Nyko says that controllers won’t go extinct anytime soon

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 15:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nyko’s director of marketing, Chris Arbogast, has stated that the company doesn’t see controllers going the way of the dinosaur any time soon and that it will be quite a while before peripherals like Project Natal become a mainstay.

“People in the casual market like feeling something physical to keep your hands aligned,” he told Joystiq. “When you grab the Wiimote and swing it, it feels like you’re swinging a baseball bat, versus pantomiming swinging a bat.

“I think that if you take all [the controllers] away and you’re just pantomiming everything, there may be some disconnect with realism there.”

He does admit that if Project Natal becomes a massive hit, the company will have to rethink things a bit.

“We’ll have to think of other ways we can accessorize and augment the players’ experience,” he added. “Not with a controller anymore, but with other things to add to that camera functionality. It could be a whole new avenue of business that opens up for us because we’ll be forced to challenge ourselves.”

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