Rohde: Move has “big advantage” over Wii

Thursday, 18th March 2010 07:29 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Wii owners are going to want to upgrade to Move later this year, Sony Worldwide Studios VP Scott Rohde has predicted.

The exec used Move’s recently announced Table Tennis game to illustrate what he believes to be a difference between the PS3 motion tech and Wii, telling IndustryGamers, “I think we showed very well that you can get that top spin or slice in there and it really feels like you’re playing a Table Tennis game.

“Also, because of the camera, the PS Eye, we add that whole element of augmented reality. And I think that’s a big advantage we have over what the Wii has done to date.”

Rohde added that he believes the system will be attractive to existing Wii owners.

“I think so, sure,” he said when asked is he believes Wii players will “upgrade” to Move.

“That’s definitely an audience that we’re targeting.

“One of the beauties of the PS3 with the whole ad campaign, ‘It Only Does Everything,’ there’s a lot to that. It could mean that a lot of families bring it into the house because it’s a Blu-ray player, and [Move] is just another reason for them to bring it into the house.”

Move was announced at GDC last week, and will release later this year.

Thanks, GoNintendo.



  1. Michael O’Connor

    Can’t disagree with the truth. It basically is a better version of the Wii-Mote.

    Whether that works to their benefit or loss is another question.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Freek

    Technology is entirely irrelevant in that market segment. You need the killer app that everybody wants to experience and right now that’s Wii Sports and Wii Fit.

    It doesn’t matter who high res the visuals are, how precise the motion control is or how fancy the camera gadget. Sony needs to have it’s fantastic game that totally sells the concept.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Syrok

    They’ve got Tiger Woods. That sold it to me. ^.^

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Michael O’Connor

    “You need the killer app that everybody wants to experience and right now that’s Wii Sports and Wii Fit.”

    Do those even sell anymore? The Wii hardware hasn’t exactly been setting the charts alight lately.

    Definitely agree that they need a game that says “YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS!” though. That’s what I’m most worried about.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Tonka

    I think it’s a load of codswallop tbh. Who in their right mind would blow all that money on a PS3 + PS Move + a game only to be able to play Tennis, Golf et all ONE MORE TIME.

    If I buy a PS3 it’s for Heavy Rain, Valkyria Chronicles and maybe L.A. Noir. Not yet another waggle set-up.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    I still think they’re pissing in the wind with the whole ‘Wii owners will want to upgrade’ thing. They should be trying to concentrate on selling it to people who haven’t already bought a Wii and/or existing PS3 owners.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Tonka

    For sure. But how?

    #7 5 years ago

    It’s too expensive.

    Most Wii owners will probably remember that they’ve played their Wii once or twice in the last year, so spending another big wad of cash for HD graphics won’t seem like good value.

    I’d be more inclined to look at Move along the lines of a steering wheel or a light gun accessory in terms of demand, than a Wii beater.

    Especially at that price.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. TheWulf


    The interesting thing is that all that applies to the Natal, too.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    How? I’ve no idea. That’s their job. And I don’t envy them. :-D

    #10 5 years ago
  11. endgame

    yes ’cause pussies want to play gow3 and other hardcore shit like that anyway. :)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    Actually if you ask me. I’m a hardcore gamer and i’m not that impressed with HD graphics over SD graphics.

    Bigger screen, sharper, more variety to decent paletes and thats it. I think casual gamer or not a gamer at all will care only about software.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Hero of Canton

    I’m not sure why pointing out their table tennis game is a good idea when you can do the same in Wii Sports Resort.

    The fighting game is probably the most noteworthy thing on offer so far, but it looks a little sluggish to me, even if the punch recognition does seem pretty good.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @Hero of Canton
    The Table Tennis example is used as it is an area of direct comparison. The different approaches demonstrate directly the differences between the two systems. It’s been noted in a lot of the previews that the Table Tennis game on offer in the preview was notably better than the Wii Sports Resort version – so it’s been successful in doing that to an extent. Whether that message gets through to the man on the street is another thing though – it didn’t get through to you for example :)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Tonka

    I doubt a more realistic table tennis game will set the Move sales figures on fire. Have Sony shown anything remotely original for Move?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    The augmented reality stuff is original isn’t it? It was interesting that the US didn’t take Eyepet last year as they were obviously waiting to push it with Move this year.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Tonka

    True. Eye pet couldn’t be done on the Wii. If it turns out a huge success I can se RARE copying it for notatal

    #17 5 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I am going to get very tired of hearing how this or that (Move or Natal) is so much better then the Wii or each other. Want the truth?

    The Wii, Move, and Natal are all crap. Period.

    Fun, you say? Entertaining?

    Minimaly. The same way a new xblArcade or PSN download is. For a day or two and then you go right back to playing your fav “real” game.

    These things are diversions and gimmicks at best. And to be honest they cost too much money to make as such.

    Yes the Wii is sucsessful, but the market for it is drasticly different then the ones on the xb/ps3.

    Just think about the investment in Move that will be needed for you and three of your friends to be about to all play PS3 sports ala Wii Sports. Your gonna need the Cam, and foru Moves(arcs), are you going to need the attachments too?

    That is a lot of investment.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    Very similar to the investment people have already put in to a Wii. Besides how many people have 4 standard controllers for a 360 or PS3 for four player gaming and how many rely on friends bringing their own? It’s easy to blow these things out of proportion.

    As an aside you’ll only ever need two sub-controllers as it won’t support 4 sets of main Move controller + subcontroller – there really isn’t any practical application for four people needing a set either.

    When used well a motion controller adds a lot and can provide some genuinely unique gaming experiences. Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and games like Boom Blox got years of play on a games night with friends.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Michael O’Connor

    “Besides how many people have 4 standard controllers for a 360 or PS3 for four player gaming…”

    … *says nothing*

    #20 5 years ago
  21. hitnrun

    Uh, no, the Wii wins this contest.

    See, the Wii has one important feature that the Move can’t match: it came out in 2006, when people still cared about motion controls.

    This besides the fact that the “upgrade” would cost $400 plus a new set of shovelware games in a very different economy; hardly an investment that the sort of person who is still enamored with the novelty of motion controls is likely to make.

    #21 5 years ago

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