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Rumour: Sony Working on Touch Powered PS Move for PS4?

Posted by Cale Stolle

Move it, move it

Sony has recently patented a new controller design, hinting at some form of revamped motion device for the PlayStation 4. Similar in form to the PlayStation Move controller on the PlayStation 3, this fresh peripheral includes all of the same core functionality as its current generation counterpart. However, there is one area that it differs from its predecessor: it has a touchpad on the front.

The platform holder detailed the addition in the documentation: “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.”

Interestingly, the touchpad could be employed as more than just a substitute for a traditional analogue stick. The patent outlines how the tactile input may be used in a similar way to the touchpad on the PS4’s controller, all while allowing the user to be much more mobile than with a traditional two-handed device.

Furthermore, the company is considering surrounding the touchpad with an LED light in order to provide additional feedback. “Portions of the boundary [around the touch sensor] may light up to identify the direction and/or location of the touch input,” the firm detailed. This represents a step up from the DualShock 4, which does not provide any additional feedback on where the panel is being touched.

Of course, whether this will ever actually reach the market remains to be seen, but Sony is clearly considering new ways to innovate in the controller space. What improvements would you like to see made to the traditional PlayStation Move controller? Do you even want the peripheral to make a comeback? Wave a wand in the comments section below.

[via freepatentsonline.com]

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User Comments (21)

charlesnarles

#3

charlesnarles said:

I guess it makes sense to fix problems as you recognize them. Never used Move yet, but PS4 isn't a bad place to start. I'm all for peripherals, keep 'em coming. I want ps4 DDR pads and games, forget guitarsmith or whatever : )

Holyfire

#5

Holyfire said:

Adding far more costs to PS4. Getting very into this touch technology, first with the DS4, now bringing back the wands with touch. Sony still chasing Nintendo's footsteps every bit of the way

AVahne

#10

AVahne said:

I think I need more sleep. Thought the headline said "torch-powered".

Shellybird27

#11

Shellybird27 said:

Yes! Do this! i'm very interested, the move has potential, i was really interested in Until Dawn, what happened to that game?

DoublezZ01

#12

DoublezZ01 said:

Sweetness!!! This should be interesting!!!!, Hopefully they have some successful games for this 1, it would also be cool if it could be used with normal games aswell if u get my drift lol XD

Paranoimia

#18

Paranoimia said:

I wouldn't buy one until I knew they were going to support it properly. I bought a Move and there have been a few decent games for it, but I'm still waiting to hear more about Until Dawn - a game I was very interested in, and which is (according to the developer's website) still due this year... though we've heard nothing of it since E3 2012.

Shaolin

#19

Shaolin said:

I thoroughly enjoyed using Move to play Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Ape Escape, and House of the Dead Overkill. I really hope that Sony can continue the innovation they started with the Move and also hope that their last minute decision not to include the PS Camera don't have too much of a bearing on their future plans for the Move.

ThreadShadow

#20

ThreadShadow said:

I think Until Dawn is PS4 now. I'm probably wrong, but I think it will show up on PS4 with Move and regular controls.

@Sanquine Ha! : ) Any guesses? It's really nothing special.

JaxonH

#21

JaxonH said:

I'm very optimistic about this. I've seen motion controls when done right, and it's an amazing experience (Metroid Prime 3 and Skyward Sword come to mind).

I know many are quick to dismiss the Move peripheral, but I think it's an invaluable tool that Sony should DEFINITELY keep in it's arsenal, especially if revamped and perfected as this article suggests. If implemented properly, it would keep the door open to new experiences, I just hope they don't relegate it to casual party games only.

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