After its first appearances in Game Developers Conference and Penny Arcade Expo East, the PlayStation Move finally came home to West Coast. It made a stop at Sole Repair Shop on E Pike st on the 8th of April to show off its capabilities alongside a few supporting games that are in early development.

After its first appearances in Game Developers Conference and Penny Arcade Expo East, the PlayStation Move finally came home to West Coast. It made a stop at Sole Repair Shop on E Pike st on the 8th of April to show off its capabilities alongside a few supporting games that are in early development.

The PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing game system comprised of the PlayStation Eye Camera, PlayStation Move motion controller, and the PlayStation Move sub controller. The Eye tracks the location of the motion controller and translates it to the screen, and the sub controller is used to control character model movements on screen.

Overall, the PlayStation Move is surprisingly accurate and precise. On its apparent similarity to the Wiimote, representatives of Sony say that the PlayStation Move will bring the motion sensing experience to the hardcore gamers. Sony is still deciding on bundles for Move, so far with one package including the Eye, the Motion Controller, and a game for under $100. Other bundles are also in consideration for current owners of the PlayStation Eye.

       

SOCOM 4
We were allowed to play a short segment of the in-development SOCOM 4, just before it was shut down when the main crowd came in. Even though the core gameplay is quite similar to many shooters on the Wii, it feels much more in-depth and advanced. First of all, being a squad-based tactical shooter from Zipper Interactive means having tactical elements not-unlike strategy games. The motion controller is more than just an intuitive and surprisingly precise aiming device – it is used to direct your squads of AI characters by setting waypoints and targeting tactical strikes as well. Grouping together “advanced”, “HD graphics”, and “precise”, it is safe to say that Sony is on the right track to bring motion sensing technologies to hardcore gaming. SOCOM 4 is scheduled to release fall 2010, which may coincide with the launch of PlayStation Move.

   

Sports Champions
Here is a title that would include the casual players in the fun. This title is a collection of games, though only 2 of them were shown. The first one is sort of a weapon-and-shield duel game. If looked only at the screen, the game looks like something from Soulcalibur series in which 2 characters go at each other with a weapon. In fact, this game allows the player to use 2 motion controllers, one for controlling the shield and the other for controlling the weapon. All the movements are controlled by the moving the motion controllers, the best part being the character will swing the weapon in any direction the player does. All that without the frustration of inaccurate motion capture from past motion sensing games. It is bliss to be able to pick up a fighting game and play, instead of spending hours to learn a character’s move set.

The other sport is a real sport – table tennis. Using a single motion controller, the way this game accurately picks up subtle twists of the wrist is simply astounding. It will even put spins on the ball if one were to swing the motion controller sideways as the ball makes contact.

   

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