Sony Waves PlayStation Wand at Game Conference

Motion-sensing control is aimed directly at the Nintendo Wii

Last Updated: March 14, 2010 @ 5:34 PM

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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