Liveblog – Sony motion controller session, Develop 2009

Thursday, 16th July 2009 09:01 GMT By Patrick Garratt


SCEE will show its Sony motion tech at Develop in Brighton this morning, and we’re liveblogging the session after the link.

The firm promises to show “a lot more about the new PS3 controller shown at E3,” giving “several real-world examples of such techniques as used in recent and soon to be released PS3 and PSP titles from both Sony Computer Entertainment first party and external developers.”

Missable? Not really. We’ll be filming it as well, so we’ll aim to get video live as soon as we can after it’s over.

The session runs from 11.00am-12.00pm BST.



  1. DeforMAKulizer

    Am i the only know anxious to see what is in store?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Yep! :-D

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Jonathan Cullen

    This should be either spectacular or a spectacular fail.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    I’m looking forward to see what Sony have in store for this.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Tonka

    What store?

    #5 6 years ago
  6. DeforMAKulizer

    Hopefully it will be something good… But its weird that no one else is showing any slight glimpse of excitement….

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Redh3lix

    I am secretly.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Len

    Well they’ve hardly shown us anything to get excited about…yet.

    We’ll found out soon enough but I am admittedly finding it difficult to muster any enthusiasm.

    I look fwd to hopefully being amazed…

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Tonka

    What’s there to be excited about? We have seen motion tech demos for years now. We even have a readily available working system out with it.

    It’s not like with Natal where MS are trying a different approach. I doubt this will have more than what was shown at E3.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Doomsayer

    Do you guys think they will reveal the final design?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. DeforMAKulizer

    Its good to be cautiously enthusiastic i guess…

    #11 6 years ago
  12. DeforMAKulizer

    Im hoping of at least a name or final design, or maybe that interface that was in the patent, with removable buttons and the works…

    #12 6 years ago
  13. BraveArse

    I’m looking forward to it. What sony showed albeit apprently rushed ( and presented by some very scared geeks ) at E3 seemed to me to have more “core” potential than Natal. Although I’ll be a sucker for Natal stuff too.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. DeforMAKulizer

    E3 demo >_<

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    I like the pic of the EG folks. :)

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Is that the 7th time you’ve told us it works Pat? :P

    #16 6 years ago
  17. DeforMAKulizer

    Umm… Natal anyone?

    #17 6 years ago
  18. DexxaxeM

    After the really embarassing last-minute presentation at last E3 I hope this time they will show us “something” tangible..
    Even if, I have to admit, this motion controll seems a copy of the wii mote, an upgrade yes, but nothing revolutionary.
    I mean, I do not see future applications / games to be far different from the ones already avaiable on wii…

    #18 6 years ago
  19. smiley0

    “little ps3″. Slim?

    Haha @ the natal comment. Sony’s been working on this stuff for ages, and has shown some of it long before natal was shown, like the drawing stuff and the head tracking.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. DeforMAKulizer

    @ Smiley…Ya i know, but its weird to see the PS Eye have such power yet no investment software-wise…
    Mezmerize and Tori-something are fun for a while, but i want stuff like Eyedentify, or that minority report like menu browsing…
    Hopefully they have something in store…

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Sh1m3oN

    with the wand will be a new generation of eye cam?

    Excuse my incorrect English

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Robo_1

    I hope we get to read/see this event in full, as I love hearing about the tech stuff.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. smiley0

    @DeforMAKulizer – I think there’s been a lot of investment in software in the lab. Making it available to developers and finding good uses for it in games is another issue. I think they are going to make it available to devs now though, by the sounds of it.

    @Sh1m3oN – it uses the existing pseye camera.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Patrick Garratt

    I’m recording the audio. I’ll post the entire thing once it’s over.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. DeforMAKulizer

    Great Pat thanks! =D

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Sh1m3oN

    where I look this?

    #26 6 years ago
  27. smiley0

    PATRICK!!! What were you talking about when you said the dev kit looked like “a little ps3″? It didn’t happen to look like that leaked ps3 slim did it? :p

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Robo_1

    Cheers pat, that’d be grand.

    Hope we get to see some more of the motion tech.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Psychotext

    Seeing pat completely out of his depth is fun. :)

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Blerk

    Well this has unexpectedly turned into comedy gold! :-D

    #30 6 years ago
  31. DeforMAKulizer

    That was boring >_<
    Good to see investment in Facial Tracking, and hopefully soon we will get to know a name or at least final design…
    Cologne it is!
    Plus its funny to see Pat go loco!

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Robo_1

    The stuff they’re doing with the SPU’s sounds great though. SPU assisted graphic processes have always been the key to PS3′s potential, I know it’s not exactly “KIllzone 3 announced” but I do actually find stuff like this really interesting.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. BraveArse

    uh oh – looks like Pat’s laptop has deceased.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Robo_1

    A fitting final post though.:)

    Anywhere else doing a transcript?

    #34 6 years ago
  35. DeforMAKulizer

    Ya i know, but a bit too technical for me… Hehe… Can’t wait to see how they apply it =D

    #35 6 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    I assume that his Laptop run out of batteries xD

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Monk

    did Pat die :)

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Patrick Garratt

    That was hard work :)

    I’ll post the audio in a tick.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Patrick Garratt

    Yeah, the battery went.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Monk



    #40 6 years ago
  41. Sh1m3oN

    lol the laptop death, but the video?

    #41 6 years ago
  42. Ninja Moomin

    The writer of this, the most terrible live blog i’ve ever read, is an embarrassment.

    What were you expecting at develop, exactly?

    Sony are delivery interesting and useful information on how they are finally unlocking the power of the PS3 and you reduce this to ridicule because you don’t understand it?

    This isn’t a consumer conference… and you didn’t even try to interpret the information, nor translate its relevance to the readers of the blog.

    In short – FAIL.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. No_PUDding

    Ninja Moomin, you are on a gaming enthusiast site. He (Pat) is a member of the games press, and therefore is trying to create content that is suitable for YOU as a consumer and enthusiast of games.

    The content was also delivered in this manner, on the pretense it was being recorded, so you will hear all the details eventually.

    If you wanted to listen to it first hand, and live, then you should have gone to Brighton yourself.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Robo_1

    Yeah, as No Pud says, Pat’s reporting of the event is going to be what most of the audience here needs. There was clearly some high level techniques discussed, which only developers are going to fully understand, and they’ll be reading full transcriptions later or will be attending the event themselves.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Dannybuoy

    Mmmm. I just love creamy z-buffers

    #45 6 years ago
  46. Ninja Moomin

    yes – but filling the live blog with no information other than inane comments makes me wonder why you bothered paying someone to liveblog it at all?

    And you’ve basically just said that you guys consider your audience in quite a dim light.

    Surely the point of any site in a competitive arena is to give readers something of value?

    #46 6 years ago
  47. No_PUDding

    Argue value to me? Can entertainment not be value?

    As for the audience in a grammatically erroneous ‘dim light’, clearly Pat didn’t understand, and he’d be stupid for assuming people are more clever than him.

    Lowest common denominator and all that.

    And as for paying someone to live blog it, the Editor is doing the live-blogging. And I am sure that escaping rainy Wales, for a nice day in the south of England was great for him, regardless of there being more to Develop 09, than just this session. :P

    #47 6 years ago
  48. BraveArse

    What is dim about not understanding what a z-buffer is exactly? Pat hit the right tone for the demographic here… which is mostly gamers not developers. Even if Pat did understand what was being said I’m not sure he would have the time to digest and regurgitate it all in an appropriate form for us. Which in my case would be “Peter and Jane Lurn Cumpooturs”. Liveblogs are made for instant snappy commentary – which has to be very difficult in what sounded like a very dry and academic talk.

    #48 6 years ago
  49. Blerk

    I’d have liked to have seen someone interpret all of that stuff for the uninitiated at liveblog speed! Now that really would have been something!

    #49 6 years ago
  50. Hero of Canton

    This isn’t a consumer conference… and you didn’t even try to interpret the information, nor translate its relevance to the readers of the blog.

    Well, clearly a lot of it WASN’T relevant to the readers of this blog. It might have been to fans of Digital Foundry, perhaps, but not all of us are versed in the ways of the z-buffer and stencil cull methods, or exactly what they mean for gamers. Clearly Pat wasn’t aware that he was going to be liveblogging something which would be so impenetrably technical to most, so he decided to have a bit of fun with it rather than just posting nothing. In the circs, it’s what most of us normal people would have done.

    #50 6 years ago
  51. scratchy69

    That box up there is quite heavy on pictures of Pat.

    #51 6 years ago
  52. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll have a fiddle and see if I can switch the Pat pictures off.

    #52 6 years ago
  53. No_PUDding

    When I had a go at Ninja Moomin, you guy need to calm me down, don’t join in.

    Poor guy’s probably gone to commit suicide now.

    It’s alright Ninja, I know you’re pissed.

    #53 6 years ago
  54. scratchy69

    It’s OK – I like the Pat pictures. Saves me looking at porn sites at work.

    #54 6 years ago
  55. smiley0


    Audio! Audio! Audio!


    #55 6 years ago
  56. DoucheVader

    Next time you send someone to a developer speaking, try to send someone who understands some of the tech jargon.

    The live blog was pretty much useless.

    #56 6 years ago
  57. DoucheVader

    It doesn’t even sound like the person wanted to be there.

    #57 6 years ago
  58. SunKing

    God, Sony, why’d you have to be such a downer at every conference? At least try to dress up your presentations a little with a mid-show burlesque performance, stand-up comedy routine or something – anything!

    #58 6 years ago

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