ARS: Sony and Microsoft want you to think they have very different strategies for motion controls. "You are the controller," the bathroom mirrors at E3 proudly exclaimed, in one of the creepier bits of advertising at the show. Sony, on the other hand, is combining its own camera technology with a more conventional controller for its games. What we're already seeing is that both technologies are more alike than either company would like to admit.
We had our doubts about the Kinect's ability to deliver even basic gaming mechanics without a physical controller in your hand, and the comments were flooded with people wondering if Microsoft would simply release an optional hand-held controller for the Kinect, or if there would be games created that use both the Kinect and the standard controller. It would certainly give developers more options in their games, and help deal with the glut of rail-based games we've seen. Microsoft agrees.