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Joseph Rositano
19 Nov, 2006

eGames 06: Microsoft on motion sensing technology

360 News | "We’ve done that before."
Regional Director of Microsoft Australia and New Zealand David McLean has revealed that Microsoft staged trials for a motion sensing controller a few years ago.

"We’ve done that before," McLean told the audience during an industry panel at the eGames Expo. "We had a joystick a few years ago called the Freestyle Pro. At that time, we didn’t really feel there was a tremendous amount of demand for it. Following lacklustre sales and little interest from developers, Microsoft axed the project.” "With Microsoft it really is a case of what the consumers tell us they need," McLean commented. "We’ve been able to build a console that is completely adaptable. We’ve upgraded to 1080p now, we’ve made changes to the Live service, and we’re making changes to what people expect from us in terms of movie and TV downloads."

This comes as no surprise. When motion sensing technology for the Wii was first announced, it received a lot of scepticism. However, McLean didn't rule out Microsoft's inclusion in the motion sensing technology scene with the Xbox 360. "I don’t know that we’d ever say never, but what I would say is that at the moment, based on our experience in the past, we thought there wasn’t demand for it to be really put into the system."

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7 Comments
7 years ago
haha the good old freestyle pro, dad bought me one of them many many years ago. It came with motocross madness and you didnt have to use the motion sensing part of it as it was quite sensitive, it worked quite well as a normal gamepad though.
7 years ago
Meh, let Microsoft say what they like. In any case, the Wii and it's motion sensing technology are going to be serious competition for the 360. Just because motion sensing hasn't worked for Microsoft in the past, doesn't mean it can't work for Nintendo, now.
7 years ago
admeister wrote
Just because motion sensing hasn't worked for Microsoft in the past, doesn't mean it can't work for Nintendo, now.
Good indication though.
7 years ago
Sounds very much like if there is enough demand they will put a controller out with it included. Only hassles is that complicates things further for developers, they already have to deal with some coretarded systems out there without a HDD. Having to deal with the have motion sensing and have nots complicates matters. Mind you if they are doing PS3 and 360 cross platform releases, they may have already implemented motion control for the PS3 version.
7 years ago
UmbrellaCEO wrote
admeister wrote
Just because motion sensing hasn't worked for Microsoft in the past, doesn't mean it can't work for Nintendo, now.
Good indication though.
I think a lot of it has to do with marketing and target audiance. I'm not going to pretend I know about the advertising campaign M$ did and so forth, and I'm not going to speculate over Nintendo's marketing being better. I'm just saying, these factors largly contribute to the overal sales of products.
7 years ago
Joseph wrote
UmbrellaCEO wrote
admeister wrote
Just because motion sensing hasn't worked for Microsoft in the past, doesn't mean it can't work for Nintendo, now.
Good indication though.
I think a lot of it has to do with marketing and target audiance. I'm not going to pretend I know about the advertising campaign M$ did and so forth, and I'm not going to speculate over Nintendo's marketing being better. I'm just saying, these factors largly contribute to the overal sales of products.
True, but I personally think failure may be on the technology itself, I think considering microsoft have done motion sensoring, 3rd party ps1/2 companies have and I dont think they've attained much in that department. Marketing may work, but even good marketing can fail a bad product. I think if there developers dont use it properly, it will be nintendo down fall. Overall the hype is good, I do think the controller is step in the right direction, but I think nintendo's hardware and pricing is totally wrong.
7 years ago
Completly agree with you. It does have a lot to do with the limitations of the hardware. But if reviews are anything to go by, it looks like the whole set up works.
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