CNET First Look
PlayStation MoveWhile it provides some of the best motion control we've seen in games, a few issues and a lackluster launch library may have you waiting to buy PlayStation Move.
-Hey! What's up everyone? I'm Jeff Bakalar for cnet.com. Today, we're taking a first look at the PlayStation Move Bundle Starter Kit for PlayStation 3. After first debuting the technology in E3 2009, Sony is finally ready to release the bundle. It's a $100 bundle and it comes with PlayStation Eye which is the camera you're gonna need to use PlayStation Move, the PlayStation standard controller for move and it also comes with a game. Sports Champions which is a collection of 6 mini games and include Disc Golf, Gladiator, Archery, Beach Volleyball, Bocce Ball, and Table Tennis. Now, the standard Move controller comes with a rubber ball on top and this LED light inside can change color so that the eye camera can follow your movement. So, if you have a blue ball, it won't clash with whatever your background is and this will change if it needs to. Now, we really like the way the Move controller feels. It feels really nice in your hand and it has all or most of the same buttons as a standard DualShock 3 controller. You've got the square, triangle, circle, and X button. On the back, you've got the trigger button. And on the sides, are select and start. Now, obviously the bundle comes with Sports Champions which is basically Sony's response to Wii Sports. Now, there's only 6 sports here, but the games feel like they're more in-depth. There's more production value. You can unlock things. There's a lot more to explore in these games. A little more than what's provided on the Wii Sports games. Now, this is what you gonna get in the $100 bundle. There are other games coming out just for PlayStation Move. We've got to play a few, like Kung Fu Rider which is a sort of a whacky, Japanese-inspired game where you're riding down a hill in an office chair. It's a little strange, but it's lot of fun to play. There's also a game called Tumble which is basically Boom Blox if you played it on the Wii. It's sort of like a Jenga game where you use the remote to control boxes on screen. Now, obviously, we're gonna have to compare PlayStation Move to Wii MotionPlus because they basically give you the same sort of control environment. Obviously, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Move are gonna provide the better graphics. There's really no comparison in that point. But in terms of actual motion control, we do think PlayStation Move provides a slight bit of an edge when it comes to actual precise motion control accuracy, just because the PlayStation Move uses a camera whereas Wii and Wii MotionPlus does not. Now, obviously, we're really big fans of being able to use motion control in HD gaming. We've never been able to do that before, but we're just not sure this first initial lunch of PlayStation Move games is compelling enough to make that first purchase. As the games come out and they're more developed, we think that it will be a better incentive to buy PlayStation Move in the future. We also really enjoyed the fact that you can use your motion controller to navigate through the cross media bar in the PlayStation 3 menu system. For $30, you can get this navigation controller that has a D-pad and analog stick plus L1 and L2 buttons on the back which is gonna be use for games where you're using a gun or some sort of environment where you have to have your character moving around on screen as well as being able to aim properly and that will be available when PlayStation Move launches, which is September 19th. So that's gonna do it for our first look at PlayStation Move. I'm Jeff Bakalar for cnet.com. Thanks for watching.