Have yet to see a thread on this and thought, "Well seeing as there are some avid gamers on this site lets get the ball rolling."
So at the Game Developers Conference 2010 Sony took the opportunity to finally announce the name and official design of the "Playstation Move" a motion controller peripheral for the Playstation 3 which works together with the Playstation Eye.
Together it allows accurate tracking by the Playstation Eye following the glowing coloured sphere (changing depending on the least colour used in one's surroundings to increase accuracy) on the controller - the user's movement is also enhanced by the camera being able to track the user's location from the camera (z-plane) by measuring the size of the sphere.
Sony intends on providing a wide range of games (with the support of a wide range of developers) which cater both for the casual and hardcore audience, however from the looks of it one would have to purchase a "sub-controller" to enable to play hardcore games (which obviously requires a wider range of inputs - d-pad, analogue...)
Since time of post Kotaku (yes I go on their site a lot) has provided an article with "everything you need to know" about the Playstation Move:http://kotaku.com/5490632/playstation-move-everything-you-need-to-know
Please refer the following links for more details:
Announcement on Playstation EU blog, package details and promotional media:http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2010/03/10/introducing-playstation-move/
Game developers listed to be making games for the peripheral:http://kotaku.com/5490698/these-companies-are-making-games-for-the-playstation-move
Kotaku journalist's take on the differences between this and the Wiimote:http://kotaku.com/5490574/how-the-playstation-move-is-not-a-wii-remote
Recording of Sony's presentation at the GDC:http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2010/03/10/live-from-gdc-2010-playstation-press-conference/
Looks interesting so far and the technology behind it seems at first glance to be superior to Nintendo's Wiimote - obviously it's still early to make a judgement till the consumer gets it in their hands and sees for themselves and it also depends on the software (games) that need to utilise the peripheral effectively.
One concern I have is that it all seems to be quite expensive overall - most of the games demonstrated require using two Move devices so for someone to play with a friend on the same system they would logically require 4.
Furthermore for those who want to use the Move for hardcore categorised games would also need to buy a sub-controller (unless one is able to use the dual shock 3 in a less comfortable manner as demonstrated with RE5).
All this including the Playstation Eye camera and with the BBC reporting it to cost "under $100 (£47)" which I would imagine would be a basic package I wonder how much it would all cost especially for those who have one system and therefore would be buying a lot of additional Move devices to cater everyone's gaming preferences...
How it competes to Microsoft's Natal? For me it's too early to say, seeing as Microsoft have yet to say what games will be available at launch or the retail price of it would be.
Neither have shown fully completed games for their motion controllers and both intend on packaging it with newly purchased consoles (perhaps current console packs will then be cheaper?) so depending on console purchases there should be a significant install base.
[eek, I'm out of thoughts...]
Thoughts anyone so I have time to formulate my own - suddenly under a mind block... ugh..
PS: Think I approached this in a neutral manner to save being deemed a fanboy no?