Posts Tagged ‘PlayStation Move’

A Few of My Favorite Things

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Now that procrastination shopping time is in full swing I figured it was time for a gift guide of sorts. This isn’t a comprehensive list, and it may not cover everyone on your shopping list, but these would certainly make my Christmas merry.

First up, the Sony Reader Daily Edition. Any of the Reader line will do, though the Daily Edition is my favorite of the bunch. The Sony Reader offers the best selection in content options, thanks to public library partnerships and Google Books among other perks. The touch screen is fast and responsive, and the book is light enough to take anywhere. There are certainly other quality e-book readers out there but Sony’s really stands out among the rest. I’m holding out for a black version of the Daily Edition, since the silver doesn’t do much for me. For $300 it should be attractive, right? If I were to receive it in Silver I doubt I’d complain though, especially as there’s been no announcement of an intent to offer additional colors.

Next up is the Sony Internet TV. I really like the Logitech Revue as a Google TV option but I am in the market for a new TV, making the Sony’s offering rise to the top of my wish list. I have absolutely no interest in 3-D TV, so the fact that the Internet TVs are cheaper is another perk. The Sony Internet TV is a decent TV even without Google TV, and as I just mentioned, the price is attractive. In my review of Sony’s Internet TV I noted that the remote is more geek-friendly than user-friendly. This would be a good choice for your favorite geek.

At this point I’m aware that it looks like I only want or own Sony products. The fact that the PlayStation Move from Sony is next on my list is purely coincidence, I assure you. The Move was a very welcome addition to my PlayStation 3 gaming experience. I’ve spent many hours with Sports Champions, and even got the Platinum trophy for my efforts. I think the Move’s precision lend to a more realistic gaming experience, especially for sports. Playing Table Tennis and Disc Golf on Sports Champions really felt like the real thing. The Move is far beyond the pale of comparison to the Wii. It does what it needs to, every time. I’ve been pretty frustrated with the motion detection offered by the Wii, so the Move really hit the spot for motion gaming. Incidentally, I don’t have too much against the Kinnect for Xbox, but the available games are not to my taste at this point. The Kinnect’s value is in the video conferencing capability as well. This helps the Move stand alone in its genre.

Android has come a long way this year. There has been a constant stream of updates and improvements, and even a few OS versions along the way. The Android Market is maturing both in usability and in quality and number of available apps. Even with AT&T doing its best to stall upgrades on its Android powered phones in order to bolster iPhone sales it has continued to thrive. Android has grown from phones into tablets. I am looking forward to seeing where Android goes in the coming year. All indications are that things are looking good. It will be nice to see the Android Market made available on a wider variety of Android devices. Hopefully this is an option. I think it will go a long way in supporting Android’s rising status.

There are a few video games that I’ve really enjoyed this year. The Force Unleashed II is among them. I’m currently playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and am almost to the Platinum trophy. The X-Men Arcade game I downloaded last night was pretty fun too. I have a few on deck that I’ll be enjoying during my Christmas vacation including Transformers:War for Cybertron, Assassin’s Creed 2, and God of War III. On my wish list is Call of Duty: Black Ops, Goldeneye, and Uncharted 2 to name a few. I think it’s been a pretty good year for gaming. NExt year has some promising titles as well. Batman: Arkham City, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Infamous 2, and Uncharted 3 are definitely on my radar.

There you have it – a few of my favorite things. There were some gadgets I wanted to cover that didn’t make it into this post, so a follow-up might be coming in the foreseeable future. What about you? What are some of your favorite gadgets/tech this year? Let me know in the comments.

PlayStation Move – First Impressions

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’ve been playing with the PlayStation Move for a couple hours now and the first thing I have to say is: man I’m sore. They weren’t kidding when they said you will actually have to move with this controller. I picked up the Move Bundle from Amazon for $99.

In the box:

  • PlayStation Move controller
  • PlayStation Eye camera
  • PlayStation Move demo disc
  • Sports Champions game

To get started, you need to plug the USB charger into the Move to both give it power and pair the controller with the PS3. You also need to plug in the PlayStation Eye camera. That’s pretty much it for the setup. I inserted Sports Champions and my 4 year old son and I took turns playing the various games. Being used to the Wii, my son actually did pretty well, even if he didn’t understand what he was doing.

I started with archery and moved on to the Gladiator arena. I definitely got a pretty good workout. I will be feeling tonight’s testing for a few days I’ll bet. While Sports Champions may look like the Wii Sports bundle at a glance, it is definitely a full-fledged game. The demo disc is more like the Wii counterpart. Sports Champions takes you through a few different gaming areas including archery, volleyball, bocce, ping pong, and gladiator games. So far I’ve had quite a bit of fun with the game.

The Move is what the Wii could have been. It is easier to select options from across the room, and the PlayStation Eye is much better than the infrared bar on the Wii. You can actually make selections without being precisely centered in front of a sensor bar like with the Wii. I haven’t tried the demo disc yet, but Sports Champions at least was played standing up. This isn’t something you can easily do from your couch. You really have to get into the game in order to fully experience the Move. The camera calibrates with each new game, which was helpful when my son and I were taking turns.

The Move is a well-built controller. It looks sharp, and the buttons are largely familiar as they are based on the original controller. There are the usual x, triangle, square, and circle buttons, a PlayStation button, start and select buttons, a trigger, and a large central control button.

I found the Move to be a vast improvement over the controller offered with the Wii. As much as I’d like to avoid comparing the two, it is inevitably going to be done. The Move does what the Wii can’t. I am still really happy with my Wii for the most part, but the controller issues have been a problem from the start. The Move works from a greater angle, and is already far more reliable than the Wii-mote.

When I completed a couple of bronze round events, the camera added an augmented reality feature where I could hold a bow or a sword (depending on which game I’d won) in front of the camera and either send the picture to Facebook or save it for later use. That was an unexpected surprise, and a pretty cool one at that. The only issue with the camera so far is that it is pretty grainy. I need to check out the configuration options to see if this can be fixed.

All in all, the Move is a great addition for my PS3. It is easy to use and it offers a nice alternative to traditional console gaming. I want to continue testing it before I offer a full review, but so far it is looking pretty good.

Did you get a Move? What Sports Champions game have you mastered already? Let me know in the comments.

PlayStation Move Is Here

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The wait is over. The PlayStation Move is shipping from Amazon and other retailers and will soon arrive on the doorsteps of anxious gamers. September 17 is launch day. If you haven’t pre-ordered the Move you will be able to pick it up in retail stores starting tomorrow.

You can get the Move a number of ways, as I’ve mentioned on previous posts. You can choose to buy the controller by itself, in a bundle with Sports Champions and the PlayStation Eye, or as a Sports Champions bundle with the PS3 console. As I write this post, the Move is making its way from Arizona according to Amazon’s order tracking. I will post an unboxing video and a full review once I’ve been able to run it through its paces. From my initial testing, it looks like it will be every bit as fun as the marketing says it is.