Google+

Sony patents snap-together DualShock/Move hybrid controller

Sony Computer Entertainment America's newly published patent for a separable controller mocks up a chimera of human interface design. The May 2011 patent, sniffed out by TheSixthAxis, shows a DualShock-y looking device which can be split down the middle, with PlayStation Moveian light-up orbs adorning either half.

The device would need a PlayStation Eye-style camera to do its full motion-tracking thing, much like Move, but schematics indicate the controller(s) also would include accelerometers, magnetometers, gyros, vibration motors, and even speakers.

The wyvern can also tell whether it's split up, letting software prompt users to go from one configuration to the other. Several coupling methods are laid out in the diagrams, including slides, twist-ons, and even an odd jointed bracket thing, as well as a few possible overall form factors.

The SCEA patent doesn't give any more info about when, how, or if this device will actually appear. While we've seen our share of crazy patents for gaming peripherals, this one does look kind of neat.

Would you pick this controller up if you saw it on store shelves?

We Recommend By ZergNet

33 comments

  • Aarononymous - December 4, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    If they can find away to make those glowing testicles stand out a little less it would be pretty cool.
  • NanoElite666 - December 2, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    But will it blend...?
  • Grandaddy - December 2, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    I fail to see the great breakthrough with this, expecially compared to the Wii U controller. It's difficult now to be terribly innovative, I hope the next generation will bring a new era of gameplay,rather then just graphics.
  • FreezeRay - December 2, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    I can just imagine this thing imploding in someones hand during a particularly intense moment. I would think that the connection points between the two would need to be some re-enforced joints or this thing would crumble. Also looks like ass.
  • ertywerty - December 1, 2012 11:12 p.m.

    Lol it's like Sony is giving Xbox fans something new to tease PS3 users with
  • cokelogic - December 1, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Did anyone see the other half of my controller? I can't find the buttons. [Looks under pillow] Nevermind!
  • RonnyLive19881 - December 1, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    Ugh, Sony being Sony... taking Nintendo's Brilliant two piece controller idea. It's is the main reason I play BLOPS2 with the Wii controller, more accurate and comfortable. Hands aren't stuck next to each other all the time. Heck I couldn't even play Xenoblade with a classic controller, the Wii remote was easily the best set up! Moving the camera with the d-pad just felt right.
  • Divine Paladin - December 1, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    They already took it once before, and this time they've actually changed it. What's the problem with innovation? Albeit this innovation doesn't look too good, but neither did Kinect at first, nor the new Xbox's wristband peripheral Kinect thing.
  • dcobs123 - December 1, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    Darn, I actually had that idea. Can't say it was a good one though.
  • Elgyem - December 2, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Same here, although my idea split the controller into three parts (two halfs and a wand in the middle). Not sure whether that would be better or worse.
  • SpiritTemple - December 3, 2012 2:22 a.m.

    Worse.
  • Balaska - December 1, 2012 2:18 a.m.

    All I imagine is after a while the connection gets worn and loose, rendering the joypad unusable. Also those orbs get int the way of R and L.
  • zelta38 - December 1, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    I'd love to have a combined gamepad/move, it saves on the trouble on having to buy a nunchuck and is natural if it's got that snap together feature, could provide some neat local multiplayer too. Cost savings aside (provided the controller is not more expensive than move + sixaxis separately) I do wish they'd manage to hide the move bulb, maybe a smaller IR bulb or something for tracking, why not glowing shoulder buttons?
  • brickman409 - November 30, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    KILL IT, KILL IT NOW BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!!
  • Bosco - November 30, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    somehow this is worse than the boomerang controller
  • shawksta - November 30, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    Sony patents allot of stuff they never use, this one being from 2011 that just got approved. Bizarre yet interesting but mostly bizarre, I see what sony's trying to do but it just doesnt look right.
  • Z-man427 - November 30, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    So controllers have boobs now. Great.

Showing 1-20 of 33 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000

OR…

Connect with Facebook

Log in using Facebook to share comments, games, status update and other activity easily with your Facebook feed.