We may be a few months behind on getting our hands on the Move, but that’s not gonna stop us from reviewing this and a couple of games that we’ve played with it. Is the PlayStation Move really worth it? Or is it just a substitute for the highly-demanded Wii HD?
The PlayStation Move is SCE’s attempt to enter the popular type of gaming popularized by Nintendo’s Wii, motion gaming. When the Move was first unveiled during E3 2009, it was easy to see the potential in the device but it was difficult to understand how hardcore gamers could be interested in a device. With it quickly compared to the Wii, some worried that most Move games would be directed towards casual gamers and be low-budget. Sony promised us that the Move would be for both casual and core gamers, and as new information was given to us, we believed them.
A couple of months later during 2010′s Game Developer’s Conference, we were given our first glimpse at a game that hardcore gamers can use the Move for. SOCOM 4, which is considered to be one of the most hardcore games on any consoles.
Between 2010′s GDC and its launch, Sony has held many public Move-focuses events all over the United States to give average gamers the chance to decide whether this debated device is for them or just a pretty Wiimote.
The PlayStation Move couldn’t be any easier to set-up. Plug in the PlayStation Eye to a USB port, calibrate the controller and that’s all there is to it. After played a few gamers with it, it’s not just an accessory that’s beneath the Dualshock 3, it’s pretty much a standard controller (I think the $50 price tag is proof enough). You can navigate the XMB with the Move, rewind/fast-forward and pause videos and you can even browse Netflix menus with it. The PlayStation Move’s face buttons are standard PlayStation buttons, Triangle, Circle, X and Square. Select and Start buttons are on either side of the controller and there’s a T trigger button on the back, and it’s a great trigger for games like Dead Space: Extraction and Killzone 3.
Check out the PlayStation Move Unboxing
While the orb is all pretty and glowy, I had to redecorate my entire room so the PlayStation Eye wouldn’t face the window during a sunny day. If there’s too much light behind you, the Eye and the system won’t be able to detect the orb and how far you are from the screen. Closing the curtains or dimming the light will easily solve these issues unless you have really bad curtains. The only thing I would truly change about the PlayStation Move is for it to be bundled with HD PS Eye cameras instead of this low-res crap so it can adapt to more environments.
I purchased the $99 Move bundle that came with the PlayStation Eye, PlayStation Move and Sports Champions and it was worth the price. It’s extremely accurate and it has enough potential to migrate into any gaming genre of today. I’ve played games like Killzone 3 and PlayStation Move Heroes, a first person shooter and a platformer, respectively, have a different, yet fresh feel with the Move.
What You Should Pick Up With The Move:
Eyepet: For your children
Killzone 3: For hardcore shooter fans
Start the Party!: For the family and non-gamers
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: For your elders
- Great for people who aren’t gamers
- Bundled with a low-res camera
- Too much demand not enough supply
- Some games require a navigation controller and some may not find a dualshock comfortable in one hand