Microsoft has confirmed that it’s unlikely existing games will be compatible with their upcoming Project Natal motion-controller for the Xbox 360, suggesting that developers would in effect need to push out fully reworked versions of titles rather than merely issue a compatibility patch. The news came courtesy of Microsoft Games’ Kudo Tsunoda, speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, who confirmed that the company had been forced to significantly alter code in the games they used to demonstrate Project Natal.
Sony have come clean with some more details regarding its upcoming Motion Controller, while Joystiq managed to snap a shot of the movement-tracking peripheral at the company's Tokyo Game Show keynote. According to Sony, the controller - which may well be renamed before launch next year - should meet the "stringent" demands of hardcore gamers, thanks to its combination of two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes accelerometer.
Nintendo regularly quash Wii HD rumors, but they keep on coming back. Latest to reignite the speculation is none other than Square Enix chief Yoichi Wada, who has stuck his neck out and suggested 2011 as the launch window for the reworked console. Wada tips the new Wii HD as having many of the features as the Xbox 360 and PS3, to which we’re assuming he’s referring to media-centric functionality.
The "sensation" of Pro DJ'ing is surely staying up to 4am, packed into a mixing booth before a sea of heaving, ketamine-fuelled bodies swinging their arms rapturously, while your ear-drums are slowly pounded out of existence by far more bass than is medically advisable. Unfortunately, Hercules seem to have decided that their version of that sensation is actually all about tweaking your MP3s into digital mixes, and with that in mind they've launched their latest DJ control surface, the MP3e2.
Logitech have unwrapped their latest wireless music controllers, joining up the dots on a range which now serves PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. The new Logitech Wireless Drum Controller and Guitar Controller for Nintendo Wii, and Wireless Drum Controller for Xbox 360, are each intended to be used with Guitar Hero.
Nintendo’s inflatable horse controller not good enough for you? The company’s latest controller patent application has come to light, and as you might expect it’s another bizarre, exceptionally-niche device. Basically a squishy football with slots for your Wiimote and nunchuck, the controller would allow the Wii to estimate trajectory and distance from the force and angle with which you pretend to throw it.
Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai has confirmed that the company will continue to lose money on each of the $299 PS3 Slim consoles they sell, together with revealing that Sony’s motion-controller has been pencilled in for a release in spring 2010. Meanwhile he also denied that, with the advent of the UMD-free PSP Go, we are seeing “the death of physical media”, pointing to the large percentage of the 100 countries Sony sells gaming products in that don’t have access to high-speed internet connections for downloads.
We've seen some great hacks with the Wii controllers since the console first arrived, and things could get even easier if Todbot has his way. He's launched the WiiChuck, a tiny plug-in board that slots into the plug of the Wii Nunchuck, and allows you to access all of the controller's connections - its 2-axis joystick, two buttons and 3-axis ±2g accelerometer - without needing to cut any of the cables.
Logitech have outed their latest Racing Wheel, the G27, and it looks to be the ideal way to make your desk feel like a car. Intended for PS2, PS3 and PC gamers, the G27 set consists of the steering wheel – with force-feedback, real leather and stainless steel, paddle shifters and programmable LEDs – plus a three pedal set and a separate shifter with eight buttons and a D-pad.