Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sony Playstation “Moving” Into Motion-Based Gaming

sony playstation moveNintendo’s Wii introduced the world to motion-based gaming in 2006. The Wii was and continues to be a huge success. Due to the popularity of the Wii, Sony and Microsoft obviously wished to offer some sort of motion-based technology for their systems as well. Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect will not be available until sometime in November, but Sony will start selling their Playstation Move PS3 add-on September 19th.

So how does the add-on package work you may ask? Well, for Playstation Move to work you need two different parts: the Playstation Eye camera and a wireless, Bluetooth enabled controller. The wand looks very much like the Nintendo Wiimote with an illuminated bulb attached to the top.

There are several packages that Nintendo is offering. For those who don’t have a PS3 yet, there is a Sports Champion Move bundle for $399.99. This package contains a PS3 console, a Playstation Move controller, a Playstation Eye camera, a Move demo disk, and a copy of Sports Champion. For those who already have a PS3, there is a package that consists of everything in the Sports Champion Move except the console. That bundle costs $99.99. There is also buy a single Move Motion Controller by itself for $49.99.

Sports Champion Move is PS3 equivalent to Wii Sports. This game includes: archery, beach volleyball, bocce, disc golf, gladiator duel, and table tennis. The motion-based gameplay is very much like that of the Wii. You use the controller in pretty much the same way, and gameplay is very smooth.

Right now there aren’t tons of Move-enabled games, but Sony promises that more than two dozen Move-enabled games will be available by this holiday season. Some of these games will include: EyePet (a virtual interactive pet), NBA 2K11, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, and The Fight: Lights Out (a motion-controlled brawler). It is said that most Move games will be around the same price of regular PS3 games.

So overall, how is the Playstation Move? Well, Sony did exactly what they wanted to do. They have entered the world of motion-based gaming, and they have created a very accurate motion control. It is a little pricey to make this leap to motion gaming, but if it’s the type of gaming that you enjoy, PS3’s Move is perfect for you. It will be interesting to see what type of titles Sony decides to release with Move-enabled on them. I think that Playstation Move is almost guaranteed to be a success.

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