PlayStation Move: Hands-On Report From E3

Posted: Jun 16 2010, 12:01am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:48pm CDT, in News | E3

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This morning, Sony made the PlayStation Move a reality. The Move will inevitably go up against Microsoft's Kinect in the war for consumer dollars this holiday season. Today at E3 I had a chance to spend several minutes playing with Sony's new controller.

Unfortunately, the Move does not feel very satisfying in your hands. It is too light, and the ball at the end feels soft and somewhat fragile. I worry about its ability to not break off in real-world conditions. Since the Eye camera needs to see that color-changing ball in order to read your movements, the potential loss would be more than aesthetic.

I was told that, on a full charge, the Move will give you about 4.5 hours of concentrated game time. Whether or not that is enough will vary from gamer to gamer. It's worth noting that battery life will never be an issue with the Kinect.

I played a game of Brunswick Pro Bowling (which will be one of Move's launch titles) to test the new controller out. As best as I was able to tell, it is extremely responsive. Swinging harder and twisting with my wrist added torque to the ball, which was satisfying to watch play out on the screen in front of me. My final verdict? The Move is a perfectly good motion controller. Maybe even an excellent one. Unfortunately, it is going up against the absence of a controller. Sony's PR folks are going to have to work overtime to spin this one in their favor.
E3 2010 will start on June 15th and we will be at the show to bring your first hand coverage of the hottest new gaming gear. We expect to see and go hands on with the Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Move and Kinect for Xbox 360.

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