PS3 Move controller arrives this week
A lot of the “what’s new in home gaming” buzz is about Kinect, the Xbox 360 camera that is supposed to challenge Wii for the casual, active-gaming market that I’m a part of. But there’s also a motion controller in the offing for Playstation 3, called simply Move, and it’s due to be released this Friday, while Kinect isn’t coming till November.
Move is like a hybrid of Kinect’s camera and Wii’s remote-nunchuck combo. You need (in addition to the PS3 console) a camera called Playstation Eye, a $50 wand controller with a lighted ball on one end, and a $30 second controller that has a joystick and buttons, like a wireless Wii nunchuck. There’s also a $100 starter bundle that contains the light-up controller, the camera and a game called Sports Champions (but not the joystick controller or the console).
Got that? I think this is going to suffer from the same one-from-column-A-one-from-column-B confusion that Xbox360 is afflicted with. When the Wii came out, there was just one flavor of Wii in one box. It came with a remote, a nunchuck, and Wii Sports – everything you needed to plug into your TV and play. None of this “how many gigabytes do I need?” or deciding which bundle to buy depending on whether you wanted to play kid-friendly games or violent games.
Other than the Wii-Sports-like Sports Champions, it doesn’t look like any fitness-oriented Move games will be available at launch, unless you count Brunswick Bowling. But Move-compatible versions of Dance Dance Revolution, Zumba and Get Fit with Mel B. are supposed to be coming this fall; the question is whether enough moms will be willing and able to buy about $100 worth of additional hardware just to play these $50 games on their kids’ consoles, since I don’t see Move moving too many additional consoles.
Posted on September 12, 2010, in Exergaming, Game previews and tagged controller, ea sports active, Exergaming, fitness, get fit with mel b., kinect, PS3, wii, Xbox360, zumba. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.