Competing technologies will be dueling it out in 2010, with 3-D TV's, next-gen smart phones, e-books, and now console motion controllers.

While we all know what Nintendo's Wii can do, the two other big players plan on out smarting the console maker who brought motion controll to the mainstream.

Sony just announced that it's pushing back the release of its PS3 motion controller (rumored to be called Arc) to Fall 2010, puting it on a collision course with Microsoft's own motion controller Xbox 360addon, Natal, also scheduled to be released in that time frame.

Sony's controller is a wireless, microphone-shaped device with several buttons and a glowing bulb on the top. The motion controller's bulb is tracked by the PS3's PlayStation Eye camera, to controll a character's weapons that can interact with other characters or the enviroment. Sony's biggest selling point is that their motion controller is extremely accurate, and will be compatible many games that were already produced.

Sony representatives said at last year's E3 that the company believes "some experiences still need buttons," and so it developed a controller that looks more advanced than Nintendo Wii's motion controllers, but stopped short of going completely device-free like Microsoft.

Microsoft's Natal is a completely different experience from what we are use to. There is no physical controller, iinstead the added hardware can track the complete body movement of players. So say in  a fighting game, a player needs to kick to execute a kick, or physically dodge to avoid blows.

Other features of Natal include the ability to controll virtual driving simulators; facial and voice recognition; use hand gestures to execute functions like play, stop, rewind, and scan in multimedia; live web cam with Xbox live friends; the ability to scan players face or gear (skateboard) to be used in games.

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As far as tech goes, Natal seems more advanced and impressive, but Microsoft hasn't  said much about the actual games that will center around Natal. Also, complete motion controll that is Natal might not be intuitive as it may seem or may not be accurate or responsive enough to perform moves or combinations we are use to with button based controllers.

Only time will tell, but check out the videos below to decide which one you would be willing to drop some (yet unspecified) benjamins on.

 

 

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