The heavily rumoured 360 motion sensing controller would be a "smart move" on Microsoft's part, according to an associate producer at EA.

Speaking to in an interview published here, EA Tiburon associate producer Gred Rinaldi, who was in the UK to promote Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, said that if MS were to release a motion sensing controller it would have to incorporate Wii MotionPlus style technology.

He said: "If Microsoft was going to get in on the game, they would need something that incorporated a gyroscope and accelerometer. Microsoft could do it.

"For the Tiger team I think it's huge for us. Something like that fits like a glove. For a golf game it fits perfectly. You don't even need to think about it. You're holding the controller in your hand. It feels like a club. It's shaped like a golf club. You can do that natural motion. It's not like a shooter where you have to run around and still have to use an analogue stick. You can really feel like you're playing golf in your living room. I think that's a huge advantage for golf games and games in general."

A 360 motion-sensing controller was expected to be announced at E3 two weeks ago, but it, along with an announcement on Bungie's new Halo game, failed to materialise. At this point there is still no confirmation that such a device even exists.

Although Rinaldi couldn't confirm that MS had a motion sensing controller in the works, he did say it would be a "smart move" to release one.

"I can't speculate on if they would," he said. "But I think it would be a smart move on their part to do that. That's my opinion. I don't really know what their plans are, but I would like to see it."

He added: "It's probably something they're keeping tight lipped for a reason. They're trying to compete directly with Nintendo now. Obviously the big three are always battling it out. If Microsoft does come out with it then I'm sure Sony would have to do its own thing. It's a gruelling competition, but I think there's room for all three. All three have their own things to offer."

For the rest of our interview with EA Tiburon associate producer Greg Rinaldi click here.