No one — not even a number of developers we’ve talked to — were aware Sony would be revealing motion sensor capabilities for the PlayStation 3 controller at this month’s E3. Unveiling the feature during the event seemed to be aimed at demoralizing Nintendo’s decision to focus on a similar feature with Wii, but even Shigeru Miyamoto wasn’t upset.Talking to Canadian newspaper the Edmonton Sun, Miyamoto noted he might have been insulted if they’d outright copied the nunchuck and remote, but in its current state, he’s actually flattered by the announcement. “…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,” he says. The response from Microsoft wasn’t as positive, though. Xbox spokesperson Peter Moore mentioned to Eurogamer TV that Microsoft attempted the idea years ago to limited success. “The gamers’ response was muted at best,” he said. “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.”Moore also wondered if Sony’s decision to include motion sensor technology at the expense of rumble features was a wise decision, too.
We’ll find out for sure this November.