Motion control comes to the PS3 with Sony’s PlayStation Move

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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    • Vrock
    • 10 years ago

    Okay, I’m going to say it: it looks like a sensual massage device.

    *edit: dang thread view, everyone else has already said it. Oh well. Still true.

    • Anonymous Hamster
    • 10 years ago

    Having done lots of research on tracking systems, I can tell you that the Move has the possibility of being more accurate and less laggy than the Sixense. The Move incorporates 4 sensor types: camera, accelerometers, gyros, magnetometers (magnetic field sensor). Having multiple streams of data that can correct each other is the best way to go for motion tracking. In addition, getting instantaneous data for acceleration and rotation is inherently better for predicting motion than deriving this data based on position alone. With good motion prediction, you can overcome the lag that is inherent in a real-time motion tracking system.

    However, I say “possibility”, since I do not know the details of the Move’s implementation. I don’t know the communications latency to read all the sensors, nor the range and precision of the sensors, nor whether or not they use a modern single-coordinate-at-a-time Kalman-filter based tracking calculation.

    If the Sixense tracker incorporates accelerometers & gyros in addition to their 6D magnetic field tracker, then they’d be the one to beat. Of course, there’s still questions about the magnetic field range limit and susceptibility to interference from metal objects and other EM fields.

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 10 years ago

    4chan is going to do a lot of “clever” things to this wand.

    O_o

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 10 years ago

    Sony: We make lighted PS3 dildo’s in style……….

    • joselillo_25
    • 10 years ago

    Its gayer than the Wii remote, which seemed impossible. Sony designers are very talented people.

    My girlfriend has ask for the bulb vibration properties or if they are going to release a patch for this use in the future.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      well you can’t patch in the hardware over the internet, but the Wii remote can vibrate so my guess is this can as well.

    • anotherengineer
    • 10 years ago

    Um are those a guys or girls hands, they look like they have never seen a day of actual work in their lifetime lol

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Good question. Then again, does it matter? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 00-Evan
    • 10 years ago

    Yeah yeah, it looks like a wiimote with the strap and everything. Look at the button layout though, to me this thing screams ‘CD-I controller’ as well as ‘please put me out of my misery’.

    • fpsduck
    • 10 years ago

    I thought it was Blaupunkt’s Microphone.

    • Meadows
    • 10 years ago

    I predict pathetic photos (or heaven forbid, youtube videos) with people putting the yellow orb above their heads (maybe vertically, from behind, so you don’t see the ugly wand) and exclaiming that they have an idea.

    • PerfectCr
    • 10 years ago

    I could have used this against the Giant Enemy Spider to inflict Massive Damage.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 10 years ago

    how has no one made a vibrator joke yet?

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      21 posts agog{<.<}g

      • burntham77
      • 10 years ago

      I am calling it “The Black Stallion” and no one can stop me.

      • designerfx
      • 10 years ago

      the significance here is you are buying essentially a hitachi magic wand for less than $100 and you can even still use it for video games (clean it off first, of course)

      clarification/ps: sarcasm (hitachi thing is like $30)

    • jstern
    • 10 years ago

    Very innovating.

      • PerfectCr
      • 10 years ago

      /s

        • jstern
        • 10 years ago

        Huh?

          • indeego
          • 10 years ago

          sarcasm tagg{.}g

            • jstern
            • 10 years ago

            Oh.

    • danieldasilva
    • 10 years ago

    Ok, that light bulb at the end of the thing looks completely useless and retarded…

      • Mystic-G
      • 10 years ago

      If you hadn’t noticed it’s for the Eyetoy to detect where the controller is at for games that show yourself playing. It’ll turn the controller into whatever they want it to turn into.

        • wira020
        • 10 years ago

        Still retarded…

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    Um, Sony? Too late, ya think?

      • StashTheVampede
      • 10 years ago

      Not sure about that.

      The PS3 is gaining on the 360 worldwide, the Wii has slowed down its massive growth and there adoption of 3D firmware is coming to the PS3 in June/July. Out of the gate the PS3 seemed nuts, but they are clearly adding to the platform (like Microsoft) because of how powerful the platform is.

        • MrBojangles
        • 10 years ago

        Technically the 360 has only been beating the ps3 on sales here in the states. The ps3 was and is outselling the 360 in the rest of the world(especially in japan).

          • derFunkenstein
          • 10 years ago

          And in the UK. Europe as a whole is a +PS3, but in the UK the sales are very similar to how it’s been in the US.

    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    What DRM will Sony leave soiled on your hands after holding these thingsg{

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 10 years ago

      Built in wifi will verify authentication with Sony servers. If you lose connection, built in heaters will make it impossible to hold.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      They’ll serve ad content and if you try to block it the remotes don’t work :p

      • Palek
      • 10 years ago

      Both controllers contain a tiny little packet of explosive that will be detonated if the PS3 detects any nefarious activities such as the use of pirated discs. Say goodbye to your fingers!

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 10 years ago

        That’s actually just the battery.

          • Palek
          • 10 years ago

          Nicely done! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Vrock
      • 10 years ago

      Hi, 2005 called. They want their anti-Sony ZOMG DRM BMGWTFBBQ!!! comment back.

    • Mystic-G
    • 10 years ago

    Insert obvious Wii mote comments like it hasn’t been said 20,000 times since E3.

    • MrBojangles
    • 10 years ago

    Ign has a full article on this.Complete with videos,screen shots, and hands on impressions of the demo games.

    ยง[< http://gear.ign.com/articles/107/1076623p1.html<]ยง

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 10 years ago

    lol do I see a wiimote?

      • Welch
      • 10 years ago

      NOOOOOOO….. Clearly not a WII remote, the WII remote is white, this is BLACK…….. see…see…

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 10 years ago

    Ohhh look, a -[

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