360 to get Wii style control
We saw this article on Joystiq this morning, muttered a heartfelt "meh" and moved on. Lucky for us, a gut instinct told us we should look again. A company by the name of In2Games has created a new control method -- codenamed "fusion" -- that could be a potential Wii buster. The technology uses sound waves and In2Games claims that it is more accurate than either the PS3 or Wii motion sensing controllers -- which operate using gyroscopes and IR sensors. The major claim is that In2Games' controllers will work even when pointed away from the screen. There are several videos of the technology in action (controller, tennis, and bowling) and it does look impressive, though the skeptic in us will note that there is a definite delay between movement and onscreen response. Says Elliot Myers, Managing Director of In2Games,
"We've got the best technology, with incredible functionality allowing developers to produce exciting new games specifically for the system - taking advantage of its unique features - or to allow titles which use motion sensing to be published on any platform. It's an exceptional proposition - for the industry and for consumers. We can't wait to begin showing it off."
If the technology pans out, it could lead to motion sensing controllers for every console and even the PC. Of course, the past has shown that developers are loath to develop games specifically for a third party peripheral so, we have our doubts as to how successful it will be. Still, with both Sony and Nintendo banking on motion sensing this generation, it's interesting to see a third party step in with (arguably) more impressive tech. What say you? Do you want motion sensitive games on the 360, or do you love it just the way it is?
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
10-20-2006 @ 2:49PM
keep it the way it is. we invested in our 360s for that reason. u want motion sensing, go with the 36wii combo instead
10-20-2006 @ 3:30PM
I really don't care for the motion sensing. I like it the way it is with the rumble features. I love my Xbox360.
10-20-2006 @ 3:39PM
Microsoft buy In2Games... :)
So we wont need to buy that worthless thing from Nintendo to play motion sensored games.
10-20-2006 @ 3:42PM
when I want motion, I'll go outside.
10-20-2006 @ 3:55PM
I LOVE IT!
my friend could kinda use this for practicing some tennis...altho its still not the same...altho u could attach the lil motion sensing raquet to a real racquet n play...
10-20-2006 @ 5:10PM
No. I don't want motion sensing. It's sloppy and sluggish and loses its appeal quickly. As much as I wantthe Wii to succeed I've got this sinking feeling it's going to bomb. This stuff is just a gimmick.
and the title of this article is kinda misleading. It suggests that deals have already been made to bring this technology to the 360.
10-20-2006 @ 5:46PM
Richard Mitchell said...
"the title of this article is kinda misleading. It suggests that deals have already been made to bring this technology to the 360."
Well, it does say in the article that In2Games is targeting next gen consoles. So it's only *mildly* misleading :)
10-20-2006 @ 7:39PM
I agree with Richard M., I thought this tech was a done deal by reading the headline in my RSS.
Frankly, I could care less about motion sensing. I love my 360 and am proud that I can wield my dual-analog pad with great prowess. However, if this tech does take of in the ps3 and the wii then I am glad to know that the 360 will not be left out in the cold.
I still believe that this motion sensing thing is better as a peripheral and not as the basis for an entire console or as the dedicated control pad for a system (especially in favor of rumble, I dont think people will realize how much this matters till it is gone).
10-21-2006 @ 12:50AM
Motion controllers would be nice, but it may not matter if the PS3 or Wii does it well. What we need is a man sized controller that is as ergonomic than the dainty on they ship with the system but with the size of "the duke".
10-21-2006 @ 7:45AM
nah , thank you , but i like my 360 the way it is , if i want motion ill just buy a Wii
10-21-2006 @ 6:23PM
Is that a LightSaber Wii Remote?