Some recently unearthed patents point to Sony possibly making a next-generation version of its motion-tastic Move controller.
The patent was filed in 2012 but only published this last month, and it looks decidedly similar to the current PlayStation Move Wand – but appears to have a bit of a touch-pad, similar to the one found on the Dual Shock 4.
Here’s what the patent says:
“A controller device to interface with a computer gaming system includes a body having a handle and an object disposed at one end of the handle. A touch surface is disposed on one side of the handle. The touch surface has an indicator that is identified by a surface characteristic on the touch surface. The touch surface provides an area for receiving directionality control in response to interfacing by a finger of a user.
“In addition to the touch surface, a plurality of buttons are disposed on the body. A circuitry is disposed in the body of the controller. The circuitry is configured to receive data indicative of a directionality control and transmit the data to a game console for impacting an action by a program executing on the computer gaming system.”
I honestly don’t know anybody who wants this. The PlayStation Move is probably my single biggest tech purchase regret. Yes, it gets even less use in my house than the bloody Kinect, which my kids use for Dance Central pretty damned regularly. Move though? I can’t even think of the last time I used the thing. In fact, the single most interesting thing that I’ve seen done with a move is the indie, screen-less game Johan Sebastian Joust.
Of course, just the fact that a patent exists doesn’t mean it’s ever going to make it to market – but it’s worth noting that Sony has managed to sell over 15 million units, so it might be worthwhile for them to do a next-gen version.
Last Updated: December 10, 2013