The biggest takeaway from our time with Move is its incredible accuracy. Augmented reality instruments move perfectly with the controller, Frisbees fly with the gentle curve you give them and you can select things with superb precision.
As we said, the controller is comfortable, but not for really long sessions of hard-swinging games. The glowing ball is undoubtedly ridiculous, but is the price you pay for accuracy. You’ll get used to having it there, even if anyone who sees it for the first time will raise an eyebrow.
Move has advantages and disadvantages over the Wii remote. The orb enables a higher level of accuracy than the Wii can manage even with MotionPlus in some cases, but also seems to occasionally restrict Sony’s controller.
Being able to operate only within strict confines of the camera is fine for one or two people, but when there are more of you, it’s handy not to have to worry about such things. We suspect future game programmers can avoid an over-reliance on the camera (and the plethora of motion sensors should be able to compensate for this).
Similarly, while the accurate detection of depth that Move has is fantastic for some games, the inconsistency of sitting four feet away for Start the Party! and standing eight feet away for Sports Champions is irritating.
In fact, our single biggest concern is the space required to really go at the games. It won’t be an issue for games like MAG and SOCOM, but it could be the difference between whether this or a Wii is more appropriate for your space.
Somewhere, in the gap between the Wii remote with MotionPlus and Move, is an ideal motion controller. But what we have is mightily impressive, even with its flaws. It’s not a revolution of motion control, but a refocus from being unassuming and family-friendly to being all about precision and adding options.
However, it’s not cheap. The starter pack containing one Move controller and the PlayStation Eye camera is £49.99. We think Sony would have been wise to include a game with that – Wii Play made buying a second controller far more palatable for millions of Wii owners.
At £35 each, the controllers alone aren’t that expensive, but they’re all /extra/ cost on top of what you’ve got already.
As a piece of technology, we heartily recommend Move to PlayStation 3 owners. The motion gaming bandwagon is growing and growing, and isn’t going to disappear any time soon. Move won’t be for everyone, if only because of its steep price as an optional extra, but those that do invest will find an excellent piece of gaming technology.