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The Playstation consoles have never really been the consoles for casual gamers, and in my opinion there never really WAS a console for the casual gamer. Until the Wii came along, and blew both Microsoft and Sony out of the pool of casual gamers. I don't think either company expected it and they struggled to produce games that the casual snapped up like they did games for Nintendo's latest console outing. The Playstation Move is Sony's answer to the Wii, not another console but an new kind of controller (akin to the Wiimote) that interacts with the Playstation Eye (which is just a webcam for the PS3).
This Starter Pack contains both the Move controller and the Eye camera. But not included is another controller to interact with the Move - the Navigation controller (akin to the Nunchuk of the Wii), however this can be substituted for an ordinary PS3 controller & it is not used in that many games really so wasn't essential to be included in this pack to get you started. There is also a disc with some demos to try out the move with. The pack is perfect if, like me, you don't have the Eye camera to begin with, it gets you great savings on buying the camera & the controller separately. If you do own the Eye picking up the Move on its own is a better move - the demo disc is nothing special since most if not all of the demos will be on the PS Store by now - although it is not so great value.
Setting this up is very easy, the Eye is just connected by USB and the Move is synched to the console in the same way you synch your normal controller (connecting it using the mini USB to USB charging cable).
I find that Move is very accurate, following my actions immediately and perfectly, it works by picking up the light emitted from the end of the controller (different controllers are assigned different colours if there is more than one player). Although sometimes I find that if the room is too dark or too bright it won't always pick up correctly, but this is easily rectified by turning a lamp or two on or off. The controller is comfy and easy to hold to press the button (it can be confusing for a while remembering which buttons are where). The Eye can be placed above or below the screen, but it doesn't always stay on top of a TV screen on its own, tape or blu-tack may be required.
The Move has a wide range of compatible games now, from fitness to ones to keep your kids engrossed (Eyepet Move), to ones that end up being great fun at drunken student parties (yes I have personal experience of the latter - Kung Fu Rider being played by a bunch of drunks people is one of the funniest things I've ever seen) to augmenting an already great FPS experience (Killzone 3). There does seem to be a lack of good quality Move games, with most being mediocre, but there's something for everyone and there is more, great looking games, coming out in the near future.
Great fun for all the family. It's as simple as that really. The move may not support the most sophisticated games at the moment but it is a great way to spend some time and a massive step up from the Wii. Whether it's having friends round for a session of drunken move table tennis or playing eye-pet with your young niece it is always fun.
The starter kit comes with the camera, one move controller and a collection of demos to get you going.
It is very easy to get started, just find somewhere to perch your camera (I ended up buying a clip to put it on my TV, although not essential), install the demo disk and get playing. The demo games are a mixed bag but certainly there is a few hours of great entertainment there. The Tiger Woods golf will show you how much more responsive the Move is compared to the Wii, now you actually have to be able to swing a golf club! If you access the PlayStation store you should be able to find a handful of more advanced Move compatible demos for free.
A few games I am loving on the move at the moment are:
Sports Champions (6 great sports games you will never tire of)
Move Fitness (my girlfriend is obsessed with this calorie counting classic!)
House of the Dead Overkill (using the controller as a gun is highly addictive and very accurate)
I have always liked the wii controller system and when playstation brought out their own version I thought I would give it a go.
The starter pack contains one playstation move controller with wrist strap (saves you from accidentally throwing it into the tv!), an eyecamera and starter disc with demos and set up instructions.
The move is easy to set up, you just need to plug the controller and the camera into the playstation and thats it really, the controller doesnt come charged which is kind of annoying as you need to plug it in and charge it before it can be used.
The controller itself is comfortable to hold and the buttons are positioned so they are easy to use. It has a colour changing ball thing on the top of the controller which the eyecamera detects so it can detect your movement, not sure if this is maybe a bit gimicy, seems slightly unnecessary, but it does looks pretty cool with the different colours.
The eyecamera sits on top or underneath your tv. The usb cable is a bit unflexable so can be difficult to position the camera without it being moved about by the cable. I felt the best possition for my camera was on top of the tv but the only way I was able to secure the camera was by taping it to the tv! Since the majority of televisions these days are flat screen I think some sort of adaptor should be provided so you can sit the camera on top of the tv more easily, I know that can be bough seperately but still it sould be nice if it was included.
The demos are fun to play and give you a taste of what the move can do, it is pretty smooth at picking up your movements and the gameplay and graphics of the games are good.
Overall I would definitely recommend this, gives you something a bit different to do with your playstation.
Having all of the consoles means that when one does something new you are waiting to see what happens with the others to try to better it and thanks to the Nintendo Wii everyone has been awaiting the responses from both Microsoft and Sony, well here is the offering from Sony in the form of the Move with the starter pack having all you need to allow you to experience their take on the new age of gaming but was it a step in the right direction?
The Playstation Move motion controller which this pack comes with has an in-built battery so that you can keep re-charging the unit without the need to go through batteries or buy an add on to enable you to have a rechargeable controller.
The motion controller comes with a colourful ball on the top is something which is attractive and new for a controller and means that young children are more likely to want to get up and play which is good for their health and their fitness levels. The ball also changes colour to provide a visual feedback of what is going on in game.
The motion controller is (as you would expect) wireless which enables you to have greater movement with the least trouble.
The Playstation Eye Camera included within the starter pack means that not only is your motion monitored but you can be captured and part of the game which is something that is a new feature that we have yet to see in the Wii (what this is trying to take on directly).
The controller has an in-built motion sensor technology that is designed to track a number of different things including the angle of the controller, the rotation of the controller, etc to enable for you to be as accurate as possible.
The starer pack also comes with a disc of demos so you can try out some of what this new control system is able to do.
The motion controller has the standard action buttons found on the standard sixaxis controller to ensure you don't need to keep switching between the two and thanks to a sleep design these are easy to use and navigate.
The controller offers vibration feedback so that during your game you have the most interaction possible.
This is a starter pack and for me it felt like a weak offering as it simply did not offer enough of what you can experience with the new control system. Warnings that these are only demos and may not represent the quality of the final product lead to you feeling like they are unwilling to show their hand fully and for me this is a real let down.
I found the control system to be a bit of a let down as whilst an improvement on the Wii is simply nowhere near the quality able to be had with the Microsoft Kinect and for this reason I sold my Move pack within a few days of purchase.
Overall a poor showing for Sony when compared to their rivals and not the quality I had hoped for/expected. An ok control system but for me aimed at gimicky games for children rather than being a serious piece of kit. Not recommended unless you have children and are looking to keep them entertained.
Even though we have had a Wii for about 4 years I've never really taken the fitness element of the Wii fit too seriously. I'm not sure if this is because of the graphics or the types of games but for some reason I've struggled to really use it for fitness. As a result when we saw the Playstation Move in action we decided that it would be a much better alternative. Having been released at the same time as Kinect for Xbox 360 we waited for the prices to start to fall before buying this, the starter pack for Playstation Move.
What Do You Get
Within the Playstation move starter pack you get the webcam or Playstation Eye as it's actually called, which detects your motioned and transfers it to the screen and also 1 Move controller. The Playstation Eye is a specially designed webcam for use exclusively with the Playstation in order to transfer footage into games. This technology was quickly developed to allow Sony to create a rival to the Wii and Kinect. The move controller works in a similar way to the standard dual shock controller and connects using wireless technology but perhaps it would be better to look at this in greater individual detail in a minute.
Within the box you also get a disk with a number of taster games to show you what Playstation Move is all about. This was perhaps where I had my biggest complaint about the Move Starter pack, as I really did feel that it should have contained a game rather than just a demo. This is perhaps more pertinent a point now that you can get games for the move for about 6 or 7 pounds and it really wouldn't have cost them much more to include a free, perhaps specially developed game with this starter pack rather than just a disk of demos.
Originally developed for use with the eye pet software on the PS3, the developers have expanded the abilities of the Playstation Eye. It connects up to the PS3 using a USB port and as soon as it's plugged in it is ready to go. I was quite impressed by how simple it was to get up and running. The camera includes a microphone that can reduce background noise, allows you to actually record video and also has a zoom function that make it a far better alternative for these types of games than the sensor bar on the Wii. With the camera technology the PS takes the image of the player and transports them onto the screen, meaning your movements are more accurately mapped and followed.
The Move Controller is one of the best innovations I've seen in a while. It combines the wireless properties of the original PS3 controllers with an effective method of translating movement onto the screen and into the games. It does this by using Bluetooth technology and a coloured sphere on the end of the controller, which is detected by the Playstation eye, translating every move you make onto the screen. I was dubious about how well this controller and the eye would communicate but the accuracy of your movement and the transition into games is incredibly impressive.
Perhaps the biggest question was going to be the availability of games for the Playstation Move, but there are 39 different studios working on developing new games and altering older games to introduce the Move technology. These range from Fitness games like My Fitness Coach to thrillers like one of my favourite games Heavy Rain. It was a concern of mine before we invested the cash in this system but Sony and their partner developers seem to be committed to the Playstation move and that can only be a good thing.
But How Much Is It?
When we purchased our Starter kit it was retailing for £49.99, however it can now be picked up for £39.99, which is a decent price considering an additional Move controller is currently retailing for £28.99 and the eye costs in the region of £17.99, then buying this starter pack is generating a saving.
For me there are a couple with this Starter Pack and they are both in relation to items that should be included but aren't. Firstly as already mentioned this only comes with a demo of the types of games that are available rather than a full game, which was disappointing. The other disappointment was the lack of a Playstation Move Navigation Controller, which some games seem to require to play. As a result it doesn't make this a full starter pack as an additional element is still required, costing an additional £17.99.
Not Just a Gimmick Then?
I think it would be fair to say that Sony have put a lot of work into making this into a quality product to real compete in the market. This starter pack is worthwhile but could have been better in terms of its content. That said there are games starting from as little as £5 for the Playstation Move and this pack is enough to be able to plug in and start playing, with the additional controllers and accessories able to be added as you use the system more and more. It is important to mention that if you already have a Playstation Eye then don't waste your time buying this as the Eye that came with Eye Pets works just the same as the one in this box.
Overall this is an excellent product from Sony that has succeeded where my Wii failed and got me far more active interacting with the games. Where I often felt the Wii was more of a social console, the development of games and accessories for the Playstation Move is turning the PS3 into a serious fitness tool, well in our house at least. I'd be happy to recommend the Playstation Move starter pack even though it could have been better as it provides a cheaper alternative to buying the elements separately.
I'll start off by talking about what is included in the box. You are first supplied with a single motion controller (No Navigation Controller/Nunchuk), A Playstation Eye controller and a starter disc which has about eight game demos which feature the playstation move.
After playing the playstation move for a while, I can say that the controls are incredibly tight and accurate, far better than the Wii Motion Plus. As the camere (playstation eye) tracks the players whereabouts throughout the room and where the motion controller is, and the controller itself has all the motion technology you would come to expect inside it.
As for what's inside the box, I am a little dissapointed as it only comes with the motion controller and not the navigation controller/nunchuck, Also how it comes with no real games- only demos. It would be ice if it came bundled with a game such as Sports Champions or something similar.
Ok, I am not going to argue about this vs the Kinect...as it really is impossible to judge. What I do know is that since that, that my whole family have had fun playing on the PS3, from me, to my dad who is under chemotherapy, to my old granddad. The fact is that this is for casual gamers. This is not going to make you want to use it every time you play on the PS3. However, it is a laugh, whenever you are with your friends you will play it, and especially after a couple of beers, playing volleyball can get interesting. I do suggest buying at least 3 more controllers, so you can have two players playing with two controllers, and although this is expensive, it justifies buying the system in the first place.
The controllers are quick to respond and accurate, and although this isn't a technical review they are a technological advance from the Wii.
In all, a great system, and fun for the whole family.
In response to questions, I paid £35, easily worth it. In fact I would be happy to pay double that. It is a motion tracking system, whereby you can play sports and action games by carrying out the actions that you would in real life.
So this review will go through why the Playstation Move is slightly better than the Wii. This new accessory for the Playstation 3 is meant to bring in more casual gamers into the market (just like Microsoft's Kinect is trying to do for the Xbox 360). Playstation Move succeeds. It succeeds mainly through the fact that it uses existing technology (the Playstation Eye picks up the gesture movements) and through the power of the PS3, gesture based gaming can be played in HD.
The Playstation Move can be easily picked up via the Playstation Eye and as long as the ambient light in the room isn't too bright, it can easily pick up the Move controller. The Move controller contains a trigger and the standard face buttons from the controller (Triange, Square, Circle, X) are used on the controller. If you want an analogue stick, you will need to buy the navigation controller,which is sold separately and is used in parallel with the Move controller.
The only issue with the Move, is that there is the constant need to calibrate the thing! Even in a nicely lit room, it loses the tracking on the Move controller every now and then!
The games for the Move make full use of the technology. Sports Champions is a particular example and shows just how much more accurate the Move is compared to the Wii MotionPlus! As well as many games for the casual gamer, hardcore games such as Resident Evil 5 and Heavy Rain are being given Move controls (that add an extra motion aspect to the games) and is nicely done in games such as Killzone3, with reloading being performed through a twist of the wrist and accurate aiming with your guns)! The Move is also far cheaper compared to the Kinect (for the navigation and Move controller they will set you back no more than £50)!
A fantastic product and if you don't have a Wii and want to play motion based games, then the Move is for you. If you have the Wii and want to play in HD, then the Move is for you. If you have a Wii and not a PS3, then you're not missing out on much!
I was bought the Playstation Move as a Christmas present and I love it, It is good fun, I got to sports game, which is a good all rounder to try it out on. The only way I can describe the move is like a high definition Wii console, if it is meant to rival the Xbox kinekt I think it has failed unfortunately, but I think the console is better than the Xbox all round, I know a few will disagree with that.
The best thing about the move is the gun attachments that show a lot of games will be released in the future built to be compatible with the Move. One title very soon to be released is Killzone 3, which by the look of the trailers is going to be amazing, and obviously more realistic when playing on the Move.
The starter pack is the best place to begin as it comes with everything you need, although I do recommend buying an additional remote. Also the navigation controller that is on sale is not required, it's optional, the normal PS3 six axis removes can be used to navigate.
All round I would recommend it, it is good fun and the sports game is a brilliant game to start with as it gives you a good idea of the workings and the accuracy of the Move remotes
In 2006, the Wii was released and turned out to be fantastic. It was different from any other console - you aimed a remote at your telly to play various games. It's simple, but brilliant. Because it was such a success, another company would almost certainly make something like it. So, a few months ago, Sony released Move which is a device for their PlayStation 3 console. Like the Wii, you aim a remote at a sensor by your telly and play. It turns out to be even better than the Wii.
To get your money's worth from Move, you can get a 'Starter Pack' with it. This includes the Move controller, the PlayStation Eye sensor and a disc which includes several demos. You get this for around £45. First, I'll talk about the Move controller.
It has a fairly unusual design. It is a black stick with a ball on the end. This lights up in different colours as you play. This is what makes Move work. The black stick is where you hold the controller. It is shaped so that you can grip it comfortably. On the front of the stick, you have the buttons that are on a normal PlayStation controller - Cross, Circle, Triangle and Square. The start and select buttons are on the side of the remote, and there is a big button on the front displaying the Move logo. Finally, there is a trigger on the back named 'T'. Overall, the remote is unusual but somewhat good-looking and easy to grip.
The PlayStation Eye was released before Move came out, for games like EyePet and EyeCreate. Now, it acts as a sensor. Providing you are in the correct light and the right distance away, it works well. Also, you don't need to aim directly at it for Move to work, unlike on the Wii. On most of the games, before playing you will need to calibrate. For example, on Sports Champions, it asks you to put the remote to your shoulder, side and waist before playing each game. This is so it knows what distance away you are standing and how tall you are. It's an easy and quick process.
Finally, onto the Starter Disc. This includes a guide to using the Move remote, which can be quite useful, and several demos to play. These include Sports Champions, The Shoot and TV Superstars. They give you a taste of what sort of games will be released for Move.
The Wii has plenty of quality games, like House of the Dead: Overkill and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. So what about the games for Move? So far, there aren't many great games unfortunately. There's the excellent Sports Champions and The Shoot. You can also find Time Crisis: Razing Storm, The Fight and Kung Fu Rider but they aren't very good. Also, there are remakes of games for Move, including Heavy Rain and Resident Evil 5. Hopefully, we will see some better Move games in the future.
Is the Starter Pack worth it, and is Move a good periphal? The Starter Pack is worth it and the only way it could have been improved is if it had the nunchuck in, otherwise known as the Navigation Controller. It's a great package overall. What about the Move remote? It's a fantastic periphal for the PS3. Unfortunately, there aren't many good games for it. Despite this, it's worth getting.
Thanks for reading, and please can you leave a comment if there's anything I could improve in this review.
The playstation move starter pack consists or 3 items, A move controller, a ps3 eye camera and a Demo disk.
The camera is the standard ps3 camera (not the ps2 one) basically if you have the camera with the built in mic at the top already then you have the needed camera
The Demo disk is full of stuff that is freely downloadable from the PSN network
The Controller is the standard move controller (with ball at top not the navi controller)
The average price of the starter park is usually £10 more then a single controller, which means if you have a camera already just buy the controller, though you could sell the new camera for at least £10 so its personal preference.
I personally don't see this as a full kit of what you need to get started, more like a cheap combo pack for those who need camera and a controller. To really get the full benefit of the move you would need at least one other controller and a navi controller. This would allow you to play some 2 player games, not to mention that some games require 2 of the standard controllers for a single player to play. Not to mention you then want an actual game to play instead of just a few demos. So if you do go through with this purchase be prepared to pay for more then the 'starter kit'
As for performance, it is supposedly better then the wii, I am yet to witness this though maybe I will when I try some different games, my biggest gripe is that if you accidentally block the camera view of the ball on the controller then it loses your motion as it tracks this to see how your moving, unlike the wii that uses the wii-motes buit in sensors.
The main reason I would suggest buying this is that it has the promise of opening up more PS3 games to you, though at the moment unless you see a game you NEED to have, then wait for the price to drop and some more releases.
My parents bought me this playstation move starter pack for christmas. If i'm honesti had heard very little about this product and so at first i was unsure of what exactly it could do. It seems like all the hype at the moment has been about Kinect for the Xbox 360 which requires no controller at all and instead detects points on your body which can be used to detect motion and control games. The playstation move has perhaps been overlooked in comparison to the kinect and this is perhas why not many people (including me) knew about it or what it was capable of.
The starter pack for the playstation move incudes the camera, one controller and a disk with game demos that can be downloaded onto your playstation. With these three things it is possible to have a go and try out some of the features of the playstation move but to take full advantage of the features i believe it is neccessary to purchase a further controller.
The demo disk that was included in the starter pack is also very limited and there are only around 8 short demos that can be downloaded and on these there are only one or two levels that you an play. The demos, however, are a good way to learn how to use and get used to the controller so provide a viable introduction to the move. However, as i found, you quickly get bored of the demos and need to go out and buy a full version game.
In general the playstation move was very quick an easy to set up an install and this for me was one of the main advantages as i was eager to start playing quickly. It is very easy to use and is therefore suitable for people of any age. It only requires a quick configuration each time you start playing and this enables the device to accurately detect motion.
The motion detection is very accurate and i found it much superior to previous consoles and games such as the nintendo wii. The game quality and graphics are also of a very high standard and the game demos were great fun to play through, even if they didn't last very long!.
overall i would reccommend this product to people of all ages as it is great fun and is a much cheaper alternative to other similar products if you already have a playstation 3. Great fun for all the family!!
average price is around £45/50
if you like: playstation eye toy
you will like this product
I bought the move for the playstation 3 for my fiance for Christmas. I didnt look into many reviews about this but wish I had. Hence the reason why I thought be best to get an opinion across on this.
The starter kit comes complete with:
Motion controller x 1
Starter CD - includes mini games to try out and buy full game if like any
It was very easy to install but quickly realised that one controller was not enough. Despite this being called a starter kit I had bought a game (the fight) to go with this and for this game you need two controllers. Not very good when you are eager to play the game thinking you have everything you needed to have to go and buy another motion controller for £35.
However a wireless controller that is already used by PS3 is a good alternative. But to get the full gaming experience I would recommend two motion controllers.
I like the move but there are not many games to play with it at the moment. Would love a dance game similar to the Kinnect. I guess when this is more established PS will bring more games out.
We already have a wii and this beats this by far. The gaming feels more real. But be careful the controllers are very sensitive.
Looking forward to more games being bought out.. be aware also that this is a very pricy package
It was only a matter of time before Sony jumped on the 'motion-control' bandwagon and released their own version of Nintendo's excellent Wii controller. Known as the 'PlayStation Move', Sony's rival system allows the user to operate compatible games via the handheld Move Controller, in collaboration with the PlayStation Eye camera. But is the Move as effective as the Wii's intuitive system? or will it be a case of 'back to the drawing board' for Sony?
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The best way to buy Sony's PlayStation Move is via the 'Starter Pack' option, which contains everything you need to get going, and is currently available at around the £50 mark from amazon.co.uk (expect prices to come down as stock becomes more plentiful). This is certainly the most cost-effective way of obtaining the system, as buying the individual elements separately will see you spending at least £10 more - plus you'll get a disk full of demos which provide the user with a sample of the Move experience.
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The actual Move controller is a rather odd device - a black plastic stick with what looks like a table tennis ball clumsily stuck to the end. In fact, this squishy end-piece is essential to the Move's smooth operation (along with some clever internal gyrospcopics), as it lights up, allowing the Playstation Eye Camera to track it. Slightly larger than the Wii's remote, the Playstation Move controller is black in colour and very comfortable to hold. Its rounded edges make it more racket / golf club-like, and therefore ideally suited to the sports game genre. In hindsight, I bet Nintendo were kicking themselves for opting for their square-edged alternative. The front of the controller features Sony's trademark buttons ('x', 'O', Triangle', and 'Square' plus a soft-touch 'Move button'), whilst round the back there is a trigger which allows the user to impart various degrees of pressure.
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Setting up the PlayStation Move is a relatively simple process - firstly you'll need to connect the PlayStation EyeCamera to your console via its USB cable, and then place it above or below your TV in a central position. Although the Move controller is a wireless device, its internal battery will need to be charged straight away, and this should be done by connecting it to the other USB port of the PS3 with a USB cable. Unfortunately, Sony don't supply a USB cable for the controller, which is rather unfair considering it's an essential part of set-up procedure. The move system needs moderate lighting to operate effectively - too dark or too bright extremes will result in a sluggish operation.
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So how is the Sony Move to use? Well, apart from a few annoyances, it's actually really good. On-screen motion is mapped in an *almost* perfect 1:1 ratio - meaning that as you move the controller in your hand, movement is recreated without any noticeable lag. It's certainly more accurate than the Wii's system - providing you're in a well lit room and the correct distance from the camera. At it's best, the Playstation Move feels really intuitive, although the games released for it so far feel more like hardware experiments than finished articles. Utilising a force-feedback system, the Move controller allows you to feel (via an internal rumble) the results of firing a gun, or the shaking of the ground - it's all very effective, but nothing that the Wii doesn't have. Also, the ball at the end has the capacity to light-up in various colours, further enhancing the immersion by replicating the light from a torch / gun-flash etc.
On the downsides, there's a rather frustrating calibration procedure that occurs before you start many Move compatible games. Basically, an on-screen prompt will ask you to hold the controller at shoulder height and click the front button, then repeat the same process with the controller down at your side, and then once more at waist height. This all may sound pretty straightforward, but it's actually rather annoying when you simply want to play a game straight away. And this is where the Nintendo Wii is better - yes, the occasional calibration is required, but it's less frequent and less time consuming. Similarly, you'll need more space to play Sony Move than the Wii - and this is because in most cases the camera needs to see the majority of your upper body, so it's best operated a couple of metres away from the TV.
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Nintendo struck gold with the motion-sensing Wii, so it was inevitable that Sony would create a rival system to compete - but to be completely honest the Move currently feels like it's not entirely finished and not quite as intuitive as it should be to operate. Technically it's great, and from a value for money perspective the Starter Pack is by no means unreasonably priced - but a current lack of games and a lengthy calibration process make it a work which is very much still in progress. Recommended nevertheless as a Wii alternative with a potential that has not yet been fulfilled.