Sony reveals Move Server for PC

Opening up PS3 motion controller to "hobbyists"

Sony looks poised to bring its PlayStation 3 motion controller Move to PC, opening up alternative uses for the device.

The synopsis for a panel at GDC next month entitled 'Update on PlayStation Move development' includes the comment "We will discuss the new Move Server project that will make it possible for academics and hobbyists to develop software using the PlayStation Move controller on their own PCs."

The talk is to be presented by John McCutchan, SCEA's lead of the Game Systems team in Developer Support.

No further information on Move Server is available at present. Rumours are also swirling that Microsoft is soon to offer official support for its Kinect motion controller on PC, following a vast a number of inventive hacks for the device.

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About time these people understood the scope of their hardware
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 11 years ago
That's pretty vague. Does that mean tracking a light-bulb, or does that mean Sony will allow for their controller to be fully supported by Windows? So far, there is no Sixaxis support, meaning people will have a hard time doing the sort of Sixaxis + Move setups some games do.

Razer Sixense/Hydra is also right around the corner and that hardware will have full driver support. In the end, there might not be a demand for some half-hearted attempt by Sony. Either they support the PC platform with their controller 100%, or they will concede to the competition.

Kinect will certainly push to the PC in full force with drivers and lots of software. MS won't talk about a "move server", whatever that is, and wait for users to program something. Neither will Razer.
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Tommy Thompson Studying Artificial Intelligence (PhD), University of Strathclyde11 years ago
A clever move from Sony. While it legitimately opens the device for use for other uses, it also provides some good PR. I imagine it won't be long now until Microsoft reveal a similar service. Speaking from an academic perspective, there are many potential applications for these devices for smart UI integration, biotechnologies, robotics etc. Furthermore, given that these are commercial products, they are often cheaper than similar tech from specialist companies.
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David Spender Lead Programmer 11 years ago
Remove "Other OS" from the PS3.

Open up move to 'hobbyists'.

Sony is schizophrenic.
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Hang on...if you combine the kinect (to pick up body movements) with the move to represent interaction with actual objects...

Holy crap, virtual reality's one open source project away from becoming publically accessable for the price of a console (based on my rough estimates of the cost of a kinect, a pair of those HUD screens and some move controllers)!
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Christopher Bowen Owner, Gaming Bus 11 years ago
How reactionary. "Well, all those hackers are getting something out of Kinect, so golly gee whiz, we'll turn our controller into a very expensive mouse! They'll love us!"

Cue the collective yawn.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game11 years ago
Some homebrew games will come out, but not sure it's going to be as relevent as kinect on pc. Firstly, the idea of controlling media centrez and calenders and the likewith gestures and voice is appealing, if I have to pick up a move wand and turn it on, i might as well use a wireless mouse and keyboard. Secondly there is a lot of excitement for XNA creators to use Kinect to make Xbox indie games, but Sony don't have a scheme like this. Thirdly, Microsoft may well intergrate optional kinect funtionality fully into Windows, they arn't going to be in a rush to do this with move.

I'm not saying it's not a positive step, but I'm not sure what the impact will be.
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Paul Kerr Maxwell Technical Support Advisor, e4e Interactive Entertainment Services11 years ago
As soon as I saw the title for this I instantly thought 'Sony are jealous of the Kinects popularity (read: money making ability) with "hobbyists" and are offering this as a way to increase sales in a likewise manner." Ironically, wasn't George Hotz a "hobbyist", of sorts... ? :)
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J. Goldmaker Community Management 11 years ago
"Nudge nudge, wink wink ...SAY NO MORE!"
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 11 years ago
I would be surprised if Sixaxis/Dual Shock 2 support doesn't come along with this; it runs using the same protocols, and the Move navigation controller is really more or less just half of a DS2, anyway.

Voice control is certainly one of the compelling things about the Kinect, and I am entirely mystified as to why Sony isn't doing the same thing. After all, just like the Kinect, the PS Eye also has a microphone array that's capable of the exact same things. Doing this would take a bit of wind out of the Kinect's sails.

In fact, it's perfectly possible (though not as easy as with the Kinect) to do some basic gesture recognition using the PS Eye. We've even seen it in a few games, both modern (head movements in GT5) and old (EyeToy Groove, back on the PS2 in 2003 (!)).
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Ryan Locke Lecturer in Media Design, University of Abertay Dundee11 years ago
despite the typical nae-saying, this is a good move. I think peope should keep the 'other os' issue out of this convorsation, this is about the Move.
Given the inexpensive nature of move, this is a much more affordable hobby which I cant wait to get my hands on. Be nice to see what students across the world will come up with. The real innovations will come from the weird and wacky idea's formed in bedrooms, pubs and universities.
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Bruno BrÝsted Incident Manager 11 years ago
Amazing. I thought this was a serious forum but some posts here reads more like XBOX fanboys hating Sony.

I think it's bloody cool of Sony to make this move (sry, could not help the pun). Yes, Kinect can be used without one holding anything in the hands but just as when gaming you'll be missing the buttons.

And as for Microsoft doing the right thing and also releasing tools/drivers it's not gonna happen.

Look at the XBOX's vs. Playstation's and notice how Sony is supporting common standards while Microsoft is pulling every dirty trick to make their customers pay extra for anything. Examples. The PS3 comes with a written instruction on how to replace the hard drive while the XBOX 360 requires drives packed in special plastic boxes priced 2-4 times normal hard drive prices. The PS3 lets you use a standard USB keyboard, a standard blue tooth headset and so on - with Microsoft it's a costly different story.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Bruno BrÝsted on 2nd February 2011 10:37pm

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