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New Patent Points To Snap-Together Move / DualShock Hybrid Controller

Sony keeping both the classic controller and the Move, but bringing them together into one piece of hardware?

A new patent picked up today suggests that Sony are at least potentially working on a new kind of videogame controller that’s a hybrid of two PlayStation Move sticks and a regular DualShock, bring them together into one snap-apart mashup.

The patent was published yesterday [available here as a PDF] and calls it a “hybrid separable motion controller” and is assigned to SCEA, so it’s definitely intended for Sony.

snap together sony controller

One of the drawings in the PDF shows the components hidden inside the handle – magnetometer, accelerometers, gyros, vibration function and a speaker.

The orbs can also light up, just like those on the Move.

It’ll also require a camera, according to the filing, and games can detect whether the controller is split into two or not and then prompt the user to adjust the setup accordingly.

Whether or not this is for PS3 or PS4 (or indeed, intended for real world use at all) is anyone’s guess – the PDF shows a Cell/RSX configuration on one slide, which suggests this is a current generation device rather than anything more fanciful.

Update: apologies, this was filed in May 2011, albeit only recently published.

  1. unclebob
    Since: Oct 2008

    It is an interesting concept

    Would be one way of handling a core & motion controller ‘out-the-box’ (which is important for any product’s install base & therefore developer interest) without adding the expense of including seperate core & motion controllers.

    Although you have to wonder how many patent applications are measures just to get something on the table should a rival implement something similar – or a preventative measure to force 3rd parties to licence such a product from Sony rather than just bring out an unlicenced product like it themselves.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 08:43.
  2. wolf-OF-chaos
    Since: Feb 2012

    That looks terrible, am i the only one that just wants a regular controller. Heck, even the wii u has a proper controller.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 08:43.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      Nope, I would prefer a normal controller. Not interested in Move or Kinect.

      Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 12:01.
  3. Awayze
    Since: Jul 2010

    Looks horrible especially with the Xbox-esque d-pad.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 08:47.
  4. yogdog
    Since: Feb 2010

    Give me my bog standard Dualshock 3 any day of the week over this, thank you very much.
    I have 2 Move controllers as well, I’d rather they were kept separate.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 08:58.
  5. Forrest_01
    Since: Jun 2009

    OMG – Its a dual shock with boobs!

    Doesn’t look very nice, but i do like boobs.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 09:31.
    • wolf-OF-chaos
      Since: Feb 2012

      I like boobs to.

      Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 09:39.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      You’ve sold it to me, I’ll buy one one. As long as they both light up a nice pink at the same time.

      Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 10:13.
      • Forrest_01
        Since: Jun 2009

        Only if you rub them in circular motions.

        … & you can’t be too rough with them either, as the controller will just get into a huff & completely shut down on you! ;)

        Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 10:50.
    • Motalla
      Since: Dec 2011

      Looks like a must have for me, I have just the game for that.

      Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 14:17.
  6. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    No thanks.

    D-Pad looks horrible, and to be honest I hate any changes they try to make to the DualShock since it had the two sticks added halfway through the PS1s lifetime.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 09:38.
  7. FluBBa
    Since: Nov 2009

    Just add the better accelerometer and gyros from the Move in the DualShock 3 and force every FPS to _support_ aiming from those input and you have a real world hardcore use for it.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 09:45.
  8. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    If they could shrink those bulbs down to small IR points that could be picked up by a PS-Eye3 with infrared camera (like Kinect, or almost like a reverse Wii), then that would be better. But a stick shape works better for a Move-Wiimote type of controller.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 10:04.
  9. Greg Aldridge
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Oct 2008

    If Sony ever get around to making it the d-pad will be just like the ones on PS controllers for the last 18 or so years. I.e., it’ll be fine, why complain about a line drawing?

    I’m intrigued about the inclusion of speakers. I enjoyed games on the Wii that used the Wiimote’s speaker to pass information/instructions to just one player. What the Wii did with audio though the Wii U now does with video and that serves up a delicious smörgåsbord of new possibilities.

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 10:15.
  10. hsuk86
    Since: Nov 2012

    its just a patent drawing, not a concept. most likey will look exactly like the dual shock always has

    Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 10:18.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      Agreed although I’m not sure how Sony can disguise the two boils on the front of it. ;-)

      Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 12:20.
      • Forrest_01
        Since: Jun 2009

        Stick a couple of nipples on ’em & they’ll fly off the shelves! ;)

        Comment posted on 30/11/2012 at 15:00.