updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue September 16, 2008
In2Games shows controller
The UK's In2Games, which develops motion-sensing gaming technology for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, on Tuesday released an image and some information on the first motion controller for either system. Called the Freedom Controller, it relies on a combination of multiple three-axis accelerometers and ultrasonic and RF technologies to track the position of any wireless accessory, such as a golf club or baseball bat. Thus far, the only software capable of taking advantage of the new technology is In2Games' own Squeebles title, though In2Games executive are promising close working relationships with third-party game developers on bringing more to market.
Nintendo's Wii, the only other gaming console that has thus far relied on full motion controllers for the interface, needs users to point their RF controllers at a sensor bar. Sony PS3's SIXAXIS/Dual Shock 3 controller will recognize tilting motions but is much simpler than the In2Games controller. The Freedom Controller comes with a base unit that connects to either gaming console via a USB port, and includes two sensor bars that can be attached to the sides of a TV or mounted on their included stands.
In2Games has not released dates or pricing information for the Freedom Controller. [via TechRadar]