by Anton Shilov
03/02/2011 | 10:38 PM
At the Game Developers Conference, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) unveiled Move.Me – a software application that academics, researchers, students, and hobbyists can use to create new types of software applications using the PlayStation Move motion controller as an input device on their own PCs. Unfortunately, the users will still have to use a PS3 console to make Move work. Move.me platform will compete against Microsoft's Natal sensor on the PC.
With the Move.Me application, the high-level tracking data that PS3 game developers use can be exported to the PC, providing a powerful tool for creating applications. For instance, the Move.Me project could help medical researchers prototype, for example, rehabilitation applications for patients undergoing physical therapy. The Move.Me application could also lead game design students to develop to new concepts for gaming within the areas of 3D modeling, motion capture, and augmented reality. The application is compatible with any Windows or Linux-based PC; other devices, such as tablets and smartphones, can also receive PlayStation Move’s tracking data if they can connect to a PS3 system.
SCEA will support the Move.Me application with sample code, user documentation and corporate material from SCE Research and Development. The Move.Me application will not require the PS3 system SDK or a licensing agreement, which opens the door for wide-spread idea generation and prototyping. Still, the requirement to use a rather expensive and bulky PlayStation 3 console could undermine the enthusiasm towards the technology of many individuals and organizations.
“PlayStation Move’s camera-plus-controller combination allows for the most precise and immersive gaming experiences. Now we are formally taking that advanced technology, which was almost ten years in the making, and offering it to innovators outside of our traditional game development community so they can create their own applications to impact the world in exciting new ways," said John McCutchan, senior engineer at SCEA developer support.
The Move.Me application will be available for download from PlayStation Network this spring. As part of an early product seeding program in the United States, a handful of prestigious researchers and professionals in the medical, academic and human-computer interaction fields have already expressed interest in creating innovative applications that leverage the motion-sensing technology offered by PlayStation Move.
Earlier this year Microsoft Corp. announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit this spring. The move will allow enthusiasts and commercial companies to officially utilize motion sensor originally designed for Xbox 360 game console for personal computers running Windows operating system (OS).