There has been continuous talk of Microsoft's newly acquired 3D motion sensing technology over the past few months. At GDC 2009 this week, juicy details have emerged, and the new technology seems to be just over the horizon for 360 gamers.
Gametrak Freedom, as the new control technology was dubbed in September of last year, is set to put the Wii Remotes to shame. It will be a USB port-based device described as "proprietary and patent-pending ultrasonic 3D motion sensing technology that delivers performance, increased control and flexibility." "Unlike other motion sensing gaming systems, Gametrak Freedom does not rely on the gamer pointing a controller at the screen, nor does it restrict the gamer to limited movements. The system accurately tracks the true 3D position and precise movements of up to four players anywhere within a given environment. This technology provides players with total control and unrivaled game play opportunities."
Next, we have a "testrun" game that will be released specifically to show off the numerous capabilities of the GameTrak control - Squeeballs
."A collection of over 150 unique challenges that showcases the capabilities of the controller… players can blow up, cook, slice, bat, bowl, shoot and bounce the Squeeballs with greater accuracy than is capable with any other controller."
Check out the trailer here: http://www.squeeballs.com/
Personally, I'm not a fan of the Wii or it's motion controls, but I am willing to throw my old opinions out the window from the sounds of this new technology.