GDC 10: Sony "Arc" Officially Named As PlayStation Move
It was unveiled at E3 last year but this new unveiling is a bit more official; it features the actual name of the product.
Previously rumored to be known as the "Arc," the new motion sensing technology will be called PlayStation Move. We received the press release not long after it was shown during Sony's press conference at this year's Game Developers Conference, and if you want some actual hands-on opinions, go visit Engadget. They're saying this dual unit will offer a "motion-based, high-definition gaming experience unlike anything on the market." We will also receive the sub-controller at the same time; it will be used in conjunction with the main motion controller for "intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects." Of course, you will need the PlayStation Eye in order for Move to "move" and while we don't yet have pricing for the latter, they say the total setup will cost you less than $100. Furthermore, one of the reasons the technology was delayed from the spring to the fall was because Sony wanted some compatible titles available for the launch. And during the display of Move at GDC, they showed off Sports Champions, MoveParty, and Motion Fighters.
Here's the specifics of the release:
"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 color-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 analog trigger, while receiving physical feedback from rumble functionality and visual feedback from the sphere's ability to display a variety of different colors. Furthermore, PlayStation Eye camera can capture the player's voice or image, enabling augmented reality experiences."
A grand total of 36 third-party developers and publishers are ready to support PlayStation Move and in fiscal year 2010, SCE Worldwide Studios will provide us with over 20 games "that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform." So how's all this strike you?
3/10/2010 9:00:24 PM Ben Dutka