updated 10:30 am EDT, Tue September 22, 2009
Sega leaks PS3 motion control date
Sega has inadvertently left an SCEA meeting document (since pulled) on its server that appears to confirm major details of Sony's future PlayStation 3 plans. The notes appear to put the PS3 motion controller on store shelves in Japan for March, narrowing down the official spring launch window to the very early part of the season. Sony also expects to sell between four to five million of the peripheral and is helping game developers like Sega adapt their titles to support it; a 2012 London Olympics game and a Virtua Tennis port or sequel are labeled as candidates.
As yet unnamed, the controller uses optical tracking that provides true 3D movement more accurate than with a Wii but giving users a physical object to grab. So far, it's been envisioned as providing similar features to Nintendo's console but with more precision and a camera system that could show the user with graphics overlaid on top.
The seemingly authentic text also has PS2 games reappearing on the PS3, although this time as PlayStation Network downloads rather than as direct emulation support. "All" of the older platform's games would go online, though most other details like pricing and any enhancements aren't explained at this early stage. [via NeoGAF]