More than a week has passed since the launch of Sony’s latest innovation in gaming and even now the industry is still buzzing about Playstation Move. So is this new addition to motion gaming worth your precious disposable income?
The PlayStation Move controller fits perfectly in your hand and the button layout is spaced out enough to eliminate mistaken button presses. The addition of the Move button in the center does change the layout which takes a little time to get used to.
The glowing org on the top does not hinder game play or add any instability in your hand. The trigger, referred to as the “T button” in most games, has a very comfortable amount of resistance which will allows you to hold it down for extended periods while moving the controller around.
Overall the build quality feels high and the Bluetooth, wireless controller edges out its competitor on all fronts in the physical department. The only thing that could make this controller any better would be air vents that keep your hands from sweating.
There is no noticeable lag which allows amazingly precise slashing, tossing, or shooting during game play. The controller does come with wrist strips just in case it manages to escape your hand some how. And you’ll need them because waggling and just shaking won’t do anything in games except make you look stupid. All of the buttons are very responsive in game and as mentioned before, spaced out enough to allow ultimate functionality on both the XMB and within Move compatible titles.
The PS Move requires you to actually interact with things like you do in real life and strangely enough, it takes some time to adjust to that extra added realism. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of PS Move is the depth perception. Stepping forward to slam the ball in a fiery blaze at your opponent in table tennis becomes quickly addictive. Opening doors or choosing objects on a shelf may seem like a simple thing but both demonstrate exactly why the Move is better than anything available for sale right now. With the first patch of games released, you can see the potential and it becomes easy to see how you can not only integrate the PS Move on almost any game but enhance the game play with motion controls.
The only problem with the actual Move functionality has nothing to do with the control itself but the PS Eye. The tech shows its age in games like Start the Party and EyePet where the max resolution of 640×480 looks absolutely pathetic against the high-definition graphics of games. When coupled with the $39.99 price of the PS Eye alone, the camera brings down the overall quality and makes products like Kinect seem like even more of a bargain.
However, while the camera does enough to keep the game play from suffering, the Playstation Move controller itself is full of potential and more importantly future proof. If Sony does decide to build another PS Eye, you will still be able to use these controllers. Coupled with another PS Move controller, a Sub Navigation controller, or perhaps some devices released in the future, there are not many genres PlayStation Move cannot improve.
The entry price of $99 is absolutely a steal and you won’t find a better value on the market. If you own a PS3, do yourself a favor and buy one the EyePet or Sports Champion Move bundles. If you already have a camera, $49.99 will get you one PS Move controller. Even if you do not like the experience, I guarantee you will be able to make your money back quick from another gamer that does.
PlayStation Move gets 4 out of 5 Michelas With an additional Editor Award for “Best in Motion”.