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Shane Kim talks motion control rumors and more

At Microsoft's Spring Showcase, Eurogamer got some face time with Microsoft Game Studios VP (and PR jedi) Shane Kim. As one might expect, they took the opportunity to ask Kim about Microsoft's upcoming lineup, Sony's claimed victory in Europe, and, of course, Grand Theft Auto IV. Regarding the lineup, Kim said that 2008 will be "another landmark year" for Microsoft thanks to a range of exclusive titles like Gears of War 2, Fable 2, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and others.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the interview, Kim spoke to the rumors about Microsoft's secret motion controller development. When asked directly about the rumors, Kim gave the typical no comment response, but also noted, "I do think that would be a mistake, if we just tried to come out and copy what Nintendo has done. What Nintendo has done has worked well for them, but we have to think about what our innovation aspect is going to be." Let's focus on the word "just" and the phrase "is going to be" for a moment. "Just" implies that Microsoft plans to do more than Nintendo has done with control methods, while "is going to be" implies that Microsoft is definitely up to something. Just what that is remains a mystery. Is it Lips, Newton, or something else?

Check out Eurogamer for the full interview.

Qmotions skateboard controller coming to Xbox 360


Late last week Actiga Coporation revealed a partnership with Microsoft to develop a new version of the company's Qmotions X-Board (shown above) for the Xbox 360 called the Qmotions Big Air controller. Coming Fall 2008, the deck allows gamers to control their favorite skateboarding games with a motion-based controller you stand on.

"Our aim with the Xbox 360 system is to broaden the consumer videogame experience and ensure a perfect match between the console, the peripherals and the game," says Scott Loomis, Xbox Third Party Peripheral Program Manager. "We will work closely with Qmotions to ensure the best experience for our Xbox 360 players."

According to the press release, the Qmotions Big Air controller is the first of "a full-range of products that will be officially endorsed by Microsoft." We expect to hear more on the partnership leading into this years E3 event.

[via Joystiq]

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