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Having had the Nintendo Wii and purchased the Microsoft Kinect I was keen to find out what the Sony Playstation Move system would offer me and so when I purchased the starter kit I decided to also pick up a navigational controller to try to get the best experience possible but was it worth the hassle?
A nicely designed and sleek looking controller in standard black matte finish so will not look out of place on a shelf beside your other controllers and accessories.
The controller is well thought out with it being easy to handle and use and all of the buttons in easy to reach positioning.
Having this controller does make using the Move easier as you can still control things but with only one hand for the direction rather than trying to hold the standard controller which proves difficult.
The controller has an in-built rechargeable battery so is easily charged up and it holds charge well so you can pick up and play without any problems.
The controller is lightweight and so easily able to be used by children.
The fact you have to pay out for a second controller is somewhat of an annoyance and extra cost. Add this to each player taking part using one and it soon adds up to be a large outlay.
I'm not a massive fan of the Move control system overall and found it very much gimmicky and aimed at children. For me the value for money is not there when you are paying out for this extra controller to make it so that the children can play games in the way intended (if not intended then why release the controller).
Overall this is well designed controller but makes the Move a very expensive piece of kit (especially for multi player gaming). If you like Move then this is worth having but for me I decided not worth the money and got rid of all my Move items within a few days as I simply was not willing to pay out for 2 controllers for each player.
With various, popular game developers introducing Playstation Move features into their games, as well as games already on the market, it's only a matter of time when using a conventional Dual Shock 3 controller will become obsolete on these newer Move feature games. Already, Killzone 3 and the Sly Cooper trilogy requires the player to move the in-game character and with a Dual Shock 3 controller in one hand and the Move controller in the other, you can imagine it being awkward to work, although some can manage it well enough.
To combat this uncomfortability (I am hoping that is a word), Sony Playstation released this Navigation Controller alongside with the Playstation Move starter pack. Despite not being much use with the release games, such as Sports Champions and The Shoot (as the player was not required to move the in-game character), more demand for games from the big publishers, for example, Ubisoft, Capcom etc. has made this Navigation controller a bit more of an essential than it was at release time.
The Navigation controller in itself is slightly smaller than the Move controller. Even without that fun, squidqy, luminous ball at the top, the Navigation controller would still be smaller than the Move controller. This makes it better, as it allows for a good grip and doesn't keep the analog stick or Directional Pad (D-Pad) too far from your fingers. It's the same colour as the Move controller, so it's that matte black most Sony Playstation accessories are associated with. At the top of the controller are the shoulder buttons, the L1 and L2 buttons. What's good on this controller is unlike the Move controller, you don't need to hold the shoulder button for it to become operational. All it is is simply pressing the PS button (after it has been synced), as you would on the Dual Shock et voila, it's ready to use.
The front of the controller, as seen on the picture above, has the analog stick and D-Pad. On most games, the analog stick is the primary way to control the in-game character, with the D-Pad offering some extra controls, however if there are any games where both can be used to control the character, the choice is entirely yours concerning whether to use the analog stick or D-Pad. Underneath the D-Pad is the PS button, which has exactly the same function as it does on the Move controller and Dual Shock 3 pad. It switches on the Playstation 3 console, activates the Navigation controller for use and brings up the quit screen, when you've just about had enough of playing. You can use the Navigation controller on the startup page (or whatever it's called), so there's no need for the Dual Shock 3. In between the D-Pad and analog stick are the blue X and red O respectively. The X is the select/enter button and the O is the cancel/exit button. A good touch there by Sony. The charging port, much like the Move controller, is at the bottom, although if you're sharing one USB with a Dual Shock 3, Move controller and Navigation controller, it would make sense to buy the Move charging dock.
It's been established that this controller is helpful to those that struggle to use both the Dual Shock 3 and Move controller on their games. However the bit where this hurts the most, as with many other things, is the price. I can understand the essentials, such as the Dual Shock 3 and Move controller being in between £20-£30, but when the Navigation controller is almost £20, which right now is more of a luxury, it's a bit of bad marketing by Sony. Of course that being said, it will definitely be worth it soon enough when almost every game has Move features, therefore being essential. For the time being, it really isn't worth picking up, unless you really are struggling to cope with a Move controller and Dual Shock 3.
This is most definitely not a necessary accessory, however, it can be useful when playing some games with playstation move.
Slightly smaller than the move controller, both thinner and shorter, fits perfectly into the hand, and allows easy access to the buttons on the controller. There are the x button and circle button, but this will not be used as a dual shock controller for normal games, due to the lack of x, triangle, and only one trigger.
This controller was introduced so that you did not have to use the dualshock controller with the move system. By making the controller hand shaped and smaller, as well as lighter, sony manage to combat the issue of holding a heavy controller while playing the move. While it is not essential, it is easier to use with some games, and is almost essential for others, where holding a dualshock controller would be very problematic.
For games such as killzone and heavy rain, where it is easier to hold this than the dualshock in one hand, and most games for move are made so they only need the buttons available on this and the move controller. (which has more buttons on)
Fits hand perfectly, and is useful for some games
Another cost, and it is not needed for all games, I haven't used it that much.