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Kinect 'won't kill controllers' - Molyneux

Controllers aren't going anywhere, insists Microsoft man

Motion control devices like Kinect will not cause the death of the traditional controller, insists Microsoft Games Studios Europe creative director, Peter Molyneux.

Speaking in a recent interview, the Lionhead man argues that game controllers are "not going anywhere" and that motion control is simply "a different kind of experience".

"The controller is a skateboard," he told Develop. "It requires an element of skill and practice for use. And yes, it is lovely and refreshing to use motion controllers, but they are a different kind of experience.


"You can argue all you want that bicycles are better for cycling than skateboards, but ultimately they're too different experiences for compare.

"Games controllers have been designed for two decades, and they're not going anywhere, they will continue to evolve," he added. "I don't think motion control, in itself, will cause the death of standard controllers."

Molyneux - who's overseeing big first-party Kinect games like Milo & Kate and Kinect Sports - says the device has been "a really interesting concept" over the last few years - though he's not sure it's been the most important change in gaming.

"That would be a difficult one to choose - handheld gaming, social gaming, the cloud, online gameplay," he said.

"It's been an amazing ride these last five years. I don't think anyone's stopped to notice that every six months over the last five years something's happened that's changed the course of the industry."

Lionhead's latest, Fable III, is just starting to gear up for release.

[ SOURCE: Develop ]