Sony's glowing neon ball on a stick has finally been given a name, an approximate price and a loose release schedule. The PlayStation Move will be in stores and homes by the end of the year, with Sony estimating that a Move controller, bundled with a game and the PlayStation Eye peripheral, should cost about US$100.
The Move is the PlayStation's answer to the Nintendo Wii-mote, offering gamers the option to control the on-screen action with physical gestures rather than with directional sticks and button presses. If the similarities to Nintendo's control scheme weren't obvious enough, Sony today rolled out an accessory to complement the Move; a second wand-like controller with a D-pad and buttons, similar to the Nintendo Wii's Nunchuck, known as the Move sub-controller.
As it is with announcements of this nature, game developers were also on hand during the Sony naming ceremony at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Games announced to coincide with the launch of the Move include a street brawler called Dukes, a predictable collection of sports mini-games wrapped together under the title Sports Champions, and a unique title called Slider, where the player performs a range of kung-fu moves while the character careens through city streets sitting on an office chair.
Update: See more in our PS3 Move preview here.