Sony's press conference this year was a sparkly affair, but little of substance emerged beyond the unveiling of their new subscription program, Playstation Plus, lots of Microsoft and Nintendo jokes, "PS2, still goin' strong!" and of course Playstation Move. Oh, and Kevin Butler came out to reprise his role as the face of the current Playstation ad campaign. But even where Move is concerned, Sony said rather little. Look out for Fruit Brute and VorpalBunny's coverage of their Sony booth tour later on for actual details about Sony's new dual-wielding Wiimote.
What we did hear about Move was largely confined to dollars, and awkwardly at that. Whomever scripted the announcement of the pricing for the Move motion controller... followed by the announcement of the pricing for the other Move motion controller (actual name: Playstation Move navigation controller) should be sent to Career Killing Bad Idea Camp. The crowd groaned, laughed, and generally agreed that it was borderline idiotic to fake-out their audience with a low price, then announce the actual price you'll need to pay if you want the full Move experience.
The pricing is $49.99 for the Playstation Move motion controller and $29.99 for the Playstation Move navigation controller, $99 for both and Sports Champions, Sony's equivalent of WiiSports, as well as a demo disc. Another option is $399 for the Playstation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle, including a PS3 console, a Playstation Eye Camera, the Move controllers, and the two discs included in the $99 bundle. Check the jump for the official press release, including information about the official charging station.
PlayStation(R)Move Motion Controller to Hit Worldwide Market Starting This September
Bundle Packs, Attractive Software Titles and Peripheral to Accompany the Launch, Further Enhancing the PlayStation(R)Move Experience
TOKYO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release PlayStation®Move motion controller*1 for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system on September 15, 2010 in Europe/PAL territories and in Asian countries/regions*2 at a recommended retail price (RRP) of euro 39.99. It will also become available in North America on September 19 at a RRP of $49.99 and in Japan on October 21 at a RRP of 3,980 yen (including tax). PlayStation®Move navigation controller, one-handed controller to be used along with the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day in each region at a RRP of euro 29.99, US$29.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax), respectively.
Sony Computer Entertainment America will release a PlayStation Move bundle comprised of a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray™ disc game and PlayStation Move demo disc for $99.99 (RRP). Additionally, a PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle, which includes a PS3 system, PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye Camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc, will be available for $399.99 (RRP). The PlayStation Eye camera will also be sold separately for $39.99 (RRP).
On the software front, SCE Worldwide Studios will release more than 20 titles that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform in fiscal year 2010 ending March 2011. Exciting and innovative software titles available in the launch window will include; Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition by CAPCOM Co., Ltd., Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games Inc., Tiger Woods PGA® Tour 11 by Electronic Arts Ltd, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest by WB Games Inc, EyePet, Sports Champions, Kung Fu Rider by SCE and many more*3. SCE, with support from third party developers and publishers, will continue to further enhance the software title line-up to offer high-definition motion-based gaming experience only available on the PS3 platform.
Furthermore, SCE also announced today the release of two PlayStation Move controller peripherals, "PlayStation Move®Charging Station" and "PlayStation®Move shooting attachment," that will help further enhancing the PlayStation Move experience.
PlayStation Move charging station
By utilizing the "charging station," users will be able to charge up to two PlayStation Move controllers, motion controller or the navigation controller, at once without having to connect them to the PS3 system. The "charging station" will become available concurrently with the motion controller launch in each region at a RRP of euro 29.99, US$29.99 and 2,480 yen (including tax), respectively.
PlayStation Move shooting attachment
The "shooting attachment," designed to place the PlayStation Move motion controller horizontally, will allow players to hold the motion controller as if they are holding a gun and to easily aim at an in-game target. The trigger on the attachment is interlocked with the motion controller T button and will enable users to intuitively play the game, not only limited to shooting games but also on games that may require precise button input and control. It will deliver immersive gameplay and will work perfectly with software titles like The Shoot!*3 by SCE and Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games Inc. which is expected to support the attachment. The "shooting attachment" will become available starting this fall in each region at a RRP of euro 14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax), respectively.