PlayStation Move development coming to PCs

GDC 2011 session promises to take wraps off "Move Server project" that will allow "academics and hobbyists" to develop motion-control software on their PCs.

Since its release, Microsoft's Kinect has been hacked by a host of academics for a variety of uses, ranging from a floor-bound robot to mini-helicopter guidance system. The software giant initially threatened to take hackers to court, but eventually relented, allowing an open-source Kinect driver community to flourish amongst academics and amateur programmers.

Academics and hobbyists may soon have access to the PlayStation Move.

Now, it appears Sony wants its PlayStation Move to be the subject of similar underground innovation. A visual arts session for the forthcoming 2011 Game Developers conference titled "Update on PlayStation Move Development"--sponsored by Sony Computer Entertainment America--says it will reveal what sounds like open-source development for the LED controller- and camera-based system.

"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," reads the description. (Emphasis added.) The session will also cover developing for the PlayStation Move Sharpshooter peripheral.

What exactly the Move Server project is remains unclear. The session, which will be held on Wednesday, March 4, will be hosted by John McCutchan, SCEA's lead of game systems in developer support. His duties at SCEA focus on system programming and game engine development for PlayStation platforms.

As of November 30, 2010, some 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers had shipped worldwide.

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D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

It's great to see companies finally starting to support independent and small group developers. It will really open the doors for people who want to learn more about game development and programming.

blackfray
blackfray

finally someone paid attention to PC but surprisingly it's sony not microsoft...

calum1984
calum1984

what i wouldnt mind seeing is how accurate the controls would be (and what games could be pulled off) using BOTH kinect and move, the full body tracking of kinect mixed with the more acurate wii type controls of the move system using the kinect instead of playstation eye.......that would be interesting to see

KevinnButlerNPK
KevinnButlerNPK

Sorry but the PC doesn't need anymore generic pointing devices. Sony also seems to forget most modern PC cams can automatically change angles, not manually like you have toi do with EyeToy just to use MOVE...

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

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TeTBCN
TeTBCN

LOL with Sony. Only need see a youtube user movies for see that kinect with Wiimote controller, IPOD/IPAD/IPhone and no the PSP. Never with Sony accessories of crazzyball toy. The Sony products is only for the real waiting simulating GT 5, "5 years" for buy a... ;-)

10679
10679

lol can sony come up with anything original. I mean they are copying MS strategy . Guess the move didn't do to well in terms of actual sales lol.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

@blackace People still use "moniters" for thier PC? Ive been using my TV for some time now. I was refering to the comment about not being able to see whats going on, on the screen if using a move on your PC. HDMI outputs on video cards are the norm now, making it easy to connect to a HDTV. And as far as this article goes, I guess anyone thats kept up with recent gaming news could see this coming. I find it interesting that sony wants to incorperate move into PC, but we are still forced to use a third party driver to use the PS3 controller on PC.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Sweeeet. Hopefully the introduction of popular motion controllers to PC will help generate more interest in PC gaming. The PC needs it.

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

Well that's really cool! I would love dedicated motion controls for my PC. Look forward to it! :)

dkdk999
dkdk999

so pc's will have kinect, and move ?

puffadell
puffadell

wonder what people will come up with

blackace
blackace

Sirbobislost said: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @blackace You did contradict yourself and reading off a list of stats doesnt make any difference it's like trying to say a xbox360 is nothing like an original xbox because it has more of x and y inside it thing is it's still a console at the end of the day same as a Toyota and a Ferrari ones faster prettier etc but it's still a car same as the eye toy and kinect are just motion sensors but kinect is just far more advanced I really don't see why Microsoft fan boys have such a problem with this. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kinect is different then the EyeToy, just like a Ferrari is different then a Toyota. The Wii, EyeToy, Move & Kinect are ALL motion sensor devices, but the Wii is not an EyeToy and the Move is not a Kinect. See my point? People keep saying the EyeToy is the same as the Kinect, but it's not the same because Kinect is more advance and does things the EyeToy can't. That's my point. If you are just saying EyeToy & Kinect are both motion sensor devices, then yes, that is true. No i didn't contradict myself. Your definition of what is exactly the same is different from mine. With your definition, every motion-sensor device on the market is the same.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@blackace You did contradict yourself and reading off a list of stats doesnt make any difference it's like trying to say a xbox360 is nothing like an original xbox because it has more of x and y inside it thing is it's still a console at the end of the day same as a Toyota and a Ferrari ones faster prettier etc but it's still a car same as the eye toy and kinect are just motion sensors but kinect is just far more advanced I really don't see why Microsoft fan boys have such a problem with this

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@im-a-roustabout: Fair enough, I give you thumbs up for being reasonable when I musjudged it and was a little passive aggressive on stance.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@Sigil-otaku I agreed with everything you just said. I wasn't even bashing the MS lovers, just the ones who are outright hating and being rude just to be rude. I would never trash a group for loving there hobby!

blackace
blackace

The other problem with this is PC gamers don't want MOVE on their PC. Sorry, but I don't see myself ever, ever playing a MOVE game on my PC. I wouldn't even be able to what what's happening on the screen from 5 ft away. lol!! No PC hackers cares about hacking the Move either. They are too busy having fun with the hacked PS3.

blackace
blackace

Sirbobislost said: @blackace You just contradicted yourself there "EyeToy is not Kinect" "Kinect is like many generations ahead of what the EyeToy was back when the PS2 was popular" Kinect may be a far better piece of tech then the eye toy but they are both still motion sensing cameras at their heart like ps1>ps2 or xbox>xbox360 it's just the advancement of technology's and besides it's not like Sony invented motion sensing cameras in the first place anyway *************************************************************** I didn't contradict myself. The EyeToy is in fact not the Kinect. By that i mean the Kinect has 3 cameras (2 3d sensor & 1 RGB), 2 multi array mics and a motorized Tilt base. Even though the EyeToy can do some of the things the Kinect can do, the Kinect can do more and do it better. So people who keep saying a Kinect is just an EyeToy are wrong. That's like saying a Toyota Camry is just Ferrari. lol!! Yeah.. they both drive and can get your from point A to point B, but that's about it.

megakick
megakick

the move looks like a hitachi magic wand :/

megakick
megakick

the move looks like a hitachi magic wand :/

Pirikato
Pirikato

Mouse and Keyboard. /end

monson21502
monson21502

i might be buying move very soon. the local pawn shop has about 10 of them in stock. but are trying to sell them for 60 bucks for 1 move controller and a ps3 eye cam lol. if they let me get 2 moves for 50 ill buy them

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@im-a-roustabout: Making that point, against just a single group seems no less fanboyish. To say they have no life for having an interest in there hobby while somehow (don't know how they manage it /sarcasm/) don't have stock in a company. Your comment even reeked of the same errors so hypocrisy is all I can see of your post. MS did do a good thing in letting it be open source, Sony is doing a good thing too but it doesn't have the same popularity and is a little 2 faced / desperate (in sight of kinects success) for them to open source this only after kinect has become such a success and after they have been having the other os and geohotz stuff going on with the PS3.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Seems Sony is carrying on with the 'me too' attitude, I suppose it keeps the features and experience good but I wish they'd just innovate instead. I think Sony could be good at innovation if they tried but they seem to rather prefer covering all the bases and trying to stay ahead tech wise so the graphics appeal to graphics whores. Still there's room for that in the industry I suppose, someone who just provides the core games and tries to mimic the success other devs have with innovation.

badtaker
badtaker

This is hilarious what's the point of move when PC gamers can buy wireless mouse which is more accurate than move

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

@NColdhardt or gamers wilt opt for the move who don't want to get out of the couch. But still, I'd like to know how to play hands free. Hmm... hands free God of War? Hands free Halo? Hands free Assassin's Creed? Sorry I got lost.

Slagar
Slagar

Will there really be any use for this? Kinect, yeah sure, there is great potential there, but Move? Hmmm... I can't really see it being a worthwhile investment. It may find a niche market though.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ lapiza They were the ones that pee'd in the pool. they claim they left it open for people, but that news wasn't released until after people had already hacked it. Sony just has a habit of doing what some other company has already done (when it comes to their hardware), but throw more money at it . Sometimes it works and makes you forget about what came before. Other times you get a PSPGo.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Move is now on PC. Wonder what people will come up with?

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Interesting...not a move (no pun intended) I expected.

akuya32
akuya32

Kewl I guess. Better to have more options then no options, even though this option isn't an option I would want to use. The more the better.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

It's weird for PC to get lollipop ice-cream, I don't want "sucks" that thing... "no pun intended" :roll:

vgdude887
vgdude887

@z4twenny Yeah, it's pretty lame on Sony's part to do this after disabling Other OS on PS3s.

z4twenny
z4twenny

super lame, open source move is ok, but open source ps3 isn't? hypocrites....

Marky360
Marky360

Well Now I'm just going to wait for the First Hyper realistic First-person Shooter experience using both Move and Kinect to be created by the Mod community on the PC. I've always said it While Move and Kinect have there strengths separately The Two devices working together would be better able to more accurately make a competent control system for a shooter game.

edwise18
edwise18

I doubt it'll be as popular as kinect in the PC scene. Seeing some of the things they've done with kinect and the potential it has, has left me impressed. Kinect is just more innovative.

zMd113
zMd113

It all leads up to the PS4, Sony is just getting more ideas on what people want out of the next console. Which is a good idea after all, Sony listened to us PSP gamers and now the NGP is everything we wanted it to be.

Kid2812
Kid2812

Final Fantasy 7 with the move I want a Final Fantasy 7 remake. Sony does it and i'll be their fanboy for life

korko3
korko3

i can't imagine any use for this when Kinect has already gone open source, and is actually an innovative technology where as this is... not.

plaintomato
plaintomato

MS was wise, if out of character, to let the Kinect underground go...it stands to bring a lot of attention and innovation to their product. Blocking them would be about as counter-productive as trying to block PC users from doing what they wanted with their PCs. Not that it stopped MS from trying to do just that back in the day. Anyway, I don't see Move catching on in the same viral way. The draw of Kinect is that it is controller free. People are drawn to that, they see a reflection of Sci-Fi futures in it. With the Move, you are still holding a remote. You can move around with that remote, but you are still having to hold a controller just as you always have. Alot of people, including myself, were worried about precision for shooters and what not (I still am); but MS gambled on the freedom of no controller instead and it looks like they are winning on that bet.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

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im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Wow, sure are a lot of people here who work for Microsoft! ....wait what was that? They're just kids? They don't even own stock in the Microsoft company? So they are on this forum trash talking Sony and talking up X-box why? Losers you say? No life you say? Well I have to agree.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

@focus0894 that's on of those comments that deserves a standing ovation. Instead of focusing on bashing the companies that make the systems WE pla, you focused on the important..... Porn.

mrhagane
mrhagane

sony.. you better not to choose a stupid decision, looks like sony wants that ps move will be hacked in PC. They don't realize, even though they tighten ps3 security system, the console is still can be cracked.

GSgirl
GSgirl

I saw this coming but dont really care

Renzokucant
Renzokucant

Sweeeet now I can open files from bed

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

This means that George Hotz can take a break for hacking MOVE for PC