June 16, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Talk to a Wii fan and they make all other gamers seem like a group of couch potatoes. Well, the PS3 may soon give them a run (literally) for their money.
Not to be outdone by any gaming company, GamesIndustry.biz says that Sony is planning to build a better controller, featuring Wii-like functions. The new peripheral could be announced at the upcoming E3 gaming tradeshow. It will look the same as the older controller, but will snap into two parts—each with a motion-detecting accelerometer inside.
Supposedly the new design is already out there somewhere, so that game studios can get to work on titles that will be compatible with the new gamepad.
Previous controller designs include the Sixaxis controller and the current DualShock 3. According to Wikipedia, plans for a “boomerang”-styled controller were abandoned after a backlash from the gaming community.
If the new controller makes it to shelves, will you buy one? Of course, much of this is speculation, since Sony isn’t saying anything. We will be watching E3 closely during its July 15-17 run.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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