Sony demos its motion controller, the PlayStation Move

By on March 10, 2010, 8:21 PM
At its GDC keynote today, Sony finally officially revealed its answer to Microsoft's Project Natal: the PlayStation Move. The inelegantly named motion controller will launch in three packages, starting with a standalone controller. Next up is a starter kit with the PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye, and an unnamed game for under $100. The most expensive will include a PlayStation 3 console, the Move, and the Eye.

The Move's design is identical to the one mocked some weeks back, and the glowing "orb" will be available in can change between four colors. It also has a companion sub-controller with a directional pad and analog stick to provide additional control for menus or games -- kind of like the Nintendo Wii's Nunchuk.


Sony demonstrated the Move with a range of sports titles, including archery, table tennis, and golf, which will be sold as "Sports Champions" -- again, kind of like Wii Sports Resort. Sony also showed it in action with the SOCOM 4 beta, and LittleBigPlanet.

The PlayStation Move should land on shelves alongside Microsoft's Project Natal this fall. It isn't clear how many Move-compatible games will be available at launch, but Sony says virtually every third-party publisher plans to create games for the motion controller.




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Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

My girlfriend already has a few of these, but they eat up batteries like crazy.

elroacho72 said:

I would like to see 3D motion games.I know the PS3 will have 3D(with a firmware update) but will the XBox 360 do the same?

mv670 said:

looks similar to the Wii motion controller. The competition should get very interesting this fall. I'm not interested, if a new Resident Evil game comes out for the ps3 then I will buy it. 3D motion games sound good, I guess I will just wait and see.

flukeh said:

Wendig0 said:

they eat up batteries like crazy.

Yeah that's the only thing i would be worried about as well. When is WiTricity going to be in all our homes? ><

CMH, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

You mean Wii-lectricity XD

Would be interesting to see how this would compete with the Wii....

zyodei said:

I hate to think that the marketplace will reward Sony for just blatantly ripping off their biggest competitor (oh wait, I guess they made the controller black).

But, people will probably go apeshit for it. My experience using the PS3 controller in motion detecting mode was mediocre at best...

Fly_Guy said:

id love to buy one of these ! im gonna buy the generic version at the porn shop tho theyre available now!!! go get em kids

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Sorry Wii... looks like everyone has far surpassed you.

Time for a Wii 2, hehe.

pipopaz said:

It is all deja vu again, it looked like wii all over again to me. I guess sony is really desparate in pulling in a share of non frequent gamers like the wii does, just hope that they don't forget the hardcore gamers like nintendo has.

jacob007 said:

I have a waaay better name for it.............

......................Nunchuk

Wait................... ???

rufio said:

looks like the wii remote in my opinion... it'll be like the nintendo wii! except with better graphics lol

androb said:

The only reason I purchased a Playstation 3 was the blueray player, and the "free access" to installing another operating system. Leaving this aside.. it seems to me that they want to be like Microsoft, don't you just get tired of reading codenames here and there for their products? so confusing.

Guest said:

How this isn't patent infringement for the Wii I have no idea.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Was watching the press conference for this earlier today and the casual games they showed did look better then the Wii's. But SOCOM 4 didn't look that impressive, granted it was in beta I personally wasn't blown away. It didn't look necessary or something that would enhance the game over a standard controller. Guess I'll have to try it like everyone else. But I still feel the keyboard/mouse combo to be the most accurate way to play a shooter. In any case, like the Natal this has some cool potential that they might tap into.

AfricanTech said:

The reality is that all successful innovations will be emulated by the competition eventually - I suspect that with Natal and Move, that the WII's competitive advantage in this space has disappeared. That's what I like about competition - now they'll have to look for a new "edge"

gobbybobby said:

it looks stupid IMO! Meh I don't want motion control I do want 3D! Roll on 3D!

Kovach said:

I red last year about project Natali and I must admit that's going to change everything when It comes out. Besides project Natali, I dont like that they are trying tocopy Wii with this motion controler...

yangly18 yangly18 said:

gobbybobby said:

it looks stupid IMO! Meh I don't want motion control I do want 3D! Roll on 3D!

I agree...the controller looks dumb, almost a microphone, whats with that!? Wonder if they will make it so the little ball on the end glows different colors, then it would be something that little kids can be amazed by, or perhaps some of our not-so-smart counterparts. I really never liked wii considering most games that are made for the system look like a 5 year old should be playing them. Maby if playstation makes games that appeal to adult gamers, like with most of their other games, they might actually work out.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nintendo should hire some better lawyers - maybe poach some of Apple's ones, because this is just plaigirism of the Wii controller but with the PS buttons on it. Even the wrist strap looks the same.

Btw does anyone know what the glowing orb is supposed to do?

rajmond said:

Still this is something interesting, but you cannot compare this with Project Natal from Microsoft, where there is no need for any controller...

UT66 said:

To late Sony, to late.

rskapadia2294 said:

good move to remain in competition against Wii! mostly people purchase Wii just to get more physical and get into that game! but now if sony comes up with that motion controller then i think that Wii is in grave danger! they need to create some plan to maintain their positon!

SONY PS3 are already a huge hit!

UT66 said:

ah, and inferior / forced. The Light bulbs are to fkn bright and distracting, also they look frigin stupid. ( lol holding 2 gey maracas, teh mature/ hardcore) Jamming a camera on top of my LCD is also an inconvenience, the wii bar / controller integrates seamlessly. ( also this has no rumble on the nunchuk, no speaker, and is not as precise ( engadget). and this is anly another bulletpoint for sony, nintendo takes motion control seriously ( all devs 100% ) Sony? i dont think so. so rushed, super lame half arsed copy, nothing more, nothing less. fail

yangly18 yangly18 said:

good move to remain in competition against Wii! mostly people purchase Wii just to get more physical and get into that game! but now if sony comes up with that motion controller then i think that Wii is in grave danger! they need to create some plan to maintain their positon!

SONY PS3 are already a huge hit!

I think they would be even more successful if their user's had proper grammar.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

LOL, yeah the black WII-mote attack .. humm, sorry!

No patent infringement here, the technology is quite different but the use will be same.

To me Natal seem more appealing, yet i don't have an Xbox360 (remember i'm that PS3+PC fanboy LOL)...

The SONY motion controller Wand/Gem/Arc/MOVE is not an original concept but will bring some quite nice addon for certain games, the only advantage is that we have the choice of not using them.

sure there will be some WII-like games on PS3, maybe that will help some parents get the PS3 for their kids now, no lah ... no super mario, no PS3 for the kids :p

SONY can steal a part of market from those adult loving PS3 games & wanting some exercise thingy games, more ladies will be attracted (not what you think Wendig0 ), oh i forgot star wars fans ...

I don;t think it's bad to come up with this, it may 'MOVE' some more system, yet SONY needs to concentrate on their already good software lineup & if they do create something for that controller, make it worth it.

i'm sure it will work, for i was surprised with Eyepet's success LOL, now we'll also be able to whip some pets too ...

i will keep an eye or two on it & see what comes up ...

cheers!

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Sony went all ninja and got a black Nunchuk!

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Well I suppose that's a better name than Wand.

fref said:

I was expecting something a bit different from the Wii, but it looks like Sony is just going to make its own version of the Wiimote and Nunchuk. And that orb looks kinda cheap. At least Microsoft is inovating with its Project Natal, which will be a lot different from the Wii.

Guest said:

Does this come with a bottle of lubricant or what?

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

LOL, yeah the black WII-mote attack .. humm, sorry!

No patent infringement here, the technology is quite different but the use will be same.

To me Natal seem more appealing, yet i don't have an Xbox360 (remember i'm that PS3+PC fanboy LOL)...

The SONY motion controller Wand/Gem/Arc/MOVE is not an original concept but will bring some quite nice addon for certain games, the only advantage is that we have the choice of not using them.

sure there will be some WII-like games on PS3, maybe that will help some parents get the PS3 for their kids now, no lah ... no super mario, no PS3 for the kids :p

SONY can steal a part of market from those adult loving PS3 games & wanting some exercise thingy games, more ladies will be attracted (not what you think Wendig0 ), oh i forgot star wars fans ...

I don;t think it's bad to come up with this, it may 'MOVE' some more system, yet SONY needs to concentrate on their already good software lineup & if they do create something for that controller, make it worth it.

i'm sure it will work, for i was surprised with Eyepet's success LOL, now we'll also be able to whip some pets too ...

i will keep an eye or two on it & see what comes up ...

cheers!

How appropriate for you to say "steal a part of the market"...

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I want to see how these integrate with anything more then party games effectively. I played zelda on the wii and it was ok, but i kept finding myself wanting to use the buttons rather then the swinging motions of the controller.

z71kris said:

WTH is that thing on the top....it looks like something to break whilst playing....maybe we could make a wish on it to beat Sonic?

Docnoq said:

compdata said:

I want to see how these integrate with anything more then party games effectively. I played zelda on the wii and it was ok, but i kept finding myself wanting to use the buttons rather then the swinging motions of the controller.

Personally, every time I have played a friend's Wii I find myself irritated by the motion control. It just seems forced in so many games. For example, you have to shake the controller back and forth in New Super Mario Bros to fly with the propeller cap or pick a teammate up.. it would be sooooo much simpler if a button was assigned to that. And now Sony is trying to use this gimmicky crap in a shooter? Wasn't that already tried for Socom Confrontation with sixas support? That was the first feature I turned off because it was a complete annoyance. Ya, let me waste my element of surprise by rocking the controller up and down to get the right arc for my grenade. Leave the gimmicks for the Wii imo.

Pooky said:

I think it's a bad idea. However, I'm sure a lot of people are waiting for its release because it's new and shiny and expensive...

They should come up with something original for once IMO, although they do a terrific job in performance and graphics. They should go for the 3D or holographic screen before the compititors do. Sony, let them play with the motion things while you do another thing and if it doesn't work, then go back to the motion. BTW, Sony is currently leading in the industry of video games which is a great thing although I love Nintendo (long live to Mario...and Luigi!)

Richy2k9 said:

hello..

@ Kibaruk - we'd better be careful for ninjas are dangerous///

@ mattfrompa - i just love to play with words, LOL!

@ Pooky - SONY is already working on 3D will be a 'reality' soon, as for Holographic screen, let's wait for E3 (won't say of which year though!)

cheers!

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

They say that emulation is the highest form of flattery. Sadly, there's nothing flattering about this device. I wonder if they added the glowing ball at the top of the PS3-mote just so that they wouldn't get into a lawsuit for patent infringement!

androb said:

I'm not really sure if the reply feature works on my browser ( I use Safari, didn't bother to look at the mechanism implemented for the reply button ) Anyway...

I haven't read about how Sony derived such work.. meaning the ability to use this new device similarly as Wii's controller. It probably uses core ideas from them.. most likely the way how movement is transmitted and intepreted. They probably will pay royalties to Nintendo ( assuming they have patented such technology ). Months ( years? ) ago.. Sony was with this "idea" of launching this type of device for their system and Nintendo DID do something about it... legally.

Hopefully Nintendo will get something out of it ( and with good reason ). They deserve this.. taking a huge risk by not focusing in launching a "powerful" console and making their primary target a cool user experience requires a lot of guts ( what if I didn't work? the company would be in big trouble and some high exec's heads chopped off.

If this happens, we could say that Sony "works" for Nintendo? ha! why would you believe such thing? Apple pays Microsoft a fraction for every iPod they sell to Microsoft for example. Everything is possible.

seefizzle said:

How long till this device shows up in porn? I say launch day.

salbar1981 said:

That looks like a rough bump against Nintendo ... then again PS games have a totally different audience than Wii's

It'll be interesting PS Move competing head-to-head on MS Natal :o

thebluemeaner said:

This looks like a blatant wii ripoff, and the bulge at the top looks completely unesthetic, maybe they could reduce it in size and change the colour...

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Eh, it's another motion controller that will probably have games with lame motion controller mechanics. It's going in the right direction but for the kind of games I play, these motion devices are not really that good.

alexandrionel said:

I don't have a console yet, buy I think I am going to buy a Wii.

I think it will be much more fun to have a Wii rather than a PS3 and this fugly remote (also cheaper).

jasonk1229 said:

Hey nintendo called they want their prototype back, sony comon! get yourselfs something new on the table , microsoft already has

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Not to thrilled about PS3 'Move'. I have a Wii and don't much care for the motion aspect of most of the games. Actually main reason I bought it was Super Smash .

burnunit burnunit said:

WTF?! That blue orb-y thing looks cheap and/or porn-y Certainly would decrease my wanting one, but I'm good with my Wii, so don't need it.

Yoda8232 said:

Wii's exclusivity with it's special controller will now surely die with Sony's new motion controller and Microsoft's Natal. Make a really good FPS with this technology! Call of Duty with this would be AMAZING (must be accurate with movements)!!

yorro said:

This controller concept looks ridiculous. Not only does it look like a poor attempt at the Wii remotes, but I am very aware of how poor the Playstation Eye camera's tracking really is. If it can't track cards in that eye of judgement game where they are right in front of the camera, I have no faith that it will track this at further distances, much less at all in dim light OR even possibly when there are other small white shapes in the camera's vision. Nice try Sony, but Project Natal already had the stranglehold on motion controller with NO controller.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

i'm not really sure about it, yet i think MOVE is slightly different to the WII-mote, because it rely mostly on the PS Eye tracking rather than on the accelerometer, if it uses it.

The PS Eye is just another camera, it has no tracking issues, it's the software that are not well configured to use it.

MS has two great input / combo input/output device i really envy (surface & natal), the 1st one i think is already used for the PC & if the second one follows, i'll be just too happy.

I'm sure it's not the WIImote that 'moved' the WII, but Super Mario

We must be happy as gamers for we have so many options, i am ... well i also admit, i'm a fanboy, a 'games fanboy' ...

cheers!

ansarimikail said:

I'm sure they could have come up with a more unique design. I mean they could have made it like a glove or something. Looks a bit too mush like the Wii's Nunchuck.

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