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

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

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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.

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  1. scuz

    thats just made the guy sound like an arrogant toad, and a new wii already? really? again i won’t buy one.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Well it makes sense Wii is having its price cut to keep ahead of the curve ( not really sure they need it) It would only make sense to release another version of the Wii. If that is true I hope its what it is rumored to be. Wii HD. I will probably get it for a family orientated system.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. tzaylor

    if the wii HD is backwards compatible with wii and gamecube and still accepts gamecube controllers I would get it. Otherwise nope

    #3 5 years ago