Meet the Playstation “Move”

So much for that time I said I was sure Sony was going to name it the “Arc”.  Sony officially unveiled their new wand/motion controller, the Playstation Move, tonight during their keynote their keynote address at GDC.  According to Kotaku, documents from a European patent office surfaced earlier today, revealing the name early, but that wasn’t enough time for most people (Me) to get the message.

Anyways, so it’s called the Move.  I was wrong.  Get over it.

Sony is pretty excited about this thing.  Peter Dille, who led the Move presentation, claimed (indirectly) that the Move is more sensitive and versatile then thewiimote; “previous motion devices have used controller simply as pointer of mouse – ours becomes an extension of your body.”  For those who haven’t seen the Move before, it works with the Playstation “Eye” camera, so if you don’t have one you’ll need to get one of those as well…

Don’t worry though:  Sony said that, when Move launches this fall, there will be three different packages to suit every gamers needs:  A single Move controller, packaged with the Eye, or as part of a bundle with a PS3 console.  According to the presentation, the eye/move package should cost under 100 dollars.

So far, there hasn’t been any word about what kind of software support “Move” will have at launch.  Sony said the reason they pushed the Move’s launch back almost a year ago was to allow more compatible games to be available at launch, so there should be some interesting games on the way.  Sony has already announced that some upcoming franchise games will be Move-compatible, including SOCOM 4 and a re-release of LittleBigPlanet, dubbed “LittleBigPlanet Move”.

As for Move-Exclusives, there are only a couple known as of now.  First, there’s MOVE Party, which 1up.com compared to WarioWare on Wii.  “Sports Champions”, which looks like Wii Sports with real people.  Lastly, there’s a boxing game that has been referred to by various media outlets as both “Motion Fighter” and “Dukes”.  Thanks to Kotaku, we have a video of someone playing it.

More info will almost definitely be coming in the next few days…

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