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Aspiring Developers Take Note: Move.Me Unveiled at GDC

John McCutchan's Avatar + Posted by John McCutchan on Mar 02, 2011 // Senior Engineer, Developer Support

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Hi Gamers, John McCutchan, Senior Engineer with SCEA’s Developer Support team, here to tell you about an exciting initiative we’re unveiling for PlayStation Move during GDC this week. Later today, I’ll be giving a presentation on Move.Me, a new software application that provides academics and hobbyists access to PlayStation Move’s technology, enabling them to create entirely new applications using a PC, the Move motion controller, the PlayStation Eye, and the power of the PlayStation 3 system. We know many of you might not be able to make the trek to San Francisco for the show, so we wanted to give you a quick overview of Move.Me here.

When we launched PlayStation Move last September, we knew it would set a new benchmark for precision in motion controlled gaming. Even before PlayStation Move was publicly available to all of you, we were talking about the device’s potential implications for academics and researchers. While visiting conferences like Games for Health and SIGGRAPH last year, these same researchers and academics expressed strong interest in utilizing PlayStation Move’s cutting edge technology for their own purposes. Move.Me is the result of these conversations, and is an opportunity for PlayStation to inspire new, revolutionary applications in other fields beyond gaming.

Move.Me Screen_2.28.11

So, what exactly is Move.Me? In short, Move.Me is a server application that runs on the PS3 system. It allows anyone with a PS3 to experiment with motion controls and is officially sanctioned and supported by Sony Computer Entertainment. Move.Me sends the complete state of the PlayStation Move and navigation controllers to the PC, giving you the exact same data that licensed developers typically have access to.

Move.Me Diagram

What does this mean to you? We see Move.Me as an opportunity to satisfy the need for new, innovative interactive technology in fields like academia, healthcare, and more, as well as to support new developers and inspire applications that we could never have imagined. We hope it will be used to discover new ways of connecting individuals with information, and maybe even discovering a new healthcare application or two. We know that some of you out there are aspiring software developers yourselves and we’re eager to see what kinds of applications Move.Move inspires. Maybe an aspiring developer like you will create the next big thing with PlayStation Move!

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+ guitain on March 2nd, 2011 at 2:20 pm said:

I love that healthcare has been one of the focuses of this. It’s a nice statement to make, and shows that gaming technology is not merely for entertainment, as the Wii has shown time after time.


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+ LordRaoh on March 2nd, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

I wish i was a developer.


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+ GGCAN on March 2nd, 2011 at 3:02 pm said:

This looks like it will be a really good way to create.

One thing John….think there’s a typo in this sentence (instead of saying Move.Move I think you meant Move.Me:

“We know that some of you out there are aspiring software developers yourselves and we’re eager to see what kinds of applications Move.Move inspires”


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+ jamshid135 on March 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 pm said:

shut up about tinkering and just answer the question about when we WILL BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ NeoMahi on March 2nd, 2011 at 4:14 pm said:

And Microsoft is first in line to obtain this, disect it and begin work on cloning it. Because that’s what they do! Never innovative in anything.


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+ levonepure on March 2nd, 2011 at 6:22 pm said:

Huh.. so… rather than writing pc drivers.. You guys come up with some stupid cluster of hardware?

Sony..

*sigh* why even bother explaining why what you guys do is stupid.
Someone disagrees with you, you just ignore them.


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+ Blakkternalx520 on March 2nd, 2011 at 6:31 pm said:

when you big rolling like sony, the party waits for you.


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+ siriusbee on March 2nd, 2011 at 6:43 pm said:

This is awesome. Can’t wait!

Question: Will a client/SDK be provided on the PC end, and if so, will be tied to Windows (that would kind of suck), or will it be cross-platform?

More playstation stuff like this for hobbyist developers please!

@Levonepure There isn’t any new hardware involved. Actually this implementation is cleaner because you don’t have to install any drivers – just connect to the ps3 server over the LAN. Lots of good implications like: OS-agnostic (no need to write drivers for every OS), possibly multiple PCs could be receiving Move feedback simultaneously from the server, etc etc.


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+ theultimatenub on March 2nd, 2011 at 7:27 pm said:

awesome i love my playstation move


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+ FATHASUN on March 2nd, 2011 at 8:54 pm said:

Not to be blasphemous but I can see some developers creating some kind of hybrid Move/Kinect functionality. Or the PrimeSense 3D HD camera.


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+ JesseDeya on March 3rd, 2011 at 4:55 am said:

Just adding another voice of thanks.

And a request for MAC support!


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+ RaymondBel on March 3rd, 2011 at 10:50 am said:

Please don’t stop with Move, add all the possible PS3 peripherals too.


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+ levonepure on March 3rd, 2011 at 1:04 pm said:

@siriusbee

I know there is no new hardware.
Your other points are good ones though. ;)


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+ Snake_192 on March 8th, 2011 at 1:21 pm said:

Cool.


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