Sony Introduces PlayStation Move Motion Control System For PS3

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News Posted: Thu, Mar 11 2010 3:44 AM
Nintendo has their Wii remote, Microsoft will soon have their ProjectNatal, and now, Sony has their PlayStation Move. At the GDC '10conference in San Francisco, the maker of the PS3 decided to cut looseand unveil the "next generation" in console control, though it's reallyjust a sophisticated improvement upon the PlayStation Eye that has beenout for a few years now.



The Move motion controller will be compatible only with the PS3console, offering a motion-based, high-definition gaming experiencethat is said to be "unlike anything on the market." We kind of doubtit's "unlike" the Wiimote and Project Natal, but we'll let Sony thinkthat they have an all new thing going. Alongside the Move system willbe the Move sub-controller, which is meant to be used in conjunctionwith the standard motion controller and the PS Eye camera. Here's thegist of this thing according to Sony:

"The combination of the PS3 system and PlayStation Eye camera detectsthe precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space ofPlayStation Move motion controller, allowing users to intuitively playthe game as if they themselves are within the game. PlayStation Movemotion controller delivers unmatched accuracy through its advancedmotion sensors, including a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axisaccelerometer, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor, as well as acolor-changing sphere that is tracked by PlayStation Eye camera. Through PlayStation Move system, both fast and subtle motion can bedetected, whether the user is swinging a tennis racket, or paintingwith a brush. With PlayStation Move motion controller, users canprovide direct input through action buttons and an analog trigger,while receiving physical feedback from rumble functionality and visualfeedback from the sphere's ability to display a variety of differentcolors.  Furthermore, PlayStation Eye camera can capture the player'svoice or image, enabling augmented reality experiences."


The Move sub-controller (which looks a lot like Nintendo's Nunchuk) isa one-handed controller that is designed to extend the functionality ofthe Move system, and as with all other wireless PS3 controllers, thisone also ships with a built-in lithium-ion battery and Bluetooth. Todate, 36 publishers have said that they will support the Move system,with over 20 games that are Move-enabled on the docket for fiscal year2010. Exact pricing has yet to be determined, but early reports aresuggesting a sub-$100 price tag and a near-holiday 2010 release. Soundsabout right if we had to guess!
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Wow, super Wii copy anyone. I mean, this thing is so totally different from the Wii controllers because they have... ummm... built-in lith-ion batteries! Yea, and Bluetooth! Wait, I know. We'll add a fax lightbulb to the end!

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Inspector replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 10:50 AM

Agreed infinity, who even can't see the similaity they are either a Sony "ps3" fanboy or stupid... Lol.

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dcford replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 12:58 PM

agree blatant copy but it is nice to see alternative controls hitting other systems than the Wii.

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Software support will dictate it's success. Despite being inspired by the Wii, I'm curious to see how it will compete against natal and which console will have more compelling games to back their respective tech. Huh?

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Inspector replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 3:47 PM

YA its nice to see that and it could mean wii games could become available to other systems... *waits for Microsoft to come out with copycat controller for the xbox* xD

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 4:06 PM

Motion control is a good thing to see on multiple platforms. Just imagine using something like this on an HTPC that is linked to a 3D TV or Holographic display. I am not much for consoles personally. The control method lends itself to many other platforms in the long run though.

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M-ManLA replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 5:47 PM

The Wii has Blue Tooth as well. No difference there.

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M-ManLA replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 5:52 PM

This is inspired by the Wii, but is different. This controller will have six axis compared to the Wiimote's three. The Move is reliant on the PS Eye, where the Wiimote looks for the Sensor bar for direction (or two candles if you prefer). The bulb not only gives it's position to the Eye, but developers can program so that the remote will look like a tennis racket onscreen if you are playing a game that uses your actual picture in the game. The Move also have a 1:1 ratio for movement, and will be compatible in all Move-enabled games. The Wiimote needs the MotionPlus to achieve the same results, and is not compatible in all games.

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M-ManLA replied on Thu, Mar 11 2010 5:54 PM

You can also use Two Moves for one player. The Wiimote has to have a Nunchuck in all cases.

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