Rumor: Xbox 360 version of Wiimote may be here this year

It was only a matter of time before Microsoft got in on the whole motion sensing game. After all, both Sony and Nintendo’s systems have motion sensing controllers and it kind of makes Microsoft look a little out of date. So, a fresh rumor about a 360 motion sensing controller is something entirely expected, right? What I did not expect is Microsoft to so blatantly mimic the Wii, creating an entirely new controller for the 360. This is what is happening according to a source that spoke with MTV News. The source, a developer who has been briefed on the project, says that Microsoft has been working on the new controller since last summer, with Rare in charge of its development. The source also sketched a copy, pictured above, of the current model for the new controller, revealing that there are four face buttons, an analog stick, and a microphone.

Looks really original, right? No? Well that is entirely on purpose according to the source, “The whole thing is a colossal clusterf***,” they said. “[Microsoft] marketing just want it so they can match the Wii point for point. The biggest parts of their marketing materials outline how easy it would be for third parties to port their Wii games to the 360.” He also states that Microsoft wants to put waggle into plenty of its games including Halo, Forza, etc., etc. On top of all this, Rare is also fleshing out a response to Nintendo’s Miis which will function in much the same way. In response to MTV’s probing Microsoft spokesperson Jessica Lange said that “Microsoft does not comment on rumors and speculation.”

Sigh. They really don’t get it. Nintendo took a major risk with the Wii’s controls and it worked, but tacked on peripheral controllers like this “360 wiimote” NEVER, EVER WORK. They don’t sell, no one develops games for them and they disappear into the depths of gaming culture, being chased by angry bloggers and defended by righteous fanboys. Not only that, but evidently Rare has missed multiple deadlines for the controller and is having trouble getting it to work. So what we’ll probably end up with, if this is all true, is a gimmicky controller that doesn’t force developers to work with it well, produces even more crap mini-games and lazy ports than the Wii and works half as well. Oh, and let us all thank Microsoft for making Rare, once a bastion of great games, waste their time on a controller whose main focus is porting Wii games. And we wonder why all their Microsoft (minus Kameo) games have been massive disappointments.

How about you? Think this will be any good?