PlayStation Move: A Forgotten Device?
The launch of the Nintendo Wii in 2006 opened up the gaming industry to a whole new market. From that point, the “big three” companies – Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – casual gamer market has been huge part of each of the companies development with all three expanding and improving their motion gaming devices. Late 2010 saw the launch of Sony’s PlayStation Move and with a strong campaign behind it there was initial success. However, the device never really became overly popular and for that reason we ask, is the PlayStation Move now just another forgotten device?
With the PlayStation Move implementing big game titles, including perhaps one of my favourite franchises in Killzone, I was excited for the prospect of what it could of become. I owned a Wii but it was the lack of intense games that couldn’t keep me interested for a sustained period of time. On release day, I bought the PlayStation Move Starter pack, an extra PlayStation Move and a navigation controller, costing me just short of £85. At the time, I was in a job and had this money to spend so throwing this at it didn’t seem like an issue to me. Looking back now, perhaps the cost of the device begins to explain where we start seeing a downfall in the PlayStation Move.
When you compare the prices to the other two companies it becomes apparent that the Move comes out as the most costly option. For me, the Move was brought about by Sony to get the PS3 into more homes of people with casual gamers. Casual gamers however are not likely to fork out that much money for maybe only an hour or so of gaming a week. The cost of PlayStation games are often also quite higher in comparison with the other two consoles which again may put off the casual gamer.
The range of games available for the Move however are perhaps the most broad of the three companies however. There is almost every type of game available with Move support and the high choice gives players the chance to do something different. Off the top of my head, I own around six Move compatible games, three of which I would consider appealing to non-casual gamers. These three games, Killzone 3, FIFA 13 and R.U.S.E., are all fun to play for one or two games with the Move controller but then I find myself wanting to go back to the Dualshock 3 controller. Perhaps this is because I have always played these type of games with a ‘normal’ controller therefore have become use to it and the change is something which requires a little more concentration.
As mentioned earlier, the Killzone franchise is one of my favourites (something which those who know me will tell you), and for me I bought the PlayStation Move as I was really intrigued on how Killzone was going to implement it. When Killzone 3 released, I bought the game alongside the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter and this was the first time I really used the PlayStation Move (apart from a very few go’s on Sports Champions with friends to show them Move). I enjoyed it for the first few missions however as the game got going I just felt that the controller was much easier to use so I switched back. I also had a few games online with the Move but I felt like I was disadvantaged as it took me a little longer to aim and I couldn’t keep my aim on the person. However, you could argue that is down to my terrible abilities (I’ll leave you to discuss that in the comments below…).
Since Killzone, I have rarely touched the Move, maybe once every two months. It sits mainly in the bottom draw gathering dust which is a real shame because of the potential it had. The second time I really started playing with it was January 2012 when I brought it back to uni with me because I thought it would be rather funny. We played it on the odd occasion, with me and one of my block mates becoming rather competitive on the Disc Golf game on Sports Champions but once again the novelty of it wore off and it went back in my suitcase where it gathered dust once again.
In conclusion, despite the potential the Move had I think it was doomed to fail from the very start as it was a step up from the Wii however it wasn’t that much of an advancement it got the casual gamers to switch. It also didn’t really provide enough choice for those more serious gamers that it stuck amongst them. This left the Move with no real consistent longevity and despite it’s critical acclaim, Sony themselves acknowledged that the Move did not sell as well as they were hoping. Do you own the Move? How often do you use it? Let me know in the comments below and we can see whether or not the Move has now become a forgotten product.
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