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.
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.
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.
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.
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Laser pico-projector manufacturer Microvision have been showing off their latest first-person shooter prototype, which straps a PicoP projector to a gun controller and responds to movement. Players can physically turn around to move their in-game perspective, with the projector's "infinite focus" meaning that the picture is always crisp no matter that the distance between pico and wall keeps shifting.
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Nintendo’s Wiimote controller has been given no shortage of attachments and shells to turn it from a wand into a sword, gun or steering wheel, but if you take your first-person shooters seriously then Penguin United have an alternative. Their CrossFire Pistol eschews janky shells and instead integrates the Wiimote into a new, gun-shaped form factor.
Emotiv's brain-reading gaming headset, the Epoc, got plenty of coverage last year with gamers curious about controlling their favorite titles with the power of thought, but technical issues delayed its launch. Now Emotiv say they're ready to push Epoc out the door on December 21st, and they're saying it'll feasibly work with any PC game.
Having hitherto only been available as part of a game bundle, Activision have now made the DJ Hero controller available as a standalone peripheral. Priced at $69.99 and available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii, the controller has a rotating deck platter, an effects dial, crossfader and three dual-color stream buttons.
We're not entirely sure that the PC gaming world has been crying out for a squeezable controller that looks like the scooped-out eyeball of some sort of lizard, but that doesn't mean there isn't a company looking to fill that unidentified niche. The Blobo hooks up via Bluetooth and then responds to squeezing, moving and general fondling; the lucky guys at the FCC have already been playing with it.
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Remember the Qualcomm mirasol ebook reader prototype we we exclusively showed you yesterday? One thing we weren't allowed to photograph - something Qualcomm rectified today - was one of the more interesting attachments they envisage potentially figuring highly: a snap-on gaming controller. The mirasol team won't confirm any OEM names, but using the low-power displays in gaming hardware looks to be another potential avenue. Plus, after the cut, a video of the mirasol display in action.
The Tony Hawk: RIDE controller may be clever, but it sure is expensive; happily those who couldn't help themselves will soon have more gaming options to use it. During an interview with Develop, Robomodo CEO David Michicich revealed that "We're doing a game with Activision and we're not allowed to talk about it right now". Although it's unclear what the game itself might be, the nature of the controller does suggest some sort of snowboarding, skating or similar title.