Motion controls may come back

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I was one of those foolish people who actually went out and bought PlayStation move when it was released. I now have a PlayStation Eye and two electric lollipop dildos sitting gathering dust in my cupboard. Of all the major accessories released last gen, that has to be the most unloved – by consumers and publishers alike. Sony’s convinced they’ll make a come back.

And though motion gaming is very nearly dead right now, the thing was actually a bit ahead of its time, says Sony Worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

“Motion gaming was a big thing but, like with social games, dance games, music or guitar games, I don’t think there’s a lot of appetite for another motion game at this moment,” he said speaking with Pocket-lint.

Where the benefits of motion gaming become immediately apparent is when coupled with Virtual Reality – and having gone hands-on with Morpheus, I must say that it does add to the experience. In many ways – mostly its integrated audio and motion controls – Morpheus is a more fully fledged experience than the Oculus Rift right now – though Rift VR is continually being refined and reformed.

“However, what we are realising ourselves is that PS Move was a bit ahead of its time – a precise and accurate 3D input device. We were very excited about the possibility of using 3D positional tracking to make games, but it’s really hard to do so with a regular 2D screen,” added Yoshida.

“So now we are realising that when we do Project Morpheus the one thing you want to do immediately is interact with an object in virtual space, and the one way to do that is that you need a 3D positioning input device, like PS Move.”

I’m rather glad motion controls as a whole have gone by the wayside; Microsoft’s very nearly dropped Kinect completely and the Wii U has a proper controller – but we may see some use out of those luminous lollipops yet.

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Last Updated: August 21, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    I knew it! Geoff has dildo’s!

  • Umar Ver 1.OBJECTION

    At least there won’t be anymore moments like this

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    Just… Just no

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    Hahaha I have a move too, and I loved using it for tumble (especially when intoxicated =p). I have also wasted many hours on Wii Bowling. Also I do get a kick out of putting Mario Kart 8 on motion controls (it actually works pretty well).

    But yea it is pretty much a gimmick, the problem with too make games is that swinging your arms around flailing is actually way more distracting that helpful. I do think there is a spot in the market for motion controls right up there with “vr headsets” but I do not ever see if becoming something popular loved by gamers and dev’s alike.

  • caponeil

    Please no! I am still sitting with a PS Move controller that is a great teething toy for my Daughter! I played 5 minutes with it and got bored!

  • Those, coupled with that penis ring thing could really make VR popular…

    • Admiral Chief Assassin


      That is enough internet for me for the rest of the day

      • That I don’t believe 😉

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          Fair enough, let me rephrase: “that is enough rince comments for me for the rest of the day”

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL said the one who mentioned dildos

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          Was not me, Geoff started it!

    • Sgt. M

      When I first visited this site I enjoyed reading the banter in these comments and had quite a laugh. And now this….
      *Shakes head*
      Penis Rings and Dildos.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Certainly for you, given how disappointing actual reality is. tee hee.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin


  • Hammersteyn

    It may come back, it may also go away. Again and and again and again.

  • fred

    Worked well with Sports Champions 1 and 2 and also as a light gun in games like Time Crisis. The tech was quite good , but the software lacked.

  • HisDivineOrder

    Finally. Motion controls were never used properly. Better they go away until publishers can stop being gimmicky with them.

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