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Sony Formally Announces PlayStation 3 Motion Controller

Thirty-six publishers creating games for PlayStation Move device.


Sony Computer Entertainment took the full veil off its highly anticipated motion controller peripheral today. The device, known as PlayStation Move, will see worldwide release later this fall.

PlayStation Move is actually a set of devices. There's the PlayStation Move Motion Controller, which resembles and functions like Nintendo's Wiimote, and there's also the PlayStation Move Sub Controller, which functions like Nintendo's Nunchuck attachment.

The Motion Controller uses a three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor to detect player hand movements. When the Motion Controller is paired with the required PlayStation Eye USB camera, the PS3 can precisely detect the controller's absolute position. The device also has action buttons and an analogue trigger.

The sphere on the end of the device can change color and patterns. With this and the controller's rumble, Sony believes players will be able to feel closer to the games.

The Sub Controller, similar to the Wii's Nunchuck device, is meant to be a support device for controls that would be difficult with the Motion Controller alone. The device has an analogue stick and d-pad, allowing for character movement and directional input. Players can also use the Dual Shock or Six Axis controllers in place of the Sub Controller.

Both devices are powered by built in Lithium Ion batteries and can be charged via USB, similar to the PS3's Dual Shock 3 controller. The devices communicate with the PS3 via Bluetooth. Different from the Wiimote/Nunchuck pair, there's no wire connecting the Motion Controller and Sub Controller.

Sony Worldwide Studios will be supporting PlayStation Move with over 20 titles in fiscal 2010. These will be "either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform," according to Sony.

Sony also has the support of 36 software makers throughout the world, listed here:

  • Arc System Works
  • Irem Software Engineering
  • Activision Publishing
  • Atlus
  • AQ Interactive
  • Electronic Arts
  • Oxygen Games
  • Ongakukan
  • Gust
  • Capcom
  • Q Entertainment
  • Q Games
  • Crave Entertainment
  • Game Republic
  • Koei
  • Konami Digital Entertainment
  • Cyber Front
  • CCP
  • Zoo Entertainment
  • Square Enix
  • Spike
  • Sega
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • THQ Inc.
  • Disney Interactive Studios
  • Tecmo
  • Pione
  • Hudson
  • Namco Bandai Games
  • Bigben Interactive
  • 505 Games U.S.
  • From Software
  • Marvelous Enteratinment
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

This list is current as of March 11.

Pricing for the Motion Controller and Sub Controller have yet to be set. You can see more specific specifications including voltage requirements and operating temperatures in Sony's press release.

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