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EA CEO On Motion Control Technology

John Riccitiello, CEO of EA, said that they’ve known about and have been experimenting with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s various motion control technologies for about fifteen months already. (link)

“…what we’re seeing is something that Nintendo tapped into first: the traditional controller can be an awfully intimidating device for a large number of consumers. So they tapped into a new audience and new kinds of gameplay and it resonated and got a lot of success. Interestingly enough, we’ve seen three partner plays – Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – with a different approach. Natal looks like a breakthrough idea – like any breakthrough idea, you never know how large an audience it’s going to realize.”

“Probably something a little closer to the consumer experience as of today is the [motion] controller that Sony put out – that seems oddly somewhere between what Nintendo has out and what Microsoft announced. […] But probably more importantly is that it looks like a great bridge technology, meaning you’ll be able do a lot of things that you could never do before with game platforms. And it doesn’t require quite the leap of faith that Natal does.”

I really look forward to seeing some of this tech used in real enthusiast or hardcore games and not just casual novelty stuff.