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Sony: Move Not Designed To Be A "Casual Controller"

While there's little doubt that the Wii's motion controller was indeed designed for casual widespread appeal (you never saw so many non-gamers flocking to a store's game section), Sony continually wants to separate themselves from that aim.

Sony typically takes whatever chance they can get to differentiate their PlayStation Move controller from what Nintendo is currently offering. And beyond the obvious increase in technology and precision, and beyond the fact that Sony intends to produce many Move-compatible titles for mature audiences, is the actual design of the controller. In speaking to OPM, Sony R&D manager Dr. Richard Marks spoke about the marketing goals for the company's nifty new peripheral:

"We worked really hard to have a compromise of simplicity and effectiveness. You want to pick it up and know exactly what to do. There's a big, simple button under your thumb and nice analogue buttons. So those are for the casual players, but then we had the original PlayStation symbols for the core experiences," Marks continues. "It was really important that the design appeal to both. We don't want it to be a casual controller, that wasn't the goal."

By targeting major titles in the existing and future PlayStation 3 lineup, Sony really is making a push for Move to be recognized by those always-valuable "core gamers. This is why the likes of SOCOM 4, Killzone 3, and the Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition will feature Move compatibility. So in other words, Sony says Move is both accessible to a large number of people but is also something the hardcore followers would enjoy. Well, we don't have much longer to wait to find out...

Tags: move, playstation move, sony, ps3

7/13/2010 10:24:50 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (26 posts)

Mamills
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:41:47 AM
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but yet the look of it is of a retarded dildo...

hmm

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:49:20 AM

So, basically any hand held device that is cylindrical looks like a dildo? I take it that you have the same things to say about flashlights, microphones, cordless phones, cellphones, and those wonderfully curved remote controls used by Cable and satellite providers around the globe?

You'd think that by now, you'd have got tired making the same joke about Move every time it's mentioned.

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:55:04 AM

To me it looks like 2 things: a wand, and a sword's hilt. Color me excited.

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Victor321
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 12:07:44 PM

Lol I was about to say that my friends call it a Dildo, but since all of us are hardcore gamers, they do acknowledge that Sony is trying their best to make motion sensing for the hardcore "work", to say the least.

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Mamills
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 7:36:41 AM

its still a retarded looking design.

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:46:54 AM
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So, it's accessible by the majority - including casual gamers, but wasn't designed for that market. It kinda sounds like they're saying that it was designed to be a core (not necessarily *hard* core) controller from the get go, but that it was made accessible to ensure that casual gamers would not be put off. That sounds like the reverse of the approach taken by Nintendo and more recently by Microsoft.

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:54:02 AM

Which is better for us, yes? More games tailored to us.

I wanna play Sorcery, I've been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and the whole wizard concept presented in those books. 2011 can't come soon enough.

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:57:21 AM

Yes, I think so. If you design for the core audience and make sure that your device serves the hardcore and casual gamers in addition to the 'core' audience, then you hit every target pretty well. This should mean more games for everyone.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 11:10:37 AM

I've pre-ordered Sorcery on Amazon already :)

Also, the move package and an extra wand.

The package comes with the Move controller, the sports game, and a sub-controller. I'm getting an extra controller for boxing game and others that I've seen being played with 2.

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 1:12:20 PM

@ wolfcrimson

If you are into sorcery type fantasy like harry potter and the like, I highly suggest you read The Bartimaeus Trilogy. 3 wonderful books with a great story.
Also there is a series that has only released 2 books so far(3rd comes out this fall) called Monster Blood tattoo. I've really enjoyed them both, happen to like them more than harry potter.

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 1:21:25 PM

@kraygen: Thanks, I'll check it out.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 11:04:47 AM
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Every third party demo I've seen seems to be blown away with the precision and ease of use for it. I'll save my praise for when I actually got it in my hands, but the potential of it is pretty immense. I can picture playing SOCOM or even COD with it, if you can get better or on par precision as with a mouse it could revolutionize controllers.

I realize that what I said is probably pie in the sky talk, I think the Move will offer a more realistic experience but I doubt the precsion will be better. Simply because of the fine motor control with your thumbs is exponentially more than that of your whole hand and wrist. (The thumb takes up 90% of the motor control in the cerebral cortex for the hand)

Now, if you could stabilize your hand with your other hand then you might be able to have better control. Or, just like with a mouse, rest your wrist and arm on a table then maybe it'll offer better control.

I can't wait to try it out.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 12:25:56 PM
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More stuff like Sorcery

I hope Sony notices how much people love that game.

And take that into account when pursuing more MOVE games.
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Heroes on the Move might be fun as well, just need to see more of it.

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 1:14:14 PM

Couldn't agree more, I am so excited for sorcery, the last game I was this excited for was WKC and I'm hoping sorcery is successful at winning me over as WKC was.

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HAMCHUNKS
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 9:13:19 PM

OH man Sorcery was really good, at first i was like meh, then it was like they just kept showing more and more and i was just excited to play the game

i doubt there is much more than just what they showed at E3

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 1:15:28 PM
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This is really good to know. They're basically saying they wanted some more customers, but weren't willing to sacrifice those of us who have been buying and playing their games all these years.

Thanks sony, I appreciate you remembering us.

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HAMCHUNKS
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 9:11:36 PM
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HECK! im buying specifically for shooters, its going to be more precise than a DS3, more like a mouse and keyboard

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 9:35:38 PM
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I think they're saying this so they don't get panned by the hard core gamers. The thing comes with "Sony Wii Sports" for crying out loud!

Patching it into HR and featuring it in Socom is all fine and good, but this thing needs a killer app for a certain audience. You can't cater to everyone. Nintendo proved that much.

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Robochic
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 1:52:19 AM
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I'm really excited for the Move the more and more I read about it, preordered mine a few weeks ago let my 5 year old choose the colour he likes red cause he wants to be a Sith Lord LOL.

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___________
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 4:18:06 AM
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so thats why its 240 bucks? 60 bucks shy of the price of a brand new wii with 2 years extended warranty, a extra controller and 4 games?

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JPBooch
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 8:45:45 AM
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What's 240 bucks?
Starter Bundle is 99.96
Comes with
1 Move Controller
1 Sub-Controller
Sports Champions Game

Move Controller is 49.96
Sub-Controller (totally unnecessary with bundle) is 29.96

So, the total would be 149.92 or 179.88 if you got 2 subs.

What are you buying for another 60 bucks?

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 10:07:13 AM

You can use your DualShock3 or sixaxis as the sub-controller, so you don't actually *need* to buy the sub-controllers.

In fact if you already have a PSEye and DS3 or Sixaxis controller, all you need is the $50 Move controller and you're ready to go. Though I bet a lot of people opt for the optional sub-controller anyway.

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JPBooch
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 10:33:09 AM

You are exactly right Highlander. I was making a point that even if you splurge for all the stuff, it still doesn't add up to 240 bucks. I guess it's just another exaggerated comment by our wonderful no-name....the funny thing is, 1 person actually gave him a thumbs up for his nonsense.

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 11:13:59 AM

It was probably himself...

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___________
Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 8:29:28 AM

you dont need a sub controller, its just allot easier and more comfortable.
but what sony wont tell you is some of the games, like the gladiator game in the demo disk requires 2 move controllers.
if you want to be able to play every game than you need 2 move controllers and 1 ps eye at the absolute minimum!
that alone would cost you 100 AUD + 80 for a extra move controller.
not to mention accessories like the charger which is 40 AUD now thats one expensive charger!!!!!, or move shooter.

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ghinasky
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 4:06:19 AM
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Sony has a long tradition & history of phenomenal and innovative quality consumer electronics technology. From the cassette tape player/recorder Walkman to CD Discman to DVD to original PlayStation to blu-ray. PlayStation Move will be the next in line to uphold this tradition.

The PlayStation Move are now available for live demos at Best Buy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ffl_k2PFUg and see real peoples experiences.

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