Nintendo responds to rumors that direct sunlight can interfere with the reliability of the Wii sensor bar.
by Matt Casamassina
October 10, 2006 - Nintendo's new Wii console utilizes a sensor bar -- placed on or near a television -- to translate precise movements from the Wii remote. The sensor bar is not necessary for every Wii game, but is integral for titles like first-person shooters, where pixel-perfect aiming accuracy is required.
Bearing all of this in mind, people who plan to play their Wiis in direct sunlight -- perhaps on the beach, in a greenhouse, or maybe on the surface of the moon -- have been in an uproar over recent rumors that suggest the bar's reliability may take a nosedive in direct sunlight.
Although we couldn't possibly care less about this non-issue, we contacted Nintendo of America for some clarification, and the subsidiary downplayed any interference problems.
"Our testing thus far shows no great risk of light interference when playing a game that relies on the pointer and sensor bar."
In a related story, some Nintendo fans are planning to protest in front of Nintendo of America's Seattle headquarters after learning that Wii discs are, in fact, inedible. More as the story breaks.