Thursday, 6 August 2009

PlayStation Wii? (A look at the PS Wand)

There's no denying that the Nintendo Wii was an overwhelming success. Phenomenally so. (See charts below if you don't believe me... Or check out this cool moving graph)

Not good with numbers? Don't worry, this graph might suit you better...

As you can see, Nintendo is storming ahead with their cheaper products aimed more towards the family, with the technically superior PS3 is left trailing at the back. The main reason for this is said to be the price, although a price drop is imminent for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 (An article written by Krease explains this better)

Either way, with the DS's touch screen and the Wii's motion sensors, both PlayStation and Xbox have been hard at work trying to find NEW and REVOLUTIONARY ways to... Well, rip Nintendo's ideas off.

Therefor it is no surprise that they have both unveiled their new devices for the consoles, Playstation with the PLAYSTATION WAND and Xbox with PROJECT NATAL, at E3 this year. (To be honest, if you didn't know this already then you must have been living under a rock.... Or a non-gamer who mistook this site for some sort of pornography, in which case- here you go)

The two different devices work in completely different ways, but still manage to seemingly steal the Nintendo Wii's control system.

PlayStation seem to have ripped off the Wii mote itself, with the PS3 Wand. It works in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye to give full motion control.

Whereas Xbox have decided to pinch the Wii Motion sensor design with their Project Natal.

However, although both we unveiled at E3, and Project Natal has some pretty interesting concepts, only PlayStation had a working model to show. And what a show that was!

This is the future. By leaning over and copying off Nintendo's paper, PlayStation seem to have vastly improved on the concept. Although the Wii Motion Sensor Plus has been released, it may be too little too late. The future of gaming is almost here and I, for one, cannot wait.

(I know it's taken a while to get here, but this bit is the ACTUAL NEWS I've been working towards here!)

SO- Off the back of this,
EA has now stated that they are on board with both Natal and the PS3 Wand. A report published on states that EA's head fella, John Riccitiello, confirmed that "early-to-mid 2010" will be the time when the company will reveal exactly how it plans to support the new motion-sensitive control systems.

"We're planning to support both," he stated. "We haven't yet announced our plans to do so, but we shall do so in the right time-frame for that, which is likely to be early-to-mid-2010."

So the future of gaming is looking really interesting... And REALLY close!



  1. nice post, very funny with the porn link lol.

    But remember playstation did this before the Wii ever came out, it was called the Eyetoy. Also some Sony chiefs have said that they were working on this motion wand before the Wii came out to.

  2. I'm sure you're more than well aware that Playstation introduced "the wand" with the Playstation 2 Eye Toy at an E3 WAAAAY BACK when. As well, the PS3 Eye Toy makes use of interactive "swatting the air". So, I ask the question, who is ripping off whom??? As a blogger representing Playstation nation, this pool of vomit didn't do much for the PS family.

  3. Heh, sorry you read it that way. I'm well aware of the development of the eye-toy, I merely wanted to talk about the product in a slightly more interesting way. It's clear the eye toy was the catalyst for all of this interactivity in the more modern consoles.
    This is also shown in the video I posted in the blog, as they comment on, show and use the PlayStation Eye.

    It is also clear that the simplistic waggling of the Wii-motes are technically inferior (something I believe I mentioned) and was merely commenting on the recognisable style used with the technology (Wii mote - to - Wand).

    I honestly didn't think it was possible to offend someone by merely stating this.

    Enjoy your vomit.

  4. When you are talking about Sony "ripping off" Nintedon't, that's what ticked me off. The gaming world is full of gomers that think just that, Sony is copying the Wii. They claim that High Velocity Bowling was a copy of Wii (Piss) Bowling. Truth is HVB was in development well before the Wii.

    This is a war my friend. You/we can't give the enemy any ground to stand on. EVERY chance we have, maximum damage needs to be impacted. Family sticks together.

  5. very true check twitter i sent you a tweet