Sony has officially unveiled its motion controller for the PlayStation 3 game console. The wand-style PlayStation Move made its debut at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and Sony says it'll be available for purchase this fall. Expect to pay less than $100 for a Playstation Move "starter kit," which will include one game and the PlayStation Eye camera accessory required to track the wand's motion.
The Move itself looks not unlike a microphone, complete with a bulbous head capable of glowing in at least four different colors. Games can apparently trigger color changes, which is a neat trick. The wand also features built-in vibration capabilities to provide a measure of force feedback.
Like the Nunchuk sidekick for Nintendo's Wii motion controller, the PlayStation Move has a companion Sub-Controller that provides a directional pad, an analog thumbstick, a trigger, and additional buttons. This complementary controller doesn't appear to be included in the starter kit, but it's unlikely to be required by most games designed for the Move.
Speaking of games, Sony claims to have the support of 36 publishers and third-party developers, including Activision, Capcom, Ubisoft, EA, Sega, and others. 20 Move-ready titles are expected before the end of this fiscal year, and many of them look to have been explicitly designed for the controller.
Microsoft's Project Natal controllerless motion control scheme is slated to hit the Xbox 360 this holiday season, and it'll be joined by the impressive Razer Sixense PC motion controller we saw on display at CES just a couple of months ago. The Sixense controller looks to be the most precise of the lot by far, but we don't yet know how much it or Natal will cost. In related news, Razer has already released a Sixense SDK and a first-person shooter utility library on Steam.
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