FAQ: Sony PlayStation Move
Your questions answered
Move, the long-awaited motion controller system for PlayStation 3 hits the shelves today. Not sure what it's all about? Read on...
What is it?
PlayStation Move is a stick-like handheld game controller that's able to detect its orientation, location and movement in three dimensions.
Sounds a bit like the Wii Remote...
It does, and it's essentially the same thing. Sony maintains Move's detectors are very sensitive and tacitly suggests the peripheral is more accurate than the Wii Remote. Whether that's the case remains to be seen, especially when compared with the Wii Remote plus Nintendo's MotionPlus add-on.
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The WiiMote doesn't have a coloured globe. What's the one on Move for?
It's used for two things. First, it gives the PS3 extra information about how far away from the console the controller is, or how close. This gives it an edge over the WiiMote. Second, it changes colour to feed game-specific information to the console.
How is the globe 'read' by the PS3?
This is where the console's EyeToy webcam comes into play. It watches the Move's globe during gameplay. The Move software uses the video feed from the EyeToy to monitor the size of the globe - giving an indication of the controller's distance from the console - and it's colour.
How does the controller talk to the console?
The controller communicates with the PS3 wirelessly over the same Bluetooth link regular wireless controllers use. The Move navigation controller does the same.
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The navigation controller?
Yes, it's a secondary controller with O and X PlayStation keys, direction controls and a thumb-facing analogue joypad. It's Move's answer to the Nintendo Nunchuk.
How crucial is the navigation controller?
The navigation controller isn't essential, but some games will require it, or at least be harder to play without one. Gamers can use a regular wireless PS3 pad as an alternative.
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What controls does the motion controller have?
It has the four PlayStation 'shape' keys, plus a Move button on the front and a trigger-style control on the underside.
Is there a wrist strap like there is on the WiiMote?
So is it just a case of swinging it around to control on-screen tennis rackets and such?
That's undoubtedly one way Move is used - as you can see from our video gallery - but Sony seems to have designed the controller to provide much more data, allowing games not simply to query where it is at a given moment, but to track it over time, so they can implement 3D gestures. Because it's also looking for the globe, if the globe disappears, that can be used to trigger an action. Couple that with a gesture and you can, say, spin round to launch a certain kind of attack in the game.
The Fight: Lights Out
Quite how far this kind of thing can go is really going to be shown over time as developers take this technology and implement clever uses for it in their games.
What games are coming out that support Move?
Tons of games are on the way, with many designed purely for Move. Various other titles have support for Move control. For a full list of compatible games, past, present and future, check out our PS3 Move game schedule. Here's a few tasters of what's to come:
TV Superstars is a reality TV game, while The Shoot is an on-the-rails shooter that takes place on a film set. Sports Champions is a bionic, HD version of Wii Sports, with the boxing element taken out, made more visceral and released separately as The Fight: Lights Out. Start the Party is a compendium title with an emphasis on augmented reality.
Pretty much all the major games publishers have also lined up to say they're working on Move-capable titles.
How many controllers can I have?
As many as you like, but you'll only be able to connect four of them to the PS3 at once. That's four devices - a motion controller and a navigation controller count as two devices, not one as is the case with the Wii. That's the downside with connecting the navigation controller wirelessly, rather than through a cable to the motion controller.
What if I'm left handed?
The Playstation Move can be calibrated for left-handed people.
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How much does it all cost?
A Starter Pack that includes a motion controller, EyeToy camera and games disc will set you back £45, this doesn't include a navigation controller - it can be bought separately for £25. A bundle which includes the Starter Pack plus a 320GB PS3 and Sports Champions is available at £285. More bundles will no doubt be available to suit different needs. ®