When the PlayStation Move was first revealed, Sony touted the precision of the device’s 1:1 motion control abilities. Though the peripheral hasn’t been a breakout hit on the scale of its competitors, Sony believes that with Sorcery, it finally has the title to show that Move is better than Kinect and Wii MotionPlus.In a recent interview, Sony Santa Monica’s Brian Upton, creative director of Sorcery, stated that he believes the game will finally show Move’s superiority to other motion control alternatives. In justifying the statement, Upton cites the Move’s unparalleled precision, which he believes players do not get from other motion control systems.
According to Upton, neither Nintendo’s Wii nor Microsoft’s Kinect would be able to support the types of gameplay that Santa Monica Studio is aiming for with Sorcery, and it all comes down to the precision the title requires.
“I think this title does an excellent job of showing what makes Move a better and different system than other motion controls that are out there. It’s tighter, it’s cleaner, it’s more precise — I don’t think you could do a game like this on either Kinect or Wii. I don’t think technically they’d be able to support this kind of gameplay.”
When Sorcery was first unveiled at E3 2009, many thought it would be the “killer app for Move.” However, after it’s debut, little was heard about the game up until this week, causing many to wonder if the elusive title had been doomed to the status of vaporware. Now that Sorcery has a Spring release date, hopefully we will be able to find out what the fuss is all about.
As for the Move versus Kinect/Wii debate, we already know Sony’s controller is insanely precise, but it’s still not worth discrediting the other motion controllers. Even though Kinect and Wii Remotes (without the MotionPlus add-on) may lack the 1:1 control of Move, they can still make for some fun experiences (Kinect Sports: Season 2 and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, for example), and the technologies of all three console manufacturers certainly have the potential to keep us entertained until next generation.
Sorcery is set to release in Spring 2012 for the PS3.
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