It's safe to say the PlayStation Move
failed to revolutionize motion controls as much as Sony hoped it
would. Despite a solid marketing push at launch and the rare third
party release, support for the wand-band motion control system has
all but dried up. Meanwhile, support for Microsoft's camera-based
Kinect system has not; which may explain why Sony is rumored to be
returning to its PS Eye roots.
The suggestion comes from a recently spotted Sony patent for a “User-Drive Three Dimensional Interactive
Gaming Environment” which would use an camera device to track
objects and people in a three-dimensional space using infrared
lighting, and then translate that data into a virtual scene.
The patent, which was originally filed
last October and published earlier this month, comes from Richard
Marks, Sony's main man behind the invention of the PS Eye and
PlayStation Move. This indicates Sony is not so much looking to copy
the Kinect as much as it is looking to perfect a technology it's been
tinkering with for nearly a decade (even if the Kinect's success is
the main motivating factor for doing so).
Assuming the patent becomes a
reality, it's likely Sony will wait until its next generation of
consoles to roll out a PS Eye 4000 (working title). Is this
something you'd like to see with Sony's next system, or would you
rather it stay on the drawing board?