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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: September 19, 2010
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

September 26, 2010 - With the release of the PlayStation MOVE just over a week ago I have been so busy playing with it that I almost forgot to review the companion controller that you can purchase for the MOVE. The Navigation Controller was released the same day as the MOVE and is also a wireless controller that is paired with the PlayStation 3. This controller isnít part of a MOVE bundle package and thatís unfortunate because I find using this controller with the MOVE better than using the DualShock 3/ SIXAXIS controller.

You wield the Navigation Controller in the opposite hand than your MOVE controller. The controller has a joystick at the top for moving around with. As well as a directional pad beneath that, that can be used for moving around or for making selections in games. Also on the front of the controller is the X and O buttons, which are typically used to accept/ok and cancel selections in most games. The PS button is also on the front of the controller which can be used to access the XMB and to turn on and off the controller. The bottom of the Navigation controller has the L1 and L2 triggers. Sony also felt kind to the user and included vibration feedback which is felt during specific moments/actions in a game. Unlike the Nintendo Wii controller system, the Navigation controller and MOVE do not tether together. Meaning you donít have to plug the navigation controller into the MOVE to use it. This is a pretty good benefit as it creates more free motions and no limitation on far apart your hands can be. This controller can also be charged via an usb cable like the MOVE and DualShock 3/ SIXAXIS controller because it contains the built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery. The basic use of this controller is to move your character around in the games where it is compatible.

Many people donít see the need for the purchase of this additional controller as the DualShock 3/ SIXAXIS controller can stand in as a replacement for the navigation controller. I found it to be a bit awkward to use the DualShock 3/ SIXAXIS controller. The standard controller is well and good when you can use 2 hands, however trying to do the motions while holding the Sixaxis in your one hand is awkward and problematic. It can be done, however there is a big learning curve in order for you to get pretty adept at it. For $30 I think the Navigation controller is a solid buy as it is more convenient and a heck of a lot lighter then holding the standard controller in your hand. If youíre going to play a lot of games that have MOVE support my suggestion is to get this controller and use it over the DualShock 3/SIXAXIS controller. For only $30 bucks itís a pretty solid buy, all we can hope for is that Sony will come out with a true bundle that includes the Navigation controller as well as the MOVE controller.


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