Sony’s full fledged answer to motion-control gaming beyond the Sixaxis will be on its way to the PlayStation 3 later this year with a healthy number of exclusive games. The system will make use of the PlayStation Eye, what we’ve previously nicknamed the ‘Wand’ and an additional wireless controller that’s similar to the Wii’s ‘nunchuck’. We can now reveal the button configuration of each controller within the ‘PlayStation Arc’ set.
You may remember dual-wielding of the PlayStation Wand during Sony’s first presentation and later Capcom using the Wand and a Dualshock controller to play a motion-control version of Resident Evil 5. These occurences have apparently influenced Sony’s decision to produce a ‘nunchuck-like’ controller to support the Wand and make their answer to the Wii more useful for party and hardcore games.
We brought the rumour of this addition to you last month and now we can contribute the button configuration of both the Wand and ‘nunchuck’. The updated information comes from the same NeoGAF poster and though his comments cannot be taken as outright confirmation, he’s digging himself a very big hole on the forum if he’s lying. Ichinisan claims that he has seen the latest pictures of the PlayStation Arc and describes them in the following paragraphs:
“Nunchuck has an analog stick at the front, below that X and O and below that a D-pad. Underneath is L1 and L2. Its actually long, not like the Wii Nunchuk.
“As for the Wand it has one very big button on top and then all four facebuttons (X,O,Square and Triangle) and underneath is a big trigger called T.”
The doubling up of X and O across both contraptions is presumed to allow gamers to play with just the Wand for certain games. He further comments on the device’s responsive as heard from a developer contact:
“It is highly responsive and accurate (the quote I heard was ‘Like a quick Wii remote that’s right every time!’)”
Since these photo’s are now trickling out from Sony, we’ll make a prediction that we’ll see their full colours at the Game Developer’s Conference next week.