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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Today, a game, tomorrow, every computer - Sony latest to demo videogame motion-sensing controller

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02:  Jack Tretton, Pres...Image by Getty Images via Daylife - June 3, 2009 by Glenn Chapman

Sony on Tuesday demonstrated a prototype motion-sensing videogame controller, as the maker of PlayStation consoles joined rivals in a trend away from playing with complicated buttons and joysticks.

Sony Computer Entertainment researcher Richard Marks provided a glimpse of the prototype controller at the Japanese firm's press conference at the open of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Microsoft revealed on Monday that is has been secretly developing technology that lets people play videogames using natural body movements instead of hand-held controllers.

"It's more distinct and cool feature is a glowing sphere on the end that the PlayStation 3 eye can track," said Marks, as a colleague wielded what looked like a pair of television remote controls with lights on the tips.

The camera tracked the player's movements, and software translated his movements to onscreen characters wielding swords, racquets, flashlights, maces, guns, baseball bats, and other implements.

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