“Newton” – A Slick Motion Sensor Controller for the Xbox 360 . . . ?
Something a little different perhaps, or all just hot air . . . we seriously don’t think so !
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We have all heard a lot of rumblings about a Wii-remote style controller for the Xbox 360 for a little while now. With various members of the Xbox Executives coming out with comments alluding to the ‘possibility’ of such a device. The Ex Xbox chief Peter Moore commented that the company had “plans” early last year, and that it needed to bring back some fun into gaming on the console, with every enthusiastic outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates also dropped further ideas several months later.
But new news has arisen of late and the skuttle-butt is that the Newton is the new boy-on-the-block. News that has been ‘confirmed’ by the SeatlePi.com “I can now confirm the existence of the Xbox Wiimote clone project and I can tell you the project code name : “Newton“
There have been several visions of what it may look like however, this one on the right which has popped up recently, bears a much closer resemblance to something MS Xbox-Div would or could quite possible come out with if given the go-ahead, if they haven’t already been given it. Which is highly likely.
More article and pics after the jump:
With more and more Family Orientated disc-based games hitting the 360, as well as the huge array on XBLA, a need for something simple like this, rather than a bulky controller is definitely needed. Don’t get me wrong, the 360 controller is arguably the best fitting and functioning controller of the modern consoles, but a slimmer and more family friendly controller is definitely needed. This one could quite well ‘fit’ the bill nicely.
The reports began from an MTV report gained from MS insiders/tipsters that they were working on a project that was hopefully scheduled for release at the end of this year (2008). With major differences said to be are the presence of the normal four X box buttons, an analogue stick/D-Pad as well as a microphone.
This would fit in with another suggested idea for the controller as it would be the ability to work in with an Xbox Live Vision Camera. Thus giving many of the newer family orientated games much more appeal. It will also include a speaker and mic to work in with this function.
This rumour has received a great deal of support from reliable tipsters within the industry, and there’s no hiding the fact MS Xbox-Div have been considering the idea of a motion-sensing device for some time now, and there’s been many a discussion about it in the press with execs not ruling it out in any of those interviews or discussions.
Anyone with half a brain can see the huge success Nintendo’s motion-controlled Wii Remote has had, and it is cited as one of the primary reasons for the Wii’s huge success so far. As mentioned earlier, this helps break down the barriers of non-gamers or casual gamers have when entering into the broader family orientated game market. The need for noon-gaming pad controller is evident in the Wii’s success.
Sony’s Sixaxis on the other hand (due to it still being a controller pad) has been less well-received by both end users and developers, which then leaves Microsoft as the only ‘Major” This-Gen player without any type of motion-sensitive controller. So we will all have to wait to see if further clues arise at the upcoming E3 and Leipzig games conferences during 2008.
Naturally Microsoft’s usual response of “we do not comment on rumours or speculation” is always touted when such things are brought to light, but time will tell, and it is certainly not without merit or need. We at x360/XboxOZ360-gamer give this a high probability of being close to the mark.