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Memorex Shows Off New Move and Navigation Controllers

Posted by James Newton

Black and blue

We thought we'd have seen third-party Move controllers on sale by now, but Snakebyte's own controllers experienced significant delays to their original January 2011 release date. Now Memorex is gearing up to unveil its own take on the motion controller and Navigation at E3 next week.

The Memorex Motion Gaming Controller — originality not included — looks pretty similar to the official controller but with one crucial addition: blue LEDs. Yes, every gamer's favourite coloured light is incorporated within the motion-sensing handset, along rubberised grips and concave buttons for extra thumb comfort. The controller is expected to retail at around $39.99.

Alongside the Move comes the Sidekick Gaming Controller, aka Navigation, which features the same blue LEDs, rubber grips and concave buttons. Expect to drop around $19.99 for one.

Memorex will be showing off the controllers next week at E3, hopefully revealing a release date. We'll keep you posted.

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User Comments (9)

coroum

#2

coroum said:

yeah i dont understand can they just make the same technology just like that or is sony letting them make more?

GoldenCannon

#3

GoldenCannon said:

This is just like a exact copy of Sony's, I hope they havent breached copyright laws. Anyway the controller looks shiny and slimpery which is not a good combination for motion gaming. You dont want one of these slip out of your hand. For the price tag, stick with Sony's and you should be right.

din_djinn

#4

din_djinn said:

Doesn't Sony license the rights to manufacture these things? (And sometimes unlicensed controllers stop working after some firmware updates.)

If so, then there's no patent violation.

James

#5

James said:

I remember someone telling me once that third-party controllers have to make a certain number of changes to the original design, such as different button designs, grips etc., to avoid patent infringement. Of course I might have just made that up but who knows? :3

hamispink

#7

hamispink said:

after reading the article I was excited about buying a nav controller for $20(what the first party should be), but after I saw the d-pad on the sidekick . . . . just, ugh

SilentJ

#9

SilentJ said:

I normally don't like 3rd party stuff but these do look pretty nice. I'll have to check out the reviews for them before I buy any more move controllers. Hope that d-pad works ok.

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