Wada: New Wii in 2011, motion tech to have “small” impact on PS3, 360

Monday, 21 September 2009 11:08 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Motion tech isn’t going to be the PS3 and 360 revolution some may have us believe, Square Enix head Yoichi Wada’s told the FT.

“Present game machines already have a lot of functions: they are a network terminal, a Blu-ray or DVD player, and a gaming machine. Compared to these three pillars, the [new motion] controllers are quite limited, so the impact may be small. They are an extension of the gaming function,” he said.

In the next breath, however, Wada had this to say about Natal: “As a user interface it’s fantastic and I think it will become standard.”

The low-impact, completely ubiquitous gaming UI is expected to ship late next year.

The exec wasn’t finished there, however. He reckons a new Wii’s coming in 2011, with “functionality more like that of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 or Sony’s PlayStation 3, and possibly a different controller,” according to that report.

You go, Yoichi. Thanks, Joystiq.