PlayStation Jumps Into Active Game Play With Move
What It Is
PlayStation Move is the new motion-sensing control system for the PlayStation 3. In simplest terms, it is PlayStation’s version of Nintendo’s Wii. Like the Wii, Move uses a hand-held, wireless controller to enable you to interact with the game console and play games.
Move goes a step beyond Wii by utilizing the PlayStation Eye camera, which is a USB camera that has been on the market for a while now. The Eye acts as both the motion-sensing bar (how the controllers communicate with the console) and a video camera that places what it captures into the games in real-time. For example, in the virtual pet game EyePet, you and the room become the setting for the game, which revolves around caring for a virtual pet who appears on TV to be in the room with you. You interact with the pet using the Move controller, which can appear on the screen as different objects in your hand such as a brush or hoop for the pet to jump through.
Why It’s Fun
Moving your body to control a video game isn’t new but seeing yourself in games with such impressive graphics is a lot of fun. Other game-makers have tried to make similar camera systems in the past but they haven’t been able to catch on with the general public. Move should finally break through the barrier and introduce this type of play-system to people around the world.
EyePet, mentioned above, is one style of game that uses the camera to create the game’s background. Other games use the camera and controllers differently. For example in the party game, Start The Party, the camera takes each player’s picture and then uses those pictures as the in-game avatars. Additionally, the games within Start The Party (a collection of mini-game challenges) utilize the camera and controllers differently for each challenge through a variety of activities including swatting giant bugs swarming around your room or targeting your image on the chests’ of marching robots.
Who’s Going To Love It
PlayStation Move is NOT a game or game system. It is an add-on to the PlayStation 3 so you need to own a PlayStation 3 in order to use Move.
Move is great for playing family-friendly, kids and party games and should finally allow PlayStation to be thought of as a family game system, like the Wii. On the other hand, PlayStation’s core audience—hardcore gamers-are not going to be able to play something like God Of War with Move and probably won’t be too interested in this control system beyond checking it out.
What To Be Aware Of
The Move Controllers have built-in, rechargeable batteries that have to be charged up before they can be used, which can take what seems like an eternity the first time you use them. In reality, that eternity was probably about an hour, but I really wanted to play as soon as I got the controllers!
The Eye Camera is very sensitive to the light in the room. If your picture looks grainy, try turning up the lights.
You need a large space to play. Some games recommend standing at least six-feet from the camera.
The Move controllers only work with games that are designed to be played with Move, so check the game’s package before buying and make sure it is a Move-compatible game.
The PlayStation Move Bundle includes one Move Controller, the PlayStation Eye camera and the game, Sports Champions.
Extremely high. As long as game-makers keep making games for the PlayStation 3 that work with Move, you will never run out of something new to play.
3 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
System: PlayStation 3
SRP: $99.99 (bundle)
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: September 2010
Date of Review: January 7, 2011