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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not necessary (for now), September 18, 2010
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This review is from: Playstation Move Navigation Controller (Video Game)
One of the questions most people will have is: is the Move Navigation Control required to play the Move? The quick answer is--not right now. I'll put it another way: I ordered one with my Playstation Move Starter Bundle. After playing 5 different Move games and demos, it's still unopened in the package. My guess is it'll stay that way for a while.

The Move Navigation controller is really just a Dualshock controller that's designed to fit in one hand more comfortable. As with the Dualshock, it has a joystick, four directional buttons, and the most commonly used "X" and "O" Playstation buttons all within easy reach of your thumb.

Sony designed the Move controller (wisely IMO) not to have a joystick nor directional buttons. That makes it simpler and more elegant, but it also makes certain things (such as scrolling through a menu list of options) awkward to do with the Move controller alone (although not impossible--you can navigate through menus using the Move controller alone by pressing and holding the Trigger button and moving the controller up, down, left, and right).

But so far I've found so far that just holding the Dualshock in my left hand and controlling the buttons and joystick with my left thumb is sufficient, if a little clunky, for most of what I need to do (unless you have freakishly long thumbs the "X" button will be hard to reach--but happily, pressing the "Move" button on the Move controller will do what you need in most cases).

I'd assumed that like the Wii Nunchuk the Navigation Controller would have motion control built-in so you can control the on-screen action with both hands. It doesn't. For games that require motion control using two hands, you'll need to buy a second Move Controller. Most games that support two-handed operation will also provide the option to play one-handed, but I strongly recommend getting the second Move Controller, as it makes the experience truly immersive. Gladiator Duel on Sports Champions is a great example.

As new games are created for the Move I'm sure the Navigation Controller will become more useful, especially with FPS-type games where you need to move and shoot at the same time. But if you're looking to save a little money, I'd recommend holding off on the Navigation controller for now and spending the money on a second Move controller instead until you find a game that really needs it.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2010 10:18:37 PM PDT
J. Mason says:
The info about whether or not the nav controller is the two handed component was exactly the info I was looking for. Thanks for being thorough. Now I can rest easy in my decision to buy two Move controllers instead of worrying about whether or not I should have purchased the Nav. Thanks!

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 9:52:37 AM PDT
romevi says:
Both of mine are still in their packaging as well. I was really hoping to use 'em, but they really have no use since the only Move game I have is Sports Champions.
Here's hopin' LittleBigPlanet 2 utilizes it....

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 8:37:12 PM PDT
I think i'll have to buy this navigation controller too because i both had RE5 gold edition and Heavy Rain.I was just waiting the PS3 move launch to play these games with it.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 6:35:51 PM PDT
Koray Savas says:
Yeah I just ordered the Nav controller specifically for playing Heavy Rain again. I tried today with the Move and the DS3 and it just wasn't working.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 1:14:14 AM PST
mjc0961 says:
Wait, the Navigation controller has no motion sensing at all? Wow. It's quite pricey if it doesn't have any motion sensing like the Wii's nunchuck does.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 12:51:09 PM PST
jandjj says:
Thanks so much for providing the exact information I needed. You've saved this tired mom a bit of trouble.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2010 7:09:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2010 7:20:13 PM PST
it is very useful in the some of the shooting games where you are using an assault rifle. you can hold the gun like you actually would(I have a gun accessory that holds both the move and navigation) and use your back hand on the nav controller to move the character and the move on the front for weapon aiming. the control like that is amazing. way better than playing the fps games with the six axis or dualshock or just the move by itself.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010 9:43:08 AM PST
Thank you for telling about how it isn't necessary. I just hope people read this like i didn't =( i bought 2 of them thinking it'd be like the wii nunchuk and have motion. But i'll use one for watching movies and things like that until i find the money to buy two more move controllers =( THANKS!!!

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 4:26:42 PM PST
Tin-wan Tam says:
why the price is even more expensive than gamestop , then who would actually buy it

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 5:45:31 PM PDT
William D. says:
WOW, SONY thinks we're made of money. I'm far from being an authority in the advantages/disadvantages between PS3 and the XBOX 360. I understand though that the PS3 does have better graphics, but that's about all. The Kinect is an outstanding addition and it turns out somewhat less than all the equivalent 'stuff' for the PS3 when it comes to enjoying the movement features.
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