Harrison denies Wii influenced PS3 controller, says PCs unnecessary

Sony exec says accusations of next-gen copycatting are "stupid," says the console will render traditional PCs moot in the home. When Sony revealed the PlayStation 3 controller would be able to sense certain types of motion, skeptics scoffed. That's because Nintendo announced last September that its recently rechristened Wii console would also have motion-sensing controls, leading many to believe that Sony had added the functionality at the last minute as a gimmick. A report in the New York Times didn't help, as it said that some of Sony's own developers had were not given the PS3 controller's tilt-sensitive controller until just weeks prior to its unveiling at E3 2006 in May.

Now Sony has come out swinging. In this week's edition of German magazine Der Spiegel, Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, aggressively denied his company appropriated the motion-sensing idea from Nintendo. "In a certain way, I understand why people would say [such things], but it is stupid, if you'll forgive me saying so," said Harrison.

Harrison went on to say that the PS3's motion-sensitive controller had been in the works for some time. "We have already worked on it a long time, and Nintendo almost certainly has done likewise with something similar," he said. "It is perfectly naturally for two companies to work on [nearly] identical devices. It's like that with technology." He reiterated that the PS2's Dual Shock controller is the "de facto-industry standard for video games. ... We define the standard for the man-machine interface for playing games."

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Wotbot5837d ago

This is more crap again. The PS3 looks like a cool console, but the bullsh#t that comes with it is very sad.
I quote from Harrison "We have already worked on it a long time" What like 2 weeks before E3?

And its funny how none of the devolpers new anything about until 1 week before E3.

RelloC5837d ago

they are killing themselves.

Clic5837d ago

Whatever is better wins.

FamoAmo5837d ago

Sure Sony needs to clarify things but what did he say about the article in NY times? They didn't show the developers the controller until a week before E3? WTF! I think Sony is blowing smoke and mirrors.. MS is big time competition and Sony needs to get on the ball. "We define the standard for the man-machine interface for playing games." - We'll if so enough with excuses lies and crap show us a console release it now damnit!! lol

clayton5837d ago

If Sony thinks people are seriously going to replace their pc's with a ps3, they are smoking crack!!! I for one will never get a ps3 or replace my pc. They can keep on dreaming.

DG5837d ago

Politics at its fines...theres more money to be made (and lost) here than "Bush the Douche" family will ever see!

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