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Sony Could Be Making A PlayStation Controller That Can Split In Half

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Yesterday, a patent filed by Sony Computer Entertainment way back in May of 2011 was finally published, revealing designs for a new PlayStation Move controller that's essentially a Sixaxis crossbred with the OG Move and given the power to split in twain. Combiform team, eat your heart out.

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The patent application (dug up by TheSixthAxis) shows that, while the idea for the "Hybrid Separable Motion Controller" is some kind of bold, the execution is mostly what you'd expect. It's just two Move-orbs jammed on top of a slightly more rectangular Sixaxis. Each half of this bad boy is also stuffed with an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, vibration capability, and (ooh!) a speaker.

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With the Sixaxis already weighing in somewhere between "a feather" and "aerogel," you've gotta wonder how satisfying it would be to wield just a chunk of one, to say nothing of the fact that it would have attachment components and a big glowing sphere sticking out of it. Several drawings even depict twin wrist straps extending from each handle. Riiiight...

Whether this Seth Brundle level creation will ever hit production remains to be seen, but coupled with last month's revelation of a temperature reactive Move, it certainly seems like Sony has designs on shaking up their peripherals. I admire the gesture towards synchronizing traditional controller and motion gaming, but somehow this doesn't look like the future. Missing from the patent: Autobot or Decepticon?

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I hate to sound trollish, but facts are facts.... Sony isn't exactly good at making controllers. The current gamepad sucks and it's basically the exact same one they've been using since the ps1, horrible ergonomics and all. It was a total rip-off of the snes gamepad btw. ;)

To this date the only other controller they've released that has had any amount of success is the move controller, which is a total ripoff of the wiimote.

I guess what I'm saying is don't hold your breath because Sony has NEVER designed a controller from scratch, unless you count that horrible boomerang controller with ps3 prototype.