Friday, December 28, 2007

Enhanced Xbox 360 Controller Research  

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There have been reports floating around that Microsoft is developing a motion sensing add-on for the Xbox 360 controller.The image everyone has seen with supposed prototypes of a motion sensing Xbox 360 controller is FAKE according to team xbox. The notorious image, which you can see below, was taken from a Gizmodo article that showed the many prototypes Gyration and Bridge Design pitched to Nintendo in 2001; prototypes that eventually gave way to the Wii controller.

TeamXbox.com can confirm that Microsoft has been researching alternative input technologies for the last two years, including vision-based recognition such as the one used on Xbox Live Vision, as well as motion sensing technologies similar to those seen in the Microsoft Freestyle Pro and the PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS.

Particularly, Microsoft has looked at ways to improve the right analog stick input and you’ll hear more about those efforts soon.

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