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The problems with the PlayStation Move

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The PlayStation Move has only officially been around for just over a day now and already the Internet is buzzing with how awesome it is but at the same time there is quite a lot of noise being made around it’s possible failings.

I have tried to collate the most common and reasonable complaints being levelled against the Move as well as some unexpected commentary about it’s ability to sense motion.

It’s just going to be used for mini game extravaganza’s

The most popular complaint already is that while Sony are trying to show that the Move has endless possibilities the main launch titles look like they are just going to be more mini game compilations.

This isn’t so much a problem as a fear for a lot of people that I do not share, mini games are fun and as always if you don’t like what’s on offer don’t buy it.

No motion control in the Nunchuck

Yes I realise it’s meant to be called the sub-controller but that’s a stupid name and it looks just like the Wii Nunchuck so let’s keep it at that.

Back to the point, this nunchuck adaptor has absolutely no motion sensitivity and is simply a holder for the analogue stick and buttons, which means if you want to have a go at boxing you will need 2 Move controllers… as will your friend next to you bringing a minimum investment of 4 controllers to any logical household.

This same problem exists for the swordplay game where the second Move controller is used for the shield and for any future games like archery we run into the same problem.

This one’s a biggy so hopefully Sony put a motion controller in the nunchuck before it gets released.

It’s going to cost a fortune to kit yourself out

Gizmodo has done some simplistic calculations and has come up with a price of between $430 & $550 (R5000-R6000) to get enough controllers so that 4 people can all join in locally… luckily the next problem resolves this one.

You can’t have 4 players using the Move and Nunchuck controller at the same time

The PS3 can handle a whopping 8 devices connected to it at one time which at first makes you think that it could easily handle the 8 devices that it would need to connect 4 Move’s and 4 Nunchuck’s to enable full 4 player gaming.

However Sony only has a support for 7 devices to connect via Bluetooth… not sure why that is, so it means that you can only have 3 player full motion control gaming.

Wrong, according to Sony you can have 4 people playing using the Move or 2 people with a Move and Nunchuck. Weird.

The look of it

It looks like a dildo, there is no getting around that.


“I was disappointed with the amount of real innovation we saw. In terms of ideas, it is very similar to what we have seen with the Wii and if you are Sony, you can’t help but want to ape that success” Guy Cocker – Gamespot UK Editor

“PlayStation Move isn’t that innovative. It doesn’t do anything that differently than the Wii but everyone feels they need to get into this space,” Dan Ackerman – CNet.com Senior Editor

I can’t wait to give it a go but right now I am not busting a gut to play any of the games that I have seen. It may be far more accurate and responsive than the Wii’s controller but after that it doesn’t really offer much else.

On the positive side the feedback on it’s responsiveness has been immaculate, it really is far superior to the Wiimote.

Last Updated: March 12, 2010


  1. Reaver

    March 12, 2010 at 08:39

    “Guy Cocker – Gamespot UK Editor”

    Come now, Gavin. Be honest. You made up that name, didn’t you?


    • darthdad

      March 12, 2010 at 08:56

      lol, You can’t put it past him.


  2. evilredzombie

    March 12, 2010 at 08:46

    Really….. Why not just call the lazyxboxgamer


    • RSA-Ace

      March 12, 2010 at 09:00

      We could do that if the points weren’t valid.

      This really is going to cost a lot, and i think this is something MS are going to point out when Natal is launched. Move requires multiple controllers while Natal is just one camera.

      It’ll be as easy to write a good article about the Move. There are some nice things going for it at the moment.


      • Hugh Jass

        April 12, 2010 at 03:12

        Yeah but sony will be killed maimed and raped (in that order) when Wii HD comes out, with PS3 comparable graphics (so I’ve heard) AND improved wiimotes with something like built-in WiiMotionPlus. I am glad this came into existence, though, as it will probably get the big N to formally announce WiiHD sooner and release sooner just to hurt Sony.


  3. riezo

    March 12, 2010 at 09:02

    I suggest you hide in a corner Lazy. This is gooing to get ugly.


  4. daki-sama

    March 12, 2010 at 09:40

    Did I see a sackboy in there? LBP with motion control? Interesting.


  5. Uncle

    March 12, 2010 at 09:40

    It is ugly, and there are no major release titles for it yet. How is that fanboism?


  6. eltonriley

    March 12, 2010 at 10:03

    Can’t be any worse than Natal. Its a product designed by Microsoft, so its bound to be a poorly designed piece of doo doo.

    Any bad elements of a Sony product, will still be 10x better than the MS equivalent. 😆


    • LazySAGamer

      March 12, 2010 at 10:05

      To be fair it doesn’t sound like Natal is working out so well but until it’s officially shown we really can’t say to much about it.

      the Playstation Move is a better piece of equipment than the Wiimote, but is that enough?


      • Hugh Jass

        April 12, 2010 at 03:14

        It is really only superior to a wiimote WITHOUT wiimotionplus. Have you played Red Steel 2? Amazing responsiveness, I guarantee Sony’s motion-dildo will not beat wiimote+motionplus.


  7. Al360

    March 12, 2010 at 10:07

    they need to sort the controllers issue and pricing
    cause i ain’t gonna fork out for this crap it should be a cheap accessory to add to the experiance not to re-invent the console


  8. mitas

    March 12, 2010 at 10:09

    ah … if like yesterday it cost $100 , that means we pay R1200 , rememeber ps3 cost $300 but we pay R3200 , so all in all you looking at R4400 for the whole move plus ps3 slim 120gig , dont sony learn you need to keep prices down not up , fking hell we are still comming out a global meltdown , and now they wanna make us pay again , sorry… MOVE = FAIL


    • Grant

      March 12, 2010 at 12:09

      Your math is shocking


  9. Fox1

    March 12, 2010 at 10:30

    :w00t: :w00t: :w00t: :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:
    I like to move it, move it,
    We like to move it, move it,
    You like too… MOVE IT!!!
    :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:


  10. uberutang

    March 12, 2010 at 12:09

    I have the eyetoy and ps3 allready so all I need is 2 x dildos and 1 x sub controller for my soccom 4.

    Nice. and Cheap.

    Might also get Natal, just for giggles.


    • Hugh Jass

      April 12, 2010 at 03:16

      Natal will die painfully too. I bet anything the moment WiiHD is announced both Sony and Microsoft stock will plummet or at least drop 5 pts


  11. evilredzombie

    March 12, 2010 at 12:31

    Ja I have eye so just get the rest…. Natal…. Mmmm I just don’t know. But… And big but… Ms and sony will blown wii out the water


    • Hugh Jass

      April 12, 2010 at 03:18

      Nope. The moment WiiHD is announced (e3 2010) Sony and Microsoft will be seriously wounded. I guarantee that. And besides Natal will fail cuz you can’t play something like COD6 without any buttons or controllers or anything that’s just crazy talk


  12. Fox1

    March 12, 2010 at 12:55

  13. Parker

    March 13, 2010 at 16:24

    Didn’t know SOCOM 4’s a mini-game. Also, Heavy Rain with this… Orgasmic (sorry, couldn’t resist 😉

    P.S. first post


  14. Zern227

    December 23, 2010 at 11:24

    :angry: Uh they do know that the nunchuck is not real different to the ps2 ascii grip and the sub controller is more like that than anything these people suck at researching. :getlost:


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