Product Type: Sony game controllers
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Sony Playstation Goes Back to the Future
Sony PlayStation Move Controller
Member Name: thegoodguy
Sony PlayStation Move Controller
Advantages: Nice Look, Fun Gameplay, Exercise, Picks Up Every Motion
Disadvantages: Expensive, Doesn't Work On All Games
Despite the belief that Playstation attempted to have a dabble at the motion control games market after seeing the success of Nintendo's Wii console and Microsoft's XBox Kinect, it's a forgotten known fact that Sony was the first group to introduce the motion control genre back in 2003, well before Nintendo and Microsoft did so, by introducing the EyeToy, a camera compatible with the Playstation 2, in where the player used their body to control the action. In late 2010, Sony released the Move as direct competition to Nintendo and Microsoft. Unlike the EyeToy, where the body was the controller, Sony changed the formula and made an actual controller, much like the Wii utilised.
A matte black and curved log shape gives the Move Controller a very stylish and futuristic look. Considering Sony wanted to change the way gaming was played, the Move Controller is certainly given the right look to support the notion of the theory. As it's shaped like a log, you can imagine how easy it is to fit into hand. Just in case it can't fit in your hand for some strange reason, an adjustable strap is included in the packaging, for that perfect grip. What makes the Move Controller different from the Wii Controller is that orb you see on the very top. Looking at it, you can imagine it being very hard, rigid and immoveable. You definitely wouldn't want to drop it now in fear of it breaking now, would you? In fact, it's the opposite. To Sony's credit, that orb is made from a rubbery material, very soft and squidgy and is designed to take the impact if you accidently drop the Move Controller.
Besides that, the orb is basically the player's motion. In order to use this, you need to acquire the Playstaion Eye (an item I have also reviewed). The Eye picks up the motions made from the Move Controller, which comes from the orb. The motions you make are accurately picked up by the Eye and it's incredibly sensitive. Every angle you cover, every flick you make, anything is covered by the Move Controller. I was amazed at how my hand was shown to be almost arthritic when I though I had it perfectly still. The Move Controller also has DualShock3 technology, meaning it has vibration functions, giving your hand that customary little massage when you hit something during gameplay. Configuring the Move Controller with the Eye is simple, as at the start of every game where you are required to use the move, instructions will appear. Some games even take dexterity into consideration, a feature which made me very happy as I hold the Move Controller left handed. To tell if the Move Controller is working, a wonderful and bright light appears on the orb. Red, yellow, green and blue glows will appear per different times the Move Controller is used. Some games allow up to 4 Move Controllers, so friends or the entire family, or at least some, can get involved and have a bit of fun and exercise too.
So what is on the Move Controller. The Move Controller consists of just 7 buttons. Conspicuous by it's absence is the Directional Pad. For some games, a D-Pad is simply not required. For others, you can use a standard Controller or buy the Navigation Controller (another item I have reviewed). The infamous X,O, Triangle and Square buttons return. Astonishingly, for some of the games, you don't even require their services, something quite shocking when these four are staple buttons for nearly all games Playstation have released. The 2 main buttons you use are the Move Button. This is the big, oval button in the middle of the X,O, Circle and Triangle buttons. It acts as the select, proceed or enter button. The second button, is behind the Move Controller and is the Trigger Button. Holding this allows the Eye to pick up the motions you make. While you can let go of it during gameplay, you need to hold it when starting your game. The seventh button is simply the PS button, which activates the Move Controller to life, as well as bring up the home page during gameplay, much like a normal PS3 Controller would do. A slot at the bottom of the Move Controller is actually the charging port. With one of the USB ports on the Playstation being taken up by the Eye, it does mean you will have to share a slot with the Move Controller and standard DualShock3 Controller, unless you want to spend money on a Move Charging Station, easily available on the high street and online for roughly £10-£25, depending on which brand you buy and where it's purchased from (the internet is obviously cheaper).
This little gadget isn't cheap. These cost upward of £25. You can spend double that and get the Move Starter Pack in a blue box, which contains a demo disc and the Eye, or spend £10 less if you want to scrap the demo disc and get the Move Starter Pack, which has a white and red box. The Move Controller is readily available in every games and department store such as Game, John Lewis, HMV as well as internet sites like Amazon, Play etc. There's no point going on the Game website hoping for a cheaper deal than the shop price, as most of their online prices are similar to the shop prices. Sites such as ShopTo and The Games Collection will have better prices than Game, Gamestation, Blockbuster etc. as well as next day delivery in the case of ShopTo.
Summary: The perfect christmas present. The family will love it. A worthy add-on to a PS3