Sony delays PS3 motion-sensing controller launch

Camera-based motion-sensing controller release shifted from spring 2010 launch to fall; delay to affect all global markets.

Last August, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai placed a tentative launch window of spring 2010 for the PlayStation 3's upcoming motion-sensing controllers. It seems Hirai's original estimate has turned out to be too optimistic, with Sony confirming today that the new controller's release date has now been pushed back to sometime in the fall of this year.

Sony's new motion controller in action.

According to a statement from Sony, the motion-sensing controllers--which as yet don't have an official name--will arrive in "fall 2010 in Japan, Asian regions and countries, North America and Europe/PAL territories." In the statement, Hirai said, "We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative games for the Motion Controller, not only from SCE Worldwide Studios but also from the third party developers and publishers, whom we have been working closely with."

The delay pushes the PS3 controller's launch closer to the Xbox 360's tentative date for Project Natal, with Xbox division chief Robbie Bach pegging a holiday 2010 release for Microsoft's motion-sensing system. As for what games will initially support the PS3 controllers, Hirai outlined some key titles during last year's Tokyo Game Show, including Ape Escape, Echochrome 2, Eccentric Slider, Sing and Draw, Champions of Time, Motion Party, The Shoot, and Tower. Other games such as Pain, Flower, Hustle Kings, High Velocity Bowling, and Eye Pets will be made compatible via downloadable updates. Capcom has also confirmed that the "Alternative Edition" of Resident Evil 5 will feature motion-sensing control compatibility for its Japanese release.

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Darkages04
Darkages04

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JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Sing and Draw? Motion Party?? High Velocity Bowling?! NNnnooooooo!!!! Sony you were having such a good reputation with releasing quality over quantity recently (GoW 3, Uncharted 2, etc.), and now the release calendar is starting to sound like Wii. So lame! I guess as long as the good games keep coming I'm fine. Still, if this crap takes up shelf space from surprisingly good games (for ex, Demon's Souls), then I'll really be p!$$ed.

DKHardee
DKHardee

@KouNurasaka True! and that system didn't even use a motion bar or whatever its called. (Bar under tv screen)

acer_062
acer_062

Com'on, stop delaying and launch the thing .... I need something new to throw at my TV.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

What's wrong with a controller? I never really liked motion controls anyway. Now real life simulation would be interesting. Just moving a pointer on a screen? Nintendo did that way back in 1984 with "Duck Hunt".

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@ KaizerJinn it is a lesser choice cos when it comes to games (thats what i bought the 360 for) the ps3 dosn't delivers on it promises... eg, the future of everything, HD gaming, but in actual comparison with the games, the ps3 always falls into the inferior of the two. i only plays the best, today

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@anomaly3001 thanks for the support.. @frazzle00 points taken, though your closing point was most amusing(no offense anomaly3001), but the last comment was pretty funny. =)

frazzle00
frazzle00

@anomaly3001 You couldn't have been more obvious with your sarcasm. That doesn't mean I can't use your own words against you, which I did. Too bad for you huh 8)? And once again anomaly3001 why don't you make that "stand" against Sony? Only fanboys pick and choose their arguments based on console manufacturer. @KaizerJinn My nationality is immaterial, and I was not arguing with you in the first place. Surely you've heard the old adage about "minding your own business". As to my usage of anti-American generalities, I was simply responding to anomaly3001's usage of pro-American generalities. I for one am sick of all the flag-waving we have to put up with! If that makes me not American in your eyes so be it. I have no issue with your stand on the PS3. Unlike anomaly3001 you're not a fanboy. It's entirely subjective which console you prefer and it's obvious from your post that you understand this concept. anomaly3001 on the other hand acts as if he's a Sony employee. Hey anomaly3001, you should go ask for a raise for all the valuable advertising you're doing for them ;).

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

KaizerJinn good point! definitely not going there with frazzle! For him to be so educated he sure doesn't understand SARCASM when it staring him in the face!

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@frazzle00 Yes, i'm american though i wasn't raised here my entire life. i spent atleast half of my life here. I did make it through 'America Education' as you put it.. graduated with honors, and the top 2.5% of graduates in America...*sighs*...obviously your just going to dance around my questions, and continue to throw insults around. plus this conversation is going into a direction i would prefer not to go. it was.. interesting chatting with you though. take care. @MagicOneUp i dont find PS3 to be a 'lesser choice', i actually find PS3 to be convenient, and i use most of what the PS3 has to offer. whether a system is a 'lesser choice' or not is totally based on the individuals needs and wants. what i look for in a console is sincerely more than what the 360 has to offer. imho

frazzle00
frazzle00

@anomaly3001 1 ) I never claimed to be the "most educated person on Gamespot.com". I do know however, that I am more educated than you :). 2) The 360 is Microsoft's 2nd console. The PS2 is Sony's second console. It's perfectly reasonable to compare their reliability. In fact it took Sony 3 efforts to get it right but I don't see Sony fanboys like yourself making a stink about it. I guess your love for a multinational corporation trumps all. What devoted little kids you are ;).

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

Hey lets look @ Frazzle the Most Educated person on "GameSpot.com" LMFAO!!!

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

@ Frazzle like I said I haven't read any wide spread reports about PS3!!! Failure or Wii Failure on this or any other website! News Flash Frazzle if you "Google" anything you will find something! But when websites print entire articles about "RROD" or E74 then your console is a PoS! Plain and simple thanks for proving my point! btw your comeback of choice was an argument about the PS1 and PS2?!!! LOL its 2010!!!! who cares about PS1 or PS2 failures! The only console and I mean only console that fails in someones house hold on a daily basis is the xbox360! RROD anyone?

frazzle00
frazzle00

@anomaly3001 You should Google hardware issues for the PS1 and PS2. In fact here is the Gamespot article detailing how Sony lost a class action suit with regards to PS2 disc read errors: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6139482.html?tag=result;title;0 You can also go and Google PS3 YLOD if you want. Which begs the question, why don't you stand up against Sony? Or do you like to pick sides when it comes to games? Hmmmm, what's that word to describe people like that? ;) @KaizerJinn Are you American? Did you got through the American education system? Compare our posts. Who do you think fits the bill better? ;)

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@MagicOneUp By what do you mean "GT5 demo" ? If you're honestly, HONESTLY referring to the GT Academy thing, then your comment is seriously laughable, because that wasn't really a GT5 related demo, even though titled the same, it was actually a competition for people to win to get to drive a real racecar. Look at some of the convention videos on Gran Turismo 5 and see for yourself how it looks. So according to you Uncharted 2 is not a good game, as it took Naughty Dog only 1-2 years, yet it still was nominated in 15 AIAS -awards? Face it genious, it's up to the development team how fast they make games. The only reason it takes some that long, is due to them not having enough experience on PS3's hardware, due to it being a lot more complex than the well known PC similar hardware that's on Xbox 360, leading the multiplatform games work on the X360 better at times and therefore just porting them on PS3 later. So it's a bad idea to buy them on a PC that won't break on me, like Xbox 360 would if I can play the same exact games with better graphs & free online? Yeah right. [quote="MagicOneUp"] i have better things to do, you are right this time. [/quote] Ok, so do I with my school projects. Bye.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

i have better things to do, you are right this time.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@TevoxZi Yamauchi being a perfectionist,??? whatever happened with GT on PSP?? what a load of rubbish. whats up with GT5 demo? same thing... GT5 was sony's high hope but it couldn't pull it. 5 years on and only used %80 of ps3's power? i, myself can max out the ps3in one day, load heaps of polygons, all shaders, lightning, the works. i gave good name? if im enjoying greatness, it should be shared. Of course Natal is for casual, thats the whole aim is. so the wand is for hardcore... why a second controller for the hard core?? people just put off by it and not get it at all.... another pspGO in the making. good games took 5plus year to make on the ps3... ok then. why would anyone wanna wait. im not a pc gamer and would never buy games on pc same with pc gamers. i'm only telling whats good for you

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@MagicOneUp Multiplatform games are better graphics or frameratewise at times on X360 due to the games being ported FROM X360 TO PS3. However most of GameSpot's comparisons only have the difference in Gamma and Contrast. As for Avatar; aha, but the 3D feature sure doesn't work in every X360 game. I've played X360 for a few times at my cousin's house, it's nothing to be bragging about. I do hear it, my Xfire mate's X360 broke down a few weeks ago and it was a Jasper model. Must I prove it? No, because you're not really proving any of your points either, leading this arguement irrelevant and therefore leaving me quit. Go play on your "superior" console if you think it's that instead of trolling here.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@TevoxZi i said you can get 3D on the 360 right NOW. Avatar on the 360 has a 3d option, all you need is goggle to see it. but on the ps3, it is always the case, soon to be release then delayed and delayed again... Ps3 is second best cos almost every multi plat games are always superior on the 360. ps3 might be thats what you are only have exposed to, but trust me, if you experienced the 360 for a couple of days, you wont go back. im not denying that the 360 last forever, its an object meant to be play and broke. like i said, with the jasper model of the 360, breakage are less frequent.... you don't hear it anymore, do you??? about the 3d thing, do you actually excited for joy hearing from sony's reps? i can't believe you believed a thing they says... two more days till ME2, can't wait!

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@MagicOneUp Except that most of their promises have ended up being true, from big delays I can only think of Gran Turismo 5, which isn't delayed due to Sony, but people making requests to add to the game, giving Yamauchi more of stuff to integrate in the game. Due to Yamauchi being a perfectionist, he's not allowing the game to be released with any noticeable bugs, unlike Oblivion & Fallout 3 by Bethesda for example. Also, great job giving the Xbox 360 a "good name" by actually having nothing else to do, but to mock the other down. Just, great job. People like you make me proud that I don't own the system that's called Xbox 360. P.S. From the current perspective, it really looks like Natal will end up being a casual gamers' toy, as it doesn't have buttons which most hardcore games require, in addition to that Microsoft said that they'll try to make the game without controllers. It might work differently, but we'll see it then, but I do believe it'll cost a lot, like other Microsoft's add-on products. [quote="MagicOneUp"] games on 360 are superior, why play with anything lesser? [/quote] Games are opinionated, up to your own gametaste, most "only on Xbox 360" -games are on PC, don't give me crap like "but it's Microsoft, so they get money too, because that's not true, they only get money with the games labeled with "Games for Windows"." Multiplatformwise the games are somewhat and sometimes better on X360 than they're on PS3, due to developers only advantaging few of the SPEs on PS3's CPU and hardly take any advantag of XDR RAM's high speed and only a little capacity out of the BluRay Discs. The X360's 720p HD looks better in a way, due to it having 10MBs of eDRAM which adds 4x Anti-Aliasing to the screen. 48shaderpipelines vs. PS3's 24 as well. However, in exclusives the games use the hardware architecture of PS3's better, those prove that hardwarewise the PS3 is better. Gameswise is an opinion and up to the gamer, so you can't really judge.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

all sony promises and promises.... delays after delays and more promises, I'm getting ME2 soon, it could come out on the ps3 in the future, between 5 to ten years time. But ps3 owners can watch a blu ray or two in the mean time till GT5.....

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@MagicOneUp Xbox 360 isn't rumoured to get 3D by a firmware update like Sony's PS3 is, so basically to get 3D out of Xbox 360, you have to own a 3DTV, which you won't be needing on PS3 after the fw comes out. Maybe you find 3D useless, but I don't, which is why I'm excited about it. I think it'll be a cool idea to be implemented on games, as every already -released PS3 games will be supported by it, like already stated on a GameSpot article. "Why play second best" - What do you mean? If you don't like PS3 yourself, that doesn't make it the 2nd best, to me; PS3 is by far better console than Xbox 360 is, but like I just said, it's MY opinion and doesn't mean a jack to you and to anyone who cares about it opposite. Wow, so your friend's PS3's BD drive broke down in 6 months? I've owned the system for a year and the only problem I've had was in the right beginning with the HDD, which after replacing for free in 3 days or so thanks to the great service hasn't had any problems. You're making it sound like the Xbox 360 won't die, because yours has died rarely, but do you really read the average? Because by saying that the system won't break, while others' do, but still denying it, because it hasn't happened to you, is sort of ignorant.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@TevoxZi 3D on the ps3 dosn't mean jack.... so can the 360 right now. try playing Avatar, it turned every tv into 3d. But hey the 'future proof' machine does 3d in the future so you CANT actually play it now. if firmware updates is sony's trick then again every consoles at the mo' have fw updates like no tomorrow... why play second best

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@anomaly3001 .... but if you get the sony ps3 wand thingy, most games are half arse implemented like most games with sixaxis, plus most games are delayed... but then again you could get the wand thingy and wave it around waiting every 5 years for a good game to be release... MAYBE the Natal might breakdown but then again cos it is being used in actual games...

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@Trogeton my friend's ps3 dosen't read games after 6 months.... my first 360 had rrod after 2 years... thats the reality, what are you saying again?

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@KaizerJinn i can safely say that 360 dosn't break down like it used to be, which makes it better than before. go on, get a Jasper model... games on 360 are superior, why play with anything lesser?

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@frazzle00 LMAO! that's cute.. you ask how can i assume something like that. simple, DO you live in america? or are you even from america? your comment had nothing to do with whether or not americans can self-reflect, but to answer YOUR questions, we do alot of that. LoL. i think the fighting we do among ourselves show prove of that. LoL. ...oh, yea. and another thing. i didnt generalize america. you did with your very generalize comment. 'Then again that kind of arrogance is exactly what I don't like about America!' LoL. seems like a generalize statement..

MTMind2
MTMind2

@anomaly3001 who wrote "If you have a problem with my comments why do you keep responding to them?" Er, last time I checked this was an open forum, where everyone is free to respond to everyone else, whether we agree with each other or not. I wasn't aware that the pre-requisite for responding to your posts was to agree with you. :-| Also, you still haven't answered the question of which MS console peripheral has had major reliability problems.

MTMind3
MTMind3

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anomaly3001
anomaly3001

MTMind2 If you have a problem with my comments why do you keep responding to them?

MTMind2
MTMind2

@TTDog who said to Trogeton "I take it you were referring to the level of fanboyism in your own comment at the start." I couldn't put it any better myself. :-)

TTDog
TTDog

"Trogeton: Posted Jan 25, 2010 5:00 am GMT: soo much fanboyism here.. the only thing the 360 has on the ps3 is the larger library of games and that is ONLY because of it's year ahead release.. and well at least sony does not charge for every little thing online I'm surprised you don't get charged for turn the console on" I take it you were referring to the level of fanboyism in your own comment at the start.

MTMind2
MTMind2

Anyway, I prefer to get back on topic now... It will be interesting to see the 'battle' between this motion controller and Microsoft's Natal. Whilst both are potentially excellent and yet different, I did feel Sony's wand (Arc?), being similar in function to the Wiimote, would have benefitted from having a spring launch, giving Sony time to build some momentum before Natal was released. As it is now, we have an interesting battle between the two, where they are effectively now going head to head with each other later this year.

MTMind2
MTMind2

@anomaly3001 who wrote "So why in the heck would you support something like project Natal when you already know that Microsoft will release a product without even testing it for bugs or defects" And 'why in the heck' do you assume that because MS got it wrong for ONE hardware product, then suddenly it MUST be the same for ALL future MS hardware? MS made an error, a big error, we ALL know that, we ALL know the consequences, but I see no reason to make it out to be more than it really is, or to act as if you're the champion of some valiant cause! *rolleyes* Now if MS had a long track record of similar hardware problems then fair enough, but they don't. Peripherals are not consoles, hence they rarely suffer from major problems. Can you name a MS console peripheral which has had major reliability problems? No? I can't either. Therefore it's nonsense to expect problems with Natal just because there were problems with the 360 console.

buft
buft

this is too bad, was looking forward to this, hopefully natal isnt facing a similar delay

Trogeton
Trogeton

soo much fanboyism here.. the only thing the 360 has on the ps3 is the larger library of games and that is ONLY because of it's year ahead release.. and well at least sony does not charge for every little thing online I'm surprised you don't get charged for turn the console on

Trogeton
Trogeton

@ MagicOneUp yes the blue drive does read games and yes sony does acknowledge problems and yes they do fix for free.. and think nintendo or MS can do Sony can do it better and it will even last longer that's been proven over and over

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

I haven't heard widespread reports of PS3 failure on the website or anyother website! But I have read many reports about 360 failure on this website and many other! So why in the heck would you support something like project Natal when you already know that Microsoft will release a product without even testing it for bugs or defects. My point is when you buy a Natal and it stops working withing 3-6months....KICK YOURSELF, and remember that Anomaly3001 told you so! Maybe then you guys will be fed up!

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

The reason that companies keep selling us B.S. and I'm talking companies from all areas, is becasue of the lack of people willing to stand up for themselves, and the majority of weaklings that keep buying their stuff and keeping their mouths shut! Notice i didn't say any names, so don't start crying yet! Anyways you weaklings are the majority and I the stand up consumer is the minority, thats why i'm pretty much on my own when it comes to my stance in this forum! But my whole point is don't complain about RROD, E74, Blu-ray failure, Wii failure, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT OR IT WILL NEVER CHANGE!

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

Hey the reason I post on this website about the xbox360 failure rate is because I have been a gamespot site goer for over 10years now, and I can see how times have changed. We are all gamers and I've been one since I was 5! Never have I seen a time when creating consoles was about money! Now that it is I think people should not be forced to buy a faulty console and if you believe its over for RROD your right! now its called E74! some of you people need to pull your skirt down and stop being so sensitive to other peoples opinions! That is once again why I love America becasue I can post my "PERSONAL OPINION" about how "I" feel about Microsoft in a persuasive way to get some gamers or CONSUMERS to simply stand up for yourself and say "hey if your gonna create a console at least test it for defects before your release it or at least sell peripherals at a reasonable price! No matter what or who's opinion you may take you can't argue facts. And the facts are that Xbox360 does has a high failure rate , and the value of purchasing a PS3 for $299 beats the value, time, money, and frustration you will save yourself buy not purchasing a xbox! I'm speaking from experience here and any one who dosen't have the cocunuts to say what I'm saying after spending $400 dollars on a console is a weak consumer! I'm just trying to throw some perspective our there, If you don't like fine it doesn't bother me at all! Keep posting!

frazzle00
frazzle00

@KaizerJinn I was replying to Anomaly3001's comment: "Thats why I love America cuz I get to moan and stand up for whatever I want!" If you want to generalize my reply to the entire American population well that's up to you. It's not my problem 8). And why do you assume I am not American? Are you suggesting that Americans aren't capable of self reflection and that they all have only positive opinions of America?

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

anyways... i personally dont care about motion controls as long as it doesnt effect gameplay with regular controls(which is ideal for me), BUT if the price is right AND i hear good things about it... i may go out of my way...

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@frazzle00 LoL. wow... that was somewhat of a low blow. i'll assume by your discrimination that you dont live in America. you just insulted a whole country because of some guys opinion about a COMPANY. which is especially funny because M$ is an American company versus $ony which is not. eventhough it's apparent you dont care, i want you to know that your comment was uncall for... especially over something as pety as a console... @MagicOneUp we all understand that EVERY product have some type of defect, but the point of arguement is the failure rate. it's proven by facts and polls(not just by an individual's experience) that 360 has one of the highest failure rate mainly due to lack of testing and poor design and placing of the 360's components which M$ admitted to(and i give them brownie points for that). that's the point i'm sure anomaly3001 was trying to make(why he would post it on this forum is beyond me). and to a certain extent i agree, not with his presentation nor location of his posting*looks at anomaly3001* =/, but with the message. i can not turn a blind eye on failure rates that high. i'm to broke for that. LoL. but i can totally understand buying the product regardless because it is a beast despite of the failure rate.(though i swear not to spend money on 360 doesnt stop me from going to a friends house to play his 360 until it crashes. LoL) ;^)

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

looks good, hopefully its worth the extra wait.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@anomaly3001 hey dude, you are stuck in the past, RROD are thing of the past, its no longer the case now. MS spent billions fixing the problem.... most Jasper 360 are running cooler than ever. i had rrod too, but that was like two years into my first 360. my jasper still running cooler after 6 hours of play almost everday, the 360 dosn't freeze, have graphic glitches what so ever. ps3 has problems too BUT sony dosn't acknowledge like MS does. blu ray drive doesnt read games, does sony offered to fix free?

Xeuton_Mojukai
Xeuton_Mojukai

@everyone arguing over RROD vs. fanboy or whatever... Please calm down and think in the big picture. Both Sony and Microsoft are guilty of bad design choices, but their mistakes are in different areas. Microsoft has the issue of only running DVD-based games, and on a loud and poorly-secured optical drive, no less. There's a reason your disk gets scratched in the 360 if it is even jostled while being carried. It's due to poor, almost intentionally-bad design of the tray and the securing system. There's no reason for that raised ring of plastic in the middle of the tray. Many a game has been destroyed due to this useless thing, and many original PS2 owners can attest to this, as can PS1 owners sometimes. It happens, but it shouldn't. Sony made some mistakes with the PS3 as well. The most important one to me is really something I can't say is as easy to fault them for, because it's so hard to correct. Still, they should have made it easier for developers to program for their system. They used a Cell Processor and went on to completely leave most devs in the dark about what to do with it. That's why Uncharted 2 is so beautiful, but so few other games are: Naughty Dog has figured out how to properly use the Processor. We can only hope that they spread the knowledge like good people, leaving all the consumers with a better gaming experience. For the record, I own neither console. I borrow friends' systems and love both.

frazzle00
frazzle00

@anomaly3001 1) Perhaps you should do some research. Why don't you check up on disc read errors with the PS1, and PS2 (where consumers won a class action suit against Sony), as well as problems with the 8 meg memory cards at launch. Did you create a petition targeted at Sony for faulty hardware? Did Sony in fact extend their warranties to cover people effected by their hardware issues? 2) No one needs your protection buddy. We can think for ourselves. Your arrogance is amazing. Then again that kind of arrogance is exactly what I don't like about America!

grove12345
grove12345

I own a 360 and PS3, and i love my PS3 (demons SOULS!!!) but i think the ps3 fanboys make the RROD thing really over dramatic. RROD happen to me once. MS fixed it for free, and took about 8 days. That was years ago, still works great. It is a big f'up by MS yes, but no annoyance to me. Im not sure how some people had it happen 5 times. Take better care of your console? In a ironic turn of events. My PS3 is more annoying than my cheaply built 360. PS3 hardware works fine, but their firmware and networking is horrible. Ad Hoc Party gives me sooo many errors, even my regular gaming freezes or glitchs. On 360 i never have issues. MS did software right this time. So 360 one big problem 2 years ago, PS3 minor problems few times a week.

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

@ anomaly3001 Every comments you've posted here are just your opinions. I've experienced the e74,disk tray, and RROD problems also but still, i own both an Xbox 360 and a PS3. I think it comes down to what you like about Microsoft offerings and not "when they make a mistake". And with the "Jasper" chipset, i haven't seen any faulty Xbox360 from this category yet. I don't know how the PS3 wang will function but i know i have been waiting and dreaming for a "User Interface" like the one Project Natal offers to come along for years now, that is, from the time i first watched the movie : Minority Report.