PS3 Move controller teardown

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PS3 Move controller teardown


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


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