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Is a new PS Move controller on the way?

Crafty-eyed detectives on the internet have unearthed a patent filed by Sony for what appears to be a new Move controller. The patent, filed in June 2012 and published earlier this month, features a controller similar to the current Move, but with the addition of a touch pad and a different button layout.

The full patent, which you can read here, features extensive information, some of which we’ve extracted for you below:

“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.”

“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.”

Click here to read the full patent (it’s pretty long!)


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