In the four years since its launch, the Nintendo Wii has made motion-controlled gaming not just its dominion, but a hugely profitable business. The continued success of the Wii has pushed Microsoft and Sony to answer, and Sony is swinging first on September 17th with the release of the PlayStation Move.
Move featured prominently into Sony’s lineup at this year’s E3, but that was just a taste. Now with the release looming, we’ve been able to spend some quality time with the hardware and are ready to talk about what it’s like to use in the wild.
PlayStation Move, as you’ve no doubt read on the site, comes in a variety of configurations. There’s the Move controller itself, the Move controller bundled with the required PlayStation Eye camera and Sports Champions and a system bundle that includes the latter plus a PS3 console. There’s also the Move’s “nunchuk” Navigation Controller, which isn’t actually used by any of the Move-specific launch titles.
There’s been a lot of skepticism about the very concept of the Move. To be frank, in concept, it’s very similar to the Wii. Move consists of a motion controller with a glowing orb on the end and a wireless navigation controller with an analog stick and d-pad on it. The two controllers work in conjunction with the already available PlayStation Eye to deliver a one-to-one motion control experience.
The Move controllers and NavCon are synched up just like a DualShock pad, by plugging them into your PS3 with a USB-to-mini-USB cable and pressing the PS button on them.
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