The PlayStation Move – Sony’s (Stock Quote: SNE) belated answer to the Nintendo Wii – launched this morning at the stroke of midnight. Here’s what you should know about the hotly anticipated motion-sensing system.
What Is It?
The PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing game platform similar to the Nintendo Wii. Video games compatible with the PlayStation Move are controlled in part by moving and pointing the wireless controller at the television.
What Do I Need to Buy?
• A PlayStation 3 ($299.99 at Walmart.com) - If you already have the console, the Move setup will connect to it; otherwise you’ll need to purchase the console.
• The PlayStation Eye Camera ($32.82 at Amazon.com) - Again, you may already have this component, a webcam designed specifically for the PlayStation 3.
• At least one PlayStation Move controller ($49.50 at Walmart.com) This component is available for the first time today. Many gamers will wish to buy at least a second controller to make multiplayer possible.
How Much Does It Cost?
If you don’t want to buy these items piecemeal, various packages are available. Most PlayStation 3 owners will likely buy the PlayStation Move Bundle for $99.99, which includes the Eye Camera, one PlayStation Move controller and one game (Sports Champions). If you don’t already own a PS3, another package, the PS3 Sports Champions Move Bundle also includes the console, and sells for $399.99.
There are some extras that gamers may be interested in purchasing as well. While the controllers can be charged by plugging them in to the PS3 with a USB cable, Sony has also released a charging station that powers up two controllers at once and retails for $29.99. And if you need a PlayStation 3 console, it’s available in 120GB and 250GB editions for $299.99 and $349.99, respectively.