I find it funny that when the Wii debuted people were so quick to call motion sensing a fad. They were saying that nobody wanted it and that the "hardcore" gamers that call the shots won't ever go for something like that.
Well, I think that the last year an a half has taught us a few things:
- Motion control is bigger than anyone thought.
- Wagging a remote equals big money.
- So-called "hardcore" gamers don't even remotely call the shots.
Motion control has been such a phenominal failure that Microsoft and Sony are trying to cash in on it while Nintendo is pushing out Motion-Plus to try to rake in even more cash.
To me this all says that the more casual gamer who wants to hang with friends and just have a good, non-serious time is all about what the Wii has to offer. If that weren't the case we wouldn't be seeing Natal and the as-yet-unnamed glowing ball-on-a-stick controller that Sony's showing off.
So what's going to be the best motion controller? Looks to me like with Motion-Plus that Sony and Nintendo are going to be playing in the same ballpark. You're going to have a much more immersive experience as you sit on the couch and waggle your hand. I think that Natal holds the most promise of immersive gameplay because it motion captures your body, not just your hand. But is the technology really there? And how much will it cost? I guess we'll have to see.