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Portal 2 to get motion controlled version

A special version of Portal 2 with motion control support has been announced at CES. Oh well, it was only a matter of time before even Valve started devoting energy to keeping up with the Kinect and Move hype- HA HA. FAT CHANCE. Valve is too sharp for all that, and will be releasing the motion-enabled edition of Portal 2 alongside the new Razer Hydra motion control system for the PC.

Know what's so 2010? Cameras. The Hydra uses Sixense's "TrueMotion technology," which detects motion with a magnetic field, meaning that it doesn't require calibration, and can detect motion regardless of line-of-sight. Aside from that, it functions much like Move - it requires, and is only able to detect, handheld controllers. Still, trust Valve to support something involving fu**in' magnets (how do they work?).

Above: Venture Beat checks out the Hydra and Portal 2

The special version of Portal 2 will feature some exclusive challenges which make use of the technology. You can see more of it in action over at Engadget (opens in new tab)... it's a good thing for LCDs, because putting a big magnet next to a CRT monitor would not be advisable.

There's no word on it, but we wouldn't be shocked if the special version came to the PS3 with Move support, as the devices seem to offer similar user experiences, even if the Hydra is more Valve's style.

Jan 10, 2010

Associate Editor, Digital at PC Gamer