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Compare & Contrast - PS3 Controller

Here are two reactions to Sony’s use of motion-sensor in it’s new controller. First up Nintendo super legend Shigeru Miyamoto speaking to the Edmonton Sun:

“It’s kind of what always seems to happen. But the fact that they looked at what we were doing and decided it was a good path is kind of flattering, it kind of reinforces in our minds that we’re doing the right thing. What they’ve done is just take your standard controller and add in this motion-sensing device that’s similar to what we did back on the Game Boy Color many years ago. Maybe if they were to completely copy and go with a remote and a nunchuk and two motion sensors, I might be a little more concerned. But I don’t think they’re anywhere close to that.”

Next up is Peter Moore formerly of SEGA & now under the pay roll of Bill Gates:

“At Microsoft we did the same controller six years ago – most people remember that,” Moore said. “The gamers’ response was muted at best. We remember it being applicable to flying games in particular and some driving games but overall there was somewhat of a collective yawn from the gaming community about the motion sensing technology.”

“The motion sensing, particularly at the sacrifice of force feedback – I’m not even sure that’s a good trade off in itself.”

Microsoft’s corporate VP also dismissed suggestions that motion sensing actually provided PS3 with an advantage over Xbox 360, giving developers a new opportunity to explore.

“I don’t think it’s a huge issue. I’m less worried that somehow people are going to ignore a 10 million unit head start because they want to do a game with motion control,” he insisted.

Right, on one hand you have the respectful views of a true gaming legend, Shigeru Miyamoto, who views Sony’s use of motion-sensor technology as a compliment. On the other hand you have the dismissive & arrogant views of Peter Moore who epitomises everything that is disliked about his employers Microsoft. 10m unit head start? What’s he been smoking?!

We’ll see what the like of Hideo Kojima & other developers have in mind for utilising motion-sensor in future games.

Man I intensely dislike Peter Moore & his smug face!

Edmonton Sun – Shigeru Miyamoto Lowdown With A Legend

Eurogamer – Peter Moore Interview