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PlayStation Move Has Multiplayer Design Limitation

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Only two people can really move it, move it at a time.

This week, everyone is talking about Sony's motion controller, the PlayStation Move. However, a surprising piece of information about the peripheral has emerged: multiplayer support is effectively limited to just two people.

Engadget reports that the PS3's Bluetooth module is only fit to address up to seven wireless devices at a time. Considering some games call for a second, sub-controller (similar to the nunchuk for the Wii) in addition to the Move stick, the number of people you can have in multiplayer mode is limited.

Gizmodo cites a statement from Sony which says only four controllers can connect at a time:

"Four PlayStation Move controllers can connect to a PS3 at one time (or two PlayStation Move Controllers and 2 PlayStation Move sub-controllers)."

Of course, you could decide to purchase four regular controllers and leave the sub-controllers out of the equation all together, but then you're limiting the kind of games you can play. On the bright side, the absolute maximum number of controllers you'll have to purchase is four Move sticks and two sub-controllers.

Will the fact that you can only play some games with one friend at a time affect your decision to purchase? Let us know in the comments below!

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    sliem , March 12, 2010 2:13 PM
    Oooh, bad "move."
    (get it?)
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    dman3k , March 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    Playstation Dildo has a double dildo limit?

    I like to see that video!
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    Anonymous , March 12, 2010 2:13 PM
    I'm out of it, so this is the first time I've seen a pic of the sony motion controllers. I wonder where they found their inspiration for the design...
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    sliem , March 12, 2010 2:13 PM
    Oooh, bad "move."
    (get it?)
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    icepick314 , March 12, 2010 2:18 PM
    still got to wonder how many people can Natal can recognize at one time....

    the amount of motion capture processing done on 360 is probably limited too....
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    dman3k , March 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    Playstation Dildo has a double dildo limit?

    I like to see that video!
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    lightsaber , March 12, 2010 2:27 PM
    I need to see games for this Playstation Dil...er Move before I can comment further....heck we've seen more out of Microsoft's Project Natel then this thing!!
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    hillarymakesmecry , March 12, 2010 2:38 PM
    Umm. I'll decide when I see how much it costs.

    If I can get a decent bowling game this is probably going to be a sure sale. Do you really want four people standing up in a room swinging things around wildly? Someone's going to get cracked upside the head.
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    woundeddog , March 12, 2010 2:50 PM
    Who decided to make the design of this contraption, LOL i think SONY as something else in mind like some adult rated games. BTW those this new controller have DUAL SHOCK. LOL
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    woundeddog , March 12, 2010 2:51 PM
    i cant waith to try golfing with this :) 
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    Zenthar , March 12, 2010 3:04 PM
    The limitation could have been solved simply by having a wired connection between the sub and the main unit, just like the Wiimote. I mean, the solution was already there why not use it?
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    Shez , March 12, 2010 3:17 PM
    As a Wii owner, also known as that-thing-that-collects-dust, I can say that two people is usually the max the thing ever sees. Sure a few times having four players is fun, but I'm not going to cry that the Move can only support two full controller sets. And I'm sure any 4-player party type games could be easily handled by 4 single Move's (again, just look at the Wii titles that don't require a nun-chuck).
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    soky602 , March 12, 2010 3:32 PM
    dman3kPlaystation Dildo has a double dildo limit?I like to see that video!

    I wonder if it has Dualshock..
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    Fox Montage , March 12, 2010 3:37 PM
    ShezAs a Wii owner, also known as that-thing-that-collects-dust, I can say that two people is usually the max the thing ever sees. Sure a few times having four players is fun, but I'm not going to cry that the Move can only support two full controller sets. And I'm sure any 4-player party type games could be easily handled by 4 single Move's (again, just look at the Wii titles that don't require a nun-chuck).


    Exactly.
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    drip50291 , March 12, 2010 3:41 PM
    WTF. someone has forgotten the days of 2 player. 2 ppl is still multiplayer just more intimate...
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    chomlee , March 12, 2010 3:42 PM
    ShezAs a Wii owner, also known as that-thing-that-collects-dust, I can say that two people is usually the max the thing ever sees. Sure a few times having four players is fun, but I'm not going to cry that the Move can only support two full controller sets. And I'm sure any 4-player party type games could be easily handled by 4 single Move's (again, just look at the Wii titles that don't require a nun-chuck).



    Ditto!! I have a Wii as well as a PS3 and the only time I have used more than 2 people playing at a time is when we played the PS3 quiz show game. Having 4 people jumping around knocking things over is way to many anyhow.

    PS, it does look like a Dildo.. hehe
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    ikefu , March 12, 2010 3:48 PM
    I think the number of people limitation is going to be a problem solely because I think that the Move controller (much like the Wii) is really going to be limited to party games for mass appeal.

    And what's a party if you can only have one friend over?
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    HalJordan , March 12, 2010 3:58 PM
    A limitation that could be overcome with great games. "Could" is the key word.
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    Manos , March 12, 2010 4:08 PM
    icepick314still got to wonder how many people can Natal can recognize at one time....the amount of motion capture processing done on 360 is probably limited too....


    Its already stated that it will be 4 users recognized at the same time. Like the demos with the party games etc were already 4 players...
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    obiown77 , March 12, 2010 4:13 PM
    Meh, All I want is an online multiplayer Samurai Hack and Slash game! BONZAI!!! ARRGGH!
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    Manos , March 12, 2010 4:22 PM
    ikefuI think the number of people limitation is going to be a problem solely because I think that the Move controller (much like the Wii) is really going to be limited to party games for mass appeal.And what's a party if you can only have one friend over?


    So damn true... +1 for putting it so simple. This actually is a huge f*** you to the gamer when they build up hype and hearing everyone "Wii fun with HD graphics". Its not even half way there from the looks of it.
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    Anonymous , March 12, 2010 5:29 PM
    ive a sudden urge to want to see a new 'tomb raiders' title on the PS3 or 'dead or alive'......
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