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PrimeSense confirmed as Project Natal hardware source

PrimeSense confirmed as Project Natal hardware source

Thought Microsoft had come up with Project Natal for Xbox 360 all by themselves?  Not a chance; the company has pulled back the curtain and it turns out the 3D optical-tracking wizard is actually PrimeSense, whose PrimeSensor system the Xbox 360 engineering team adapted for Microsoft's gaming needs.

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PlayStation Move lag measured: speed-games might suffer?

PlayStation Move lag measured: speed-games might suffer?

Sony's PlayStation Move motion-controller is certainly catching plenty of attention lately, but just how accurate is the system in action?  Sony themselves are claiming "under 1 frame" lag from the hardware, but when combined with a game (that may be tweaked to smooth out jerky user-input), a flatscreen display and the console itself, real-world performance has the potential to be pretty different.  Eurogamer took along a 60fps-capable camcorder to shoot some footage of Move in action, and then ran their stopwatch over the results.

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Sony PlayStation Move no memory hog but has controller limitations

Sony PlayStation Move no memory hog but has controller limitations

So, we already know the Sony PlayStation Move controller is coming Fall 2010 and should be priced - in "starter kit" form - at under $100, but we're still seeing more tidbits about the motion-control system drip out GDC this week.  There's good news and bad, unfortunately, including a limitation on multiplayer support in part thanks to the PS3's own Bluetooth connectivity capabilities.  Turns out, while up to four-player gaming is possible, that's not if everyone wants to use both the Move controller and a sub-controller.

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iControlPad for iPhone in production; release imminent

iControlPad for iPhone in production; release imminent

It's been a few months since we last heard anything regarding the iControlPad joystick-controller accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch, but according to the project site things have been progressing well.  As of earlier this month, mass production of the controller began, complete with two different versions.

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Hori Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX controller: huge, expensive, desirable

Hori Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX controller: huge, expensive, desirable

Gamers who like their controllers to be big, beefy and unconcerned with how much of your space they monopolize should be eyeing up Hori's new Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX arcade stick.  Recognizing that many people secretly long for full-sized arcade cabinet hardware in their homes, Hori have slapped authentic Sanwa buttons and joystick into a board modelled on the Taito Vewlix layout.

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Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

We can't give you a launch date or a price for Microsoft's Project Natal motion-sensing gaming controller, but we can show you a picture of one of the prototypes.  According to the Seattle Times, this Gorillapod-mounted contraption is the prototype Natal hardware that Microsoft gave out to game developers.

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Emotiv Epoq brain-control headset gets reviewed: frustrating

Emotiv Epoq brain-control headset gets reviewed: frustrating

Emotiv's brain-reading Epoq gaming headset has been floating around for a while now, but it's only recently that customers finally received their orders.  One such early adopter is Rick Dakan over at Joystiq, who slapped down $299 for an Epoq of his own.  Unfortunately, while the theory may be great, the implementation is sadly lacking.

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Wii Classic Controller Pro hits US from April 2010

Wii Classic Controller Pro hits US from April 2010

Ah, Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro, has it really been almost a year since you first arrived in Japan?  Nintendo have announced that, as of April 2010, US gamers will be able to sate their traditional controller urges for $19.99.

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Sony PS3 Motion Controller “Arc” getting Fall 2010 global launch

Sony Japan have announced more release details for their PS3 Motion Controller – which last we heard was to be known as the Arc.  Don’t expect a specific date to queue up outside your nearest retailer, however; the company are still hedging their bets and saying the Motion Controller will launch in fall 2010, across the North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific regions.

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Sony Arc to be official name for PS3 motion-controller?

Sony’s motion controller has apparently been christened Arc, according to an anonymous source speaking to gaming site VG247.  The system – which uses the PSEye webcam to track a wireless wand-controller, on top of which is an illuminated, touchable ball – is expected to arrive sometime in 2010.

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ASUS Eee Stick and LCD teams facing axe?

ASUS’ approach with their entry-level Eee-brand devices has always been to throw as much as possible at the market and see what sticks, and ironically the Eee Stick is one of those devices that has proved less than compelling.  According to a DigiTimes report – denied by ASUS, incidentally – industry insiders are saying the company is preparing to axe its Eee Stick team, as well as the projects responsible for its LCD TV and monitor ranges.

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SplitFish Dual SFX Evolution PS3 controller now shipping [Video]

SplitFish Dual SFX Evolution PS3 controller now shipping [Video]

SplitFish's curious looking Frag Pro wireless game controller started shipping back in November, but with just eight days until Christmas the company's newest model, the Dual SFX Evolution, is finally making it out of the stockroom [pdf link].  Splitting the regular controller into two parts, the Dual SFX Evolution has a motion/analog joystick for your right hand and a "fragchuck" for your left.

Video demos after the cut

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