PlayStation Move sub-controller renamed 'navigation controller'

Offhand complement to Sony's new camera-based motion-sensing device for PS3 given official name in advance of holiday launch.

At the 2010 Game Developers Conference last month, Sony at last announced the official name for the PlayStation Move, having first shown off its camera-based motion-sensing controller at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The announcement put to rest months of speculation as to what Sony would call its new device. However, it also raised a few eyebrows, considering Sony referred to the controller's off-hand complement simply as the decidedly less catchy "sub-controller."

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As it turns out, the use of the term "sub-controller" was itself a placeholder. Yesterday, Sony submitted a finalized ID label to the Federal Communications Commission, revealing that the sub-controller will in fact be known as the "navigation controller." Sony has since updated its Web site to reflect the device's new name.

The core of Sony's new push into motion-sensing gaming will be the Move controller itself, which detects and translates movement by way of the PlayStation Eye camera. Designed to augment this experience with more traditional controls, the navigation controller includes directional buttons, an analog stick, and two shoulder buttons. And unlike Nintendo's nunchuk add-on for the Wii Remote, the navigation controller is not tethered to the primary controller.

Sony plans to launch the PlayStation Move and navigation controller this holiday. The publisher said that it expects to offer the Move, the PlayStation Eye, and a game bundled together for less than $100. For more on the new controller, check out GameSpot's in-depth look from this year's GDC.

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211 comments
cuchikapoor
cuchikapoor

The name's at least better than the first

lamensmari
lamensmari

@ fionndruinne that was a funny comment. Navigation Controller Really!? thats the best sony could come up with. How bout the.....ummm.... Sidekick!

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@ TevoxZi "While in reality no one really gives a crap because technology is free for everyone to use. No one OWNS it." try putting "i" with "pad" and see a bus load of apple's lawyers mowning down your door. i'm pretty supprise that Ninty hasn't filed any law suits against sony yet... If sony had this idea way back in 2004 and doesn't released it, i bet sony had the whole "playstation" idea way back before Nintendo did too....

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@hannify [quote="Tevoxzi"] Besides, who really cares about who's copying who, because technology is free for everyone to use, whether you like it.. or not. [/quote] I said that in the comment before you even commented, for your information. Let this be a lesson for you to actually read the comment before commenting on it.

SilentRooster2
SilentRooster2

Sony, I love you guys. You make amazing products (usually) and the move will probably be more than a gimmick at some point. However, single word names with 3 or less syllables is usually the right way to go. That way your product will be known as something like "nunchuck" instead of "thing." Example: "Hey Bob, can you hand me that nunchuck?" "Hey Bob, can you hand me that navi... thing?

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@hannify While in reality no one really gives a crap because technology is free for everyone to use. No one OWNS it. Sure, let's go and fight about who made the cellphone first.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

TEVO the WII MONE was being worked on in 2001.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

Before anyone calls Sony's controller a Wiimote copy, please look at this; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbSzmRt7HhQ Yes, they thought of the controller back in 2004, the last generation for the EyeToy. WAY BEFORE THE WII CAME OUT. Besides, who really cares about who's copying who, because technology is free for everyone to use, whether you like it.. or not.

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Interested in Socom and Tiger Woods. I hope they make ModNation Racers compatable with it and put out a steering wheel ala Mario Kart. People crying that Sony copied should really put the tissue box away. Do you see the caveman that invented the wheel posting on Gamespot ragging on everybody who has ever used his idea? I could be all dumb about it too and call out Nintendo for copying Atari by developing a console in the first place. Im not a goofy little kid though and loved my 2600 and my NES. What is really relevant is that Sony is providing everybody with the motion controls they thought they were going to get with the Wii when it came out(but did not deliver). I had an MP3 player long before IPOD's came out and I don't see anyone complaining about that. The point is who cares where the idea came from.. I care who executes it the best. In this case, that's Sony. And no I don't hate Nintendo I just haven't dropped $250 for a console that has 4 games I want. That and I can borrow a friends anytime, they sure as heck aren't playing them.

Purplekjw
Purplekjw

@Gothic_symphony Why the heck would I think they made it just so I could comment? I didn't say anything along those lines. You're not making sense. Don't I have as much right to comment as anybody else? I'm just trying to create a more reasonable argument on exactly why this Move is such a bad thing. You'd turn a blind eye if it was on the 360, and you'd be arguing the exact same thing as I am now. I hate the 360, but I'm not going around yelling it's crap. I haven't looked into their motion thingy much, but it sounds good. I'll admit the console itself has its perks too.

Purplekjw
Purplekjw

Pretty much every market is dominated by people copying other companies, but IMPROVING the product. If someone makes a car with a new, awesome feature, most other car companies will make one with similar features. Heck, the game industry is worse than most. If someone releases a successful game, you will then get a bunch of other games pretty much blatantly copying them. (Kudos to the ones who make it their own, but not all of them do) All I'm saying is, if they improved it, I don't see the problem. (And Socom is a poor example to show how they improved it, check out the other stuff)

JESSEAARON100
JESSEAARON100

From " sub controller to " navigation controller " At least pick a better name

64-bit
64-bit

iam surprised they didint call it " nunchuk axis"

fionndruinne
fionndruinne

Wow, "navigation controller" has such a ring to it! NOT... Sony baloney. What are they thinking?

JOKER677
JOKER677

I'd probably play with this in respawn just to check it out.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

the ps3 gonna look like an over sized swiss knife, you'll have eyetoy camera, controllers including move,sixaxis and this nav. it just gonna clog your desk with all these useless sony want you to buy...

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

... next sony'll change it to Wiimote and color it white

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@edinsaw No youll pay $300.00 for a PS3 with a blueray player and $100.00 for the Wii like controllers and sense the Move will come with two controllers that may or may not be better then the Wii. The two it comes with may note be what you need to play the game you want. Motion Fighter shows people playing with two Move controllers but the people seen playing but Socom looks like its played with a Move and a Navigation.

Flint247
Flint247

@Ult_gam3r That was actually kind of funny.

Supabul
Supabul

I hope the orange light bulb dosen't get hot, you know some little kids going to try and eat one

Supabul
Supabul

I just watch the video clip, he call's it a Wii-move classic

Supabul
Supabul

does the nav- conrtoller have motion control like the nun-chuck because it was cool in Metroid using it to remove enemies sheilds

Tevi
Tevi

how about redsteel 3 on ps3

Tevi
Tevi

wii got pwnd

Notebook_holder
Notebook_holder

Hey I don't mind this if it is similar so be it, as long as we have something to hold. I really want this for LBP and such I want Demon's Souls to support this controller. I also really want to play that gladiator game they showed us at the GDC it would be interesting to play to track our movements so perfectly.

edinsaw
edinsaw

As many of you guys says "this is a copy of Wii", Im not agree but anyway, so that means that for $300 you will have a: PS3, Bluray Player and Improved wii, that sounds like a really good deal for me :p,,, xD xD

LuIsSiUl
LuIsSiUl

@Doolum Correction, Sony made it the same, just with a camera. Sure it comes with HD but the controller, basically the same.

Autolycus
Autolycus

they did? cause it loos pretty much identicle to me. The game play for SOCOM 4 looks RUINED to me...

Doolum
Doolum

Sony made it better.what do u have to say to that!?

Autolycus
Autolycus

omigod that video for socom 4 is HORRIBLE. Way to kill a great series.

Gothic_symphony
Gothic_symphony

@Purplekjw Who cares if they copied the WII or no, its not like they made it especially for you to comment IDIOT

notserbamma
notserbamma

Sony's stupid...they just made the name even longer and stupidier than it was before... I still think some good games will come from the MOVE, but it's all about creating SHORT MEMORABLE names for your devices. I personally liked the name ARC instead of MOVE. And why not just call the analog, an ANALOG? Navigation Controller? Come on now... how bout NAV?

Purplekjw
Purplekjw

I honestly don't care if they copied Nintendo (Which they didn't. They made the EyeToy long before the Wii, adding a handheld control system was the next logical step) But even if they had copied, they have done a MUCH better job than Nintendo. The Wii basically tracks the general movement. It's extremely imprecise. Not to mention most of the games on the Wii have practically no effort put into making them, they sell solely off the gimicky console. The PlayStation Move tracks the exact movements made with the controllers, making it much more precise and fun to use. Shooting games such as Socom will only be about as good as shooting games on the Wii, because you can't get the full potential out of a motion control scheme. Action and RPG games is where the most fun and innovation will be.

StanleyL
StanleyL

i'm still going to call it the move-chuk

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

i like it, ill just call it nav controller :D

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I think navigation controller name is too long. I suggest they name it NaviCon. they should pay me first to use this name though, unless someone already took it before this post. price tag: $100000000000 jk I'm sorry GameSpot, for breaking the rules, I was just telling some facts, but now I repent.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

@squidracerX For the third time, I'm not bashing anything get that through your head. Two that type of stuff has ALREADY BEEN DONE WAAAAAAAY BEFORE THE EYETOY. I'm not bashing anything by saying it can't do what the Natal does, Simply put it can't do a lot of the things Natal is capable of doing, that's just facts. Not bigoted, not obtuse, not contentious. Just the facts.

SUMMONO
SUMMONO

So he forgot the man's name and called it a wii move. Great job man.

Jruggy
Jruggy

I think my WII just moved! LOL

Death_Knight9
Death_Knight9

it kinda looks like the wii controller so im not getting it because i dont like that kinda stuff im gonna stick with the old controllers because there better

nimuk
nimuk

I think Nav-con will be the popular name once released

yearof3000
yearof3000

VirtualTofu@ you can buy it without the eye, but i think you need the eye if you don't have one!

johny300
johny300

lol at the start travis stiener not diner hahaha.