Now that the next-gen console wars seemed to have simmered down, the clans on either side are not resting but busy sharpening their blades and recruiting new members preparing for the next one. In the next couple of months, the two of the three major gaming console manufacturers will launch their own versions of a motion sensing gaming accessory. We've already seen Microsoft's Kinect in action and quite frankly, were amazed at how accurately it was able to mimic our movements despite not having any controller in our hands.
Of course, the Playstation fanboys weren't impressed with this and kept saying that the Move is still a lot better. Well, the only way to find out is to play it ourselves and then give our verdict. Luckily, we got an early hands-on with the Move before it launches sometime at the end of this month. Our initial impression of it is that it's really fun, and more importantly, cheaper than the Kinect.
For all the noobs out there, the PS Move is an accessory for the Playstation 3 that let's you play Wii styled games buy waving around a control stick that works in conjunction with the PS Eye Camera to fully calculate the 3D space you're standing in. This way you are able to replicate very precise pitch, roll and yaw motions in the game that are handy in games like Tiger Woods: PGA Tour.
To get started with the Move, you'll need the PS Eye Camera and the PS Move motion controller. There's an accessory for this called the Move navigation controller that consists of the D-pad and analog stick. However, it is not necessary, as you can easily play all the games with just the primary one. The controller is fairly light and all the buttons line up well underneath your fingers. It also packs in a vibration motor that works just like in the controller.
The most striking feature is the soft glowing orb at the top. This changes color and helps the camera in tracking your movements. The color is random and it will change depending on the ambient lighting or even during a game - for instance, to signify low health. The colors are bright pastel shades that make it easy for the PS Eye to detect.
So how does the PS Move compare to the Kinect? Is it responsive, accurate and most importantly fun to play? In a nutshell, it is. If you've had a chance to try the Move, then the first thing you'll notice is that it's not quite freeing as the Kinect. Allow me to explain. With the Kinect you don't have to hold anything to play, all you do is stand there and use your whole body for most of the games. With the Move, most of the actions are performed by one hand or both, in case you're using the navigation controller as well. This may not be such a bad thing as you could play sitting down as well, which is not an option with the Kinect. The Move syncs to the PS3 via Bluetooth just like the six axis controller and charges via USB. You can use the Move to control the XMB as well by holding the trigger and then flicking it in a certain direction.
We tried a number of game demos like Start the Party, which is fun and includes different mini games like Whack the Mole, BugBash, etc. The cool bit here is that the Move wand changes on-screen into a different tool depending on the game. So for the Pinata game, it turns into a baseball bat.