What is the Move controller?
The Move controller is a very similar idea to Nintendo’s Wii remote, except Sony’s looks more like a flashlight with a ball attached to the end. Like the regular Dualshock controller, the Move controller contains motion sensors so it knows the precise angle it is being held.
The key difference with the Move controller is that it is intended to be used with the Playstation Eye camera. When used with the Eye, the ball on the end of Move controller will light up in various colours. The Eye can track the lit ball and know where you are holding the controller (e.g. high or low) and also your distance (near or far).
What buttons does it have?
On the front face is:
- the Move button–a sort of general purpose, “OK” button
- Square, Triangle, Cross, and Circle buttons
- Playstation button–this works the same as on the Dualshock i.e. when in-game it opens the XMB. It is nicely sunk into the controller so would be difficult to press accidentally.
Underneath is a trigger button which feels very comfortable for the index finger. The trigger is not just on/off, but has depth like the triggers on the Dualshock.
On one side of the controller is a Start button, and on the other side is a Select button. These would be difficult to ever accidentally press.
How does it feel?
The controller is quite large, I thought, and may be challenging for young children to hold. However in my hand it is quite comfortable, with all the important buttons in easy reach. It has a nice weight and balance.
The ball is made of squishy rubbery material and seems to be well attached.
Can it be used without the Eye camera?
Yes the Move controller can be used in the XMB menu system without the need for the Playstation Eye camera. Every other use so far seems to need the Eye.
While in the XMB the Square/Triangle/Cross/Circle buttons work as you’d expect. The big Move button acts like the Cross button too. To move around, you hold in the trigger and angle the controller in the direction you want to go–up, down, left or right.
It works well although the sensitivity requires a little practice. Often I found it hard to scroll just one option up or down and would end up overshooting; you just need to be gentle with it 😎
How many at the same time?
You can have four Move controllers tracked with the Eye camera. This would allow four people to each use a controller, or for two people holding two controllers each–for example in the Sports Champion game. Each controller’s ball will be lit in a different colour.
How do you charge it?
Fortunately the Move controller can be charged with the same USB cable as the regular controllers. The cable plugs from the PS3 port into the end of the Move controller (opposite end to the rubber ball). A red flashing light on the controller indicates that it is charging; when the light turns off it is fully charged.