Ever since it debuted I’ve wondered what made the PS3 Move controller tick. The folks over at iFixit have satisfied my curiosity with their latest teardown. Behold the highlights:

  • The PlayStation Move, unlike the Wii, can locate the motion controller in 3D space. The PlayStation Eye camera visually recognizes the X/Y position as well as the relative size of the glowing orb on the motion controller to pinpoint the controller’s location.
  • The battery gets brownie points for being able to be disconnected from the Move without any soldering. Just unplug the connector and plug the new one in.
  • STM32F103VBT6 ARM-based 32-bit MCU with Flash, USB, CAN, seven 16-bit timers, two ADCs and nine communication interfaces.
  • The LEDs in the end of the motion controller are capable of 24-bit color resolution.
  • The trigger comes out as one unit, making it easy to replace.

Since we’re on the subject of teardowns, there’s still a few days left to gather up your crew and participate in our very own Family Challenge Technojunk Teardown.

PlayStation Move Teardown