Product Type: Sony game controllers
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Sony PlayStation Move Controller
Member Name: NicndDan
Sony PlayStation Move Controller
Date: 16/10/10, updated on 16/10/10 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, responsive
Disadvantages: Soooo expensive to even just get started
I have had my Playstation 3 since launch day and have a tendency to jump at any new pieces of hardware that are released for it within days of them coming out. The new eye toy, the Dual shock 2, the PS3 slim...all where in my living room within days of coming out. The Playstation Move however had me in two minds. In my household I have MY playstation for MY gaming needs if you get my drift. For serious games I go to Sony. However, we also have a Wii which gets used much more and is more of a family, casual approach to gaming. Now you can see how the Move caught me in something of a dilemma!
If nothing else it was the price of the thing that really got me thinking. Is this worth the money for lets face it a copycat imitation of Nintendo's Success? At £30 for the controller then £30 a pop for a game just to use it on it is an expensive gaming experience and also you need the Playstation Eye on top of that!!!! However despite this my uncontrollable need to have the latest gadgets got the better of me and I plumped for it last weekend.
It has to be stressed at this stage that this is a review of the controller itself and not the games to go with it which are reviewed separately under the correct headings.
Out of the box the Move looks just like a DVD player remote from 5 years ago when they were huge compared to today's small designs with a colour changing orb on top that looks like one of those washing powder tubs you put in the washing machine. But somehow it works and it looks very stylish, its not something Ill leave out on my mantelpiece though but for its purposes its got a fairly nice aesthetic design. Towards the bottom is the Wii-like strap to attach to the wrist to avoid the controller racing off into your tv when you are flinging your arms around and there is a usb port there too which is the means of which you charge the device. All the standard PS3 buttons are included with the Move button and an additional trigger.
The device works by picking up a signal from the Playstation Eye and Sony have advertised the Move on the basis that it is the most effective and responsive motion controller to date. The controller feels lighter than the Wii mote as it doesn't require heavy batteries and this to me gave a little sense that I wasn't in full control. However after a while I got used to it and after a few games on various titles I must say I am impressed with the responsiveness, fluidity and accuracy of the movement. Just like the Wii there has been a few issues where at times the motion sensing hasn't done what I wanted and cost me dear within a game but that's to be expected and the Move in terms of being an effective motion sensor, does what it says on the tin! I would not say one is better than the other when it comes to a comparison with the Wii but there is very little difference.
All in all it's a well made product as you would expect from Sony however its success really depends on whether or not people will want motion sensing now that's available on another console for years. Is it too late? Are Sony hoping the PS3 owners will pay the money to turn the PS3 into a Wii and push that out of the market (which isn't gonna happen)? Or more likely it is Sony taking advantage of people like me who need every little gadget to go with their consoles.
Either way despite the Move being a responsive, fun and effective way to enjoy gaming in a different way than normal on the PS3, it is simply too expensive with not enough games available for it to be worthy of a purchase just yet!
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