Molyneux Dismisses Playstation Move
The Playstation Move represents Sony's first move into dedicated motion control peripherals (not including the Sixaxis), and it looks fairly impressive to boot. However, Lionhead's eccentric CEO (and current Project Natal spokesman) Peter Molyneux has downplayed the importance of the Sony peripheral, though does show some grudging respect towards the precision that Move will offer. In an interview with Eurogamer, Molyneux stated:
"Yes, I have seen some of [the Playstation Move in action]. We're not really surprised, are we? I mean at E3 last year we saw they were having a wand, and that's kind of what I expected. It looks like they've taken a step forward but it's not as big a step as something like Natal, I don't think."
"To be honest, it's all down to what us poor old designers do with this stuff, because all these guys do is make the hardware. Whether we utilise that hardware in a real way or whether we just take shortcuts, that's really going to be where we succeed or not."
Actually, he does have a couple of good points. Natal and Move are both fantastic pieces of kit; but Sony's contender is an evolution of existing motion controls whereas Natal harnesses motion-capture technology and applies it in an entirely new direction. Molyneux's also right on the money as far as software support is concerned. The technology is out there... and it's very impressive... but it's up to game designers to funnel such vast potential into something more worthwhile than godawful minigame collections. We remain to see whether motion control will become a viable input method with real sticking power or a simple fad.
What do you think about the rush towards motion control? Moved by the Move? Numbed by Natal? Let us know in the comments!
First Paid Mass Effect DLC Announced
Well, the Cerberus network was fun while it lasted, but EA have decided that we've got our "ten dollars" worth and will now be charging for future Mass Effect 2 DLC. Whilst I hate day one DLC and everything it stands for, at least EA didn't chisel us for content this time around... so long as you got a decent deal on a new copy!
The next DLC pack, entitled 'Kasumi's Stolen Memory' will add the female thief to the roster of characters (finally filling the sad, empty dossier on the character select screen) along with a new SMG, loyalty power and achievement. The new mission will take between one and two hours to complete- price TBA. [Joystiq]
Xbox Outsells Wii in February
According to the latest NPD Group data, Xbox sales have outperformed both the Wii and PS3. It's rare to see Nintendo's casual console slip from the top spot (though stock shortages may be retarding the Wii and PS3 sales somewhat). Here's the figures for your delectation. [via 1UP].
- Xbox 360 -- 422,000 units
- Wii -- 397,900 units
- PlayStation 3 -- 360,100 units
In an email to PC World, Microsoft has branded last month as the...
"biggest February in Xbox 360 history [with] a stellar portfolio of exclusive blockbuster games, a fresh pipeline of new content on Xbox LIVE and high anticipation for controller-free gaming and entertainment with 'Project Natal' for Xbox 360."
Both Microsoft and Sony have experienced steady growth this year (though arguably the PS3 had nowhere to go but up after its truly depressing first-year sales). However, Microsoft shouldn't celebrate just yet... since the immanent release of God of War III might well tip the balance towards the Playstation. System shifters don't come bigger than this, folks- though Sony will have to sort out its bewildering stock shortage before we see real improvement in the figures.
The NPD data also places Bioshock as the software sales leader, and impressively features Heavy Rain in the top 10 after a single February week of sales. However, Xbox 360 multiplatform titles sold far better than their PS3 counterparts. Congratulations to Microsoft and Quantic Dreams for now... though 2010 is just beginning...