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PlayStation Move: The Ultimate FAQ

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Sep 07, 2010 // Senior Manager, Social Media

Here it is! We’ve spent the last few weeks compiling the most comprehensive, info-packed, and authoritative resource for PlayStation Move, the PlayStation 3 motion controller that launches in the U.S. on September 19th. We’ve also included dozens of questions asked by PlayStation gamers — that means you!

This FAQ is a living document. During the hustle and bustle of the PlayStation Move’s upcoming launch, we’ll be updating and tweaking this document constantly. So if there’s something else you’d like to know, sound off in the comments and we’ll take a second look.

UPDATE: Full list of current PlayStation Move games added

2010 PlayStation Move Games

2010 PlayStation Move Games (Sid edition)

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PlayStation Move: Basics

Q: What is PlayStation Move, and what do I need to experience it?
A: PlayStation Move brings motion gaming exclusively to your PS3 system. In addition to the PS3 system, PlayStation Move requires both the PlayStation Move motion controller and the PlayStation Eye camera to track your every move and put you in the game.

Q: Can I use PlayStation Move with any system other than the PS3 system?
A: No. PlayStation Move is exclusive to the PS3 system, and works with any PS3 model.

Q: Will the PlayStation Move work with my model of the PS3 system?
A: Yes. PlayStation Move works with any model of the PS3 system, from an original launch unit to the new smaller, lighter form factor.

Q: When will PlayStation Move be released in the U.S.?
A: PlayStation Move and PlayStation Move games will be available on September 19, 2010 in the U.S., though some retailers may have it in stock earlier.

Q: Do I need to purchase everything separately?
A: It’s your choice: you can buy the components bundled together (PlayStation Move bundle details) or purchase them separately.

Pricing:

  • PlayStation Move motion controller – $49.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Eye camera – $39.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Move navigation controller – $29.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Move charging station – $29.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Move shooting attachment – $19.99 (MSRP)


Bundles:

  • PlayStation Move bundle – $99.99 (MSRP)
    • Includes PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye, Sports Champions Blu-ray game, and PlayStation Move game demo disc
  • PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle – $399.99 (MSRP)
    • Includes PlayStation 3 system with 320GB HDD, PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye, Sports Champions Blu-ray game, DUALSHOCK 3 controller, and PlayStation Move game demo disc

Q: What kind of gamer is PlayStation Move geared towards?
A: Whether you’re experienced, casual, or somewhere in between, PlayStation Move has a wide variety of games including sports, action, party, family, and shooters. Social party games like Start The Party! and Sports Champions are perfect for families, while core titles like Killzone 3, SOCOM 4 and Heavy Rain will keep things challenging for more advanced gamers. In order to tell what games are appropriate for younger gamers, look for the ESRB rating and descriptors on the bottom left of every game case for an age rating and content descriptors.

Q: How much will PlayStation Move games cost?
A: PlayStation Move software titles on Blu-ray disc will range from $39.99 and up, though specific pricing will depend on the game and the media format. Debut Blu-ray titles, such as Sports Champions, Start the Party!, and Kung Fu Rider, will be available for $39.99; Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4 will cost $59.99 when they release in 2011.

PlayStation Move motion controller for PS3

PlayStation Move Motion Controller

Q: Why is the sphere on the PlayStation Move motion controller colored? What does the color of the PlayStation Move motion controller’s sphere mean?
A: The sphere atop the PlayStation Move motion controller helps the PlayStation Eye camera to precisely detect the absolute position of the controller in real-life 3D space. Some games may change the color of the sphere according to gameplay, giving you visual feedback. The game can change the sphere to any color (the sphere LED is controlled with Full Color 24bit RGB).

There is no default color, and the color of the sphere may change after calibration since the system will choose colors that will track well in the current environment. When the sphere is flashing different colors, it means the controller is calibrating. Note that the sphere will not be lit when controlling the XMB (XrossMediabar).

Q: Do you need to stand when using PlayStation Move? Do you need to sit?
A: No, you do not need to stand. As long as the camera has a clear, direct view of you and the PlayStation Move motion controller, you can play while standing, sitting, slouching, reclining, etc.

Q: How many PlayStation Move motion controllers do I need?
A: Most PlayStation Move games only require one motion controller. However, some games may support two controllers for single-player gameplay (such as The Fight: Lights Out and certain events in Sports Champions) or for multiplayer mode.

Q: How many players can use PlayStation Move at the same time?
A: The actual number of players supported depends on the game you are playing. Many PlayStation Move titles support anywhere from 1 to 4 players with many options for gameplay, including single player, pass-and-play multiplayer, competitive, or co-op modes. The PS3 system supports up to seven devices, of which up to four of those devices can be PlayStation Move motion controllers.

Q: Does the PlayStation Move motion controller include vibration feedback?
A: Yes. The PlayStation Move motion controller includes vibration feedback in the body of the controller.

Q: What buttons are on the PlayStation Move motion controller?
The PlayStation Move motion controller has the traditional DUALSHOCK 3 buttons (Cross, Circle, Square, Triangle, Start, Select, and PS Button) but also adds two new buttons, the T-button and the Move button.

PlayStation Move button breakouts

The Move button is typically used to select items in game menus. The pressure-sensitive T-button is utilized in many games and its function varies. Users should consult the game manual for details on button assignments.

Q: How do I pair a PlayStation Move motion controller to PS3?
A: Pairing is quite simple and will be familiar to PS3 owners. First, plug the PlayStation Move motion controller into the PS3 system via the USB port. Next, press the PS button. The controller is now paired with the PS3 system.

Q: Does PlayStation Move use AA or AAA batteries?
A: No. PlayStation Move uses an integrated lithium ion battery that you can recharge using a mini USB cable and your PS3 system, or an optional PlayStation Move charging station.

Q: How do I charge the controllers?
A: Both the PlayStation Move motion controller and the PlayStation Move navigation controller feature a mini USB charging port. The lithium ion battery can be recharged by plugging the controllers into the PS3 system using a mini USB cable. Alternatively, you can charge the controllers using the PlayStation Move charging station (sold separately).

Q: How long does it take to fully charge a PlayStation Move motion controller? How long will the charge last?
A: It takes approximately five hours to fully charge a PlayStation Move motion controller (four hours using the charging station). Once fully charged, you can expect at a maximum 10 hours of battery life.

Q: Are the rechargeable batteries replaceable?
A: No.

Q: Can I use the PlayStation Move motion controller to set up the game or do I need the DUALSHOCK 3 controller?
A: Set up for PlayStation Move games do not require the use of the DUALSHOCK 3 controller. The XMB can be navigated easily with either the motion controller or the navigation controller.

Q: How do I navigate the XMB using the PlayStation Move motion controller?
A: Hold down the T button and gesture UP, DOWN, LEFT or RIGHT to navigate the XMB. Press the Move button to activate an item. Note that the sphere will not be illuminated while browsing the XMB.

Q: Will the PlayStation Move be equipped with any safety features?
A: Yes, the PlayStation Move comes equipped with a hand strap. Wear it securely at all times to prevent accidents.

PlayStation Move hand strap for PS3

Q: How precise is PlayStation Move?
A: The PlayStation Move is tracked completely 1:1, so its complete position and orientation are known. High-speed data from internal sensors is combined with sub-pixel PlayStation Eye camera data, allowing precise measurement of a wide range of motions, from the tiniest movements to most vigorous swipes.

Q: How much “lag” does PlayStation Move have? Is there a noticeable delay of my motion to the action performed onscreen?
A: The PlayStation Move has similar sensing latency as the DUALSHOCK 3 controller — for many PlayStation Move games, this is about 22ms, though it can vary somewhat between games. Modern HDTVs unfortunately have much more latency, usually on the order of 60-160ms. If your TV has “game mode,” make sure to enable it.

Q: Will you be able to adjust PlayStation Move’s sensitivity setting?
A: Yes, some games will provide this feature where it’s appropriate. For example, The Shoot supports this for aiming sensitivity.

PlayStation Eye (front) for PS3

PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye Camera

Q: How does the PlayStation Eye camera work with the PlayStation Move motion controller?
A: The PlayStation Eye tracks the sphere on the motion controller to detect exactly where
you are and the direction you are moving. The PlayStation Eye also tracks your upper body
movement and translates that into the game. This allows the character on screen to move
exactly as you move in real life.

Q: Why must I calibrate the controller?
A: Calibration must be done as part of the game set-up to ensure the system knows how far
you are from the screen as well as your body dimensions. Every game has a different
calibration approach, but at some point before beginning gameplay, all games require the
player to calibrate by pointing the controller at the PlayStation Eye camera and following the on-screen directions.

Q: Do you need to re-calibrate the PlayStation Move before playing each game? (asked by @JaguarCRO)
A: Yes. Because the PlayStation Move technologies provide extreme accuracy not found in other systems, a quick calibration before each game allows us to maintain the most accurate positional data possible.

Q: What is the best setup for my PlayStation Eye camera?
A: To get the most out of your PlayStation Eye camera, you should make sure it is centered above or below your TV screen (whichever position is closest to the player’s shoulder level) and facing the same direction as your TV. Then set your PlayStation Eye to wide-angle mode by twisting the lens to the blue dot. Avoid set ups where the PlayStation Eye is tilted up or down, unless instructed to for a specific game.

Q: Is there a minimum height requirement for PlayStation Move?
A: There are no height requirements, although for the best experience, the PlayStation Eye camera must point at the player. The PlayStation Eye camera should be as near to shoulder height as possible so the player is “square” to the camera.

Q: What is the best position for a player to hold the PlayStation Move motion controller from the camera?
A: Players should calibrate in the location and position where they intend to play. The working range is 2 to 10 feet away from the camera, but the *ideal* range is 5 to 9 feet away from the camera, depending on the game.

Q: How does room lighting affect PlayStation Move gameplay?
A: The system is very robust and works under a range of lighting conditions, but it is important to keep in mind certain lighting conditions that can negatively impact gameplay. The room does not need to be dark to reach optimal gameplay; however, it is important to check that no direct bright light or sunlight is reflecting onto the controller or camera. Strong lighting from behind the player should be avoided — especially light that changes, such as light from another TV. Finally, if the camera sits on a very shiny surface, the camera might see reflections which may cause interference with gameplay.

Q: What else may affect PlayStation Move gameplay?
A: Objects or people obstructing the view of the PlayStation Eye can cause issues with
motion tracking, resulting in sluggish or unresponsive gameplay. However, if someone
or something passes in front of the PlayStation Eye very briefly during gameplay there
won’t be much issue.

Q: Will PlayStation Move work if playing a game on a video projector? If using a projector, what’s the best position for the PlayStation Eye camera?
A: Yes. Make sure the PlayStation Eye is not in the direct line of projection so that it’s not blinded. The camera should be positioned in front of the user, about shoulder height.

Q: Will PlayStation Move work for left-handed users? (asked by @Gavin_Gallagher)
A: Yes, during calibration many of the games will give you an option to choose if you are a left or right handed player so that the PlayStation Move can track your movements accordingly. For games make no such distinction, the controller can be held equally well in either hand.

PlayStation Move Navigation Controller (front) for PS3PlayStation Move Navigation Controller (side) for PS3

Navigation Controller and Other Accessories

Q: What is the PlayStation Move navigation controller?
A: The PlayStation Move navigation controller is the secondary controller for PlayStation Move. It is compatible with select PlayStation Move titles to help navigate in-game characters or objects. However, DUALSHOCK 3 and SIXAXIS wireless controller can also be used in place of the navigation controller for all games that are compatible with the navigation controller. Like all other wireless controllers for the PS3 system, the navigation controller comes with a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery as well as Bluetooth technology, enabling the controller to transfer the input information wirelessly to the PS3 system without a use of a cable.

As a one-handed controller, the navigation controller features an analog stick and directional buttons, allowing you to easily navigate your character in the game. For most PlayStation Move titles, all you need is the PlayStation Move motion controller and the PlayStation Eye camera, which is why we focused on offering these peripherals in our bundles.

Again, the packaging of each PlayStation game will have icons indicating exactly what peripherals you’ll need to play the game.

Q: Is the navigation controller required for all PlayStation Move games? What purpose does it serve?
A: No, the navigation controller is not required for all PlayStation Move games. The PlayStation Move navigation controller is an optional peripheral that gives players the use of an analog stick and directional buttons for titles like Heavy Rain or Killzone 3, where you navigate a character on-screen. If you would prefer, you can use the DUALSHOCK 3 or SIXAXIS wireless controller instead of the navigation controller to operate the left analog stick and D-pad.

Q: What buttons are on the PlayStation Move navigation controller?
A: Cross, Circle, L1, L2, L3, left stick, directional (up, down, left, right) buttons and the PS
button.

PlayStation Move navigation controller button breakouts

Q: Does the PlayStation Move navigation controller have vibration feedback?
A: No.

Q: Does the navigation controller support SIXAXIS motion control? (asked by @Schypher)
A: No. The navigation controller does not support the older SIXAXIS motion sensor. All motion controller functionality is handled by the PlayStation Move.

Q: What is estimated battery life for the the navigation controller? (asked by @Gavin_Gallagher)
A: The battery in the navigation controller lasts approximately 30 hours, but it varies depending upon usage and environment.

Q: Does the navigation controller need to be paired with the PlayStation Move? Do you need to connect the navigation controller with a cable?
A: Button input of the motion controller and navigation controller are directly transmitted to PS3 via Bluetooth wireless, and therefore you do not need to pair the navigation controller with PlayStation Move. No cable connection is required except when you are charging the battery.

Q: Are there any additional PlayStation Move controllers I may wish to buy?
A: For most PlayStation Move titles, you will only need one PlayStation Move motion controller. However, you may want to purchase a second PlayStation Move motion controller for playing in multi-player mode with friends or family.

Q: How do I know which accessories go with each game?
A: Every PlayStation Move game has icons at the top of its packaging that indicate which peripherals are “required” and which peripherals are “compatible.” Peripherals that are required are necessary in order to play the game; those that are “compatible” can be used to enhance your game play experience but are not necessary to play the game.

Q: How many PlayStation Move controllers will I need in order to play most games?
A: For most games, you will only need one PlayStation Move motion controller. There are also some titles, such as The Fight: Lights Out, that require two PlayStation Move motion controllers — one for each hand — to deliver the most precise gameplay experience.

Q: Will there be a charging adaptor for PlayStation Move and navigation controllers?
A: Yes. Available for $29.99 (MSRP), the PlayStation Move charging station will allow you to charge two PlayStation Move motion or navigation controllers at once, without connecting them to the PS3 system.

PlayStation Move Charging Station (with PlayStation Move motion controller and Navigation Controller) PlayStation Move Charging Station

Q: Will there be a charger that will fit both the PlayStation Move motion controller and DUALSHOCK 3 controller?
A: The existing PS3 AC adaptor can easily accommodate any combination of two PlayStation Move motion controllers, DUALSHOCK 3 controllers, and PlayStation Move navigation controllers.

Sports Champions for PS3Killzone 3 for PS3

PlayStation Move Games

Q: Will the PlayStation Move come with a demo disc? (asked by @T3mpr1x)
A: Yes. A PlayStation Move demo disc is included with the PlayStation Move Bundle ($99.99) and the PlayStation 3 Sports Champions Move Bundle ($399.99).

Additionally, both PlayStation Move bundles include the full version of Sports Champions, which includes six different sporting events supporting single and multiplayer modes.

Q: Will I need to update my games to enable PlayStation Move support? If yes, will it be free? (asked by @PrometheusX)
A: Most PlayStation Move games you’ll play will be designed specifically for the motion controller, though some game publishers have chosen to add PlayStation Move support to their existing PS3 games. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Heavy Rain, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 and Planet Minigolf are well-known examples of existing games being adapted for PlayStation Move. In these cases, you will download an update over the PlayStation Network to add PlayStation Move support. Whether these updates are free or will require a fee will depend on the game and publisher.

Q: Can I play “normal” PS3 games using PlayStation Move?
A: No. You will not be able to effectively control a DUALSHOCK 3-only title using PlayStation Move. Only games that are designed to function with PlayStation Move will work with PlayStation Move, though some older titles will receive downloadable updates to add new PlayStation Move functionality.

Q: Will all PS3 games require PlayStation Move going forward?
A: No. Some titles will only support PlayStation Move, some titles will only support DUALSHOCK 3, and many titles will support both controller types. The decision to implement PlayStation Move support is made on a case-by-case basis by the game’s developers. Many PS3 games will continue to offer DUALSHOCK 3 controller support.

Q: Can PlayStation Move be used to play first-person shooters? What about third-person shooters?
A: Yes. Shooters of all kinds that are designed for PlayStation Move will benefit from the precision and ease of use of the technology. Killzone 3 is an upcoming PS3 first-person shooter that will support PlayStation Move; SOCOM 4 is an upcoming third-person military shooter that employs PlayStation Move. Many other upcoming shooters will add support for PlayStation Move.

Q: Will PlayStation Move be supported by third-party game developers?
A: Yes. PlayStation Move is getting wide support from the game development and publisher community, including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Capcom, Namco Bandai Games, Disney Interactive Studios, 2K Sports, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, Crave Games, and many more.

Q: Will there be games that will only be playable on PlayStation Move?
A: Yes. We have developed a collection of games, such as Sports Champions, Start the Party!, The Fight: Lights Out, Tumble, and more, that are exclusively for PlayStation Move. Other titles, such as Heavy Rain or the upcoming Killzone 3, will support either the standard DUALSHOCK 3 controller or the PlayStation Move motion controller, giving you the freedom to choose the control scheme that’s right for you.

Miscellaneous Questions

Q: Can you use the PlayStation Eye’s built-in microphone array for voice chatting in online games, even when not using PlayStation Move?
A: Yes. PlayStation Eye’s built-in microphone array enables headset-free voice chatting in online games. It features echo cancellation for enhanced audio clarity.

Q: Does PlayStation Move capture true 1:1 motion capture?
A: Yes. PlayStation Move supports full 1:1 motion control, resulting in a precise recreation of your movements in games that implement 1:1 movements. As with all game controllers, PlayStation Move’s functionality will be up to individual game developers — some games may or may not implement full 1:1 motion control, depending on the nature of the title and the goals of the game developers.

Q: What’s the difference between SIXAXIS and PlayStation Move?
A: The SIXAXIS controller supported basic “tilt” functionality, while PlayStation Move supports full 1:1 motion tracking for unprecedented precision and increased ease of use.

Q: PlayStation Move’s color-changing sphere: How many colors can it turn? (asked by @djratchet)
A: : The sphere atop PlayStation Move can be changed to any color (the sphere LED is controlled with Full Color 24bit RGB). It is capable of displaying more than one million hues, enabling it to make fine adjustments in a wide variety of playing environments.

Q: Why does PlayStation Move use a lighted sphere? Can I remove the sphere?
A: The lighted sphere is crucial to the precision of the PlayStation Move, as its position is tracked by the PlayStation Eye camera. It helps to precisely detect the absolute position of the controller held by the users in real-life 3D space. The colors of the sphere can change according to gameplay, giving visual feedback to users. Removing the sphere will diminish or disable the PlayStation Move’s motion tracking functionality.

Q: If the sphere is pulled away from the PlayStation Move motion controller, can it be easily reattached? (asked by @Gavin_Gallagher)
A: No, the controller has to be disassembled to reattach the sphere, though it’s quite resilient to being pulled off.

Q: Can the sphere on the PlayStation Move shatter? Does it prevent a safety risk around children?
A: No. The PlayStation Move’s color-changing sphere is constructed out of a soft, pliable material. It will not shatter or break into sharp pieces.

Q: How durable is PlayStation Move? Can it withstand use by a small child?
A: The PlayStation Move motion controller passed similar stress tests to a DUALSHOCK 3 (drop tests, step-on tests). In addition, the sphere is made of soft silicon similar to that of a baby bottle or pacifier.

Q: Why is PlayStation Move better than the Kinect or the Wii?
A: PlayStation Move is the most powerful, precise, and easy-to-use motion controller ever designed. It combines the strengths of a physical controller — physical buttons and vibration feedback — with the flexibility afforded by motion controls as well as unmatched precision. PlayStation Move can also precisely detect the absolute position of the controller held by the users in real-life 3D space. Additionally, it makes use of the PlayStation Eye camera for head and body tracking, photo and video capability, online video chat and more.

Combined with the unmatched power and HD capabilities of the PS3 system, PlayStation Move enables the most robust and sophisticated motion gaming experience.

Q: Will the PlayStation Move’s cursor be as jumpy and shaky as other motion controllers on the market?
A: No. PlayStation Move uses an array of sensors — gyroscopes, accelerometers, Z-tracking, and visual tracking via the PlayStation Eye and color-changing sphere — to triangulate the controller’s movements quickly and precisely with 1:1 precision. If the PlayStation Move is correctly set up, you will notice a smoother, vastly more precise feel than other motion controllers.

Q: I saw tech demos for PlayStation Move on the Internet. Will I ever be able to download these on the PlayStation Network?
A: The internal tech demos of PlayStation Move applications are currently not available for purchase or download.

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+ ElCapitanAmerica on September 7th, 2010 at 2:20 pm said:

So you can have 4 move controllers, how about navigation controllers, in that case only 3 right? (4 move + 3 nav)

Will the game boxes clearly indicate the maximum number of players, and can you list any existing 4 player games that are being released?

Thanks, super informative post!


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+ Vincent_Kavaldra on September 7th, 2010 at 2:21 pm said:

Whoever is in charge of bringing games to PS3, all I can say is this:

Penumbra trilogy: Playstation Move Edition. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!


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+ xAllanKx on September 7th, 2010 at 2:24 pm said:

too expensive i will w8 till the price drop and for more games to this device.


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+ Mikel93 on September 7th, 2010 at 2:26 pm said:

I have a question:

Since High Velocity Bowling is coming to retailers because of PS Move, will you have plans to release PAiN as a retail game because of Move as well?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 3:10 pm said:

    No plans that I’m aware of at this time.


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+ Solid-Snake-Eyes on September 7th, 2010 at 2:27 pm said:

@16 Sounds good, Sid.


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+ Jimmy_Cosmos on September 7th, 2010 at 2:28 pm said:

40 bucks for Kung Fu Rider?? LOL!!


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+ madtyger on September 7th, 2010 at 2:28 pm said:

Great FAQ, it answered a lot of questions I didn’t even think of asking.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:41 pm said:

    LOL! That was the goal. (^__^)


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+ HatmanTc on September 7th, 2010 at 2:29 pm said:

@50 don’t all games(regular or Move related) come with a max number of players on the back of the box??


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+ colonel007 on September 7th, 2010 at 2:31 pm said:

Nice post, excellent work!

I have one complaint though: Who is in charge of designing the boxarts? The blue “Move compatible/required” stamp there is HORRIBLE! makes me cringe? Why would they approved that! The square from Sports Champion boxart was already horrible enough to now change it to somewthing worse!

If Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, and other games come with that horrible blue logo I am definitely NOT buying any game!

Please change that horrible thing and change the guy in charge of the design!


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm said:

    Thanks for the kind words and the feedback, too.


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+ willtheshake on September 7th, 2010 at 2:39 pm said:

Was EyePet released today? Does it have Move included in the bundle?


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+ HatmanTc on September 7th, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

@58 you would not buy a game over a bit of blue on the box art?? seems like a very dumb reason not to purchase a game.

plus you can always create or have someone else create a custom box art for you. i do that every year for that years NCAA Football game.


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+ FredNation on September 7th, 2010 at 2:47 pm said:

How about demo’s? On the PlayStation EU Blog they said they are releasing Move demo’s on the PlayStation Network Store. Are they also coming to US also? Thanks!

I hope theres Move demo’s on the store. And if true when will it be released? Is it going to be same day as when the Move is out (September 19, 2010)?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm said:

    Specifics related to the PlayStation Store demo availability in the US will be addressed soon, we want to make sure the facts are firm. Stay tuned!


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+ Shinra_Soilder on September 7th, 2010 at 2:49 pm said:

Thanks for the info. Positioning the camera and the calibration of the controls seems to be the only hassle but I’ll get use to it when I get the Move.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm said:

    It takes a second or two — no biggie. :-)


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+ HatmanTc on September 7th, 2010 at 2:49 pm said:

@61 well if some strange reason they don’t release those demos here.. you can always still get them off the EU PSN store.. just saying


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+ Pray4Prey on September 7th, 2010 at 2:50 pm said:

Hi,

It says in the FAQ that the lithium battery is not replaceable. Is Sony going the way of Apple meaning when the battery dies we have to send the Move controller in to get the battery replaced? Or worse yet are we left with a $50 chunk of plastic with a silicon ball on top?


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+ ElektroDragon on September 7th, 2010 at 2:51 pm said:

I tried Move at PAX and came away EXTREMELY impressed with Sports Champions and The Shoot, so much so that I already pre-ordered $250 worth of Move gear and games! I came away with a much better impression than with the Kinect, especially since it needs a lot less space, which is a huge plus to those with smaller living rooms. Great job, Sony! Now, if you could just implement global multi-user local sign in and Trophy tracking! :)


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:46 pm said:

    Sweet, glad you liked it and thanks for the ideas.


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+ hfj16 on September 7th, 2010 at 2:53 pm said:

do you have to have a 3D tv to use the move?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:46 pm said:

    Nope! Not at all.


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+ Dragonzblaze on September 7th, 2010 at 2:53 pm said:

got my 320 gig ps3 move bundle reserved and paid for hopefully i get it on september 17th i miss playing ps3


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+ silentj14 on September 7th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

Thanks for the list, it’s really helpful. I have a quick question. Is there any controller feedback for a low battery? Does the ball flash/change color or the controller shake? Just wondering if it will let you know when you need to plug it in. Thanks again for the list!


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:47 pm said:

    Yup, the little red light blinks just like your DualShock 3.


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+ neuroned on September 7th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

I have a relatively small gaming space… how far from the TV do I have to be in order for the camera to track my movements?

I’m beginning to become seriously intrigued by the Move. However, I own a Wii, and one of the reason I quit playing it all together was the need to flail your arm around.

Hmmm… tough sell, but being pro PS3, I imagine I’ll have this day one.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:47 pm said:

    From the FAQ: “Q: What is the best position for a player to hold the PlayStation Move motion controller from the camera?
    A: Players should calibrate in the location and position where they intend to play. The working range is 2 to 10 feet away from the camera, but the *ideal* range is 5 to 9 feet away from the camera, depending on the game.”


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+ DaveedT13 on September 7th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

QUESTION: What about people that already got the PS Eye? No bundle for a motion controller with Sports Champions and the Demo Disc??? Weird way to thanks early adopter of the PS3 camera… I’ll hope you’ll repair that or that I misunderstood something. We, PS Eye early users will not have a way to try Sports Champions?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:48 pm said:

    Yeah, the two bundles both come with the Eye camera, but you could buy the motion controller itself and download PSN games, buy a different game, etc.


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+ Tyler_Owns on September 7th, 2010 at 2:56 pm said:

Nice FAQ man, cleared up some concerns i had regarding standing. So, if you could slip in a question for me? I got this muscle condition to where im pretty weak (Can still game though) so do you think the move will require large and forceful arm movements? I’m not talking like the fight out game, im talking more throwing a grenade in killzone 3, or similar games, like socom.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm said:

    Good question, I’ll add this for follow-up. Based on my experiences, you’ll be fine — big, violent sweeping gestures aren’t really necessary. The vast majority of the games use smaller, more precise movements. I think you’ll be ok!


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+ SilentAsssasssin on September 7th, 2010 at 3:00 pm said:

Very nice Faq…Covers everything..

I already ordered PS Move..awaiting its arrival..
I hv a query..

I have placed ma PS3 and the TV in the corner of my room…
Do i need to move the tv and the PS3 in the middle of the room for better experience or is it oh k if it is still in the corner..

Can i use the PS Eyes inbuilt microphone to chat online when playing Killzone 2 or Uncharted 2 ??


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:51 pm said:

    Cool, glad you liked it. To answer your questions, putting your TV/Eye in a corner is fine as long as the Eye is placed at the center of your TV (above or below). Also, yes, the Eye camera has a built-in microphone for voice chatting — should work great for Killzone, Uncharted 2, etc.


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+ SpyDudeFX on September 7th, 2010 at 3:01 pm said:

Sid awesome work here, I only wish so much effort would be directed at the many unanswered PlayStation Plus questions. Can you get some Plus FAQ posted? Send some love to us Plus subscribers. Thx Sid!


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:52 pm said:

    Thanks for the kind words, and I’ll pass that feedback along.


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+ SpyDudeFX on September 7th, 2010 at 3:03 pm said:

@70 you can buy Sports Champion for $39.99 MSRP at retailers or more than likely download the free Move demo of it soon. The EU store announced it will offer all of the games on the demo disc, so we will probably get them too.


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+ Train1999 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:03 pm said:

Hey there. I just wanted to ask. Will we see any Playstation Move Games on Playstation Network (Non store retail) this year? I already preordered move and I’m looking move to the games coming out for it.

Thanks,
Train.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm said:

    Sure will! PlayStation Move games like Tumble (very cool), echochrome ii (also very cool) and more will be downloadable games on PlayStation Network later this year.


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+ wwwjotaele on September 7th, 2010 at 3:09 pm said:

¿Is it possible play Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition with two PlayStation Move and two Navigation controllers with a friend?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:55 pm said:

    Good question — we should get the Capcom Unity guys on here to address that. But I’m adding it to my list of follow-up questions…


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+ White-Sharingan on September 7th, 2010 at 3:11 pm said:

Hmmm, I’ve been wondering and I’ve noticed no racing games have been announced that supports move. Can the move controller be used being held on its side for racing games? or is it just not possible?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:58 pm said:

    Not thinking the sideways thing would work well (it’d be easy to cover up the light), but who knows? Perhaps some enterprising developer is working on that right now…


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+ wwwjotaele on September 7th, 2010 at 3:13 pm said:

¿The Fight supports2plyers? In that case, ¿I will need four PlayStation Move to fight with a friend? ¿How many games will support 4 PlayStation Move?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 8:59 pm said:

    Flagging this for follow-up…


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+ ernie23RD on September 7th, 2010 at 3:15 pm said:

Hey Sid, heres a question all the way from Ecuador, I just read the Lights Out will require 2 Move controllers so I was wondering will it be almost necessary to have 2 Move controllers to play most games(like Socom4) or is this kinda like an exception?Cause I thought that I would be fine with just a Nav controller and a Move controller.(Im the only PS3 fan at my house so no need for another Move controller)


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:01 pm said:

    Kind of an exception. Offhand, I only know of two games where having two PlayStation Move motion controllers is the preferred way to play for one player: The Fight, and events like Archery in Sports Champions. But two isn’t mandatory for those games, and the vast majority of PlayStation Move games require just one.


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+ pscoolman on September 7th, 2010 at 3:15 pm said:

Hi, great Q&A, i was wondering, in the future, when you video chat on ps3, if with playstation move, you can show it off by doing different effects in the video chat, like light streaks, water waves, effects that anyone can imagine, that would be fun, im gettin playstation move the first week it comes out, four of them actually


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+ NHLmaniac86 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:15 pm said:

You mentioned that the demo disc will be included with both bundles, but will it also be included in with the standalone Move controller? ($49.99)


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:02 pm said:

    No, only with the bundles. Though PlayStation Move demos will be available on PSN as well.


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+ skanadian on September 7th, 2010 at 3:16 pm said:

Do we have to use the playstation eye, or can we use a logitech camera that already works with the ps3?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:03 pm said:

    It’s gotta be a PlayStation Eye, for technical reasons far above my pay grade :-) It has to do with the speed at which the Eye camera refreshes.


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+ XScreamingEagleX on September 7th, 2010 at 3:18 pm said:

very nice!

looking forward to it!


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+ Grinchy on September 7th, 2010 at 3:18 pm said:

Wow awesome FAQ. I’m so glad I bought an Eye of Judgement bundle years ago on clearance lol! I get to try out Move for $50, and I can’t wait. Finally RTS games worth playing on a console :O


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+ Shadowcrazy on September 7th, 2010 at 3:18 pm said:

ok so what you’re saying is…some games will REQUIRE two move controllers….and there are no bundles that have two move controllers….and using a sixaxis as the second controller seems uncomfortable.

are you seeing the same issue i am?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:05 pm said:

    I don’t believe any games *require* two PlayStation Move motion controllers, though The Fight: Lights Out and the Archery event in Sports Champions definitely benefit.


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+ footballrule on September 7th, 2010 at 3:19 pm said:

Very amazing guide! Looks like some serious work was put into it! I look forward to getting the Move sometime.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:05 pm said:

    Glad you like it! Definitely a labor of love.


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+ jqtaxpayer on September 7th, 2010 at 3:19 pm said:

A controller in each hand? Sounds like a pain in the ass… in fact, I stopped buying Nintendo products because of that. I’m a fairly open-minded guy, though, and since I heard the PS3 Ape Escape game will be a Move title, I’ll probably buy it regardless. That being said…

Any news on PS3 Ape Escape?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:06 pm said:

    Nope, nothing on Ape Escape. And The Fight: Lights Out is a good match for two controllers, as you have full freedom with both hands. For most games, that’s not needed and you’ll use a navigation controller (or a DualShock 3/SIXAXIS).


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+ WCKidRock on September 7th, 2010 at 3:25 pm said:

I am very interested in getting the demo and sports champions…I see that sports champions is being sold separately, but seeing as I have an eye already there isn’t a way for me to bundle the move controller, sports champions and the demo disc…..hope there is something for people that already have the eye


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:07 pm said:

    If you have the Eye already, you can just buy the PlayStation Move motion controller standalone, download some PSN demos, and you’ll be off to the races.


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+ trev456 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:32 pm said:

Excellent FAQ. This really cleared a lot up for me and I am for sure going to buy the Move.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:07 pm said:

    Oh cool, glad you guys liked it so much. It will evolve over time, too… (^__^)


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+ DeadCell34 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:35 pm said:

Timeout, you mean to tell me that you guys couldn’t make the controller compatible with the usb ports on the PS3 so we wouldn’t have to buy a stupid charging station?

I think I’m gonna pass on this for a while. None of the release titles look like they are worth buying this.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:08 pm said:

    You charge it just like a DualShock 3 — you can plug it right into the USB port. The charging station is the more sleek, stylish way to go but is optional. :-)


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+ tosun01 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:36 pm said:

I saw demos of both Killzone 3 and Socom 4.

Although Socom 4 seems to perform better with Playstation Move, Killzone 3 doesn`t.
Turning the camera seems a bit odd, as you need to fully aim to either side of the screen to start turning.

Does it still needs to be tweaked or is it the final thing?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:09 pm said:

    Killzone 3 is a waaays off (late February) and they’re still making tweaks galore, so anything you’ve seen is far from final.


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+ phinnv8 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:41 pm said:

So I would need the Move Bundle ($100) and the Nav Controller ($30) just to play an FPS? $130???

Lol no way. Maybe for PlayStation 4.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:09 pm said:

    Yeah, though you can use your DualShock 3 instead of a navigation controller if you want to save some cash. It works the same.


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+ crunchmonkey on September 7th, 2010 at 3:41 pm said:

Wow, thanks for all the detailed info.

I’m a bit disapointed that there isn’t a Motion Controller/Navigation Controller/Sports Champions/Move Demo Disc bundle at $100 though.

I already have a PS Eye so I’m going to have to spend $120 for that stuff, minus the demo disc. That kinda sucks. The demo disc would really help influence my decision in purchasing additional Move supported games.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:11 pm said:

    Sure thing. You could buy the PlayStation Move motion controller ($49.99), a navigation controller ($29.99), and buy a game. Or check out some PSN demos or games…


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+ silent_sid on September 7th, 2010 at 3:42 pm said:

Im sorry but this does not catch me at all. If i wanted to play something like this well then i would get a Wii and i know im not going to do that ether


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:11 pm said:

    Totally cool, different strokes for different folks!


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+ Shadowcrazy on September 7th, 2010 at 3:43 pm said:

@ DeadCell – you didn’t read ANYTHING did you?

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+ luvertsky13 on September 7th, 2010 at 3:52 pm said:

here is video of me using the Move controller in tumble
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Tv1IfoX3k


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+ shadow_fire on September 7th, 2010 at 3:55 pm said:

In games where I’m aiming whether it be a shooting game, or the menus in games like Sports Champions, will I be aiming at the camera, or the tv screen?


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:11 pm said:

    The TV screen


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+ Shadowcrazy on September 7th, 2010 at 4:00 pm said:

@ shadow_fire…that seems like an obvious answer wouldnt you think? why the hell would you aim at the camera and put your focus on the camera? you’d die instantly from all the fire you’d be getting

so it’s obvious you’ll be aiming at whatever you’re trying to shoot…honestly why does this question exist? it doesnt make sense to aim at the camera


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+ marlyt on September 7th, 2010 at 4:01 pm said:

Thanks for the uick answer, Sid. I’m picking up three (standalone, no move hardware) move titles from gamestop tomorrow. I know the EU has had eyepet since Fall ’09 and figured it was worth a shot while waiting. BTW I’ve bought all four move titles as well as the Sports bundle, 3 ball controllers and two navi’s. I AM READY TO ROCK OUT WITH MY **** OUT!!! **** = MOVE, so get your mind out of the gutter. Great post and great support. Thank you, sir.


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    + Sid Shuman on September 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm said:

    Enjoy! And I’m happy to help.


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