Xbox 360 plans to launch a motion controlled game device called Project Natal this year, and on March 10, Sony introduced the PlayStation Move, a motion sensored control system that's similarly designed to get people off the couch and playing games - together.
The Move system consists of a black motion controller, the sub-controller and a USB camera called the PlayStation Eye. Together, these devices will mimic what's already been a huge success on Nintendo Wii -- allowing players to move while holding a controller and then see those actions reflected in a game on screen.
The black PlayStation 3 motion controller is also largely similar to the Nintendo Wii controller, with a big action button and a trigger button on the backside, and -- unlike the Wii-mote -- an illuminated bulb at the end. Turn on the device and use the motion sensored controls to play everything from classic console games like Resident Evil to a new family-friendly collection of mini-games, called Move Party.
We got a little hands-on time with the PlayStation Move and put it to the test on Move Party, a collection of mini-games designed to get players comfortable with the new equipment. We used the 'Move-mote' to cut virtual hair, paint shapes, swat flies and -- for the most part -- the controller seemed to be up to the task. For more precision-based tasks, like, say, shooting, some say the Move needs a little more tweaking -- there's too much lag time between the actual movement and the action on screen.
There's no official price for this device yet, though there's talk that the entire Move system might cost a wallet-busting $100 when it arrives in Fall 2010. Then again, we also couldn't shake that 'aw shucks' feeling while noticing that all of the games designed specifically for the Move are easy to pick up and play and inherently ... social. We might not be able to log into FarmVille on the high-powered PlayStation 3 yet, but if playing games with friends is your goal -- the PlayStation Move looks ready to deliver.