So you’ve got yourself a PlayStation Move and a Shooting Attachment, but you’d prefer to switch out your official plastic pistol for an official plastic rifle? Well then Sony’s got the product for you, today announcing the Sharpshooter, which will apparently “offer the most intuitive and immersive control experience ever found in a shooter game”.
“PlayStation Move was designed with the goal of providing the most engaging and intuitive motion gaming experience possible, from a diverse range of genres,” says Sony US’s director of hardware marketing, John Koller. “When coupled with stereoscopic 3D support, such as in Killzone 3, the PlayStation Move sharp shooter represents a new step toward the ultimate goal of any cutting-edge video game: placing players directly in the game experience.”
The Sharpshooter will hold both the main motion controller and the navigation controller, and as well as the trigger will feature face buttons on the side of the gun casing, a reload button, and a firing mode switch for games that support it. The official product shots show it in a grey and orange model (it will apparently come with Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4 stickers), but James Gallagher of the EU PlayStation Blog has his hands on a dashing red model in the video we’ve embedded below, but it’s unclear whether that’ll be available in store, a prototype device, or the version of the Sharpshooter available in countries that don’t allow realistic-looking fake weaponry (remember the orange GunCon 3?).
Engadget have got their hands on the attachment, although whilst they say the buttons are all easy to get to, they note that “having to move the entire submachine gun to aim felt more unwieldy than simply twisting a wrist like you would with the first-party Shooting attachment (or the Move controller by its lonesome).” The Sharpshooter has been “designed specifically with games such as Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs in mind”, but will be compatible with any Move shooter. There’s no UK/EU price yet – it’ll retail at $39.99 in the US – but the Sharpshooter will be out before or simultaneously with Killzone 3 early next year.
Source: press release