Sony Computer Entertainment said on Tuesday at the E3 trade-show that it would start shipping its highly-anticipated PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller in September, 2010. In addition, Sony will offer a special “shooting attachment” for the device so that to make shooting games more immersive. The move will compete against Nintendo Wii as well as Microsoft Kinect.
The PlayStation Move platform includes the motion controller with a special light bulb, navigation 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.
Sony PlayStation Move platform will be available starting from the 15th of September in Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/region; on September 19 in North America and the 21st of October in Japan.
Software titles available in the launch window will include Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition by Capcom, Big 3 Gun Shooting by Bandai Namco Games as well as EyePet, Sports Champions, Machi Suberi by SCE. SCE Worldwide Studios and Sony’s publishing partners will release more than fourty PS3 titles by March 2011 that either support, or are dedicated to the new PlayStation Move platform.
PlayStation Move motion controller will cost $49.99/€39.99, PlayStation Move navigation controller will be priced at $29.99/€29.99, PlayStation Eye will carry $39.99/€29.99 price-tag, whereas optional charging station and shooting attachment will cost $29.99/€29.99 and $19.99/€14.99, respectively. In order to simplify purchasing of the whole PS Move platform, Sony will also offer two bundles in the U.S.:
- PlayStation Move Bundle – includes one PlayStation Move motion controller, a PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc for $99.99.
- PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle – includes a PS3 system, a PlayStation Move motion controller, a PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc, all for $399.99.
The final price of PlayStation Move platform – without free games, but with navigation controller – will be $120 in the U.S. (which is 29.99 less than the rumoured price of Microsoft Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360) and €100 in Europe.