Earlier this week, Sony quietly launched the PlayStation Move controller in India. The Move is Sony’s attempt at catching up with the casual gaming revolution initiated by the Nintendo Wii. It is a motion sensing game controller that was demoed at the E3 2010.
The Move consists of two controllers – the main motion controller has a light bulb at its end, while the navigation controller has a joystick and a d-pad. A camera unit, known as PlayStation Eye, is used for accurately tracking the position of the Move controller. To learn more about the Move, check out our earlier extensive preview of the controller.
According to PCWorld, the Move motion controller is priced at Rs. 2,499, while the navigation controller is available for Rs. 1,899. The starter pack which bundles PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera and a Starter disc including demos of the titles Sports Champions, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Start the Party!, costs Rs. 3,650.
It’s the season of motion-sensing gameplay enhancements and after Microsoft Kinect, it’s PlayStation Move‘s turn to captivate us. To be honest, when I first saw PlayStation Move, I was barely impressed. It seemed to lack the ‘WOW’ factor of Microsoft Kinect. Yet, that may turn out to be Move’s biggest advantage; it’s revolutionary in its own way, without trying to be too radical.
The Move consists of two controllers – the main controller has a glowing orb at its end, while the sub-controller (navigation controller) has a joystick and a D-pad. Both of them have PlayStation’s traditional buttons, as well as ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ buttons.
Move relies on PlayStation Eye (PlayStation’s webcam accessory) to detect and track the movement of your hands. Unlike Microsoft, Sony isn’t trying to reinvent the cycle. Move is intended to enhance your gameplay experience by making it more immersive. You may still require to use the traditional buttons, but now you can aim at your enemies directly using the Move. The result is that Move won’t be restricted to only casual games. It works just well for shooting games like SOCOM 4.
Move will also be appreciated by gamers, who don’t relish the prospect of using their full body for gaming. It allows you to enjoy games while sitting on your couch, since only the motion of your hands matter. Here is a German hands-on video showing some of the mini games available for Move.
PlayStation Move Hands-On
In the end, a lot will depend on how different games implement the motion sensing aspects of Move. If done correctly, Move might just manage to win over a section of the hardcore gamers, in addition to luring casual gamers. Check out IGN’s hands-on impression for more.
It has been one heck of a week for gaming enthusiasts – let’s have a quick recap on what’s been going on.
Ubisoft’s servers DRM servers, which are used to authenticate games like Assassin’s Creed II went down, rendering all legit users copies useless as they were unable to play the game. Ubisoft was quick to point out that the servers were down because of hackers – like paying customers are going to give a damn about why they aren’t able to play a $60 single player game without an Internet connection.
OnLive, the online gaming service which allows you to play games similar to how you can stream movies using Netflix or Hulu, announced that their service would go live on June 15. If you have a good enough Internet connection and the $15 per month fee plus additional fees for actually owning/renting the game doesn’t deter you, then OnLive just might be a good option.
Sony finally realizes that motion controlled gaming is the “in” thing, and introduces us to a rather silly named contraption, the PlayStation Move.
To round off, Steam has been having an Eidos Square Enix Deals week, and on the final day we have Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause on sale at 50% off for individual games, and at 66% off for the full collection.
If you ask me, I don’t know which one is a crappier name: PlayStation Moveor the Wiimote. But, let’s face it, game hardware developers have never been very imaginative about the names of their hardware. With the PlayStation Move, Sony has decided to fight the household behemoth called the Nintendo Wii. The Dual Shock 3 Sixaxis will be replaced by these two controllers shown below.
Yes, the left-hand controller features the D-pad, an analog stick and the circle button (curiously) while the right-hand controller has the face buttons, the second analog stick and that inappropriate-looking blue bulb thing. The PlayStation Move will be used in tandem with the PlayStation Eye.
GamerCenterOnline reports that Peter Dille, Sony Vice President, said that it will be very precise, being able to recognize both fast and subtlemovements and will be available for a sub $100 price tag this fall.
We’re paving a path from the Wii household to the PS3 household; we’re planning to design games that target all genres and audiences, including core gamers, and we’re treating this like a virtual platform launch. This will be our biggest effort of the year.
I’ll be damned if I hear about a core gamercaught dead with those two in his hands. But let’s see what time brings with it.