayer gaming needs the sensor bar?
We'll bring you more on this as soon as we have it.