What is it?
The PlayStation Move is actually a combination of devices: The PlayStation Move motion controller ($49.99), The PlayStation Move navigation controller ($29.99), and the PlayStation Eye ($39.99). The motion controller and the Eye are required for all Move games. Interestingly, the Dual Shock 3 can be used in place of the navigation controller for gamers who’d like to save a couple bucks.
A few more accessories are available for Move: a Charging Station ($29.99) and a Shooting Attachment ($19.99). The Charging Station can handle two motion controllers, two navigation controllers, or one of each. The Shooting Attachment turns your motion controller into an uncanny facsimile of Earthworm Jim’s blaster.
Of course, bundle packs will also be available. The PlayStation Move Bundle packs a motion controller, an Eye, the game Sports Champions, and a Move Demo Disc for $99.99. The PlayStation 3 Sports Champions Move Bundle adds a PS3 to the Move Bundle, and comes in at $399.99.
On the games front, Sony announced during its press conference that it would be pricing Move games at $39.99. Whether this price holds for both first and third party Move titles has not been divulged. Also unkown is how this pricing applies to products that feature both Move and traditional controller support.
What does it do?
PlayStation Move is Sony’s entry into the motion-based games space. Move strikes a balance between the camera based motion control of Microsoft’s Kinect, and the controller based solution of Nintendo’s Wii.
The PlayStation Eye tracks the “dynamic color changing sphere” of the motion controller with an extremely high degree of precision. During the E3 Move presentation, Sony’s Peter Dille made repeated mention of the system’s “unrivaled 1 to 1 tracking.”
The motion controller itself features the traditional four Dual Shock buttons (circle, square, triangle, x), a trigger (the T-Button), and vibration feedback. Sony considers the control precision afforded by the buttons to be Move’s major advantage over Kinect.
The navigation controller (or dual shock) works more or less just like Nintendo’s Nunchuck, albeit with the added bonus of not being physically attatched to the motion controller. The navigation controller sports both an analog stick and digital directional pad, as well as L1 and L2 triggers, just as on the Dual Shock 3.
Up to two motion controllers and two navigation controllers can be connected to a PS3 at a single time. In this respect, the Move system lags behind Nintendo’s Wii, which can support four remotes with nunchucks attatched.