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Hand-held motion controls more sensitive - Sony

Doctor hits back at Natal approach

Hitting back against Microsoft's ambitious Natal motion control system, Sony PS3 special projects manager Dr. Richard Marks has said that Sony's 'hand-held' approach to motion control will result in a more sensitive system.

"We learned that while people definitely enjoy physical interaction and movement, they also want precise control and a simple, fast, reliable way to trigger actions. We designed our new control system to accomplish all of this. We believe the path we have chosen is an ideal combination of both spatial and action/button input, and of course we can combine that with voice and video data from the PlayStation Eye mic array and camera," the good doctor told PC World this week.

"Having a hand-held controller greatly increases the precision that is possible, since we have designed it specifically for that purpose. The new controller's high-precision embedded sensors detect the sensitive movements of the hands, and the PlayStation Eye tracks the sphere on the controller to precisely detect the position in real-life 3D space."

The executive also plays up the importance of giving the player extra buttons for 'abstract' actions; interactions Marks believes are key to the experience. The new controller will be out in spring 2010, which is likely to be several months ahead of Natal's debut.