Rumors have popped up on message boards and news sites claiming that Sony’s Arc (formerly known as the Wand) will be receiving a nunchuck attachment.
The poster ichinisan — on NeoGaf — described the nunchuck as having “an analog stick at the front, below that X and O and below that a D pad. Underneath is L1 and L2. Its actually long, not like the Wii Nunchuk.” He continued his description of the wand itself, “…it has one very big button on top and then all four facebuttons (X,O,Square and Triangle) and underneath is a big trigger called ‘T.'”
These rumors come on the cusp of the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. If these rumors are true, then the nunchuck will probably be introduced to developers this week.
Does the addition of a nunchuck put Sony in an advantageous position to take advantage of Wii developers? This has to look good to developers used to crafting controls on the Wii.
Obviously, this is the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach, and is contrasted by Microsoft’s very different Natal. Is similarity to the Wii what Sony wants?
There is a possibility that the identical combination of a wand and nunchuch could hurt Sony, and not just in the perception that they are ripping off Nintendo. If Natal is getting different and optimized software and the Arc is getting Wii ports, then it may give the nod to Natal in terms of future support.
We’ll have an official announcement and pictures of the Sony Arc and Nunchuck as they become available.