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Move Controller  (Source: Joystiq)

Remind You of Anything?  (Source: Joystiq)

Move sub-controller  (Source: Joystiq)
Launch set for fall 2010 for under $100

The video game market is very robust and has been doing well compared to other markets during the poor global economy. When the Nintendo Wii debuted years ago, it quickly became the most popular console due in large part to its innovative motion control. 

Despite Nintendo's early success and exceptional demand for its Wii console, recently sales of the Wii have started to slump significantly. Nintendo profits slumped 23% in Q3 in part due to softening demand for the Wii. Sony tried with the initial launch of the PS3 console to offer its own motion control via its standard game controllers, but the feature was ignored by many gamers and developers. Sony has been talking about its upcoming motion controller that was initially expected to hit store shelves this spring and was delayed until the fall for a while now. The reason for the delay according to reports at the time was to give game developers a chance to ready more software that would work with the new motion controller.

Sony has now gone official with its motion controller called PlayStation Move. The Move system includes three pieces counting the motion controller, the sub-controller, and the PlayStation Eye camera. The combination of the three devices allows the PS3 to detect the precise movement, angle, and absolute 3D position of the move controller when players are playing a game.

Sony says the Move controller has unmatched accuracy with a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor along with the color changing ball that the PlayStation Eye camera follows. The system lets the gamer provide input to the game with action buttons and an analog trigger and be rewarded with rumble feedback and different colors from the sphere attached to the Move controller.

The Move sub-controller device is designed for one hand use and has a curved design with an analog stick and directional buttons for controlling a game character. The Move controller and the associated sub-controller are more than a little reminiscent of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Power for the devices comes from a lithium-ion battery like the one used on other wireless controllers for the PS3. Sony reports that Move is to be supported by 36 game developers and more than 20 games will be launched this year dedicated to the Move platform or at least supporting it. The Move sub-controller can be replaced with a Dualshock or Sixaxis controller, but the camera and Move controller are required.

Sony has tagged the Move controller with product code CECH-ZCM1 and confirmed the fall 2010 release date. The retail price of the controller has not been set at this time and it will come in black only. Move controllers will weigh about 145g and measure 200mm x 46mm. The Move sub-controller is produce code CECH-ZCS1 and will debut this fall. No MSRP has been set for the sub-controller, which measures 138mm x 42mm. Among the third party companies supporting the Move system are Activision, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Konomi, Majesco, EA and many more.



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So at what point will the...
By Motoman on 3/11/2010 10:46:31 AM , Rating: 0
...PS3diots that whine and bitch about how stupid the Wii motion controllers are, what a gimmick they are, etc. start going all "ZOMG Sony is teh best and this is ro><or and ROFL joo suck teh wads bcuz joo don't have these!!!11!"

As they say, imitation is the truest form of flattery - my guess is Sony finally got tired of the Wii absolutely whipping it's ass up and down in every market in the world, and finally decided to admit defeat. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Let's see how long it takes for a Wii-Sports style game to pop up on the PS3 now.




RE: So at what point will the...
By TerranMagistrate on 3/11/2010 11:44:19 AM , Rating: 1
Microsoft has a similar product coming out. Now you know.


RE: So at what point will the...
By Motoman on 3/12/2010 11:33:37 AM , Rating: 2
Of course they are. Nintendo has shown the way to market domination in the video game console space. And that way doesn't include "hardcore gamerz." The reason the Wii completely humliated the PS3 and Xbox360 in the market is because the Wii is the only one that appeals to the largest portion of the market - the non-hardcore portion. Hardcore gamerz are l33t and vocal and so on and so forth - but they are by far the smaller portion of the video gaming market.


RE: So at what point will the...
By Hiawa23 on 3/11/10, Rating: 0
By inperfectdarkness on 3/11/2010 1:39:24 PM , Rating: 3
the appeal of 3d graphics was a hard-sell at first too...

i can vividly remember enjoying donkey kong country on my SNES and being moritfied that gameplay (and to an extent, graphics) would go out the window to be sacrified on the altar of the 3d gods.

3d gaming is great, but even 2d games are still quite fun. i expect similar things from motion controllers; different games, different types of fun, both thoroughally enjoyable.


RE: So at what point will the...
By Helbore on 3/11/2010 1:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
What is it about some people and games consoles, that makes them act like they've just joined the army and are about to go to war with the opposing side?

Jeez, it's just an expensive toy. Why the need to insult people because they bought a different toy to you?


RE: So at what point will the...
By Hiawa23 on 3/11/2010 2:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
What is it about some people and games consoles, that makes them act like they've just joined the army and are about to go to war with the opposing side?

Jeez, it's just an expensive toy. Why the need to insult people because they bought a different toy to you?


I agree, the fanboys act more like Dems Vs Repubs, as anything the other side does is automatically shutdown, sucks, unless popular with their base.


RE: So at what point will the...
By The0ne on 3/11/2010 2:54:03 PM , Rating: 2
Because my toy is bigger than yours? Or how about, "because I'm a hardcore gamer" but ONLY play on one platform O.o Maybe it's because it's the ONLY real conversation, aside from the game talks, that they have everyday?

I'll be damn if I know. Why are you even asking such a difficult question anyways...dammit! *goes back to playing games on his systems*

:)


RE: So at what point will the...
By cmdrdredd on 3/11/2010 6:01:41 PM , Rating: 2
I won't be buying this trash. I didn't buy the Wii because of this gimmick. I want to relax when I play games in my free time. I do NOT want to make my arms tired waving a wand around like crazy in some silly minigame.


RE: So at what point will the...
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 7:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
So long as they don't attempt to start implementing this crap into populat games, I don't care. It'll just never be in my house.

I hated how Sony had their 3rd party developers use the Sixaxis crap in their games. Like in Resistance, where you had to shake your controller or turn your controller, to act like you were turning a dial on a pipe.

Leave the motion crap out of my games.


RE: So at what point will the...
By R3T4rd on 3/12/2010 4:49:15 AM , Rating: 2
First off I couldn't careless for Wii, PS3, or Xbox360.

What Mottoman is saying is, People who own the PS3 and Xbox360 have always trashed talked the Wii for inferior graphics and power overall, no hardcore gaming, gimmicky controllers, its a child's toy etc. And now, Sony and MS is comming out with thier own itteration of the "gimmick controller", PS3 and Xbox360 owners (maybe not all)are "Its awsome!".

Point #1: Wii indeed is less powerful and does have alot of kiddy games etc.

Yet the Wii outsells PS3 and Xbox360 (Combined?).

Point #2: Wii has a gimmick* motion controller.

I don't know if I would call it "gimmick", rather it brings gaming and entertainment to a new level. its more innovation than gimmick - perhaps the two combined.

Point #3: Nintendo makes money on everything Wii while Sony and MS is losing money.

In conclusion, MS and Sony is trying to cash in on what Nintendo has already saturated in. Perhaps Sony and MS consoles are for the limited "Hardcore" Gamer crowd. But this crowd is at best marginal vs the average Joe/Family who likes and finds the Wii attractive. And even though the average Joe/Family does not play or use the Wii as often as said rival consoles, they (maybe not all because some people do play the Wii daily) enjoy it during special situations etc.

It all comes down to Money and Business. Like those who have quoted before, give MS or Sony the oppourtunity to re-do things the way Nintendo did, they'd jump all over it. Having the most powerfull console sold and not make money on it defeats the purpose and is moot. Nintendo took the right approach and innovated a product to reach a massive market. If you don't think its innovative, how many times in the last 30yrs of Video Gamming consoles have you seen a console used for and in gyms for exercise?

I think that is all Mottoman was trying to say. He was not bashing sides or jumping on people. Its just we are tired of people bashing and trash talking the Wii yet don't understand the innovation and attractiveness the "gimmick" controllers bring. Its a miss conception of business that most people do not see. And no I am not praising the Wii but yes I am praising the genious behind Nintendo for the Wii-mote and marketing to attain a market saturation that no console has ever done before.

Nuff said.


RE: So at what point will the...
By Helbore on 3/12/2010 7:00:03 AM , Rating: 2
Not all people who own a PS3 or Xbox trash the Wii, though. I own a PS3 and I've never trashed another console for anything. I chose the console I wanted for the reasons I wanted and then got on with my life.

It's hard to say someone is "just commenting on a situation" when the first word they use is "PS3diots."

Just because there are some idiots who blanket-bash the Wii and all it's owners, doesn't make it any less moronical to blanket-bash al PS3 and Xbox owners.

They're flipping TOYS! Who cares what anyone else has bought? Who cares what anyone else says about your toy? I've had people hurl abuse at me (online, of course) because I said I owned a PS3 and not an Xbox. Know what I did? I laughed, shook my head and told them to chill out a little.

There are no smart points hidden in a post insulting people for owning a particular brand of toy!


RE: So at what point will the...
By R3T4rd on 3/12/2010 8:13:39 AM , Rating: 2
True and Mottoman did come across abit harsh. I should have also noted that "Not" all people who own PS3 and Xbox360 bash the Wii.

But for years now, the consensus among PS3 and Xbox360 owners are as I stated above. I am (I think mose of us who are neutral) just tired of people doing so when its not how powerful and hardcore gamming a console is (XBox360 and PS3), but it is whats fun and different about a console and its games that counts (Wii). Nintendo struck gold. Sony and MS is now trying to put claim on that gold as well.


RE: So at what point will the...
By The0ne on 3/12/2010 11:01:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think some of us "older" DT visitors know that when a console "hardcore" gamer bashes another system, PC included, it's just freaking hilarious. It can't be any more obvious that these kids/people have no clue what they are talking about and/or know what's happening in the tech world. To them, the PS3 and 360 might be the best hardware one could ever own regardless of the advancement on the PC realm.

Add to the insult that gaming evolves and calling yourself a hardcore gamer simply because of the currents games is ludicrous. Does that mean that during the era of NES to the PS2 there were 0 hardcore gamers and/or that the games just weren't hardcore enough?

Like I said, good laugh on these type of conversation :)


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