Everyone’s expecting Sony and Microsoft to seriously pimp out their respective motion-controlling technologies at Tokyo Game Show 2009 this week, and early reports suggest that this will in fact be the case. Yet despite all of the pre-hoopla surrounding these technologies, which are still around a year away from being released, not everyone sees the oncoming flood of motion-controlled gaming as the end all and be all of interactive entertainment.
Speaking with the Financial Times, Square Enix head Yoichi Wada said upcoming motion-sensing technologies will most likely have little impact on console sales because, “the [new motion] controllers are quite limited…They are an extension of the gaming function.”
However, Wada then went on to admit having some pretty high expectations for Microsoft’s Project Natal, saying, “As a user interface, it’s fantastic and I think it will become standard.” That’s quite the prediction, especially since Wada doesn't seem too optimistic about Sony and Microsoft benefiting hardware-wise from their motion technologies.
Wada also predicted that Nintendo would release a new version of the Wii in 2011, and that it would most likely include similar functionality to that found in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as perhaps a new controller. Now, while we’ve been hearing about an HD Wii for some time now, the idea of the Wii getting new controls sounds a bit harder to believe, especially considering how hard Nintendo has had to work to get people (and developers for that matter) comfortable with the Wii’s control scheme up to this point.
Apparent contradictions aside, what do you think of Wada's motion-control prognostications?