Sony's PlayStation Move: what you need to know

The highly-anticipated motion control system is coming soon. Here's everything you need to know about this device.

Sony will soon launch PlayStation Move, the company's highly anticipated motion control system that translates your real word movements into video game moves.

PlayStation Move is a handheld controller with a glowing orb on the top that works in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye camera to track video game movements like punches, sword strokes, and tennis racket swings. The PSMove also has regular controller buttons for shooting games that require you to pull a trigger.

PlayStation Move was introduced under its official name on Wednesday at the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The announcement followed last year's sneak peek at Sony's motion control system during the E3 conference.

Here's what you need to know about the PSMove:

When will PlayStation Move be available?

PSMove will be released worldwide in late 2010, but Sony hasn't announced a specific date yet.

How will the PlayStation Move be bundled?

There are three ways you will be able to buy PSMove: a starter pack that includes the PlayStation Eye, PSMove, and a game; stand-alone controllers for people who already own a PlayStation Eye; or part of a full PS3 console pack including the console, PSMove wands, and the PlayStation Eye camera. (It's unclear whether the PSMove console bundle will also come with Dual Shock controllers.)

How Much Does PSMove Cost?

There's no firm price yet, but the starter pack will cost less than $100, according to Sony Computer Entertainment America's Senior Vice President of Marketing Peter Dille.

Are there any peripheral add-ons you can get for Move?

Sony has developed a second wand called the sub-controller. The sub-controller has an analog control stick that you hold in one hand while your other hand is busy using the PSMove wand. This will allow you to easily move your in-game avatars around for action games like SOCOM.

How does PSMove connect to the console?

The PSMove and the sub-controller both use Bluetooth to connect with your console.

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Ian Paul

PC World (US online)

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