E3 2010: Tiger Woods 11 & PlayStation Move First Impressions
Written Sunday, July 04, 2010 By Dave Olsen
Heading to E3, Sony’s PlayStation Move was a giant question mark. Could it be as good as Sony said? Will the technology work? How would it feel? When does it come out? How much will it cost? Will anyone buy it? Many questions, but there were very few answers. Coming out of E3 2010 though is a whole different story.
Getting the feel of the Move is the biggest obstacle. It’s roughly the same size as the Wiimote, but the curved shape feels much more natural in your hand and the ergonomic design seems to have paid off. The biggest hurdle though was operating it properly and although all of the buttons are within easy reach of your thumb, they are no longer in the diamond shape that we’re familiar with, so there is a certain amount of retraining involved – triangle is now top right, instead of being at the top.
Every motion that you make is tracked by the PlayStation Eye and is shown in the game as and when you do it. If you want to alter your shot to have it draw or fade, then you need to turn your wrists a bit in the relevant direction – much like Tiger using the Wii Motion Plus – and swing like you would swing an actual golf club. The whole setup is as intuitive as it gets.
Given the choice between playing Tiger Woods 11 with the Move and a DualShock, I’ll take the Move every time. A Move skeptic has been converted. It’s about as close to being able to play golf in your living room as you can get and I recommend everyone gives it a try this fall.
Functionality for the Move in Tiger 11 will be available via a patch on September 15 when the Move launches in Europe and on September 19th in North America.