Spring 2010 looks to be Sony's season for motion-control as it gives a pep talk to developers, and it'll be arriving with a full entourage when it does.
The wands will have force feedback rumble and compliment PlayStation Eye's built-in microphone, which is to include voice recognition. An Eye camera can track up to four wands.
Sony is happy to boast that the "face-tracking and head-tracking capability already in the PS3 SDK" will equip developer studios with "powerful tools for new types of user interaction."
They even hint the wands could be joined by DualShock 3 controllers as they come with limited motion control, they're "currently looking into the possibility" of it and give an example of "the motion controller as a sword and use DualShock 3 as a shield." Cool.
There is however a small price to pay with all this fancy motion magic admits Sony, the "motion-tracking library has some SPU overhead and has an impact on memory as well, although these will be minimized."
So far this is no word on price or release, only that spring next year looks promising but we will get "a range of first-party and third-party content" whenever it does launch. Hooray.
Sony's PS3 wand hits with "range" of first and third-party content
22 June 2009 | By Simon Priest