Let’s start off with the biggest news first. Sony has revealed the name for their upcoming motion controller and it’s Move. Sony also confirmed that LittleBigPlanet and SOCOM 4 will both make use of the new controller. Sony even announced a brand new game that will be controlled entirely by the Move, called Motion Fighters.
As previous rumours suggested, Move will also feature a ‘sub-controller’ or nunchuck controller that will be joined to the wand wirelessly. Sony has yet to pinpoint exactly what forms of bundles will be available at launch, but confirmed there would be more than one. Starter bundles will include the Move, a game and the PlayStation Eye all for under $100 USD. It’s highly likely they will also release Move on its own for people who already own a PlayStation Eye.
Other titles that were showcased during Sony’s GDC press conference include a Wii Sports type game called Sports Champions. The demo showed a gladiator fight that was extremely detailed with one to one movement recreation. There’s also a table tennis game, a golf game, and pretty well everything else you can imagine from a Wii Sports clone, except all in high def looking extremely impressive.
Move Party was another title showcased whereby users snapped a picture of themselves with the PlayStation Eye, and slap it on the game’s character. The demo showcased a series of mini-games from Move Party including some that had players having to draw within lines, and also had a bunch of friends playing together online all with their own faces on their characters.
Finally EyePet was shown, but we already have seen just about everything this game has to offer, except now with Move support.
The other big news was the confirmation that Gran Turismo 5 is indeed scheduled for release sometime this year.
The last bit of information revealed during the press conference was that a firmware update will be released this summer that will allow PS3 owners to watch 3D Blu-ray movies and play 3D-enabled videogames. Naturally you need a 3D capable HDTV and a pair of those snazzy 3D glasses in order to reap the rewards of this firmware update, but Sony says this all goes towards future-proofing the system.
So there you have it folks. A lot of information was released, and we’re going to have much more in the coming hours. We’ll have the latest screenshots of all these games, as well as the Move controller itself. So, what are your initial thoughts on all of this?