Sony patents a transforming modular controller

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It wasn’t all great hardware and games that arrived with the PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 generation of gaming. There were a few misfires along the way, such as Sony trying so hard to get some of that Wii pie that their Move controller was just one step away from being known as the Sony Pii. But their next bit of potential hardware looks far more original.

Sony has submitted a new patent, that shows off a controller with a massive modular spin to it. According to the patent, the controller can assume various forms and shapes and may be a Decepticon ready to baysplode.

The components of this controller can be separated and rearranged, to form anything from a faux knife, through to a knife or Batman. It’ll also feature some of that augmented reality that the gaming industry has a hard-on for right now, with the various shapes being used as peripherals for future games.

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Sony has patented an interesting new kind of controller made of connecting components, which can be rearranged and attached in various configurations at the user’s whim.

According to NeoGAF, this modular tool will be packing plenty of uses. As interesting as the tech looks though, there’s no word on whether we’ll ever see such a controller in this lifetime. Sony has a habit of patenting technology and keeping it hidden away, but I do like the concept behind this.

Although I can just imagine how many extra bucks it would cost to get a specific module for a certain game if Sony ever went all in with this idea.

Last Updated: January 20, 2014

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