PlayStation Move Official – GDC Press Conference Recap and Replay

Well, Sony’s press conference had just ended, with an interview with Jack Tretton. First up, the name, as mentioned earlier by Tosh, is definitely PlayStation Move. Of course, the device will be released this fall. Sony will be releasing both the standalone controllers, as well as a bundle, which includes the controller plus the PlayStation Eye, for an MSRP of $99.99.

The controller also comes with a secondary piece of hardware, which connects wirelessly, called the “sub controller”. I guess they ran out of name ideas. Anyway, this device contains a control interface to allow you to move around a play field, etc, in the same vein as the “nunchuck” on the Wii. It also connects wirelessly. It appears, though, that you need two of the controllers for both to have motion sensing, but I missed whether or not the bundle would include the second one.

As far as games go, they demonstrated it’s use in a new game called Sports Champions, which Oly mentions here, which showed off both Ping Pong and Gladiator Duels. Moving on, they also demonstrated a new game/program called Move Party, which is an assortment of party games. The demonstration with the hair cutting game was really neat.

LittleBigPlanet was also demonstrated, with use of a new material/tool that can only be moved via the Move controller. Shown was a way to manipulate pieces to solve puzzles, moving platforms across pit areas, pulling back on launch pads, etc. while someone else uses a standard DualShock 3 for regular movement. Also shown was a trailer demonstrating the use of the device for EyePet, which allows you to draw objects on the screen itself to use in game.

SOCOM 4 was also shown using the control interface, which used the “sub controller” for movement and the Move for aiming, much like the Wiimote/nunchuck combo. It allowed for much more quick and accurate aiming for sure, and didn’t look awkward playing, unlike the Wii, with the wire crossing the two (which was an annoyance).

Sony also mentioned that different versions of the same game, whether it be DualShock 3 or Move compatible, will be on one disc as well. As to how far that wording goes remains to be seen (did he mean controller interface alone, or completely different versions of the same game?).

At the end, the stream’s hosts also interviewed Jack Tretton, where he revealed that by the end of fiscal 2010, the Move will have 20 titles available by Sony alone, which is definitely a nice way to introduce the new tech. Third party titles? That still remains to be seen, but I’m sure there’s plenty of support from them as well. I’m still on the fence about this, but I wish the best of luck for Sony and being able to make a success out of this.


The starter pack includes a game, second controller seems unlikely from what Peter Dille said

Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief

  1. #1 by TheRealMaxPower on March 10th, 2010 [ 960 Points ]

    Not really excited about this much. Not that I won’t be, but I really want to see a bunch of games before I even think of buying this. If it ends up being slightly better than the Wiimote w/ motion+, I won’t bite. My Wii doesn’t get a whole lot of action and I can see this collecting dust.

    I am curious how the rest of you feel about it.

  2. #2 by oly1kenobi on March 10th, 2010 [ 132595 Points ]

    Are you kidding? I have 4 kids.. boy 12 girls 11,7,2. Haircutting.. Eye Pet.. Ill be picking this up for sure.. 😀 My issue is that if there are co=op duals, or pvp duals on the same system, will I need four moves so we can each weild a sword and shield? lol What about 4 player split screen? 8 moves? omg.. ouch to the $$$

  3. #3 by bunnyhero on March 10th, 2010 [ 1850 Points ]

    i am super-excited about this for one reason: using it to edit levels in littlebigplanet! whenever i try to make lbp levels, i keep wishing i had a pointing device. i hope this makes making lbp levels that much easier.

  4. #4 by oly1kenobi on March 10th, 2010 [ 132595 Points ]

    Wost thing about this video is that they announce Eye Pet fot holiday 2010.. was supposed to be holiday 2009 originally and it was released in Europe.. they moved it to late April here.. but now till winter?? My girls ask me weekly if its out yet lol

  5. #5 by Tosh on March 10th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    I’ll probably get PlayStation Move. I already have a PlayStation Eye, so I can get into it a little cheaper. The tech as I’ve said before is amazing. Let’s hope we get more than just mini-games in fall.

  6. #6 by topthis on March 10th, 2010 [ 985 Points ]

    This is amazing and as I thought, this replaces the Wii as now the Wii must compete with the PS3 for graphics along with motion controllers. By the way those controllers are better than the Wii’s and even if the controller had “Wii motion plus” the PS3’s are better! So basically PS3 owns all and now the Wii is like inside the PS3 as a side addition!

  7. #7 by Emrah on March 11th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    Socom seriously needs to ramp up its frames per second. It looked awful in motion.

    Also, did the guy make a full turn at all? I wonder how that’s going to work. I would hope they had an analogue on the main controller.

  8. #8 by Royalty32 on March 11th, 2010

    Socom looked awsome. MAG had 256 players i wonder how many Socom will have. My guess is 64

  9. #9 by Waffledestroyer on March 15th, 2010

    I thought Socom looked pretty cool too. Here’s another interesting GDC 2010 recap:

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