November 28th, 2010, 00:02 Posted By: wraggster
Sony is able to improve the accuracy of motion-sensing controller Move through firmware updates to the PlayStation 3 – but it may decide not to.
"We can certainly update it through firmware," Anton Mikhailov, a software engineer at Sony Computer Entertainment America's research and development department and one of Move's chief creators, told Eurogamer in a new interview published today.
"The real question is, do we want to? So far we haven't had any real requests from studios to improve the accuracy. There are a couple of issues here and there we can fix, but the majority the games are not even taxing it to its full accuracy."
Mikhailov said Sony has found that gamers tend to have trouble performing actions precisely, rather than the Move not being precise enough to detect them – because games can be ultra realistic.
He highlighted the expert difficulty on Sports Champions' table tennis game, which removes all assists.
"At that point you're thinking, well, how much more precise does it need to be? We need to decide. There's room for some more precision. It's going to be up to us."
Ellie reviewed Sports Champions for Eurogamer, awarding it a solid 7/10. On table tennis she wrote: "The virtual bat mimics your movements perfectly so you can perform different types of hit, and misses never feel unfair. It's well worth playing through the tutorials to learn just how much depth there is to the game."
Looking to the future, Mikhailov expressed excitement at dual-handed interaction, which enables 3D multi-touch gameplay.
But gamers will notice improvements to one-to-one control over virtual characters before anything else.
"The character control and animations are going to improve vastly because most games of this era were set up to do DualShock control. Everything was baked and scripted. With the Move you have this one-to-one control over the character – you've seen that in The Fight and Sports Champions.
"There are noticeably some glitches and everyone's aware of that. It's quite good, in my opinion, for the time we had, but we can improve on that. That will be much better in the future.
"People are going to experiment with the basics. Different camera angles and different setups of the HUD, things like that, just to make the experience feel closer and more connected. There's a bunch of work we can do there."
Half the people who want to buy Move, which went on sale in September, are parents, according to Sony. Apparently 60 per cent of the people who want Move already own Nintendo's console - they want to upgrade their motion-sensing experience apparently.
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