PlayStation Move: a Wii-too device, or something more?

ps3-move-colorImage Credit: SonyHere at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday, Sony officially teed up some details on their long-rumored motion-sensing controller for the PS3. They’re calling it the PlayStation Move and hoping it’ll make you forget all about the Nintendo Wii. To work with your PS3, the Move needs a PlayStation Eye camera attached to the console and, of course, games that have been designed to take advantage of the new technology. A second wireless controller similar to the Wii’s nunchuk is also part of the Move ecosystem. At the presentation, Sony showed a handful of unfinished titles that will eventually work with the Move, including a version of their SOCOM military shooter, a Wii Sports-like collection of activities, and a party game.

The Move looks like a wireless microphone festooned with the familiar PlayStation square, triangle, circle, and x buttons. It also has couple of other buttons, including a trigger like the one found on the Wii remote. The Move’s distinguishing characteristic is a plastic sphere on top of it. This lighted ping pong ball is what the Eye camera uses to track the controller’s movement and changes color, presumably to make it easier for the Eye camera to follow it (or to just make it look cool).

The Move is a huge step for Sony and will result in an explosion of games that you’ve never seen before, at least on the PS3. Already, dozens of third-party publishers have signed up to develop games for it so when Sony releases it this holiday season for under $100, there should be no shortage of ways to play around with it.

How about it Popwatchers, particular those who don’t already own Sony’s console: does the Move make you want to mothball your Wii and buy a PS3?


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  • Frank Anderson

    Meh… I think this had to happen, but with Sony had tried to do more than just replicate what the Wii does. I have to wonder if they got this cleared with their legal team, because it sure seems like Nintendo could sue the pants off of them. Natal, from Microsoft, looks like a much better response to the Wii and the tech is different enough to not feel as much like a ‘me-too’ device as the Move is. I have to wish Sony the best, but I seriously doubt this will have the impact of the Wii and will probably be overshadowed by Natal later in the year if MS can deliver on the game front.

    • gols

      Hum… natal = playstation eye copy

  • Frank Anderson

    Meh… I think this had to happen, but **wish** Sony had tried to do more than just replicate what the Wii does. I have to wonder if they got this cleared with their legal team, because it sure seems like Nintendo could sue the pants off of them. Natal, from Microsoft, looks like a much better response to the Wii and the tech is different enough to not feel as much like a ‘me-too’ device as the Move is. I have to wish Sony the best, but I seriously doubt this will have the impact of the Wii and will probably be overshadowed by Natal later in the year if MS can deliver on the game front

    • Hotel_moscow

      if you idiots know anyting you would know that sony has been working on this same device for the last 10 years

      • Philip

        10 years? Are you high? They’ve been working in the stuff for some time, but not a hole decade. Check your sources, idiot xD

  • The Bizz

    I already own both a PS3 and a Wii. Bought the Wii for Christmas 2008. Did not turn it on once in 2009 until I bought “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” for my wife for Christmas. Since the holidays ended in January, the Wii has begun collecting dust again.
    Just haven’t found a place in my life for waving my arms around in front of the TV. If I want to play tennis or bowling or go snowboarding, I’ll put my shoes on, go outside, and do those things the old school way. If I want to enjoy “interactive entertainment” on my TV, I’m going to do it with my feet up on the coffee table, controlling an avatar via joysticks and directional buttons.
    I won’t be buying the Move until “Uncharted 3″ or “Metal Gear Solid 5 (or 6)” proves its worth.

  • ger

    I have a device or two at home that look like these things, but at least mine vibrate.

    • Momo

      Hmm, never thought of it like that…but you’re right. If these controllers are like the Wii, though, they will also vibrate.

  • CD

    Stupid idea. Trying to cash in on the Wii popularity will actually lessen the technological superiority of the PS3.

    • Tarc

      Since they are optional, why would that be?

  • Momo

    It all depends on the games for me. I really enjoy my Wii (played MySims, Mario and Sports), but the games made to take advantage of the Wii system is far in between. It is collecting a lot of dust on my end. My hubby and I might be interested in PS3 if their Wii-like system actually offers more games.

  • Nathan

    It’ll be just like the Wii, but this time with games people are actually interested in and much better graphics as well.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    wow Play Station must be pretty desperate.

    I have a Wii, it’s a lot of good fun but usually with a lot of people around. It is more fun when we can compete together on Wii Sports or the Wii fit.

    for my solo gaming pleasure I prefer the action and RPG games offered by X-Box 360, the Play Station 3 is just too expensive and lacks a lot of the amazing games, to me it is just a really expensive blue-ray player

    • darrin

      the PS3 is now more reasonably priced and is why its sales have improved greatly over the last few months. stop being cheap and buy the system that looks and plays good.

    • kyle carl

      PS3 10000000x better than xbox in ALL ASPECTS

  • OgreLokon

    Actually, I’m not sure Nintendo could sue over it. The Wii remote is a camera that works with an LED unit that on top of the TV. This is an LED remote with motion sensors that works with a camera on top of the TV.

    Different ways to achieve a similar effect, granted, but I think those differences will keep the legal team happy, especially since Sony has prior grounds with the EyeToy.

  • PXW

    I bought a Xbox360 first and then a PS3. I couldn’t afford to pay M$ $50 every year for 3 people to use Live. Now my Xbox360 is collecting dust. That may change if Natal is as good as the demo. I’m surprised that Nintendo is going to allow PS3 to copy the Wii remote. If this was Apple, Sony would have been sued!

  • paige

    lets see what content they bring to the table… so far, i am unimpressed. Theyre trying to market a product that Nintendo has already sucked for 4 years. anybody who wanted to go motion control went nintendo’s way and anyone who didnt went the other way. I highly doubt someone is gonna buy a whole new system ($299) plus the peripheral’s needed (about $100) for a couple of games that may not even be worth it. I personally hate that Sony’s third generation of gaming has been soley based on ripping off other concepts and sticking with tried and true formulas… itd be nice to see them try something NEW for a change…

    • gols

      sony have been working on the move a lot longer than nintendo has done with the wii, so just shut up, please?

  • Somebody

    It’s a controller for some games, the same way the Guitar Hero guitar plays on some too. It will also make the Wii obsolete, as it’s its main selling point. Too bad the PS3 doesn’t play the still-popular PS2 games. “It Only Does Everything”? Not yet, Sony.

  • laylagalise

    Nintendo changes their controllers and the rest follow. That’s the way it always happens, so I’m not surprised at all.

    • OgreLokon

      To be honest, Sony did it first… Nintendo copied the EyeToy thing, but reversed the perspective, but what Sony is doing has serious promise.

      I know it’s about the Wii, but it’s doing it from Sony’s perspective.

      • paige

        so Sony is pulling this out- Xbox got that Natal thing and in 2 years- Nintendo will come out with Wii2 and trump them all— again…

  • Rudy

    Very interesting how Sony decides to rip off the Wii after stating how the Wii is not a competitor and just a niche product. I have all three consoles and to b honest I dont think ill shell out another c note for somthing already there. I just think its dumb the sony completely copies what theyve spent the last few years dissing and calling a non competitor

  • PXW

    Hey… Doesn’t the Sony Move controller look like an adult toy!!! Hope it doesn’t vibrate!

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