This year’s E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles has been a blast. New games like Medal of Honor: Warfighter and more have been revealed and the keynote speeches of the holy gaming trinity (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) have been quite promising. Microsoft gave the audience a teaser at their SmartGlass technology and Nintendo unveiled their Wii U and the Pro Controller. Sony, on the other hand, gave spotlight to its latest offering—an augmented reality device called the Wonderbook, while quietly slipping in the launch of their Playstation Move Racing Wheel.
Now why would the launch be a quiet one? Well, the Playstation Move Racing Wheel is Sony’s modest and humble answer to Wii’s motion controller and Microsoft’s Kinect. The Motion Controller war was initiated by Wii with Microsoft following with its Kinect, and shortly by Sony with its Move. Now, Sony plans to grab a sizeable chunk of the gaming community with this new motion controller aimed specifically at the racing genre.
The Playstation Move Racing Wheel was announced with more hullabaloos on Sony’s official blog (as compared to the quiet launch it received at the E3 2012). It is a modified version of the Move wand with added functionality, better motion detection and realistic feedback. The design of the Wheel is probably what sets it apart from other products. The hand grips can come with a lock that can be adjusted to race with a roaring bike or a nitrous guzzling car. Sony claims that the Wheel can also be used with games like Tom Clancy’s HAWX.
The PS3 Move wand is the placed at the center of the setup accounting for precise motion detection and tracking which will make input and feedback more accurate. What remains to be seen is where the device is to be placed when actually playing with it: whether it has to be held up or attached to a stationery bracket. As of now, the reception of the Playstation Move Racing wheel has been lukewarm, partly due to the fact that the price tag is US $39.99. What remains to be seen is the actual performance.