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Nintendo UK boss has a pop at Sony about PS3 tilt sensor

Implies it's a bit of a rip-off.

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Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton has had a right old pop at Sony about its new PS3 tilt sensor controller - something he reckons is flagrant contradiction of what Sony was saying six months ago.

"I'd love to dig up some old Phil Harrison comments and say 'hang on a second - six months ago when we launched our controller you said one thing, and now why are you doing this?'" he told MCV during E3 week, referring to the way Nintendo's own motion sensing Wii controller was received following its announcement at the Tokyo Game Show last September.

"Historically we're always developing new things," he went on. "We know Sony have had a lot of issues with their rumble feature and they've had to withdraw it - because they didn't innovate, they copied. With Nintendo, I'm trying to think of anything we've copied... but I can't."

Sony had said it dumped rumble from the PS3 pad design because it was impossible to get it working in the same pad as a tilt sensor - something that Victor Viegas, president of Immersion, which owns patent rights to so-called "haptic" rumble technologies, says is a load of codswallop. Sony's currently appealing a court decision demanding it pay Immersion $90m damages.

Meanwhile, the only tilt sensor game currently in development for PS3, WarHawk, isn't expected to be out at the same time as the console this November. It's coming along fairly nicely though - as you'll know if you read our E3 impressions and interview.

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