Sony says “Gem” was a prototype name for its controller

Thursday, 10th December 2009 15:41 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PlayStation Motion Controller

Sony has said that its motion controller is not called Gem, but it was an early prototype name for the product.

“The term ‘Gem’ was an early code name for the product,” SCEA bossman Patrick Seybold told Kotaku. “We haven’t announced final name at this point.”

This comes to light after John Riccitiello slipped up and blurted the name out yesterday at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.

Still, Gem is better than the Wand. Sounds less pornographic to us at any rate.

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  1. Cort

    PlayStation Motion. Simple, and to the point.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Razor


    #2 5 years ago
  3. wgropp

    “Black stick with a purple funny ball on top”

    #3 5 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    Razor I like that…

    /runs off to patent it :D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. ybfelix

    PlayStation Motion Controller, abbreviates to PMC, that sound good

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Armitage

    “Sounds less pornographic to us at any rate.” You say that like it’s a bad thing. :(

    Hmm. PlayStation Motion, MotionPlay.. Good suggestions, but maybe a bit dull?

    How about JOY RODS?

    Or for old school ravers, GLOW STICKS?

    Or for a mix of the semi-pornographic and dance music inspired naming, ECSTASY SHAKERS?


    Yeah, your suggestions were probably more suitable thinking about it. Or PS Sphere. I suppose.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. polygem

    why so abstract. looks like a dildo. call it dildo. cute name. good phonetic.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. NoxNoctisUmbra

    @ wgropp
    “Black stick with a purple funny ball on top”
    WIN! lol

    The Wand

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Armitage

    EDIT: Nah forget this one thinking about it, too obvious. Nevemind. Move on, nothing to see here.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Armitage

    If you order these, will they come in discrete plain brown paper wrapping?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Armitage

    Ah.. Enough of these crude jokes, I suppose we’re all adults here, let’s just describe the thing as it is, what it does, plain and simple, and leave it at that.

    Large Headed Shaft That You Waggle In Your Hand For Pleasure.

    I’m done.

    It was good for me, anyway.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    :-D :-D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Eregol


    #13 5 years ago
  14. Alakratt

    Like Armitage said and was mentioned in a press conference by Kaz once, PS Sphere. I think that’s the best name for it, instead of the “wand” (c’mon, who came up with that? A Harry Potter freak?)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. bugmenot

    gems come in different colours and the sphere thing can change colour depending on the context, so makes sense imo

    #15 5 years ago
  16. psxman

    Ball and a cup??

    #16 5 years ago

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