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JasonTsay

If there's a page for this, why isn't there one for the Wii Sensor bar? Is it because this is sold separately?

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kris

It's because the two devices don't perform the same function. The PlayStation Eye is an actual camera that transmits video to the game console; the Wii Sensor Bar is a plastic bar with LEDs inside of it that a Wii Remote uses as a point of reference to figure out where your TV is. The Sensor Bar can easily be replaced by other sources of IR light, even candles.
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JasonTsay

Okay thanks. It's just that there's a page for the Wii Wheel and that's just a piece of plastic.
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Cam

If you own a wii, you own a sensor bar. You can't have one without the other. Having a sensor bar page would be redundant.
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JasonTsay

If you own a Wii, you also own a Remote and Nunchuck. You can't have one without the other. Having those pages aren't redundant.
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theEDJ

The Wii also offers the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro as different ways to interact with games and programs. A controller/camera is a peripheral, they add to the functionality of how you play the game, and at least one peripheral is needed to play the game, but they can be different items.

The IR sensor bar is integral to the Wii's basic function, it's not a peripheral.
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JasonTsay

That is true. That one sentence is the best explanation for this. Thanks!
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Cam

But the Remote and Nunchuck perform different functions from the wii. The wii and sensor bar are almost the same device.
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JasonTsay

That's true. But then its the same relationship between the PS3 or even Xbox 360 as far as Kinect and Move go. You have to think of the motion controllers as an equal to the standard controller. Kinect can be used to control the whole interface almost entirely and I'm pretty sure Move can do the same thing. Will test this out when my Move arrives tomorrow.
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Cam

You can have an Xbox without Kinect, and a Playstation without Move. You can't have a wii without motion controls, ergo the sensor bar.
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JasonTsay

But you have to remember. Sony and Microsoft were spending that time developing more advanced motion controls. They now let you use those controllers to control the entire system. The 2 control types should be thought of as equals not the Kinect/Move as a secondary.
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Glink

How long they spent working on these controls isn't necessarily a measure of how important they are. Most Wii games make use of the motion controls since it was designed for that purpose since its inception. However it's quite a different story for the Xbox 360 and PS3, since regardless of how long Sony and Microsoft spent on them, they are not the primary form of input for most games for either console. And unless some really drastic measures are put in place, I doubt they will ever be, until a new console comes out.

Both Sony and Microsoft came in a little late to the party when it comes to motion control, and even if they have more precision in their system due to more recent technology, most of their console's foundation is already based on conventional forms of input, and that is unlikely to change.
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JasonTsay

In any case. the two new devices contain more components than the sensor bar which only does infrared tracking.
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