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?


  • ventanger - November 30, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Well at least if you get really mad at how badly the game controls you can literally snap the controller in half.
  • ironrafael - December 1, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    And not have to buy another after you do so.
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 30, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Gaming is getting more and more ridiculous... Wow.
  • Net_Bastard - November 30, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    It's more "experimental" than "ridiculous".
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 30, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    That's what they said about Pepsi Blue... I kid, maybe you're right... haha
  • bobob101 - November 30, 2012 3 p.m.

    It looks nice, but what happens to the shoulder buttons?
  • BladedFalcon - November 30, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    *Facepalms* Why?
  • ParagonT - November 30, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Either this is going to be a cheap piece of crap, or it could be "innovative". Amiright Nintendo? *looks around*
  • J-Fid - November 30, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    Sony Boss: "So, what should our new controller look like. I like both of our current controllers, so this is going to be tough." Sony Employee: "Why not put the two controllers together?" Suddenly, everyone at Sony starts partying with the employee the same way the people in the Taco commercials throw a party for the little kid. The above scenario is exactly what I thought of when I saw that picture.
  • slimjim441 - November 30, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    Exactly that. I want the advertisement for this (if it ever happens [it won't] to be a mimic of that).
  • winner2 - November 30, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    As long as it's better than six axis...did anyone else play Lair?
  • zombi3grim - December 1, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    No. No one else played Lair.
  • winner2 - December 1, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    That's a shame, because aside from the six axis I liked the concept of dragon fights, and the dragons looked pretty cool. It could have been a pretty good game if they had stuck with a more traditional control setup.
  • Z-man427 - November 30, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    So controllers have boobs now. Great.
  • 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.
  • Bosco - November 30, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    somehow this is worse than the boomerang controller
  • brickman409 - November 30, 2012 10:19 p.m.

  • 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?

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