E3 2010: Sony’s Move Is Impressive

With Microsoft’s Kinect failing to impress the floor was open for Sony’s motion control to take center stage. Starting the PlayStation Move section it was stressed that it’s leaps and bounds above other motion controls. Sony state the Move’s ‘precision changes everything’ along with the fact the games playable will come in full HD with a selection of the titles in 3D as well.  As well as having the graphical advantage over the Wii as the PS3 has Blu Ray it means gamers will have the option to use either the Move or the traditional controller with both controllers built into the games code.

The first move title to be shown off was Sorcery. At first it seemed the Move would suffer from the same wrong target audience as Kinect but while the game was aimed at more casual games it still had the fun factor. The game itself reminded me very much of Harry Potter casting spells, mixing and drinking potions I can see Move enabled Harry Potter games coming to the PS3 very soon. While on stage it did seem to have more lag than the 22 milliseconds reaction time it was most likely only early code.

Next they showed Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 in the developers own words the Move combined with HD equals outstanding games. The presenter was also keen to constantly push the fact there are no pre-canned animations and the game simply works on 1 to 1 movement. Unfortunately it didn’t seem to help him play as he hit two consecutive bunkers. At the end of his demonstration he was quick to add that the game would have a demo on the Move demo disk, possibly coming free with the Move bundle like Wii Sports did.

Showing their dedication to the Move Sony showed of Heroes on the Move. The games slogan sums it up fantastically “six big heroes’ one epic showdown”.  Motion controls combined with such legendary characters Ratchet, Jak, Sly, Bentley, Clank and Dexter the heroes team up to bring epicness and the game looked like it was shaping up to be a very large title.

Sony didn’t fall into the same trap as Microsoft as the Move isn’t aimed at casual or hardcore it’s aimed at gamers. Coming to Europe on September 15th, the US on September 19th and Japan on October 21st the Move will come in a number of different packages.

On its own the Move will be $50, the sub controller will be sold separately at $30: but if you need the PS Eye a bundle will include the Eye, Move + Sub and Sports Game for $100 and if you want a PS3 thrown into that bundle it’ll cost $400.

From shooters and sports to family games, Sony gave us the PlayStation Move, it only does everything.

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Oliver East


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7 Comments

  1. CoffeewithGames
    June 16, 2010, 2:07 PM

    My problem with the games they demoed the Move with, is those games looked like(or already are) done on the Wii.

    Tiger Woods, already done.
    Sorcery looked nothing more than “flicking” the controller in certain directions; which the Wii Remote is already capable of.

    They didn’t show it in a shooter, they didn’t show it in the “fighting” game. I agree that Sony’s conference and demos were better, but to think I’ll need to spend $130 to play a FPS with those controls, is crazy.

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  2. ArtsyGamer
    June 16, 2010, 2:31 PM

    The demos for Move blew away anything Microsoft had. And, because of interference, it even trumped Nintendo’s presentation of motion controlled games. I hope Sony keeps to their idea of promoting real games, not the shovelware it seems Kinect is getting.

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  3. OGGamer
    June 16, 2010, 4:06 PM

    I completely agree, Move has impressed me the most out of E3.

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  4. Stephanie
    June 16, 2010, 4:20 PM

    It may be ‘impressive’ but it wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Wii. Everyone joked about the Wii and said how it was for kids and blah blah blah, but the sales showed that the Wii was, in fact, a good system. (The only bad games were those awful third-parties) So now everyone introduces motion all of a sudden. Those look pretty much like Wii-motes to me, but I guess they saw Nintendo was doing something right.

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  5. miker4444
    June 16, 2010, 5:14 PM

    The Sony move looked gayer than Wham!

    At least the Microsoft Kinect could be used to navigate menus and has facial/voice recognition, that with the use of a controller makes it far superior.

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  6. rootforroo
    June 16, 2010, 5:16 PM

    I think all of this motion control garbage looks stupid.

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  7. Manuel
    June 16, 2010, 7:31 PM

    @Stephanie:

    Sry but Move has been in development since 2001! I still have an old mag (think it was OPM) where they have shown a picture of Move. Back then I thought “How cool would be that?” but it was never mentioned again. On the pic you could see the EyeToy and a guy who was holding a stick with a red ball on top of it. On the displayed TV the stick was replaced by a torch.
    But the Wii showed Sony that such things work for the consumers. I think back then it wouldn’t have been such a success. Similar situation with EyeToy and now Kinect (except the advanced technology the same concept).

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