PS3 motion controller delayed until fall

Sony has announced that the release of its motion-sensing PlayStation 3 controller will now be delayed from an anticipated spring launch to autumn 2010.

The Japanese electronics giant decided to delay the release an additional six months so that game studios have additional time to develop games for use with the new controller.

The new device, when paired with the PlayStation Eye camera, is able to track real-time hand movement — allowing for motion-sensitive games that are now in development.

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“We have decided to release the motion controller in fall 2010 when we will be able to offer an exciting and varied line-up of software titles that will deliver the new entertainment experience to PS3 users,” said Kaz Hirai, Sony President and CEO, said in a statement.  “We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovating games for the motion controller, not only from SCE worldwide studios but also from the third party developers and publishers, whom we have been working closely with.”

Sony waiting six months may seem like a good idea as the game catalog develops, but the company will now need to compete with the Microsoft Project Natal system.  Natal is expected in time for the 2010 holiday shopping season, which offers a similar gaming environment to the Wiimote and PS3 motion controller.

The Wiimote’s interative features are a primary reason for the Wii’s smashing success, but a weak variety of video games has opened the door for Sony and Microsoft to make up lost ground.

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