Gates questions Wii wisdom
Bill Gates has been chatting to MTV.com this week about matters of the gaming variety, revealing his doubts about Sony and Nintendo's moves towards motion-sensing controllers. "There's room for innovation here, but moving that controller around, it's something that's not mainstream for most games," he stated. "It's tough because sometimes you move the controller, and you don't [want] to fly into the ground. You just want to put the controller down. People aren't that good at totally standing still. Even pilots actually sit in a chair when they do their flying. So there's a lot to be learned about these controllers."
Whilst he questions the current controller innovations, he was less ambiguous, unsurprisingly, about the pivotal role online play will form in the future of gaming. "Some games you are going to be playing by yourself, but most of gaming, particularly as we draw in both men and women and people of all ages, most of it is going to be social."
Getting onto juicier topics, Gates revealed that Microsoft currently have no plans to create a handheld competing with the PSP and the DS, but that such as device could be developed in the future. He stated that convergence devices, blending the functionality of multiple existing gizmos remain the future, but that the technology to do it properly remains a few years away. More on this as we get it.