PS3 Motion Controllers are a Gem

December 10, 2009Written by Josh Fernandes

You only need one wand.

When Microsoft unveiled its motion controls at E3, they were quick to give it a name, Natal. Sony on the other hand, did not give their motion control a name. Ever since E3, Sony fans have had to awkwardly refer to Sony’s project as Sony motion control or give the device their own informal nickname. As of this morning, Sony motion control may have gotten its own cool nickname.

Today at the UBS 37th Annual Global Media Conference, John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts, commented on Sony’s and Microsoft’s motion control. While talking about pricing and innovation, John said this:

“In the coming year, both Sony and Microsoft have announced new controllers. Motion sensor controls, Natal and Gem, these are likely to bring new consumers into the marketplace,”

Now, Gem could be just a codename for Sony’s motion control or the actual name. If Gem were just a codename for the device, it would be strange that Sony would have kept it secret all this time. When IGN asked Sony about the name, Sony replied,

“No official name for the PlayStation motion controller has been announced.”

IGN also contacted EA, and they were unable to verify the accuracy of Riccitiello’s statement. It is unclear if Riccitiello simply misspoke when refereeing to Sony’s motion control. It’s quote possible that EA has their own informal nickname for the device, like how many have been calling it the “wand”. Hopefully in the coming months, Sony’s motion control will finally get its own identity.