Eurogamer: At E3 this year, Nintendo unveiled the new Motion Plus add-on for the Wii remote. What's your response to that? How much impact is it likely to have on EA Sports games?

Peter Moore: We've yet to really figure out what it can actually do. It's been a few weeks since our teams started to get their hands on it. We think MotionPlus is really exciting for tennis; the nuances of what you can actually do with the racket are yet to be explored with any of the tennis games currently available for Wii.

It's very much a blank canvas, but I think the ability for us to look at tennis, look at golf, even look at things like football and basketball and perhaps new intellectual property... We'll know more soon, but I think it's a huge plus for sports games.

Eurogamer: Are you waiting for the technology to prove itself? Some critics have suggested what Nintendo's doing with MotionPlus is what it set out to do originally with the Wii remote, but didn't quite achieve...

Peter Moore: We're not going to wait, we're right there with everybody else; we just don't know yet. I'm not sure Nintendo really knows yet what you can do. As to your point, maybe this is Wii Remote 2.0, and like a lot of things you learn a lot as you go. Nintendo is constantly evolving what the Wii experience should be. Having more sensitivity can only be a plus; we just have to figure out how we use that.

No, we're not going to be wait-and-see - we're right there experimenting with everybody else. We don't know yet because we haven't really had it for more than a few weeks what we can do with it. But we're excited, obviously.

Eurogamer: At this year's E3 you'll have seen the platform holder conferences from the perspective of a third-party company for the first time...

Peter Moore: Yep.

Eurogamer: So who won?

Peter Moore: When I was on the other side of the curtain, being the front for Microsoft, I always hated "winners"... It's so subjective. I think all three did very well, they got their messages over. It was a tough E3.

I think Nintendo delivered a very confident message about being the thought leader in the industry. They're bringing new people in, and I was enthused to see things like the MotionPlus. Microsoft delivered an update to Xbox Live that has people intrigued and excited, and they've got great content coming through. They're clearly continuing to broaden their platform, which is really necessary.

And finally PlayStation 3 - I think Jack Tretton did a really nice job of outlining the content that's coming. Things like LittleBigPlanet are going to make a big difference, Killzone 2... Things they've been promising for a while but are only now finally delivering.

I'm excited for all of them and of course excited for us, as a company that is a multi-platform publisher. When you see all three with a very clear message, it's exciting.

EA's finally doing the tennis thing next year (although the webpage is all that exists so far by the sound of it), and Moore isn't worried about being among the first to tackle the Wii MotionPlus.

Eurogamer: At Microsoft's conference, Don Mattrick pledged to sell more consoles than any other platform holder in this generation. If you still had that job, would you have been happy to stand on stage and make that statement?

Peter Moore: If that were the truth and the metrics bore it out, then yeah. Some years ago I said ten million was an important milestone. I still believe that's an important milestone that really starts to give you critical mass. I think that's been borne out with some of the progress the Xbox 360 has made, in particular with developers and publishers.

Don must have the facts. He must know what his SKU line-up looks like for the next couple of years. I'm a guy that always supports big bold statements, so more credit to them. When you put a line in the sand it's good for the business and it shows confidence, which is important.

Eurogamer: There seems to be an ever-widening perception that NIntendo is running its own separate one-horse race these days, while Xbox 360 momentum is slowing down just as the PS3 finally starts picking up. Do you think that's an accurate view of the market?

Peter Moore: Obviously the numbers call out that Nintendo is a) bringing in new gamers and b) convincing people they need two consoles in their home, whether the other one is a PS3 or a 360 or even a PS2. It's clear Nintendo is blazing new ground and continuing to grow the market.

I think what we should all be excited about is the fact the price points haven't yet really come down to mass market price points. So there's huge runway still to bring in tens of millions more people, a lot of people who would say they weren't gamers until this generation.

This holiday is going to be interesting. We'll see if there will be price movement, which I think we're all sensing there will be. And we'll see who will be the beneficiary of that as installed bases continue to grow.

Peter Moore is president of EA Sports.

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