Sony Computer Entertainment on Wednesday formally introduced its motion-sensing PlayStation Move complex of game controllers (previously known as Sony Arc). The new set of devices will redefine gaming on PlayStation 3 consoles and will offer experience akin to Nintendo Wii. Sony promises that PlayStation Move will be available this Fall with a lot of games both from Sony and third-party providers
The PlayStation Move platform includes the motion controller with a special light bulb, sub-controller, and PlayStation Eye camera. The combination of the PS3 system and PlayStation Eye camera detects the precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space of PlayStation Move motion controller, allowing users to intuitively play the game as if they themselves are within the game. PlayStation Move motion controller sports three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, a terrestrial magnetic field sensor as well as a color-changing sphere that is tracked by PlayStation Eye camera to deliver very precise accuracy. The lighting sphere, however, requires the player to stand beside the PS Eye camera.
According to Sony, through PlayStation Move system, both fast and subtle motion can be detected, whether the user is swinging a tennis racket, or painting with a brush. With PlayStation Move motion controller, users can provide direct input through action buttons and an analog trigger, while receiving physical feedback from rumble functionality and visual feedback from the sphere’s ability to display a variety of different colors. Furthermore, PlayStation Eye camera can capture the player’s voice or image, enabling augmented reality experiences.
The newly announced PlayStation Move sub-controller – Sony’s version of Wii Nunchuck – is a one-handed controller, developed to further expand the game play options that PlayStation Move games can offer. PlayStation Move sub-controller features a sleek curved design that pairs with the motion controller and comes with an analog stick and directional buttons that allow users to easily control the game when moving characters or choosing a direction. Like all other wireless controllers for the PS3 system, it comes with a built in lithium-ion rechargeable battery as well as Bluetooth technology. PlayStation Move motion controller and sub-controller will further broaden the gaming experience on the PS3 system for all genres, from games that use one motion controller to games that use both controllers.
The introduction of PlayStation Move controllers has been well received within the industry and now 36 third party developers and publishers have decided to support PlayStation Move platform. In fiscal year 2010, SCE Worldwide Studios will also release more than 20 games that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform.
Pricing of PlayStation Move was not announced, however, considering the fact that the platform does not use its own processor, it will unlikely be truly high. On the other hand a three-piece set cannot be too affordable as well.