All three console makers will be in the motion control business this year, leaving many to wonder: Is this the end of the joypad?
Not at all, according to Microsoft's game division. "Project Natal is meant to complement, not replace, the experiences on Xbox 360," a spokesperson assured me. "The traditional Xbox 360 controller will continue to be fundamental for our lineup of games." In other words, motion controls are a viable alternative.
Sony says the same. "While [motion controllers] have significant advantages and ushered in a new way to interact with consoles, they're clearly not designed to replace the incredibly broad gaming experience [traditional controllers] provide," says Patrick Seybold, a spokesman for Sony. "PlayStation Move was designed to live in harmony with our DualShock3 controller, and offers developers and consumers more options for the type of content they want."