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Sony confirms autumn launch for PS3 motion control

Peripheral delayed from original spring window; release much closer to Microsoft's Project Natal launch

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 motion controller has been delayed from spring and will now be launched in the autumn this year.

The company promises an "extensive line-up" of software and a worldwide release in North America, Europe, Japan and the Asian regions.

"We have decided to release the Motion Controller in fall 2010 when we will be able to offer an exciting and varied line-up of software titles that will deliver the new entertainment experience to PS3 users," offered Kaz Hirai, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

"We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative games for the Motion Controller, not only from SCE Worldwide Studios but also from the third party developers and publishers, whom we have been working closely with.

He added: "We look forward to soon unveiling the exciting software line-up that further expand and define the PS3 platform as the ultimate entertainment system for the home."

A fall release puts the PlayStation 3 peripheral much closer to Microsoft's tentative release for Project Natal, due this "holiday".

The PS3 motion controller was originally due for release in spring when announced at E3. Rumours suggest that the device will go by the official name of Arc when released, but Sony has so far declined to comment.

The PS3 motion controller will require the PlayStation Eye camera peripheral to work.

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.