PS3 Motion Controller Officially Dubbed PlayStation Move


After months of rumors claiming Sony’s PS3 motion controller would be called either Arc or Gem, the device’s official title has been revealed and it isn’t either one of the rumored names.

The PS3 motion controller, as announced during Sony’s GDC 2010 press conference earlier this evening, is called PlayStation Move and will be available this fall in three forms: by itself, bundled with a PlayStation Eye camera or in a console bundle with a PS3 and camera. Pricing has not be confirmed.

The PlayStation Move consists of a main wand motion controller and a Nunchuk-esque “sub-controller” with an analog stick, D-pad, L1 and L2 shoulder buttons, and ‘X’ and ‘O’ face buttons. Both devices have built-in Bluetooth and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. If desired, a regular DualShock 3 or Sixaxis can also be used in place of the sub-controller.

The motion controller wand is said to provide “unmatched accuracy” thanks to its three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and terrestrial magnetic field sensor, and the orb on top of the wand changes colors to provide visual feedback in accompaniment to the physical feedback from the rumble functionality. The voice and image recording features of the PlayStation Eye camera will also be used in tandem with the motion controller to create “augmented reality experiences,” whatever the hell that means.

As for games, 36 third-party developers and publishers, including the likes of EA, Activision, Atlus, Capcom, Sega, Ubisoft and Square Enix to name a few, have adopted the technology, and by itself SCE Worldwide Studios will have over 20 PlayStation Move-supported games available by the end of fiscal year 2010.

More PlayStation Move coverage to come. For now browse the gallery below for the first official press shots.

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