E3 06: PS3 controller motion sensitive

Batarang joystick absent from Sony's pre-E3 press conference; replacement is silver, wireless controller in vein of Wii's.


LOS ANGELES--When it was revealed at last year's E3, one of the biggest complaints about the PlayStation 3 was its controller. Shaped eerily like Batman's Batarang weapon, the controller's crescent-shaped design was not well received by gamers.

At today's pre-E3 press conference, Sony demoed games on PS3 dev kits with a new controller--a wired, silver joystick that looked very similar to the PlayStation's DualShock controller.

Later in the press conference, Ken Kutaragi pulled a similar-looking controller out of his jacket--this one without wires.

Phil Harrison joined Kutaragi on stage to show what it can do, saying that its "secret" couldn't wait any longer. The controller is motion sensitive. Harrison said it has "six degrees of freedom" with no external sensor required. The controller will come standard with the PS3.

The president of Incognito Games used the controller to demonstrate its capabilities with Warhawk, a PS3 title that was announced last year.

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