PS3 motion controller unveiled as Move

If you've been waiting on tenterhooks for more news of Sony's enigmatic motion controller, wait no longer. The controller (formerly called Arc) was officially unveiled today as Move during Sony's press conference at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and shown off alongside a handful of games.

Onstage, the Move looked to be more or less exactly what we expected it to be: the PlayStation 3's answer to the Wii remote and Nunchuk, complete with games that look conceptually similar to Nintendo's showcase titles. Golfing, archery, table tennis and, yes, boxing were all represented, albeit with a more clearly "mature" bent than Nintendo's Mii-infused minigames.

Above: Motion Fighter looks slick, but also suspiciously like a grittier take on Wii Sports boxing

The biggest difference - apart from what Sony promises will be a total 1:1 experience, which Nintendo doesn't offer - is that the Move will work in tandem with the PlayStation Eye camera. In fact, the Move starter kit - which will retail for under $100 and likely release sometime this fall - will come packaged with the Eye, as well as the Move controller and a Move-specific game. As for which game it'll be, our guess is the minigame-centric Sports Champions, which features a cool-looking Gladiator Duel mode in addition to its more ordinary-looking table tennis and archery games.

Also showcased was Move Party, an Eye-connected minigame collection that promises to provide family fun and endless fodder for jokes at its own expense.

Sony also showed off how the Move would work with other, non-Move-specific games, including EyePet (which will enable you to play games with the Pet using Move) and LittleBigPlanet, which will introduce a new material that can be manipulated by a second player using Move as a pointer.

Finally, Sony closed out the presentation by unveiling the Move's optional subcontroller...

Above: Totally not a Nunchuk. No no no!

... which can be used to control the also-unveiled (and considerably more awesome-looking) SOCOM 4.

Above: Just think how much more fun shooters will be when they're played with a stick-shaped controller in each hand

Honestly, we wish we could muster more enthusiasm for this thing, but it just looks like Sony's poised to proudly repeat everything about controlling Wii games that we got tired of and learned to hate years ago. But we'll withhold judgment until we've actually had some hands-on time with Move, which will happen later this evening.

Until then, try to stay positive.

Mar 10, 2010

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  • big000 - March 23, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Wii rip-off Still better then Project Natal though
  • chiefpacman - March 14, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    and gex you just switch hands.... my little brothers a lefty and he does that..... it makes no difference
  • chiefpacman - March 14, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    Wow you guys are annoying. If your a sony fan and own a ps3, its gunna be sweet and you know it, if you dont own a ps3 then you dont need to be commenting. Your just jealous. Now the ps3 is gunna be a better wii than a wii, and a better 360 than a 360, while still being a ps3.
  • Gex4212 - March 13, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    I just hope Sony adds the feature where u can choose which hand to be your dominate hand because I had that problem with the Wii because I am left-handed. I had to learn how to use it with my right hand which hurt my arm for a while but then I got used to it. But still I would like that option.
  • philipshaw - March 12, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    I with Mikel, it's hard to care about this thing
  • Turboash - March 12, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    Some call it ARC, some call it MOVE, I call it SHIT.
  • reaperman22 - March 12, 2010 5:55 a.m.

    i might get it later on providing it is used well and third party wii developers dont start shoveling tons of shitty games on to the system.
  • Shalashaska2 - March 12, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    sounds good looks good but yeah until then i will just see....
  • Gameguy94 - March 11, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    I'll only get it if its integrated into games properly or a game is made from the ground up exclusively for the controller however if its hacked on very late in development of a game then I'll just stick with my duelshock
  • Cyberninja - March 11, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    if it has good games then i will suport it
  • Cwf2008 - March 11, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    At least Natal and the Wii remote dont look like a freaken vibrator
  • Destruco33 - March 11, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    i sense a nintendo lawsuit coming along...
  • Wriggly - March 11, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    For shooters and such it's not better than Natal, unless you mean name-wise, then hells yes it is, but Natal's probably not even it's real name anyways.
  • Tochy - March 11, 2010 3:38 a.m.

    still better than natal
  • lukel127 - March 11, 2010 3 a.m.

    *sigh* I dont really want it but i already have the camera... I know im getting it. Not out of want, but because of ps3 and little big planet. reCaptcha: unwieldly Aussies.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 11, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    but the great thing about the controller is that the ps3 is gonna be like a hardcore wii hd its like the best of both worlds. this controller is optional unlike the wiimote
  • mgkyo666 - March 11, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    If I had less than $100 at that time and it has some good games backing it up, then I'll consider buying it.
  • Axcle - March 11, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    Meh. As hard as I try, I can't bring myself to care about this. I'll probably pick it up, just to try it out, but I'm not excited for it. Hopefully, that will change. First?