It was back in 2010 that we saw the PlayStation Move controller which basically allowed gamers to interact with the PlayStation 3 much like how gamers interacted with the Nintendo Wii with Wiimote and nunchucks. It’s been about 3 years since, so shouldn’t it be about time that the Move controller got updated? While it remains unknown what are Sony’s plans for Move, a patent discovered by CVG revealed what appears to be an updated version of the Move controller. While on the surface the controller looks like its predecessor, the main change would be what appears to be a touch surface on the side of the handle.
According to Sony’s description, “In a traditional joystick, it’s hard to keep a user’s thumb still while the user provides input by engaging various motions with the joystick. This is due to the fact that in the joystick, the thumb’s support moves. However, using a touch input surface, the thumb can be kept still while continuing to provide the user’s input by pressing on the input surface. The pressing of the user’s finger on the input surface causes friction that is recognized.”
While it’s hard to say if this patent will see the light of the day as an actual product, some are speculating that it could be a new Move controller designed for the PlayStation 4. After all the DualShock 4 controller features a similar touch pad, so it doesn’t really seem like a coincidence that the Move controller could be getting the same treatment as well, doesn’t it? What do you guys think?
It is expected that come 2014, Nintendo Wii U titles such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. will be released, although we still have yet to receive a specific release date. According to the previous rumor, it was hinted that the game could see a release in April 2014, although this was a date GameStop provided which for all we know, could be pure speculation on their part. Well according to Nintendo Germany general manager, Bernd Fakesch, both games could be seeing a release in the spring of 2014.
This is according to German source, Neckar Chronik, who reportedly quoted Fakesch on the alleged spring 2014 launch date. While it has been expected that Mario Kart 8 would see a spring 2014 release, Super Smash Bros. pretty much remained up in the air. Either way try not to get your hopes up just yet, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for a more solid release date. Titles such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. are highly anticipated amongst Wii U gamers, and hopefully we will see the console revitalized through the release of big name titles.
The Wii U has been struggling lately, with some attributing the fact that there is a lack of big name titles available for the console. Developers are definitely not helping as they have chosen not to release games for the platform, or taking away some features.