Sony patents new controller with PS4 style touchpad.

Patent filing from 2012 appears to be a new PlayStation Move controller.

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A Sony trademark filing from 2012 has been unearthed, showing off what appears to look like a new version of the PlayStation Move controller.

A diagram of the device is reminiscent of the original Move controller, complete with its distinctive bauble on the top. The patent, spotted by CVG, is for a "flat joystick controller" and was published on December 5 after being filed in June 2012.

A key difference from the original PlayStation Move controller is the addition of a touch surface underneath the face buttons. Explaining the inclusion, the patent filing reads "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."

It's worth remembering that the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller also features a touch pad.

"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," continues the filing.

While the PlayStation 4 supports the original Move controller, Sony is yet to focus much attention--publicly, at least--on the future of its motion controller.

Sony says it has now sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4's worldwide since the machine's North America debut on November 15.

Discussion

75 comments
GH05T-666
GH05T-666

No please Sony don't bring back PS Move!

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Seriously who drew that concept model?A 10 year old?

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I jumped on the Move and found myself quite disappointed by how few games utilize it.  It works really well in some games and poorly in others.   If it didn't keep resetting the cursor's position in Killzone 3 every time the game took control of your character from you, I'd say it works fantastically for shooters.  


Where the controller combination really shines is with inFamous 2.

Solace427
Solace427

I feel like the implementation of the touch pad on the PS4 controller is a great merge of the Move controller and the dualshock controllers. This I think is unnecessary 

Razarealm
Razarealm

I don't believe the move is a piece of shit. Developers just need to implement it (well) into their games. 

andfx8
andfx8

Is it me or does this look suspiciously like a sex toy? Perhaps Sony is looking to tap into the elusive female gaming pool to win the console wars... 


Maybe they're on to something... 

WiteLite
WiteLite

"It's worth remembering that the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller also features a touch pad."

Ohhhhyaaaa...i do remember that. Man, what a throw back. I havn't thought about that console in a long time!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I really hope Sony has given up on this idea. Given how quickly Move seemed to disappear from store shelves, it can't have been a big commercial winner. I certainly don't think we need one at this stage of the new generation, and I can't say I'm thrilled about the notion of touch pads period.

skippiman
skippiman

I'm sorry Sony but no. At least they're not forcing you to get it (MS were looking at you and your damn kenict) 

fester420
fester420

This will make it a lot easier to play fps using motion control

Trender_man
Trender_man

more fun as a vibrator than a video game controller 

mattcake
mattcake

I really liked the ping pong game, and the gladiator one was fun for a while too. Can't remember using it for anything else. Sony should just give it up - MS forced everyone to have a Kinect this generation, something which will massively help them in the long run knowing they have a 100% install base. Move/Move2 support will always be sketchy and best and a waste of time for all. Just give us games, we respected the simplicity of the PS4 when we bought it, so stick with that thinking Sony.

kay2kid
kay2kid

My move hasn't been touched for almost 2 years now...please lets just bury it and pretend it never existed.

JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

I'm just not into this motion capturing stuff. I like to play with a regular controller (or mouse and keyboard) and push and pull buttons and triggers. I don't want to wave this magical wand around (Move/Wii) and I don't want to move things around with my hands and body (Kinect). I don't know what demographic enjoys that type of gaming. If its the new younger generation that expects this type of tech, or the much older generation that is fascinated by this technology. The only thing I ever found worth using the Kinect for was NIke Fitness...and that wasn't because it was fun or entertaining. 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So a move controller without the D-pad replaced by a touch panel. Sony would be best on forgetting about Move for PS4. The Move didn't sell well on PS3.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

move is crap, the Ps4 is good for hardcore gaming. I wasted my money  on move and stupid gun attachment.

XxXDarkness0XxX
XxXDarkness0XxX

i learned my lesson from getting that move on ps3... my guess we will hear that sony lost a shit ton of money cuz of this crap

rasterror
rasterror

Sony never learns. The Move is a failure so what do they do? Make a touch version of the Move.

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

X1>PS4

X1 controller>PS4 controller

Kinect 2.0>PStouch move

#dealwithit

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

i found the PS Move to be worth using, in certain games. Portal 2 for PS3 has very, very good Move controls, I actually enjoyed it more with Move than with mouse + keyboard.


people need to learn to be a little more open-minded about these things, despite how psychologically satisfying it is to type the word "gimmick" over and over

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why not make a Vita that is actually comfortable for a human to hold for more than ten seconds?

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

If the sensor globe viberates... its all game

"Hey guys come over and hit up some PS4, Dont smell that round part...

WiteLite
WiteLite

At least with kinect you don't have to touch anything.

I only said this to cancel out your comment.

WiteLite
WiteLite

I wish they would have forced the eye on us though. If it was standard in the box then dev would be more likely to include new features. But the wand?.... No please

ricanick
ricanick

@Trender_man it troubles me that you just said this and your name is trender MAN

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@rasterror In all fairness we don't know for sure they're producing it yet. Only that they designed one over a year ago.

cancelthis
cancelthis

@thisBlueDude billions and billions of dollars spent just to make their spying experience better

cancelthis
cancelthis

@thisBlueDude true the X1 is > PS4 when it comes to spying the living crap outta consumers + sharing confidential information with the entire world i absolutely 100% agree with u 

skippiman
skippiman

So you like that MS forced kenict on the consumer? You think that was a good idea?

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@niknokseyer @JediMasterJ42 The problem is that the fad has passed.  Nintendo no longer making the wand a primary controller says volumes about how far off the mainstream radar motion control is.  Sony and MS are criminally late to the party.

danbodamnit
danbodamnit

What exactly can they get thats confidential? And who in the world is getting it?

Psn hackers= goverment.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@HowlPendragon @Dannystaples14 I don't even find the PSP comfortable to hold and my hands aren't THAT big. I also can't use 3DS because that shit is too small for even Smurfs.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@HowlPendragon Haha I was being a bit over the top. I used to hate holding it, especially for bumper heavy games like Need for Speed or something. I am getting more used to it but it still isn't great for any long gaming sessions.

It is just it feels too small. Which for a console which is actually pretty heavy isn't a good thing. They need to flesh out the sides and maybe add some finger grooves onto it so that when you are holding it in one hand it is fully supported. I can feel it like slipping when I'm holding it in one hand.

It is a shame though because I played the Final Fantasy NES games over the summer and they only use the d-pads and it was fine on the hands. It is just the stupid bumpers. Lower the bumpers or make the "handles" bigger and I'd be happy.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Grenadeh @HowlPendragon Oh man I actually sold my 3DS on the back of how uncomfortable that was. On 3DS it is even worse as well because it is shiny plastic. Hands get a little warm, which means after a few minutes the thing is sliding around like you've never known. Can't grip it and still too small.

The 2DS looks much better to be honest which in my eyes goes to show things should be getting bigger not smaller. Was actually very tempted to buy a 2DS when I saw them come out. I could never take it out in public of course but at least I could play in comfort.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@HowlPendragon Yeah I can't help but feel that if they were the opposite way round. Like instead of going INTO the Vita they were little domed bits coming out, so you had something to hold onto, it would be massively improved.

Almost like they made it deliberately smaller regardless of the comfort that gave you.

I wouldn't mind but most of the peripheral grips and things are really badly made. I have one but honestly it only ever gets used in serious situations. Like if I literally can't stand the discomfort any more I have to get them out but even that doesn't remove the issue entirely. Probably because it is basically a massive bit of plastic strapped to my handheld.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@Dannystaples14 Yeah it is a bit awkward at first. Felt like it was going to be real uncomfortable but its neither that nor comfortable.

The little grooves on the back of both ends feel like they're supposed to aid with grip but I can't figure out just how they were supposed to do that, lol