Last week Microsoft showed off the Kinect; last night, Sony threw a party to welcome its newest peripheral, the PlayStation Move motion controller.
The battle of kinetics is truly on now, with the Move due to hit our shelves next week, on Thursday 16 September. Like the Wii, it uses a motion sensor that tracks the movement of special controllers as the player gesticulates madly to direct the on-screen action.
We took to the party hall to grip the new controllers in our hot little fists and tried out some of the games in conjunction with 3D (as well as a couple that don't have Move compatibility). Check out our photo gallery below to see what Sony has in store...
The PlayStation Move Starter Pack will include a Move controller, the PlayStation Eye camera and a Blu-ray disc with nine playable demos and retails for AU$99.95. Additional controllers will retail for AU$69.95, while the Navigation Controller will go for AU$49.95. The Eye camera, available now, retails for AU$59.95 on its own.
Everything you need to get started: the Move controller, the Eye camera ... and of course, the PlayStation 3 console.
A nifty gun accessory is used for games such as The Shoot (on sale in October, AU$59.95), wherein the player aims at the screen and kills baddies dead (but tries hard to avoid goodies). Here, the baddies are some sort of Wild West brigand; other scenes include a haunted house, robots, the deep sea and a Mafia setting.
Flight Control, which really "took off" (har har) on iOS, is a simulation in which the player lands planes. Developer Firemint has adapted it for PS3 with Move compatibility (available next week, AU$8.45).
The gun peripheral also turns out to be quite useful in Time Crisis: Razing Storm (available November, price to be confirmed), where you shoot up pretty much everything. This will also be the first Time Crisis title that allows up to eight players to duke it out online via the PSN.
Gran Turismo 5, which launches 4 November (AU$119.95), is not compatible with the Move but is playable in 3D. The GT world is pretty damned immersive as it is; add 3D and you might just get sucked in there forever. Or not.
In Kung Fu Rider (available next week, AU$59.95), you play Ace Private Detective Tobio on a high-speed chase riding an office chair. You can, as the title indicates, use kung fu to beat down your opponents.
The Move controller does interesting and intuitive things to shooters if, like the author, you are particularly uncoordinated when it comes to prowling about like an army man. SOCOM: Special Forces will be out sometime next year.