Sony's PS3 Motion Controller available Fall 2010

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In something of a shock announcement, Sony have today confirmed that their new motion-based controller, tentatively named the Motion Controller, will be available by Autumn 2010.

The controller will detect and interpret a player’s movement, precisely transferring gestures as in-game commands. It will be a worldwide, simultaneous release, and will require the PlayStation Eye camera in order to work.

“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.

Hirai continued “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 expand and define the PS3 platform as the ultimate entertainment system for the home.”

So there you have it; Sony’s Motion Controller will be going head to head with Microsoft’s Project Natal. Will this announcement sound the end of hardcore gaming on both consoles? Or will it truly expand how much fun you can get out of the high-def gear?

No exact date or pricing for either here, but if you could only afford one, which would you go for, Natal or the Motion Controller? Or perhaps you are totally uninterested in motion gaming, or are even waiting for the rumoured Wii 2? Let us know.

Gerald Lynch