Sony Redesigns PS Move Controller

A new patent filed by Sony has shed light on the improvements it has planned for its Move motion-based controller.

In addition to the current camera-based tracking used in PS Move, the patent describes methods to improve its accuracy and depth perception using ultrasonic sound waves and infrared tracking like the one used in the Wiimote.

The figures included in the patent also give hints about possible redesign directions for the Move controller. The figures reveal that the new controller could accommodate swappable button faceplates with different layouts. They also show two Move controllers connected back-to-back to resemble a sword or a fighting stick (to us, they look more like a motorcycle handlebar. Please feel free to check the images in the gallery and judge for yourself).

Perhaps the most interesting figure in the patent filing is the one that depicts a player performing a backwards flip to kick while having two Move controllers attached to his ankles and two Move controllers held in his hands. We sure hope FIFA and PES won’t adapt this idea.

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After all these years I still can't imagine myself moving around like an idiot in front of my tv and how stupid these motion sensors are. On another topic though, these new VR goggles are a better idea. Sony can keep their move crap and their soon trashstation 4 as well.

The thing is, four points

The thing is, four points does not make a decent mocap device. If they could come up with some sort of a simple-strap design that runs up and along the arms, as well as clips on the waist and moves down the legs while worn easily over clothes (in particular, jeans, which people generally don't wear for mocap, instead favoring spandex / skin-tight articles of clothing) that was cheap to manufacture, we'd have something worth noting. Still 9/10 times I would imagine recognizing movement of the legs would be pointless (where 1/10 would be a dance game). On that note however, I think FPS games using mocap would be hilarious in regards to bunny hopping. Of course, there's always that guy that ties the feet controllers to fan blades and turns the fan on, auto-bunny-hop-exploits!

oooh yeah

This guy gets it, VR with good motion controllers will be a whole new world for gamers, sure the move and the kinect are crappy - but they are just a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Ironic captcha for this comment - "hands down"

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