PS3mote: Sony Rips Off Wii with New PS3 Controller


Sony is said to be planning the release of a new controller which is all but a carbon copy of Nintendo’s Wiimote, and in fact goes even further by introducing enhanced motion tracking.

The new controller is said to follow the Wiimote in design, fitting patents filed by Sony years ago, but to enhance the accuracy of motion tracking considerably by using LEDs and a small camera to track the controller’s movements, including much more sensitivity to Z-axis motion and velocity.

An artist’s impression of the device sure to upset those who don’t actually read the text of the article:


The device is apparently due to be released at the upcoming E3, where presumably some details on the titles involved (said to be under development) may emerge.

The largely neglected tracking features of the standard PS3 controller look set to fall by the wayside entirely.

The good source.

Leaving aside the shameless copying of Nintendo (seeing as everyone copies Nintendo, they can probably be forgiven for this), this does raise some interesting possibilities: with the main obstacle to ports from the Wii being its unique controller, could this herald a series of multiplatform Wii/PS3 titles, or even ports of previously released Wii exclusives?

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    Comment by Ozno
    11:10 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good bye Wii. See you in history.


    Hello PS3!:3

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    Comment by Feylin
    10:40 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys are fucking dumb shits.

    1. The image is A PHOTOSHOP

    2. The PS3 controller isn't ANYTHING like the wiimote controller. The final images look completely different. It can be split into two, and has big balls at the ends. The sensor works via sonar basically. Ultrasounds are emitted from the balls at the end of the controller and are picked up by a receiver. The receiver then pinpoints the location of the controller with much more accuracy then the Wiimote. This controller will be FAR more precise then the wiimote.

    3. The controller will be "transformable" IE, it can break apart and be used in two pieces, or have parts . It's NOTHING like the wiimote. The controller can also be made so it can be used like a standard controller shape.

    4. The buttons will be changeable to accommodate the buttons for lefies and righties. One side will have the Dpad, the other will have the 4 buttons. Both will have analog sticks and R/L buttons on each part.

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    Comment by Feylin
    10:41 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, and that information is from the patent that sony posted up. News about this controller first surfaced almost 2 years ago btw.

    Comment by awdfs
    17:18 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so it's a dildo

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    Comment by Renegade Angel
    07:53 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly right.
    Its just a transforming dildo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol suuure, pull the other one, it makes me chargin' mah lazor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now they just need to drop the PS3's price by about $200, and rewind time to three years ago, and they might have a chance at competing.

    Comment by halotoo
    12:04 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All sony need to do is make the controller shape like a woman body.Boobs being ether dual analog or butt-ons.Then everyone is happy,well the gamers anyway.

    Comment by mr.mortified
    06:34 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i thought this was that photoshop pic i saw like last year......?

    Comment by BakaDI
    06:43 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm amazed at the amount of people who didn't read the text and went right to posting. Too many people. Just... to many.

    Faith in humanity: -3

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just proves that Nintendo's won this round, again. Nintendo always makes what other consoles use to surpass its popularity. This was inevitable, just like the dual shock after the rumble pack, the analog sticks after the N64 controller, etc.

    Comment by Cerenado
    06:19 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3's Salvation: The Wii Remote 2

    Comment by ShibariComplex
    06:06 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    alls fair love and war.. all they have to do is bundle it with i highly anticipated

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ARGH it doesn't have enough buttons!

    Comment by Someone from somewhere
    05:58 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Y'know, there is something to note from all this.
    1st, I don't know if this is a rip off, but man, this isn't really the matter, even if it's for real, Sony DO needs an update by now for the PS3, and the same goes for Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360; they're starting to match (or copy) ideas by the time being.
    2nd, It really does not affect my person at all, cause I had never seen anyone of these in person, neither play or even touch them obviously... But still, I don't really like the Wiimote, if could touch maybe I would like, but still for a real player there are only three types of commands, 4 buttons and triggers, arcade commands and mouse and keyboard. The rest of them are just peripherals >.>
    3rd, the Wii is an entertainment device more than a videogame console, and it was developed to be that way the most. Still there are some good games (I do know even if I'd never see it)
    4th, the PS3 and the Xbox 360 where developed to be that way (entertainmente device), but still they're more like just consoles for the most of it's owners (you do know it, owner of these >.>)
    And finally, man don't make such a fuss just from ashopped image that takes it's birth from a rumour the wind comes with -.-

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    07:17 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a PC user, I am amused at all of this hu ha just about some controllers. Oh well, I am waiting for PS3 to add "typing and LED tracking technolgy to aid first person shooter games" (read: Keyboard and mouse copy). Then we will get real trolling.

    Non related, with all the games being ported to the PC (RE:5 being the latest in the line), I found it harder and harder to convince myself to get a console :3

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    Comment by Anim3Fr33K
    08:26 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its just an artists impression, theres no guarantee that its actually like that.

    Comment by shalala
    07:25 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish they hadd gone though with it.

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    Comment by metatron
    17:41 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever since Nintendo introduced the D-pad, everybody now copies from them...

    I want to see this motion-controller that Sony developed and wait for some fanboy rage on both parties

    Comment by Devoto
    17:56 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're joking, right? The first d-pad was on Mattel's Intellivision, then another was on Entex's "Select a Game" cartridge and then another was on Milton Bradley's Microvision.

    Nintendo used it on the handheld Donkey Kong game 2 years after it was used on the Intellivision. They just patented the very specific small cross design of the d-pad, which is probably why other consoles have round d-pads or cross d-pads that aren't connected in the middle.

    Comment by walikai
    14:56 02/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its a fucking myth! Id (insert action here) if it was actually true.

    I seriously doubt anything resembling the wii controllers design will come out..

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im using my wii to post this.... -looks at controler- no difference except individual buttons for d-pad

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 18/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont think this is the original ps3 remote, cuz i saw such a remote some time ago. and it looked alot different! there was also one for the xbox360!

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    Comment by Da_Nuke
    15:17 11/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is exactly a Wiimote with a Circle instead of a B, and Triangle and X instead of 1 and 2.


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 10/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's safe to say we can add 14:59:56 to that list.

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    Comment by Dee
    22:49 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is gonna be a chain reaction of X-BOX-like "exclusives" soon

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    Comment by ZippyDSMlee
    19:20 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it dose not have a "numbchuck" its worthless.....

    Comment by Devoto
    18:05 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, sorry to go on about this, but even the things that were more legitimately invented by Nintendo are very context-based. For example, it's true that they did introduce force-feedback into console controllers but the idea of the thing a gamer is holding rumbling in order to represent what is happening in the game was used on countless arcade machines before that.

    In the same year the N64 rumble pack was released, Sony went on to put the "rumbler" inside the pad and have it not use batteries, but no one would ever credit them for that despite Nintendo fanboys claiming that Nintendo refining an idea (like motion tracking for a home console) is the same as them inventing it.

    Comment by Devoto
    17:46 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Everyone copies Nintendo".

    More like "Nintendo copies everyone". Various things that you probably think Nintendo invented were actually invented by others first, such as the analogue stick for a control pad.

    Also, remember that Sony had the EyeToy which was a motion tracking device that let your movement control things in a game. They just didn't base the entire console around it, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everybody copies off everybody. But Nintendo made it successfully first than the others in the gaming industry, so everyone's just following Nintendo's lead. But hey, isn't it a lil too late for Sony to swallow their pride and copy off Nintendo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can you rip off a tv remote?

    Comment by Detailoid
    03:15 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder how much of an improvement using these instead of wii-motes would be for
    ( "Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer." )

    Could be quite promising...

    Comment by Another Anonymous
    05:25 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very clever indeed. The true is that I got the idea (anyone could have imagined that) of using the wiimote that way and was wondering how long it was going to appear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why gots these niggers be stealin from us honkies?

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    Comment by Obsidian
    02:00 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



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    Comment by KajunBowser
    04:19 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    N-word connotation in this subject not needed. Anyway, "this world's all about give and take," right? It's been told that Nintendo took parts of Sony's idea for the controller, sans Bluetooth. Now, Sony "borrows" their Wiimote design (sort of). Rivals will take from other rivals. It's part of the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn you anon.

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    Comment by KLoWn
    01:58 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo inovates, the rest follows.

    As usual.

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    Comment by Kip
    01:54 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is CLEARLY not the same as the Wiimote. The P-mote is black!

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    Comment by Chrouya
    02:33 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    It just sounds wrong in any way.

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    Comment by Obsidian
    01:49 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks shopped.

    and no, don't tell me the obvious crap that you'd give in the internet daily life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shoop da Woop!
    Also, Artefact already said it is a shop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Nintendo innovated everything and everyone is stealing from poor Nintendo. Bawwwwwww" What a croque of shit. Only wiiaboos could believe in such nonsense.

    Though in this particular case they are copying Nintendo/Gyration's baby. It won't do them any good. Non-standard peripherals always fail at least that was until the guitar peripheral, but that is the only exception. This is the entire reason why Nintendo had to build the console around their peripheral otherwise it would have seen only a few titles and failed. It would have been yet another odd peripheral no one cared about which is what is going to happen to Sony. Fanboys will play up the fact it doesn't seem to be a two handset and no one is as good as Nintendo when it fails, but neither are relevant. Besides they are already having trouble just getting normal software support from the industry. Wonder what ever happened to the eyetoy being the wii killer. One useless peripheral traded for another.

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    Comment by Bla7e
    10:20 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feed deh trollz xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    all that for a shop

    Comment by N.N
    04:20 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rage Harder!

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    Comment by Robocop
    18:41 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    grrr... argh...

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    02:03 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One hand control first and touch screen controls that is playable to all system follows.Can't wait for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony is the best and will never steal anything from others. Wii is totally no match for PS3!

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    Comment by coldfire01
    02:06 08/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    but this proves that sony is desperate that is why they steal designs right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are using their own patents perhaps you should re-read the article.

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