E3 2010: Sports Champions PreviewBy Joe Rybicki - Posted Jun 18, 2010
What We Already Know
Sports Champions is Sony's answer to Wii Sports, a series of sports-themed minigames that will come packed with new Move controllers.
What We're Seeing Now
Hands-on time dispels some of the concerns about the Move. When playing table tennis, for example, the paddle moves in time with your hands, with only the most infinitesimal delay. Moving toward or away from the screen moves the paddle forward or back across the table, which will be necessary if you're competing against an opponent who's learned how to drop shots just over the net. In Archery, the arrow-grabbing gesture (reaching back over your shoulder as though pulling an arrow from a quiver) is fluid and reliable, and drawing and releasing the bow seemed to work exactly as you'd hope, every time. Only the Gladiator Duel seemed a bit less responsive than expected, in part because while your weapon tracks pretty accurately to the Move controller in your right hand, the shield in your left has a more limited range of motion.
Sports Champions also includes disc golf, volleyball, and bocce. It's perhaps not quite as strong a lineup as Wii Sports...but it's hard not to be intrigued by the thought of how this hypersensitive controller might handle tennis or baseball.