Playstation Move: calibration issues, poor games annoy critics
Nice hardware -- shame about the games.
That’s the consensus from critics and consumers, anyway. Although praise for pack-in title Sports Champions’ table-tennis game is near universal (and with good reason), there’s a widespread sense of dissatisfaction with the launch lineup of Sony's recently released Playstation Move.
Even Sports Champions is only averaging a lowly 76% on Metacritic. (It’s a heavily divisive game, though: a number of key outlets have given it scores in the 90s.) More casual, family-friendly fare like Start The Party has gone down like a motion-sensitive lead balloon -- and Kung Fu Rider is taking a punch or two, to put it mildly.
Playstation Move’s hardware -- the ice-cream-cone-shaped controller, an auxiliary navigation controller, and the Playstation Eye camera -- gets a much smoother ride, but still doesn’t get off scot-free.CNet was one of several outlets to gripe about the controller’s need for “constant calibration” -- every time you fire up a game or switch events in Sports Champions, you have to recalibrate the remote. And if you leave the camera connected, you sacrifice a USB port -- potentially a big deal if you’re a power user with a PS3 Slim, which only has two ports compared to earlier models’ four.
Hopefully, that hasn’t been enough to have new Move owners tearing up their new controllers. But many have been curious about exactly what’s inside that big vinyl ball on the end -- and fortunately, user-editable repair info site Ifixit has ripped up theirs, so you don’t have to.
Aside from the coolness of getting a look at the controller’s innards, Ifixit uncovered a few nuggets of useful info: for one thing, swapping out the Move’s rechargable battery is as simple as removing a few screws, unplugging the old one, and connecting the new. Nice. They also discovered the controller’s LEDs (capable of displaying over 16 million colors, but we already knew that) are amply heatsinked, and that means gamers can expect plenty of life out of their units.