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Sony Answers 12 Questions about PlayStation 3 Motion Control

"Take that, Microsoft," may not be what PlayStation 3 special projects manager Dr. Richard "EyeToy" Marks actually said when he took the stage back in early June at E3 2009. Still, you could practically hear it whispered in the rare downbeats as Marks divulged Sony's own two-fisted take on precision motion-control.

Imagine a microphone with a translucent bulb in lieu of the mic's metal mesh, capable of lighting up and changing color, almost a wand of sorts. "Just a prototype," said Marks then, and the final look will probably change, but you hold it like you're gripping the hilt of a sword. Now imagine that device (or devices--Sony eventually rolled out two) working in tandem with the PlayStation Eye camera/microphone to offer stunningly precise 1-to-1 tracking, and you have what Sony informally dubbed "PlayStation Motion Control."

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xztence3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

"You’ve hit on it exactly. No matter how good our visual tracking might become, the feeling you get from actually squeezing something physical is a better simulation than just positioning your finger. This relates to an interface phenomenon I call “somatic gratification”. The feeling of the interaction can be just as important as the effectiveness."

I agree with this, it just wont be the same. unless you actually get one of those virtual reality 3d interfaces ofcourse.

peacock13038d ago

I agree with him - The moment natal was announced I was like cool, but how does this help me play games better?

I mean it might be of use in some RPGs or something, but more than likely that would be to expensive to implement. I cant think of anything else other than that as it lacks buttons!

Do i really wanna play a fps for 2hours by pointing my hand at the screen and running on the spot? Hell no.

I wanna use something like the wand - the demo they did of the rts and the skeleton were very very impressive IMO. Imagen valkryie chronicals like that, or Obvilivion. Heck, even the desert egal demo was impressive tha way it move around the room.

That guy is a freaking genious.

Id be very happy if the motion controller was the ps4s default controller and the dualshock the classic controller.

gaffyh3038d ago

Damn this guy KNOWS what he is talking about, I'm more convinced now that Sony is going for the hardcore motion control gaming, whereas Natal is just trying to bite into the Wii's casual market.

nix3038d ago

"Do i really wanna play a fps for 2hours by pointing my hand at the screen and running on the spot? Hell no."

lol.. bubbles. dude!

OmarJA3038d ago

Looks very promising & got potential i just hope they use it right...

Honestly I'll stick with the Dual Shock 3.

Kushan3038d ago

Conversely, though, with any kind of wand or remote controller, all of your interactions are based off of that shape and feel. The Wiimote gets around this by having a stupid amount of accessories, golf clubs, wheels, guns and so on. What's to say that PSMC would be any different? Even Natal, there's no reason why you COULDN'T use accessories with it, I think MS even directly stated that some games will use a mixture of Natal and the Pad.

LazyDevs3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

I want to point out for all the people saying the eyetoy can do exactly what natal can.

Quote "GO: Is the PlayStation Eye capable of effecting what Project Natal's claiming, i.e. peripheral-free highly detailed three-dimensional body tracking and advanced voice recognition? Would SCE ever use the Eye in that capacity like Natal, controller-free?

RM: Peripheral-free, marker-free, highly detailed three-dimensional body tracking is a challenge, even with a 3D camera, and it is even more difficult with a 2D camera. Partial solutions are possible, "

@peacock1
You comment make no sense at all. You do not want to point your hand at the screen for 2 hours, but you want to point your hand at the screen for 2 hours holding something.

Tony P3038d ago

I'll give the guy his due on professionalism. I'm more disappointed in the interviewer trying to bait him into trashing competitors.

Qui-Gon Jim3038d ago

The PSEye does lack the capability to do 3D tracking as well as Natal does. It can do everything else Natal does, though, and with the addition of the "wands" it arguably does 3D tracking better than Natal. On the other hand, it still cannot do full body 3D tracking.

I think that Natal will be better for anything that goes completely controller free (and opens up a lot of possibilities because of that), but PSMC is better overall. I am excited at the possibilities of both.

phosphor1123038d ago

See thats the thing. They said Natal AND controller. What's the point of Natal then? You won't be doing 3D tracking with a controller in your hands. At most you'll be doing head tracking, which can be done with a 20 dollar web cam.

Also, Sony patented the idea of using everyday objects as peripherals on a camera device.

Kushan3038d ago

"You won't be doing 3D tracking with a controller in your hands."

...why not? Natal doesn't track anything specific, just what the developers tell it to, so why can't it track the controller?

Qui-Gon Jim3038d ago

We don't really know that. Natal may be programmed to look specifically for human shaped objects. It could still track you holding the controller, or anything else.

Sony did patent the use of everyday objects as "motion controllers," but Natal can still use the player, not the object. Sony can't stop people from holding something just for the tactile feedback, they can just stop Microsoft from making Natal track other objects.

Kushan3038d ago

Sony can't stop ANYONE from doing anything. Even if they did patent it, Microsoft could just pay royalties. Patents do NOT prevent anyone from using them, they simply ensure whoever owns the patent gets a cut.

phosphor1123038d ago

Whats the point in 3D tracking if you are using the controller? What do you do?

Kushan3038d ago

Anything the SIXAXIS does?

Qui-Gon Jim3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

Settle down cowboy, i was pretty much agreeing with you. Sony actually COULD stop Microsoft from doing it though, because they could refuse to license the technology to them. Would Sony be able to use Natal's z-camera technology without Microsoft's permission?

shadow27973038d ago

"the feeling you get from actually squeezing something physical is a better simulation than just positioning your finger. This relates to an interface phenomenon I call “somatic gratification”. The feeling of the interaction can be just as important as the effectiveness."

It sounds so dirty...

;-)

peacock13038d ago

"You comment make no sense at all. You do not want to point your hand at the screen for 2 hours, but you want to point your hand at the screen for 2 hours holding something."

The point im expressing is that without an analog nub to move around, and a physical object in my hand Id feel like a idiot.

The Lazy One3037d ago

There are tons of little things that could be done with natal. Head tracking to simulate 3d or using it to in some way get a sense of the player's emotion and alter the game. Using it as a mouse substitute would also be huge.

If it could track your head and your fingertips, it could easily tell exactly what you see your finger pointing too, and that could be huge for tons of applications. Pointing out objectives, RTS control that's actually decent, interface control, etc.

My favorite application is the concept of family or group gameplay. When you aren't restricted by the number of controllers you have, you could really bring a whole group of people into a game.

GiantEnemyCrab3037d ago

"The PSEye does lack the capability to do 3D tracking as well as Natal does. It can do everything else Natal does"

Not true. Natal can also play in the dark since it uses infrared. I know owning an EyeToy that the thing works like complete garbage in low light. I think the wand with have some type of sensor it can track in low light, at least I hope so. Also Natal can track multiple persons at once the EyeToy can only track 1 person at a time.

With Natal if you move your arm outside of the eye of the camera it does a skeletal scan so it can extrapolate where you are positioned based on that, even if it can't see all of you. EyeToy requires you to be in front of it entirely, however I imagine Sony might be able to do some fancy software and make that work.

Both have a lot still to prove.

Domenikos3037d ago

They were really nervous, but they owned so hard... just take a look

Poor Anton... =)

Bob Loblaw3037d ago (Edited 3037d ago )

Man that controller is amazing!

The Lazy One3037d ago

it looked like the sensors had a light source on them for low light play.

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Natsu X FairyTail3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

They should have asked them ; WHATS UP WITH THE LAME DILDO SHAPE!!!!!!!!!???

RM answer: The Dildo shape and Dualshock Vibration is a Killer combination to please our zesty/crossdressing fanbase ; Actually
It's to please ultimolu/juuken(he aint no girl) and his friends(omarJA,Nelson,Xbot,Nas ism and his 100 accounts)

Pennywise3038d ago

You guys are like broken records. Have fun throwing paint on walls and kicking beach balls while PS3 owners can actually use the motion with the camera to turn in shooters.

Nelson M3038d ago

You Got us Beat
At least you get to see the sole of your shoe !!!

Natsu X FairyTail3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

theres a question they dint show

Game on: Will the Dildo Controller be Fully compatible via PS HOME? The Online Orgies seem to be a big feature of the playstation Home. can you tell me more about that?

Richard Marks: to say the truth , PS3 owners have opened a new field that isnt open to other gaming consoles , Fake orgies via PS home can only be done on PS3! With the Help of the Dildo shaped controller our core gamer base will now be able to feel as if they were participating live in that orgy and with the Dualshock vibration the level of realism will be even bigger.

Game on: Sick fuccs

heroicjanitor3038d ago

He isn't claiming to change the world with it.

rucky3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

I can't wait for summer to be over. These kids everyday are getting louder and more obnoxious.

Marty83703038d ago

What part of working prototype don't you understand, dumbass.

OmarJA3038d ago

Natsu X FairyTail want that dildo so hard to stick it in his ass...

I'll buy you two for the mother.

Natsu X FairyTail3038d ago

fa9s that got nothing to say always bring people moms in their diss. thats low.

OmarJA3038d ago

Sure thing why dis\jason 360\all time greatness\pog\idystopia... shall i keep going?.....

The sad little homo.

Natsu X FairyTail3038d ago

lol @ thinking im these guys, [email protected] me over PM im not even in the same country as them.

Sir Ken_Kutaragi3038d ago

...Has anyone seen my 'Halo Wars' Stats??? ;-D

Tarasque3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

GO: Yes what are those glowing things on top of the wand?

RM: Well, as of right now we are calling them Sony balls. We would like for people to buy 2.

GO: So when people are holding Sonys balls, what kinda stuff can be done with them.

RM: Well that is the exciting part just check this out "He pushes a button"

GO: Wow that is cool, So your balls are now blue.

RM: Yes i have blue balls now.

Ninji3038d ago

Well, I guess I don't see what you're seeing but I assume it's to attract the xbox crowd. They seem to have been posting about it a lot so I think they really like it.

El Botto3037d ago

Its accuracy is unmatched so far and will deliver precise, quick and hardcore games with motion tracking in mind.

Sony has once again outdone themselves. Nobody wants to play "airband" or "airburnout"

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Natsu X FairyTail3038d ago (Edited 3038d ago )

good read there , had a few points.

Spring 2010 thats not too far! I expect to see a Demo @ TGS

:D

Nelson M3038d ago

If i Hit a BoT Round the Head with the Motion Controll
Will he Be Knocked Out first Shot or will i Have to Hit him Again