I’m watching the Sony’s Pre-E3 presentation over at Gamespot and it’s pretty close to the end. They’ve just brought out the new PS3 controller and… it looks just like the PS2 controller, except wireless. Which is just fine with me as I love the current controller and wasn’t looking forward to the “Batarang” prototype they showed last year. Then they ran a demo where they revealed that looks are deceiving as this new controller as sensors inside it that respond to you moving and tilting the controller. That’s right, the new controller has X-Y-Z, pitch, roll, yaw, and lateral motion detection all without an external sensor which is required by Nintendo’s offering in the recently named “Wii.” They showed off how this new feature will work using the playable demo of Warhawk and it appears to work pretty damn well. I can remember playing video games when we were younger and how some people would wave the controller around like it would help them control the game, now it looks like it will actually do so.
I do believe Nintendo just got punk’d by Sony!
So now they’re announcing the launch details and the PS3 is not going to be cheap. Like Microsoft, they will be releasing two versions, but the only difference between them will be the size of the HD included in the package. In North America the PS3 will launch on November 17 at a price point of $499 for the 20GB HD version and $599 for the 60GB HD. That makes the 20GB HD PS3 offering $100 more expensive than the 20GB HD version of the Xbox 360 ($399) and I’m sure Microsoft will be pleased about that, but Microsoft is now the only one of the nextgen systems without a motion sensing controller. Sony’s going to need a killer app or two to convince folks to plunk down another $100 to grab a PS3, though. It’s going to be an interesting Christmas this year.