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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Sony Unveils The 'Move' Motion Controller For Playstation 3


Sony today announced that PlayStation Move motion controller for PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, launches worldwide this fall, offering a motion-based, high-definition gaming experience.

Concurrently with its launch, SCE will also release PlayStation Move sub-controller to be used along with the motion controller for better navigation of in-game characters and objects. The PlayStation Move platform, including the motion controller, sub-controller, and PlayStation Eye camera, together with a new lineup of software titles, is expected to help Sony keep pace with rivals Nintendo, which pioneered gesture-based gaming, and Microsoft, which is launching its system later this year.

The combination of the PS3 system and PlayStation Eye camera detects the precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space of PlayStation Move motion controller, allowing users to play the game as if they themselves are within the game. PlayStation Move motion controller delivers high accuracy through its advanced motion sensors, including a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor, as well as a color-changing sphere that is tracked by PlayStation Eye camera. Through PlayStation Move system, both fast and subtle motion can be detected, whether the user is swinging a tennis racket, or painting with a brush. With PlayStation Move motion controller, users can provide direct input through action buttons and an analog trigger, while receiving physical feedback from rumble functionality and visual feedback from the sphere's ability to display a variety of different colors. Furthermore, PlayStation Eye camera can capture the player's voice or image, enabling augmented reality experiences.

The newly announced PlayStation Move sub-controller is a one-handed controller, developed to further expand the game play options that PlayStation Move games can offer. PlayStation Move sub-controller features a curved design that pairs with the motion controller and comes with an analog stick and directional buttons that allow users to easily control the game when moving characters or choosing a direction. Like all other Wireless Controllers for the PS3 system, it comes with a built in lithium-ion rechargeable battery as well as Bluetooth technology, enabling the controller to transfer the input information wirelessly to the PS3 system without a cable.

Sony said that many game publishers have decided to support PlayStation Move platform. In fiscal year 2010, SCE Worldwide Studios will also release more than 20 games that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform.

The controller will go on sale in the autumn and will cost less than $100.

Product name: PlayStation Move motion controller
Product code: CECH-ZCM1
Release date: Fall 2010
Recommended retail price: To be decided
Color: Black
Mass: Approx. 145 g
External dimension: Approx. 200mm X 46mm (height X diameter)
Battery type: Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage: DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature: 5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C

Product name: PlayStation Move sub-controller
Product code: CECH-ZCS1
Release date: Fall 2010
Recommended retail price: To be decided
Color: Black
Mass: Approx. 95 g
External dimension: Approx. 138mm X 42mm (height X diameter)
Battery type: Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion batter
Voltage: DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature: 5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C

PlayStation Home 1.35 Launched

Sony also launched today PlayStation Home 1.35, a new client update that will include some very significant enhancements.

Most notably, this update features faster load times, giving users quicker access to PlayStation Home. The new 1.35 update also enhances the login process. Now, once users have launched into PlayStation Home from the XMB, they will be transported directly to a new navigator, without the need to click through message screens.

Like much of PlayStation Home, the design of this new navigator features categories to help users quickly move through PlayStation Home and locate friends in just a few clicks.

Categories will include:

- Favorite places
- Personal Spaces: Users' clubhouses and personal spaces are now viewable in one convenient location.
- Friends: Finding a friends in PlayStation Home has never been easier. Users can view the current location of their friends in PlayStation Home, and then navigate there to enjoy the action together.
- Browse all the spaces PlayStation Home offers.
- Recommend: Keep up with what's hot in PlayStation Home.


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