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PS Move

Enhance gaming with the PS Move controller

In 2009, Sony announced that it was in the advanced stages of developing a new controller, the PS Move, which would introduce motion wand technology to the PlayStation platform. The following year, the first generation of the PS Move controller was released to the commercial market, and it became an instant sensation with the tens of millions of PlayStation gamers around the world.

While the PS Move is compatible with many PlayStation 3 game titles, the release of the controller was considered a precursor to the PlayStation 4, an upcoming console upgrade which will feature greatly improved depth control. The PlayStation 4 hit the market in time for the 2013 Christmas shopping season in North America, Europe, and Australia.

PS Move Layout and Specifications

Here are the technical specifications for the PS Move controller:

  • Power source: Lithium-ion battery
  • Motion sensing: Triple axis accelerometer with an angular triple axis rate sensor
  • Location tracking: Combination of object sensing and magnetometer, facilitated by the PlayStation camera or the PlayStation Eye add-on
  • Analog triggers: 1
  • Action buttons: 8
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth wireless
  • Navigation controls: D-pad, analog stick, analog trigger, and 5 action buttons

Available Accessories

Players have the option of adding a range of accessories to enhance the functionality of the PS Move controller. One of the top-selling accessories is the PS Move charging station, a portable dock that allows you to quickly top up the controller's battery life. For shooting games, you can get the PS Move shoot attachment, which connects the controller to the barrel of a gun-shaped attachment for use in first-person shooting games. As an alternative, the PS Move SharpShooter attachment adapts the controller for with a machine gun-style attachment.

The PS Move is or will be compatible with hundreds of video game titles, including an ever-growing library of Sony games as well as games released through Sony's partners. Some of the companies that are signatory to the PS Move game development partnership include Activision, Arc System Works, CCP Games, Disney Interactive Studios, Electronic Arts (EA), Konami, Sega, and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment.

Sale Options

Consumers can purchase PS Move joysticks individually, or they can buy them as part of larger bundles to save money. If you're going to go the latter route, some of your bundle options include combining the PS Move controller with:

  • Motion control software
  • The PlayStation Eye motion control attachment
  • The PlayStation 3 console
  • Camera and sensing attachment
  • Select game titles

Reviews of the PS Move Controller

Reaction to the PS Move has been very positive in the video game industry. Upon its release, it was universally lauded as a major breakthrough for Sony, and received positive reviews from trusted video game review forums as CNET, Tech Radar, PC Magazine, USA Today, IGN and many others. While some critics believed that the PS Move would amount to little more than a gimmick and a failed attempt to compete with Nintendo's Wii technology, the PS Move proved to be far from the embarrassment some had predicted. Industry insiders are unanimous in their belief that the PS Move is not a gimmicky attachment, but rather a genuinely unique accessory that greatly enhances PlayStation 3 gameplay.

PS Move controllers are available through a broad range of traditional and online retailers. As mentioned, one of the best ways to get the lowest price is to purchase the controller as part of a bundle, but you can also shop around and find some great deals online. When buying online, make sure you familiarize yourself with the retailer's return and exchange policies, and check carefully to see how much shipping will cost before you finalize your order.

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