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Playstation Move Price and Release Date Move Into Focus

by Paul Strauss

Sony today took the wraps off of their new PlayStation Move controller system, their much-anticipated answer to the Nintendo Wii-mote and Microsoft’s Project Natal.


The PlayStation Move is actually a set of motion controllers, sort of like the 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. The Move controllers are designed to provide a highly accurate gesture and motion tracking on new games and Sony says they’ll be able to create much more precise gaming experiences to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers.

The main Move controller looks sort of like a Mr. Microphone, but with a color-changing LED ball at the top. I’m not exactly sure what purpose the ball serves other than to look silly, but it might be used as a key for the players to know which controller corresponds to their on screen characters.


Sony plans on releasing the Move in three versions, one with just the pair of Move wands (if you already own an Eye camera), a PlayStation Move Starter Kit that includes the Move wands, a PlayStation Eye and a game. They’ll also be selling a bundle with the PS3 Slim and the Move Starter Kit. They expect for the Starter Kit bundle to sell for  $99 (USD) and to ship the controllers September 19th, just in time for the busy 2010 holiday season. You can pre-order the Move Starter Kit now at Amazon.

[via PlaystationTEAM]

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Comments (23):

  1. XpAcErX says:

    the Wii only sales Gimmick has competition now, sucks to be the Wii.

  2. sir kero says:

    “I’m not exactly sure what purpose the ball serves other than to look silly,”

    That’s how the Eyetoy tracks your motions, silly!

    • flffi says:

      the orb thing is there to tell you if its on and so you can tell the difference between controllers

      • flffi is dumb says:

        The orb thing is for the ps eye to track the remote with extreme precion and the colors are cool and good to see which player u are er somtin

        • sebastian says:

          yep he is right

        • RoxasIII says:

          The orb on the top is for the eye toy. It makes it possible for it to track the wand, whereas the wand itself just contains a gyro-sensor and an accelerometer. The orb changes color during play, which is used to send “color coded” instructions to the eye toy so that it can respond appropriately.

    • Mr.WHO says:

      The orb is what the controller is about! It is detected by the PlayStation eye and the buttons on it are to use it like the normal controller, so the orb is the most important. And it changes colours to show it status!!

  3. Naughty Dog says:

    Wow, all the kit for just 99$, a pretty cheap deal i must say. I just hope it wont be too complicated to operate due to its high and realistic sensitivity.

  4. valentine says:

    the orb is there so the camera can pick it up easily and you can change the colours depending on the background colour of the room

    • clint says:

      u all right any one that has seen cgi fight scenes from the making of any film would know that type of technology is used for speciall effects and blue scren it good to know it works lol

  5. chris says:

    the ball changes colours to show to the eye toy which controller is which. the eyetoy can tell how far the away the controller is by the size of the ball.

  6. kk says:

    this is amazing….i like natal but afta alot of research…diz iz gonna rape natal…no offense to x box lovers…love u guys!

    • rhett says:

      this is definitly gonna give the natal a run for its money . this thing looks so awsome .

  7. Dawe says:

    I cant wait for this, Sony always comes out with wikked stuff. Natal is a cool concept, but XBox is a rip-off…way over rated. I bet you’ll pay 200 bucks for Natal.

  8. drake says:

    Go Wii!
    I bought PS3 and Wii and Wii is the best. so entertaining! Wii all the way…!!
    I’m getting PS move too.

    Seriously people. You guys are materialistic. How do you guys choose a girlfriend apart from complementing on the boobs?

    I don’t care how the machine looks like. All I care is what it can do.

  9. stunt says:

    all i know is all you guys need to go back to school and learn how to spell or type!

  10. stunt says:

    …spend so much time complaining on a particular subject but cant even address it properly. Brilliant!!

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