Cowen and Co. Analyst Prefers Sony’s Motion Control


When asked about what went under reported at this year’s E3, Cowen & Co. analyst said:

The Project Natal demo from Microsoft got most of the ink, but I really thought Sony’s demo was superior from a gaming perspective.

Natal appeared to me to be a technological solution in search of a problem. Do I really care if I can navigate my Netflix queue without using a controller? I had a very hard time envisioning playing Modern Warfare 3 using Natal. By contrast, I had a very easy time envisioning it (and enjoying it) using Sony’s control/motion capture scheme.

With the public putting so much blind faith in motion control, I’m glad to see more skeptics like this guy.

However, to be honest, I’m still skeptical about Sony’s wand device. How would one play Modern Warfare 3 with Sony’s wand? Would it just be a fancy light gun? You can’t turn more than 45 degrees or so since you need to keep looking at your TV. You would still need to turn/navigate with a traditional analog stick, and shoot/reload/jump/action with buttons.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Nightflash on June 25th, 2009

    It’s true that you would still need buttons to shoot / jump / reload, but who knows if the wands won’t come with additional buttons or even analogue controllers like the Wii Nunchuck?
    In terms of accuracy the wands seem to be superior to Natal, as far as i can see. I hope we will get some full blown games using the wands, instead of mini game collections. At least the seem to have more potential for these type of games.

    Sorry, i havent really introduced myself. I’ve posted here already, but that was years back, before the PS3 was even lauched. 27 years old, living in the Netherlands. I hope to be more active in this community again. :)

  2. #2 by Darrin on June 25th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    Glad to hear you comment Nightflash.

    I’m sure they will put an analog stick and buttons on the wand… Sounds like the Guncon 3 that came with Time Crisis 4 (light gun with analog stick and buttons) which wasn’t very succesful. What’s the wand going to do beyond that?

  3. #3 by Tosh on June 26th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    Ya, they haven’t done any other games that include the Guncon 3, shame it’s actually a great light gun. Only thing that would improve it would be to make it wireless.

  4. #4 by Glitch on June 27th, 2009

    Perhaps not the Guncon 3, but they made Resident Evil: Dead Aim, that supported the Guncon 2 and actually were quite a good game.


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