Hands-On with the PlayStation Move

I got some hands-on time with the PlayStation Move and thought I’d share my initial impressions. So far, it was almost exactly what I expected from it, which is good. I think it will take a little getting used to, but from the time I spent on it, I think things are looking pretty good.

The controller was smaller than I expected. It fit really easily into my hand, about the size of a bicycle handle. I was concerned that the big bubble on top of the controller would be distracting, but I hardly noticed it. The buttons are pretty straightforward – a trigger, the basic PlayStation array and home menu buttons and a long central button that served a start button-like function.

I spent a few minutes playing the game included in the Move Bundle and the PS3 Console Move Bundle, Sports Champions, by Zindagi Games. I focused on the Gladiator portion for my first tests. I knew going into it that there is no cheating with the Move controller. You have to fully swing if you want your character to respond. You can’t just flick your wrist while vegging on the couch like you can with the Nintendo Wii. Knowing this, I probably was still a little too zealous with my swing. I could feel the workout after just a few minutes. I am happy to say I won both matches I tried, even without my weapon of choice. I used a guy with a battle axe instead of a swordsman. It took a little getting used to, as with any game, but I knew that the gist was you had to swing your weapon and parry or dodge as best you can when your opponent swings. Like I said, I won, so I think it was easy enough to figure out. I can imagine the harder settings will give quite the workout.

At first glance, the PlayStation Move delivers. I will give it a more thorough test and post another review. The Move can be obtained a number of ways, and is coming this Friday, September 17. If you have a PS3 and don’t have the PlayStation Eye camera, you can get the Move Bundle. It comes with a Move Controller, the PlayStation Eye, and a copy of Sports Champions. The Move Bundle comes in at $99. If you already have the PlayStation Eye Camera, you can get the Move Controller by itself. It goes for $50. Of course then you have to pay $40 for Sports Champions, and that brings you up to $90. If you don’t have a PS3, you can get a PlayStation Move Sports Champions Bundle for $399 which includes the PS3 and the Move Bundle. No matter which way you go, the Move is a pretty good deal considering what it brings to the table.

Based on my initial tests, I think the PlayStation Move is definitely worth checking out. It offers better precision than the Wii, and runs on a much more powerful console. The games will be more realistic and more intense than those found on Wii. While the Wii certainly has its place with my 4 and 2 year old, the Move offers some game-time for the grown-ups.

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