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Four PS3 wands can be used at once

Plus: they'll have rumble, says report.

Sony plans a major push for the PS3 wand motion-sensor in spring next year, with plans to establish "a range of first-party and third-party content".

That's according to a developer brief leaked on Kotaku, which goes on to reveal that the wand will have rumble and up to four controllers can be used at once.

Sony unveiled the prototype wand motion sensor at E3. The hardware has in-built sensors as well as a dome on top that is tracked by the PlayStation Eye. This provides 1:1 motion-sensing capability. Furthermore, Sony says the PS Eye will be able to track head movement and recognise voice.

Sony notes, however, that there will be "SPU overhead" that has "an impact on memory" when using these features.

The platform holder also told developers there is "possibility" the DualShock 3 pad, which features rudimentary motion-sensing, will be compatible with the wand controller. An example where the wand is used as a sword and the DualShock 3 as a shield was given.

There's still no firm release date for the PS3 wand.