Sony has confirmed that it will be releasing a motion controller for its Playstation 3 by the end of 2010 in Japan and the rest of the world and is likely to emulate, to a certain extent, Microsoft's own forthcoming Project Natal.
The controller, which has been dubbed the Arc, will come to life when combined with the Playstation EyeToy Camera, an accessory which is already on the market. It was originally scheduled to be launched in Spring 2010.
The Japanese consumer electronics giant said that the delay was necessary to give enough time to developers to come up with more game titles as it plans an onslaught for Christmas 2010 against Nintendo and Microsoft.
A demo of the device posted on BBC shows handheld device that roughly looks like a skip-rope handle with a pink bulb at one end (ed: not a flattering comparison). It morphs into a tennis racquet, sword, shield or any other accessories depending on the game and one user can handle two controllers.
Microsoft will be launching its "Natal" controller roughly at the same time, which means that they will be going head to head. That might put pressure on Nintendo to come up with *something* and that something might well be a Wii HD four years after it was launched.
It was obviously Nintendo who came up first and popularise the use of motion controllers in games, thereby single handedly introducing millions of new gamers to the market.
Sony and Microsoft are set to engage in a massive battle as we get nearer to the end of the year. Both are desperate to topple the current market leader, Nintendo, whose market capitalisation is roughly $37 billion and growing. Combining motion controllers with accelerometers could be a nice experiment.