Wii Controller May Include Mic?

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Wii: Talk to me...Wii: Talk to me...There's some interesting speculation (and probably nothing more) over at Ferrago that Nintendo may also include a microphone in its attention-grabbing new Wii controller. I'd be curious to know what folks here think about these rumors--not so much from an "Are they true?" viewpoint than from a "Would you want them to be?" perspective. Do you want a Mic on your Wii? Er, let's not say that aloud, shall we?

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Bill Loguidice
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Since it already has a

Since it already has a built-in speaker, there's no reason for it also to not have a built-in microphone. Having features as standard means they get supported, plain and simple. We already have 100% headset and microphone penetration on Xbox 360 and for all Xbox 1 users with Xbox Live, so the precedent has already been set in the console world. There are several PS2 games that support a USB headset for online and offline gaming and we know Nintendo has already included and made use of the microphone built into all Nintendo DS' on the portable side. With all that said, to answer your question, yes, I would definitely like the option as I think games can be enhanced with proper use of the feature. The one drawback of course is that having an open mic with an open speaker in an open environment may limit its usefulness for certain functions that an enclosed headset would not.

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Pros and Cons

(links courtesy of Joystiq)

Pros:
-- Built-in karaoke mic [link to Joystiq article]
-- Social multiplayer. Exchange friend codes with your penpal so that you can give each other tours of your Animal Crossing towns.
-- Possible VOIP application to increase appeal to non-gamers

Cons:
-- Bad form factor for FPS gaming. Either you'll have to hold it next to your mouth and screw up your aim, or it'll pick up every noise in the room.
-- One more thing (alongside motion sensing, infra red, rumble, regular buttons, and a speaker) to reduce wiimote battery life.
-- People suck. Post a friend code in a forum and get pedophiles visiting your town in Animal Crossing.
-- so far, all voice controlled games suck (counterexamples anyone?)

I don't see a compelling argument either way.

Bill Loguidice
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Voice controlled games

Voice controlled games generally do "suck", for instance the innovative but quirky "Lifeline" for the PS2 featured main character control purely with voice commands. Unfortunately, the recognition was spotty at best. However, games like the "Rainbow Six" series of games on Xbox were greatly enhanced for me by supporting SIMPLE voice commands, which your squad mates would confirm by repeating the command. It of course wasn't perfect, but by constraining the command structure and parameters, it worked very well and really made you feel like you were commanding a squad. Again, though, both those games worked best with the headset. If the "Wiimote" was like a speakerphone setup, its utility would be more limited.

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I can't speak English

I can't speak English correctly, so I'm not going to use the feature very well.

(LOL)

David Torre
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What if you could use the

What if you could use the mic to change weapons in an FPS by saying the weapon name, like in the movie Judge Dredd? Wouldn't that be awesome?

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Changing Weapons via Microphone

It's probably not practical to use the Wii-remote for that, but certainly the headsets would work quite well. Still, any type of lag in switching weapons is bad, so no doubt button presses will be with us for some time.

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