In a report posted on the online edition of British trade paper MCV
, David Reeves, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, commented on the PlayStation 3's controller, as well as its motion sensing capabilities, indicating that the idea was not based on Nintendo's Wii controller, and that it has been in development for over two years.
The interview comes following recent thinly-veiled accusations
from Nintendo UK General Manager David Yarnton regarding Sony's new controller, which suggested that the company not only copied Nintendo in this instance, but also several times in the past.
Reeves defended the PlayStation 3's controller by stating "We've had a positive reaction to the controller and obviously some people have asked if it's a last minute thing. It's not - it's been planned for around two and a half years."
Reeves added: "If you have a device that includes 50 or 55 patents, you can't reveal it, as someone will try to file a patent to stop it."
Reeves continued, rather cryptically in the interview by stating that Sony's priority with regards to its next-generation console is not to increase market share, but rather to "grow the industry" by a margin of 15 percent annually if possible.
"We want to try and double digital entertainment in the next five to six years," commented Reeves to MCV
. "Whether we have 40, 50, or 60 percent market share is not that important."