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