Nintendo Gives A Peek At Upcoming Wii MotionPlus

MotionPlus works with the accelerometer in the Wii remote and the sensor bar within the video game console to deliver more accurate tracking of the player's movements.
Nintendo on Monday introduced an accessory that improves the motion sensitivity of the Wii video game controller.

MotionPlus works in combination with the built-in accelerometer in the Wii remote and the sensor bar within the video game console to deliver more comprehensive tracking of the player's movements. As a result, the accessory, which attaches to the end of the remote, provides a one-to-one response of a player's movements and the video game.

"Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen," Nintendo said in a statement.

Nintendo gave a peek at the accessory a day before it would disclose further details at a news briefing at the E3 Media and Business Summit in Los Angeles. The Monday disclosure coincided with Xbox 360 announcements made by rival Microsoft.

Microsoft unveiled at E3 a broader entertainment lineup for the Xbox through a partnership with Netflix. Subscribers of the DVD rental service will be able to download movies and TV episodes and show them on a television. In the fall, Netflix plans to offer a "new generation of games and entertainment experiences" for the Xbox, Microsoft said.

In addition, Microsoft introduced a new model of the Xbox that features 60 GB of storage and costs $349. The new version replaces the 20-GB model that sells for the same price. The 60-GB model is scheduled to ship in early August.

Industry watchers say Microsoft may be developing a Wii-style motion controller for the Xbox. Microsoft, however, hasn't commented on the reports.

Sales for the video game industry have been strong this year. May figures from U.S. retail stores showed industry revenue this year has already surpassed sales for all of 1997, according to The NPD Group. The industry has generated $6.6 billion in sales so far, and is on pace to hit $21 billion to $23 billion for the year.

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