Move -- the company's motion-based PlayStation controller -- hits the market on Friday. The "move" buys Sony a head start on rival Microsoft
I haven't had the honor of kicking the tires of the new controller, but I've seen enough of the promotional videos to leave me unimpressed. Boxing? Golfing? Archery? Aren't these the same games that folks have been playing on Nintendo's
I don't mind going out on a limb here: Sony's PlayStation Move will be a bust. Gamers don't want to get up and move around anymore.
Sure, the Wii's controller got families off the couch. A range of workout titles -- spearheaded by its own Wii Fit -- made the console appealing to women and older gamers.
Unfortunately, the die-hard gamers playing on Xbox 360 and PS3 systems aren't cut from the same demographic cloth. Teens and young adults don't want to get up from their rockers or beanbags unless the Mountain Dew runs dry. Donning headsets for multiplayer action, their only real exercise feat is reaching over to the Cheetos bag between levels.
Sure, they got up for a moment. Activision Blizzard's
In a nutshell, gamers don't want to move. They barely wanted to groove. Sony and Microsoft have a lot to prove -- and they will fail at it with this year's so-called evolutionary controller enhancements.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz will admit to still playing video games, though finding time is the rub. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.