Sony’s Motion Controller Gets a Name

If the latest insider reports are true and according to VG247 reports, Sony’s PS3 motion controller will get the dubious name of “Arc.”

Previously referred to as Gem, a senior Sony executive insists their offering will be better than what Microsoft or Wii is offering because it can be used for games that are not necessarily family friendly. That is, they have ideas other than bringing family together in front of a large television screen.

“I’d say right now we’re looking at a real wide variety of games that can use the technology,” says John Koller, from Sony Computer Entertainment America to GamePro.

“I think the areas critical to our success will be family games, as well as shooters and sports games.”

Hopefully that will include proper lightsaber duels as well, but only time will tell. And that’s only if developers are willing to swing that way. Unlike other motion controllers, Sony’s version almost resembles a light saber. Just take out the ball.

Currently there are a number of games in development that will include support for Sony’s Motion Controller. Confirmed titles include Resident Evil 5 and Under Seige.

Older games will also be compatible through software updates, like LittleBigPlanet, Pain, Flower, Hustle Kings and High Velocity Bowling.

Sony’s Arc is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2010 release.

Jan 20, 2010 update:

“Sony has decided to wait several months until new games were available to accompany the release,”  said Makiko Noda, spokeswoman for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in Tokyo.

In the meantime, the company and third party developers will continue to work on expanding the lineup of games so that when the motion controller is released in the Fall, there will be a good line-up for gamers to play.

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  1. Interesting to see what they can do with resident evil 5 and a motion controller, I know in full blown arcade games these days they use motion control to make you look like a goof dodging fake bullets, punches and zombie attacks.

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