Sony asks its gamers to Move

Gamers have a new chance to jump up and cheer, with the announcement that PlayStation’s Move motion controller is on its way to release later this year.

Dated for Spring, the new system will allow gamers to play motion-based games on the Sony PlayStation 3 by using a combination of controllers and the PlayStation Eye camera.

Much like the Nintendo Wii’s use of the Wiimote and Nunchuk, Sony is opting to use what it is calling a motion controller and sub-controller, two wireless stick controllers. When combined with the PlayStation Eye camera, Move detects the precise movement, angle, and absolute position of the gamer in a 3D environment. Adding to this, the games developed for the Move can be programmed to capture the gamer’s image and voice via the Eye camera, with both then used in the game.

You’ve heard of the phrase “putting you in the game”? Well this takes it literally.

Much like the current PlayStation 3 controllers, the battery inside the Move controller is rechargeable lithium ion, providing long battery life with virtually no eco-waste.

So far, over 36 developers have jumped on board to develop titles for Sony’s new Move platform, and it’s expected that by the end of 2010, more than 20 games will be released for use with it.