So now the iPhone has MotionPlus

Among the list of new iPhone features was the announcement of an included gyroscope in addition to the accelerometer that's already packed inside the device. Steve Jobs sounded pretty confident that this will improve the overall gaming experience on the iPhone. That sounds great on paper, but did it help the Wii when Nintendo debuted Wii MotionPlus a year ago?

iPhone 4 gyroscope
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Among the list of new iPhone features was the announcement of an included gyroscope in addition to the accelerometer that's already packed inside the device. Steve Jobs sounded pretty confident that this will improve the overall gaming experience on the iPhone. That sounds great on paper, but did it help the Wii when Nintendo debuted Wii MotionPlus a year ago?

Sure, Wii Sports Resort is still the best example of a game that takes advantage of the added precision that MotionPlus offers, but only a handful of titles released since really show major enhancements the extra accuracy is capable of. The technology is similar, so will the iPhone App Store experience the same dearth of titles that the Wii has?

On the other hand, with E3 2010 only a week away, the timing of this major talking point couldn't be more fitting. We're sure Nintendo will have plenty to say about the company's next 3DS handheld and motion control, but now it's safe to say there will be announcements of games taking advantage of the iPhone 4's gyroscope as well.

We're pretty sure the handheld gaming market's next evolution revolves heavily around motion control, and with today's iPhone 4 announcement, it's certain the competition will be stiffer than ever.

What do you think? Does the addition of a gyroscope finally give the iPhone the technology it needs to appeal to hard-core gamers? Or will the hardware disappoint just like the lack of quality MotionPlus games?

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