Using a Wiimote to operate a PS3

Wiimote and PS3 hardware

Sony may have called the Wiimote a bit of a gimmick, but just a week after this statement from a Sony spokesperson comes a public demonstration of a PS3 running Linux using – you’ve guessed it: a Wiimote as a mouse. Last week the exact words of Sony were, “We feel very confident that the PlayStation fan is going to wait until they can get a PlayStation 3…If they do pick up a Wii, it’s as more of a novelty”, but as the images from the Binary 2.0 conference 2006 in Japan show, this novelty can now be used on a PS3!

The demonstration shows an ordinary PS3 running Linux using a Wiimote as the pointing device (as opposed to a mouse), with the Wiimote simply plugged into a spare USB port on the PS3 system.

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The only modification needed for this operation was a driver to allow the Wiimote to run on Linux and that’s it! The presentation that ensued using the combination of the Wiimote and the PS3 running Linux consisted of a cube background which elegantly moved backward and forward depending on left or right movements by the Wiimote. I personally found it very impressive, especially since the PS3 is supposed to be a gaming device. This proves that it has business potential, too!

Although this seems very cool, the one question left on a PlayStation gamer’s mind after seeing this is wouldn’t the tilting Sixaxis controller be just as effective?

Via ITpro

Wiimote and PS3 hardware

Sony may have called the Wiimote a bit of a gimmick, but just a week after this statement from a Sony spokesperson comes a public demonstration of a PS3 running Linux using – you’ve guessed it: a Wiimote as a mouse. Last week the exact words of Sony were, “We feel very confident that the PlayStation fan is going to wait until they can get a PlayStation 3…If they do pick up a Wii, it’s as more of a novelty”, but as the images from the Binary 2.0 conference 2006 in Japan show, this novelty can now be used on a PS3!

The demonstration shows an ordinary PS3 running Linux using a Wiimote as the pointing device (as opposed to a mouse), with the Wiimote simply plugged into a spare USB port on the PS3 system.

Wiimote and PS3 presentation - Image 2Wiimote and PS3 presentation - Image 1

The only modification needed for this operation was a driver to allow the Wiimote to run on Linux and that’s it! The presentation that ensued using the combination of the Wiimote and the PS3 running Linux consisted of a cube background which elegantly moved backward and forward depending on left or right movements by the Wiimote. I personally found it very impressive, especially since the PS3 is supposed to be a gaming device. This proves that it has business potential, too!

Although this seems very cool, the one question left on a PlayStation gamer’s mind after seeing this is wouldn’t the tilting Sixaxis controller be just as effective?

Via ITpro

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