Games in Science and Technology

Motion Control Coming to Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS

The Gametrack FreedomPerformance Designed Products (PDP) demonstrated its new Wii Remote-inspired motion controllers for the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo DS at GDC 2009. The Gametrak Freedom connects to Xbox 360 via USB and promises to accurately track 3D position and precise movements

The new device to be released in the fall of 2009 will come bundled with Squeeball, a game designed to showcase the technology. Squeeball is a collection of 150 challenges, where players will blow up, cook, slice, bat, bowl, shoot and bounce the Squeeballs with the aid of the proprietary controller.

PDP also introduced its SmartStylus for use with the Nintendo DS. This advanced stylus features vibration feedback letting players feel movements and commands within a game. The stylus also includes added features like LEDs, sound and motion feedback. Read More...

Through its motion feedback, the stylus acts as a movement input device, allowing players, “for example, to hit a home run by swinging the stylus off the DS screen,” explains the company’s news release. The device is still pending licensing by Nintendo, but is also scheduled for a fall 2009 release.

“The technologies offered by both the Gametrak Freedom™ and the SmartStylus™ tools are the first of their kind,” said John Moore, senior vice president of marketing for PDP. “PDP is excited to be introducing these new technologies. They will create a new level of gaming that can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

The motion sensing technology was acquired by PDP in September of 2008 through the purchase of In2Games, a British and Hong Kong-based developer.