Gates dismisses motion-sensing fad

Bill Gates was quoted in a recent interview with MTV regarding the PS3 and Wii inclusion of motion-sensitive controllers, saying, "It's something that's not mainstream for most games." Pointing out a questionable flaw in the design, he went on to state, "People aren't that good at totally standing still. Even pilots actually sit in a chair when they do their flying. So there's a lot to be learned about these controllers."

It would appear that Microsoft is not too keen on incorporating the same type of technology into the 360... except forthis report from May 19 that suggests that the newest Xbox might gaffle Sony's EyeToy premise in order to work the gesture-gaming angle.

Gates was far more interested in steering the interview towards a platform that the 360 has totally embraced: social gaming through Xbox Live. "Most of gaming, particularly as we draw in both men and women and people of all ages, most of it's going to be social," says Gates on the future of interactive play.

Still, an almost eerie quiet draped over our newsroom when we read Gate's veiled hints at a possible Xbox handheld. "Go a few years out, the hardware gets a lot better, we'll be there with the software platform, and I think everybody will just take it for granted that there will be a better device," stated the master of Microsoft (before cackling madly and gripping a basketball-sized replica of the Earth in one hand over his head... no, not really). So, we'll get no motion-sensitive controller (unless you consider the camera a controller), and no handheld gaming machine... yet.

May 31, 2006