Microsoft's Wii Remote rival planned for 2008 release?

The Nintendo Wii and its motion-sensitive Wii Remote controller have, undeniably, taken the videogame world by storm since their arrival in late 2006. Sony, meanwhile, has failed to ignite a similar level of excitement with its tilt-responsive SixAxis controller for the PlayStation 3, which leaves Microsoft the only player of ‘the big 3′ left to […]

The Nintendo Wii and its motion-sensitive Wii Remote controller have, undeniably, taken the videogame world by storm since their arrival in late 2006. Sony, meanwhile, has failed to ignite a similar level of excitement with its tilt-responsive SixAxis controller for the PlayStation 3, which leaves Microsoft the only player of ‘the big 3′ left to jump on the motion-control bandwagon. However, if a report discovered today is to be believed, Bill Gates’ company has plans to release a Wii Remote rival for the Xbox 360 by the end of the year.

While nothing has been officially announced as yet, a source has divulged to MTV News that Microsoft, in partnership with Rare, has been working on a controller that does everything the Wii Remote does - and more - since August last year.

MTV’s source explained that the controller’s functionality is similar to the Wii Remote, although it will include four face buttons, an analogue stick and a microphone (rough sketch – right). In addition, he/she explained that there were also plans for it to interact with the Xbox Live Vision camera.

“They want the usual assortment of ‘Halo’/ ‘Gears’/ ‘Forza’/ whatever, just in waggle form,” claims MTV’s source. “The whole thing is a colossal clusterf***,” …“[Microsoft] marketing just want it so they can match the Wii point for point. The biggest parts of their marketing materials outline how easy it would be for third parties to port their Wii games to the 360.”

In addition to the controller, it is rumoured that Rare has also been designing a system of gaming avatars to rival Nintendo’s Miis. They’re said to be more detailed than their Wii counterparts, and to be closely associated to any game planned to support them.

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