Yeah delays don't just hit games. They hit hardware too. As evident by this press release from Sony, they are saying the release of their motion controller will be coming out in the Fall of 2010. The Sony motion controller was going to have a nice head start against Natal
but not anymore.
We still don't have an official name for it either as the press release just says Motion Controller. Still, it's probably better to delay the release of the product until there are games and software to take advantage of it then to just release a controller for the sake of releasing it. I don't know about anyone else but I haven't heard a peep of any game using the thing and now they have a good amount of time to hype it up and maybe give us some titles that will take advantage of the product.
Motion Controller for PlayStation(R)3 to Become Available Worldwide in Fall 2010
Motion Controller, Together with an Extensive Line-up of Software Titles, Delivers Whole New Entertainment Experience on PlayStation(R)3
TOKYO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release its new Motion Controller(1) (tentative name) for the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system in fall 2010 in Japan, Asian regions and countries, North America and Europe/PAL territories together with an extensive line-up of exciting software titles. The new controller, combined with the PlayStation®Eye camera(2), can detect the natural and intuitive movement of the hand and reflect the precise movement within the game, delivering a whole new entertainment experience on PS3.
"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 Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative 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. We look forward to soon unveiling the exciting software line-up that further expands and defines the PS3 platform as the ultimate entertainment system for the home."
SCE will vigorously promote the Motion Controller as the de facto controller of the PS3 platform along with the DUALSHOCK® series controller and will deploy various measures to enhance the software title line-up for the Motion Controller, delivering groundbreaking interactive entertainment only possible on the PS3 platform.