Published on April 7th, 2008 | by Daniel David
Rumor: Xbox 360 Motion Controller In Development
This isn’t the first time we have heard this rumor but MTV News seems pretty sure about this. A source that has been briefed on the project told MTV News that Microsoft’s version of a motion controller like the Wii remote has been in development since Summer and if things goes as planned will release before the end of the year.
The source told MTV that the the Xbox 360 motion controller would function just like the Wii remote but will do much more. The source has also said that Microsoft has had active interest in developing a motion-controller with other industry sources.
This project if true has been in development since last August with Rare, who made Perfect Dark Zero has been handed the job to create a unified interface and look for the controller. Rare has had trouble hitting the deadlines though.
A sketch of the controller shown below which may change if released is kind of similar to the Wii remote but the Xbox 360 one has four face buttons, an analog stick and microphone. There are plans for the controller to connect with the Xbox Live Vision Camera.
The source said that this isn’t just a response to Wii Sports and that it is a bit more ambitious. They want to incorporate this into games like Halo, Gears of War and Forza but the source says in his words that it has not work out right, “the whole thing is a colossal clusterf—.“
He later goes on to say that Microsoft marketing just want this so they can match the Wii and to tell developers how easy it would be for third parties to port Wii games to the Xbox 360.
Lastly the source has said that Rare has design their own version of Mii avatars which are design to work with any game with the motion controller and create a standard look for games.The avatars are more detailed then Mii’s naturally.
This is a lot of information that this source gave to MTV and to be completely false would stretching it. This isn’t the first time that it has been rumored that Microsoft were creating a motion controller for the Xbox 360.
Nothing has been confirmed but I think there is a lot of truth to this. Although this has to be labeled as a rumor for now this one is ringing pretty close to being true.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you think Microsoft needs a motion controller or a Mii type avatar? I don’t really mind the avatar, I think that’s a natural step forward but I don’t think Microsoft needs a motion controller.
All of this seems like they are playing catch up and I think many Xbox 360 owners are happy with what they got now.