New PlayStation Move in the Works for PlayStation 4

Sony patent sees the light of day and may breathe life into Move

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New PlayStation Move in the Works for PlayStation 4
The success of the PlayStation 4 could be the reason for the publication of a June 2012 Sony patent for what it's calling a 'Flat Joystick Controller'.

The original patent was filed in the USA on June 4th 2012 but has only come to public view in the recent fortnight.
The controller (pictured) is said to be:

"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."

CVG notes that the patent states, ""In a traditional joystick, it's hard to keep a user's thumb still while the user provides input by engaging various motions with the joystick. This is due to the fact that in the joystick, the thumb's support moves. However, using a touch input surface, the thumb can be kept still while continuing to provide the user's input by pressing on the input surface. The pressing of the user's finger on the input surface causes friction that is recognized."

About time too?


Liam Young 11 Dec 2013 04:26
Have you considered the possibility this could be a new advanced controller to assist the Virtual Reality headset sony is rumoured to have in the works?, it would make sense to have something more advanced as a controller to support that experience. I think this could be paired up with the VR headset, motion controller gaming has died out an advanced controller alone would not be enough, sony knows that, we all know it.
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