Many have labelled motion-based gaming as a fad â€“ but itâ€™s something that just doesnâ€™t seem to abating at all. It mostly started with Nintendoâ€™s Wii â€“ but now Sony and Microsoft have motion-sensing peripherals and cameraâ€™s. The 3DS, smartphones and even Sonyâ€™s imminent PlayStation Vita all include gyroscopes so their tilts and turns can be translated to on-screen movement.
Microsoftâ€™s Kinect is arguably the most technologically advanced motion-control system available right now, and even though its application for gaming has proved limited, Sony seems enamoured enough with the technology that â€“ according to reports at least â€“ theyâ€™ll be including similar functionality with their next home console.
According to Taiwanâ€™s Digitimes, the PlayStation 4 will feature full-body motion tracking, not dissimilar to Kinect â€“ when it ships at the end of next year. According to the report, Foxconn and Pegatron Technology â€“ the current factories assigned with assembling PlayStations will continue to do so. Personally, Iâ€™m not convinced. I think, based on what weâ€™ve seen so far, that Sony realises that a controller is necessary for many fully-fledged gaming experiences. If Sony does include a Kinect-like system with their next console, I suspect itâ€™ll work in conjunction with the already established PlayStation Move.
If it does come to pass that the PS4 does indeed have Kinect-like controls, expect the rapid Sony fanbase, whoâ€™ve been saying Kinect is the worst thing to happen to video games ever, to do an about-turn, proclaiming full body motion-control to be THE FUTURE.