The PlayStation Move is Sony’s big swing into the motion control gaming market Nintendo single handedly created and monopolised with the launch of the Wii almost four years ago. It’s been a long time in the making, and if you’ve read our full review, you’ll know it’s technologically vastly superior to the Wii’s controls. Is that alone reason to fork out for the PlayStation Move, and even a more expensive console to go with it? Read on and find out in this part of our PlayStation Move review.
There are several ways of looking at this, and there’s no one size fits all answer, simply because the PlayStation Move isn’t sold by default with the PS3, or indeed the only way to control its games, as is the case with the Nintendo Wii.
Current PS3 owners
Wait. Just wait. Sony’s priced the PlayStation Move very reasonably, but the UK launch games are feeble, and have little replay. The PS3 has never been a casual gaming platform: its hardware and pricetag have always reflected that, and if you’ve bought in already, we don’t think you’ll find much satisfaction in the titles available to buy on 17 September. They’re arcade style/mini game collections, and while their £25 pricetag is reasonable itself, the cost of buying one or two PlayStation Move wands (And you are going to want a pair) plus the camera if you don’t own one already don’t make any worthwhile just yet. Our dream is to play Alan Wake using the PlayStation Move as a torch: it’s not going to happen, but it is technologically possible, and when games that intelligent and mature come along, then it’ll be time to buy.
On the other hand, if you already own a PS3 and have kids begging you to get them a Wii, the PlayStation Move and Sports Champions should more than keep them happy until more games comes along.
Current Wii owners
If you’ve already slapped down for a Nintendo Wii, and even paid for extra Wii remote/nunchuk combos, we can’t say the PlayStation Move holds enough value yet to make it worth switching or buying as well. While the PlayStation Move maps your movements vastly more accurately, making virtual tennis much more satisfying than the wild flailing required on Wii games, Ninty’s overall catalogue is larger, and much more imaginative. You’ll get much more entertainment out of Wii Sports Resort and Mario Kart alone than with any of the PlayStation Move launch games, and there are plenty more to try as well if multiplayer with mates is what you’re after.
If you’ve never owned a console before, but have been lured in by the Wii’s buzz and the potential of the PlayStation Move, you’ll have to make a tough call. The PS3 is a vastly superior console with a massive library of brilliant (non-PlayStation Move games), but the Wii has more, and more fun, motion control games, and is significantly cheaper (You get the Wii remote with the console). It’s this that gives Wii the pick up and play edge still that it needs to lure in casual gamers: but if you know you want to play all those fantastic first person shooters and RPGs as well, the PS3 and PlayStation Move should pay dividends eventually.