Sony Boss Comments On PlayStation Move Competition
This fall, there will be a three-horse race for supremacy in the motion-sensing realm, and SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has commented on the competition.
Obviously, there will be no topping the Wii in terms of sheer popularity (i.e., sales), but in terms of potential and the best technology, that will be a battle between PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Natal for the Xbox 360. The latter doesn't use a controller - which is intriguing, to say the least - while the Move appears similar to the Wii setup, only it's definitely more advanced. Yoshida showed off Move at GDC last month and in speaking to Edge Magazine about the Wii's MotionPlus system and Natal, he said:
"Well, we don't know about Natal yet, so all we can say from watching in a general sense how it plays is that we've been familiar with the controller-less system since the days of the EyeToy. That's very accessible, so a two-year-old to an 80-year-old lady can play games. But we also know the limitations of making games without a controller. So I'm very curious as to how Microsoft will solve that issue.
Compared to Wii and Wii MotionPlus, the biggest advantage is precision, not only movement but 3D spatial recognition and orientation. We can incorporate very subtle movement into games...that's not possible with the Wii system."
Sony delayed the launch of Move to ensure that we'd have plenty of compatible titles available. It may be on store shelves at about the same time as Natal this fall, which is when the motion-sensing war will hit its stride. Both pieces of technology could be interesting to experiment with, but which will eventually come out on top?
4/23/2010 9:19:20 PM John Shepard