Things haven't quite quieted down as far as the Xbox 360 motion-sensing controller is concerned. Now, even the Wall Street Journal has word on Microsoft's crack at the scene, and it's pretty much consistent with all the other stuff we've heard so far - it's a camera and it might be out in E3.
WSJ reports that the makers of the Xbox are developing a new camera that's supposed to capture even slight movements of the player, which will be translated into control for the would-be game. While it sounds a lot like the EyeToy, the Xbox 360 motion-sensing controller has been described to have much better performance and control.
Contributing to the possibility is that Microsoft has already acquired 3DV systems Ltd., a company that has already developed a 3D cam as well as related patents that could provide Microsoft with the necessary technology for the job. In an email, Zvika Klier, chief executive of 3DV Systems, said "unfortunately I can't comment on the rumors surrounding this deal. ...We will provide more information when we can."
The Xbox 360 motion-sensing camera could be announced as early as E3 in June, but the release will likely come next year, WSJ reports, citing unnamed sources which are close to the project. Microsoft is likely to sell the camera first in a bundle with the console, but they can't give an estimate on how the device would be priced.
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More on the rumor and the motion-sensing device:
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