Sony launches PlayStation Move in N. America

Sony launched its PlayStation Move product yesterday in North America. The Move device is compatible with high-definition games and features a dynamic color changing sphere, vibration responses, and the ability to project a player’s image into the game. PlayStation Move will compete with Wii’s motion controller as well as Xbox’s upcoming Kinect device.

PlayStation Move is used with the PlayStation Eye camera to capture a user’s movements in 3D space. So far, Sony has almost 30 games that make use of ‘Move’ technology including The Fight: Lights Out, Heavy Rain, Killzone 3, EyePet, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (Capcom) and Sports Champions

“We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the motion control technology of PlayStation Move, and we are confident this is a benchmark in entertainment innovation that will change the way consumers interact with games,”  said Jack Tretton, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

PlayStation Move is offered in several packages starting with the PlayStation Move Bundle ($99.99) which includes a PlayStation Eye, PlayStation Move motion controller, copy of Sports Champions on Blu-ray disc, and PlayStation Move game demo.

The PS3 Sports Champions Move Bundle is available for $399.99 (SRP) and includes the ‘Move’ bundle as well as a 320GB PS3 console.

Individual ‘Move’ controllers are available for $49.99 (SRP) each and the optional navigation controller retails for $29.99 (SRP). To maximize the potential of Move you’ll want to pick up two controllers – one for each hand. Up to four motion controllers can be connected at once to the PS3 system wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Additional Sony titles utilizing ‘Move’ include Kung Fu Rider, MAG, Start the Party!, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Time Crisis: Razing Storm (NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.), and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 11 (Electronic Arts Inc.).

Sony recently presented ‘Move’ products at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, along with the biggest showing of 3D gaming titles.

PlayStation Move is now available at Amazon.com and other retail locations.

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