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New Sixense motion control coming to PlayStation 3?

by Stevie Smith - Nov 27 2008, 18:13

Is Truemotion 3D coming to the PlayStation 3. Image: Sixense/Trusted Reviews.

The motion-sensing SIXAXIS controller may have largely failed to bolster the appeal of Sony's PlayStation 3 videogame console, but is the Japanese consumer electronics titan about to embrace “Truemotion 3D” technology in order to compete on an even keel with Nintendo and its groundbreaking Wii system?

That's the question currently doing the rounds across a host of gaming Web sites after the posting of a three-part video demonstration from NVIDIA's recent NVISION 08 event, which showcases the technology's potential applications when it comes to movement capture and transfer for the videogame market.

While Sixense does sounds remarkably similar to SIXAXIS and may lead to misplaced links with Sony, it is in fact the company name and holds no official association with Sony Computer Entertainment's control technology. Also, Sixense is tabling its technology for the consideration of all videogame industry players, not just Sony.

Of course, that fact hasn't prevented Sony fans from speculating wildly that the powerhouse PlayStation 3 might be on the cusp of receiving its much talked about 'PS3mote' before then usurping the Nintendo Wii and its award-winning Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.

Before watching Sixense CTO Jeff Bellinghausen putting the company's “six degree of freedom, absolute position and orientation tracking system” through its paces, it is worth noting that, despite its obvious appeal, the technology is still currently in the prototype stage and may never make it beyond its present point of evolution.

We must all now wait to see if the likes of Microsoft or Sony actively seek out Sixense in a bid to incorporate the Truemotion technology into their respective hardware, or leading third-person publishers move to create software to support it.

And, given the absolutely incredible level of accuracy and flexibility delivered during the demo, it's hard to believe that the Sixense switchboard won't be lit up as a result – if it isn't flashing incessantly already.

 

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