Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:51

Sony Motion Controller specifications

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Coinciding with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco come the details of the Sony foray into game motion control.  Here are the specifications and details of the colourful PlayStation 3 controller once known as 'Arc', now dubbed the PlayStation Move.

Going up against the incumbent in the blue corner; the Nintendo Wii Remote, as well as the startling, sophisticated rookie in the red corner; the Microsoft Project Natal, is the Sony Motion Move motion controller.

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Sony is planning to get in the swing of things when it comes to the casual gaming attraction of motion control.  Here is what Sony say regarding the new PlayStation Move controller, including some specifications of the device.

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that PlayStation®Move motion controller for PlayStation®3 (PS3â„¢) computer entertainment system, launches worldwide this fall (Australian Spring), offering a motion-based, high-definition gaming experience unlike anything on the market. Concurrently with its launch, SCE will also release PlayStation®Move sub-controller to be used along with the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects. The PlayStation Move platform, including the motion controller, sub-controller, and PlayStation®Eye camera, together with a strong line-up of software titles, will deliver an innovative and highly immersive experience on the PS3 system.

The combination of the PS3 system and PlayStation Eye camera detects the precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space of PlayStation Move motion controller, allowing users to intuitively play the game as if they themselves are within the game.

PlayStation 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. Through PlayStation Move system, both fast and subtle motion can be detected, whether the user is swinging a tennis racket, or painting with a brush. With PlayStation Move motion controller, users can provide direct input through action buttons and an analogue trigger, while receiving physical feedback from rumble functionality and visual feedback from the sphere's ability to display a variety of different colours. Furthermore, PlayStation Eye camera can capture the player's voice or image, enabling augmented reality experiences.

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The newly announced PlayStation Move sub-controller is a one-handed controller, developed to further expand the game play options that PlayStation Move games can offer. PlayStation Move sub-controller features a sleek curved design that pairs with the motion controller and comes with an analogue stick and directional buttons that allow users to easily control the game when moving characters or choosing a direction. Like all other Wireless Controllers for the PS3 system, it comes with a built in lithium-ion rechargeable battery as well as Bluetooth® technology, enabling the controller to transfer the input information wirelessly to the PS3 system without a cable. PlayStation Move motion controller and sub-controller will further broaden the gaming experience on the PS3 system for all genres, from games that use one motion controller to games that use both controllers.

The introduction of PlayStation Move controllers has been well received within the industry and now 36 third party developers and publishers*3 have decided to support PlayStation Move platform. In fiscal year 2010, SCE Worldwide Studios will also release more than 20 games that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform.
SCE, with strong support from software developers and publishers, will deploy various measures to enhance the PlayStation Move software title line-up and vigorously promote the PS3 platform.


Product name
PlayStation®Move motion controller
Product code
CECH-ZCM1
Release date
Fall 2010
Recommended retail price
To be decided
Color
Black
Mass
Approx. 145 g
External dimension
Approx. 200mm × 46mm (height × diameter)
Battery type
Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage
DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature
5C - 35C


Product name
PlayStation®Move sub-controller
Product code
CECH-ZCS1
Release date
Fall 2010
Recommended retail price
To be decided
Color
Black
Mass
Approx. 95 g
External dimension
Approx. 138mm × 42mm (height × diameter)
Battery type
Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion batter
Voltage
DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature
5C - 35C

The big question now that the hardware has been defined is whether a killer application will accompany.  The press conference at GDC indicated games along the lines of the ever-popular Wii Sports mini-game compilation bundled with the Nintendo console, Sports Champions and Move Party have been named along with supportive titles coming from all the big third-party developers.

The other big question is pricing, from GDC the hint was a number of options including a bundle with the EyeToy Camera arriving under US$100 as well as a PS3 bundle and stand alone versions at retail.

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