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PlayStation Controllers to Get a New Look

December 03, 2012

PlayStation Controllers to Get a New Look

By Brittany Walters-Bearden
TMCnet Contributor

While gamers are familiar playing games with a controller in both hands, thanks to the Nintendo Wii game system, Sony may be bringing the best of both worlds to gamers with a new controller that separates in the middle. Even though they have the Move system that is similar to the Wii, Sony’s new patent looks like the traditional controller, only with the ability to separate in the middle.

Sony has not issued a new version of their popular PlayStation gaming system in several years, so is this new patent a sign of things to come for Sony? Sony and Microsoft (News - Alert), maker of the Xbox, have been relatively quiet in recent years and news like this will have gamers speculating.

According to the newly filed patent with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office, the new controller is being dubbed a “Hybrid Separable Motion Controller”. This will allow gamers the ability to hook or unhook the two parts of the controller, depending on what type of game they are playing. This could put an end of having to search for the proper controller.

Although this sounds promising, gamers should not get overly excited. Even though a patent has been filed by Sony, there is no guarantee that this controller will ever reach the production phase.

Now that Nintendo is releasing its new Wii U console, there are rumors abound about Sony releasing the PlayStation 4 for next year’s holiday shopping season. Microsoft is expected to follow suit with the release of the Xbox 720.

The Hybrid Separable Motion Controller may only be in the patent stage right now, but with the news of a newer version of the PlayStation gaming system being discussed for future release, it would not be surprising to see this type of controller released as well, if not included with, the release of the new PlayStation 4.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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