John Koller explains why Move is better than Natal, what’s in store at E3

Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:59 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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SCEA’s John Koller has explained to D’toid why Sony believes Move is better than Natal, and what it has in store for attendees at E3.

Speaking with the site at the Move event during GDC, Koller also explained why Sony chose the name Move for the controller.

“[Move] is better than Natal for a few reasons, but the biggest reason is what we call draw distance,” he said. “What Natal has is very XY, you’re playing in this realm [waves hands]. So for games that are shooters, or golf, or sports, if you draw back away from their camera you loose precision.

“The sphere that’s read by the camera, is very precise so every move you make, many feet beyond the camera, allows it to track. The fact that you can use the camera and the motion controller provides not only tactile experience, but the camera can pick up both audibly and visually.

“So, more to come on that too”.

As far as shifting from Arc or Gem for the controller’s name, Koller said that it came down to recognition at retail.

“We wanted a name that people could read at retail and understand what it is immediately,” he offered.”I think that there has been this idea of what motion control is, with what Wii has established, and we want to be very different.

“The name needs to connote that you are actually getting off of the couch instead of sitting there kind of moving a hand back and forth”.

As far as the color scheme for the controller, different colors demote different players when playing multiplayer, said Koller. Four peope can play at the same time with different color read outs on the screen, and there is even the possibility that your controller could turn red if you were low on health while playing a game such as a first-person shooter.

As far as E3 goes, Koller said that Sony has even more announcements pertaining to Move.

“We showed you a taste of some of the games [at GDC], and at E3, obviously, we have a lot of other announcements and we always save things for E3, but we really want to talk about the full line up and talk about the games,” he said.

“Ultimately, it’s all about the content. We have both core and family games and I think that there will be a much broader and more diverse amount of people that will want to play [Move]“.

Sony’s E3 press event is scheduled for June 15.

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