360 boss: "I've never heard of a motion controller"

Microsoft Game Studios boss Shane Kim plays dumb on rumoured 360 'Wii Remote'

Microsoft Game Studios boss Shane Kim has played dumb when quizzed on the rumoured Xbox 360 motion controller, at the Xbox spring showcase today.

The Xbox 360 'Wii Remote' was said to be codenamed 'Newton', and speculated to be on the market by the end of the year, but Microsoft isn't saying anything (much)...

"The stock answer is that we don't comment on rumour and speculation," Kim told CVG this afternoon, and then commented anyway.

"I will say, look, we have a lot of research and development going on all over the place, in Live and in Hardware and we have a ton of success in the accessory business - and that's probably a story that doesn't get told enough.

"We're going to continue to look at new ways we can introduce different things - the third parties are doing this as well with the music controllers. So there's opportunities for us there too. We're an R and D company at heart."

Talking hypothetically, Kim said Microsoft would have to be careful with the 'me too' trend if it did decide to craft its own motion-sensing controller.

"What's interesting is that you have a lot of third parties that are trying to rush to the Wii phenomenon, but if you look at the data, the vast majority of software that has sold on Wii has come from Nintendo. So it's not turned out to be a great third party eco-system.

"But I've never heard of a motion sensing controller... I don't know what you are talking about..."

Read the full interview with Kim here.