Sony Inc. officially announced today its new PlayStation Move controller system, Sony’s much-anticipated answer to the Nintendo’s Wii-mote and Microsoft’s Project Natal.
The PlayStation Move is actually a set of motion controllers, sort of like the Nintendo’s Wii-mote and Nunchuk. However, the PS3 Move components connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, so there’s no annoying cable between the parent and child controller. The Move works hand-in-hand with the PlayStation Eye camera, and as such can be used to create augmented-reality objects inside games on-screen. (Don’t forget to check out the video below after the jump!)
The Move controllers are designed to provide a highly accurate gesture and motion tracking on new games and Sony said the gaming system – which allows gamers to use a wand-like controller to control on-screen action – would deliver a gaming experience “unlike anything on the market”.
Sony said players would feel like they were actually in the game, thanks to the system’s ability to detect movements, angles and positions with accuracy. “The Move motion controller delivers unmatched accuracy through its advanced motion sensors, including a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor, as well as a colour-changing sphere that is tracked by PlayStation Eye camera,” said Sony.
Sony also added: “Through the PlayStation Move system, both fast and subtle motion can be detected, whether the user is swinging a tennis racket or painting with a brush. The system can even capture the player’s voice or image, enabling augmented reality experiences.”
Almost 40 developers, including Activision, Capcom and Electronic Arts, have confirmed they will build games for the Move system. The PlayStation Move Controller, will be available this fall in a starter kit that begins at under $100 for a Move, a PlayStation eye camera and a game, is its attempt to jump ahead of Microsoft’s Natal and to begin winning over Wii users. [PlayStation via Telegraph and Techtree]