Hot on the heels of a screen-sliding PSP refresh, comes word that Sony are planning a Wiimote-style motion-sensing controller for the PS3. Tipped for announcement at E3 next month, the controller is expected to use LEDs and a webcam to track movement, with reportedly greater accuracy than Nintendo's version.
While there's unsurprisingly no word from Sony themselves regarding the new controller, the rumor-mill maintains that the company is contacting "key third-party publishers" and pushing for support in their upcoming titles. That would give the company the catalog of compatible games needed to properly launch the new peripheral.
Pleo's fate may be decided by a bankruptcy sale, but the robot dinosaurs already out in the wild are too busy being hacked to worry about IP. Modder Andrey has developed a system which allows him to remotely-control his Pleo via a Wii Nunchuck, with the head, tail and basic movements all mapped to the Nintendo controller's buttons and motion-sensors.
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It's not pretty but it's certainly clever: tired of trying to play Virtual On on the Xbox 360's standard controller, one nifty modder crafted his own dual-joystick interface out of candy packaging. Of course, there's more to the controls than just upright 'sticks, so a spot of wiring moved the control buttons too.
Stanton have launched a new portable MIDI controller, using the layout of a traditional two-channel mixer but fully touch-sensitive. The Stanton SCS.3m Mixer Controller has touch-sensitive sliders, a multitouch-crossfader, colored programmable buttons to trigger loops, EQ kills or effects, and is peppered with LED indicators.
There's something about taking retro hardware and hiding modern gadgets inside that appeals to a certain type of mod-happy geek. Today's example takes the venerable NES Advantage arcade controller and stuffs the guts of an Xbox 360 wireless controller inside.
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Xbox 360 owners will have a chance to gesticulate just as wildly at their console as Wii gamers as of this Fall, after Gametrak finally launch their Freedom motion-controller. First spotted back in September last year, the latest redesign of the Gametrak Freedom gives it 360-coloring and more streamlined controls; unlike other Wiimote-clones we've seen, it uses ultrasonic 3D positioning for increased accuracy.
Nintendo's MotionPlus accessory for the Wii's Wiimote controller may be facing a delay, with the company rumored to be "trying to figure out a few hiccups" before the attachment launches. That's the word from the IGN Wii podcast, which suggests the Wii MotionPlus is causing engineers inside Nintendo unexpected amounts of trouble.
Nintendo Japan have unveiled a new controller for the Wii, an update of the classic controller design that they're calling the Classic Controller PRO. The new design adds hand-grips and increases the space between the joysticks; it also throws a few more shoulder buttons into the mix.