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PlayStation Move Gets the Teardown Treatment

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

The guts of a phone but in a controller...

So you bought Sony's latest peripheral, PlayStation Move, and you've spent the last 24 hours whooshing and waving while you get your Move on in the living room. It's been great but now you've got Move elbow and you can't play anymore. What can you do? Take it apart. Apparently it's really, really easy.

Unlike the iPod and smartphone tear downs, you won't need any special wedging tools to get Move open. As long as you're reasonably confident in your Phillips-head screwdriver abilities, you should have no problems. Getting it open aside, the iFixit team says that given the amount of tech Sony has managed to cram into the controller, $50 is actually quite good value for money:

"The Move contains many of components found in today’s smartphones: a processor, accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth transmitter, vibrating motor, and even a MEMS compass. It’s an amazing amount of tech for the money, even though we still think it’s steep to pay $50 for a controller. Compared to a $40 WiiMote, though, it’s quite the bang for the buck."

Check out what the iFixit crew found inside:

 

Be sure to click through for the highlights and full details of the teardown.

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    thillntn , September 21, 2010 5:05 AM
    I didn't know a sex toy had so many parts!
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    stm1185 , September 21, 2010 6:30 AM
    Sega Virtua Lapdance for Kinect is going to kill the Move though. So who cares.
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    mrmotion , September 21, 2010 3:39 PM
    neiroatopelccConsoles are for kids to play mario kart anyway


    Not a kid but I freaking love Mario kart! Which self-respecting gamer can say they dont honestly love mario kart?
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  • 23 Hide
    thillntn , September 21, 2010 5:05 AM
    I didn't know a sex toy had so many parts!
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    elcentral , September 21, 2010 5:12 AM
    its not a sex toy its a love toy XD much more complications
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    liquidsnake718 , September 21, 2010 5:13 AM
    digital didlo, it can record the rpm,speed, and temperatures, not to mention the amount of times it has made love....
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    RazberyBandit , September 21, 2010 5:16 AM
    Cool but, will it blend like an iPhone4?
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    aznshinobi , September 21, 2010 5:48 AM
    Stop bashing on the Move remote XD, the games coming out on it don't look half bad. Not to mention I don't have to look at the pixelated Wii graphics XD Of course, the graphics thing is just a plus. The best thing about this is FPS games actually come out on the PS3.
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    stm1185 , September 21, 2010 6:30 AM
    Sega Virtua Lapdance for Kinect is going to kill the Move though. So who cares.
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    mman74 , September 21, 2010 6:49 AM
    stm1185Sega Virtua Lapdance for Kinect is going to kill the Move though. So who cares.


    Lol! You had me googling that one! Well done!
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    thillntn , September 21, 2010 11:13 AM
    Looks like this one has a wrist strap that comes with it, to avoid it becoming a missile into your lcd. Good thing nintendo already did the R&D on this or they might get sued :) .
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    rhino13 , September 21, 2010 12:08 PM
    Wow beter value from Sony than Nintendo... who da thunk it?
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    chunkymonster , September 21, 2010 12:27 PM
    Don't mind paying the $50 for a new controller but where are the games?

    Just hope that if there is a PS3 game that uses a sword of any kind that the game doesn't limit the movement to pre-programmed attacks; ala the Wii and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

    The Force Unleashed was a big load of FAIL for the Wii, in my opinion, because the light saber attacks were not free movement. Heck, the Sword Play for Wii Sports Resort is more fun than The Force Unleashed because of it, being able to as Darth Vader and use the Force or not!
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    belardo , September 21, 2010 12:58 PM
    While its easy to expect the Move remote to be used as a sex toy (who wouldn't?... err, nevermind)... a good sex toy of same shape will costs $50~200. But they don't require a PS3... but also most don't light up.

    The Hitachi Wand massager... is used perhaps HALF the time for its "intended" marketing function as shown on the box.

    Im guessing the light-bulb part is so that players know who they are?
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    neiroatopelcc , September 21, 2010 1:37 PM
    aznshinobiStop bashing on the Move remote XD, the games coming out on it don't look half bad. Not to mention I don't have to look at the pixelated Wii graphics XD Of course, the graphics thing is just a plus. The best thing about this is FPS games actually come out on the PS3.

    Which just proves the ps3 being rubish!
    FPS belongs on a system with a mouse

    Consoles are for kids to play mario kart anyway
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    ryanjm , September 21, 2010 1:45 PM
    I'm kinda confused as to how it's a better value. It appears to be the exact same thing as a Wiimote with the Motion Plus add-on, which was included w/many games for like $10 extra.
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    mrmotion , September 21, 2010 3:39 PM
    neiroatopelccConsoles are for kids to play mario kart anyway


    Not a kid but I freaking love Mario kart! Which self-respecting gamer can say they dont honestly love mario kart?
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    SlickyFats , September 21, 2010 3:50 PM
    chunkymonsterDon't mind paying the $50 for a new controller but where are the games?Just hope that if there is a PS3 game that uses a sword of any kind that the game doesn't limit the movement to pre-programmed attacks; ala the Wii and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The Force Unleashed was a big load of FAIL for the Wii, in my opinion, because the light saber attacks were not free movement. Heck, the Sword Play for Wii Sports Resort is more fun than The Force Unleashed because of it, being able to as Darth Vader and use the Force or not!

    There is one already. It is in Sports Championship. You use 1 controller as your shield and the other as your sword. It is a freaking blast to play. Optionally you can use just one controller if you want, but the feel of holding up your shield where needed and chopping and hacking at people from any direction you want is pretty impressive.
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    SlickyFats , September 21, 2010 3:55 PM
    ryanjmI'm kinda confused as to how it's a better value. It appears to be the exact same thing as a Wiimote with the Motion Plus add-on, which was included w/many games for like $10 extra.

    The Wiimote and motionplus are a bit more simplistic. The Wiimote has IR emitters (like a tv remote but two of them), it has 1 linear accelerometer and can sense 3 axis motion. The motionplus added 2 more axis sensing and a gyroscope. Ifixit did a comparison of the 2 on their site.
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    theoutbound , September 21, 2010 5:37 PM
    I'm not impressed with any of the motion control stuff until there are games using the technology that offer a substantial improvement over traditional controllers.
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    liveonc , September 21, 2010 6:51 PM
    3D capable 120Hz monitor goggles (slightly bigger & heavier than shutter glass) with wireless HDMI, augmented reality, & a Wii sex doll. Is just a few years away. If The Internet sells more sex than anything else, the nerds are getting bored & lonely. Don't be surprised if they NEVER chose to leave home EVER when this comes out.
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2010 7:28 PM
    @liveonc

    and the gene-pool will thank you for it.....
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    eyemaster , September 21, 2010 7:28 PM
    It costs me 50$-70$ for a regular PS3 controler, so this 50$ price tag is not so bad.
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