Sony Waves PlayStation Wand at Game Conference

Motion-sensing control is aimed directly at the Nintendo Wii

Motion controls and social gaming were the hot topics at this week’s Game Developers Conference, the annual convention of game designers, programmers and executives.

Sony shook up the conference with a splashy introduction of thePlayStation Move, a new wand-shaped PlayStation 3 motion controller system that will rival Nintendo‘s popular Wii. Sony showed off several games that use the new system, which utilizes a PlayStation Eye camera to detect players’ movements. Among them were the action brawler "Motion Fighter," over-the-top party game "TV Superstars," athletic simulator "Sports Champions," mini-game collection "Move Party," third-person shooter "SOCOM 4" and wacky downhill racer "Slider."

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