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Sony PS4 controller to host PS Move motion gaming features

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Amid a flurry of PS4 rumours, latest reports have suggested that, as well as hosting a new touchpad interface, the upcoming PS4 controller will feature integrated PlayStation Move motion gaming options.

With PS4 controller images hitting the web earlier today, latest reports have suggested that the light strip shown atop the peripheral’s upper will see Sony’s current PlayStation Move wands made redundant by integrated inclusion within the PS4 controller.

Adding to the growing speculation ahead of the upcoming February 20 PS4 release date announcement, it has been claimed that the repeatedly mooted PS4 controller will feature “a combination of motion control, touch and traditional analogue buttons.”

According to gaming outlet CVG, previous reports of each PS4 console coming paired with a “dual-camera” advancement on the current PlayStation Eye are set to ring true, with next-gen PlayStation gamers pairing the camera toting peripheral with a PS4 controller that plays host to inbuilt PlayStation Move motion gaming capabilities.

“Incorporating Move functionality into every single PlayStation 4 controller will, hopefully, put an end to its mass-market neglect, with developers able to take advantage of its standardisation by incorporating motion support into every single game,” the latest reports have suggested.

Citing unnamed studio sources in suggesting the controller’s light bar will change colour like current Move controls, the reports added: “With the PS4 controller, Move's orb has spread into a LED strip placed across the top of the pad.”

Seemingly set to offer improved, more accurate, motion gaming options, the upcoming PS4 controller will also feature a new touchpad interface in place of the current Start and Select buttons, a feature that will be akin to the rear panel of the PS Vita.

Kicking off interest in the PS4 controller earlier this month, industry magazine Edge stated: “Sources close to the hardware have revealed to us that PS4 will ship with a redesigned controller which is the same size as an existing Dualshock but features a small touchpad in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons.”

Further reports added that the incoming touchpad “will be a two-point multi-touch capable “pad” similar to the one on the back of the Vita.”

Requiring camera to track the light-emitting PlayStation Move enabled motion gaming features, the PS4 controller will reportedly by paired with a newly revised PlayStation Eye “dual-camera” that will Microsoft’s Kinect offering.

With the PlayStation 4 camera said to incorporate a pair of wide-angle cameras, each of which features a HD capable 1280 x 720p image resolution, a collection of four 48 Khz microphones are also set to be included, allowing gamers to control the console via voice commands.

Whilst it is believed the add-on will enable the PS4 to automatically recognise gamers and log them in to their specific accounts without prompting, recent reports have suggested that “currently it’s not clear if this device will support body tracking in the future as Kinect, but it’s almost sure that it will be bundled with every Orbis (PS4) system.”

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chris

February 16, 2013, 10:33 am

I think this kinect and move are just gimmicks and have never enhanced a playing experience for me. A control pad to this day is ultimate way to enjoy gaming. All I want from next gen console is top quality games and graphics with new ideas for games instead of sequel upon sequel each year. After the disastrous ps3, Sony have their work cut out to catch up on Xbox in terms of playing with friends and communication of Xbox live. This was the worst part of ps3 for me.

Makai Ookami

February 22, 2013, 9:43 am

If the PS3 is so disastrous then how come the Xbox with a 6.5 million head start by the release of the PS3 is down to less than 5 million gap last time I checked despite the fact that the 360 had horrible failure rates and for the first year and a half to 2 years, the consoles only had a 3 month warranty which is why I didn't buy one out of the gate.

Sony has tons of new I.P.s Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Modnation Racers, Demon Souls, Valkyria Chronicles, Dust 514, Warhawk, Starhawk, Infamous, Heavenly Sword, etc. tons of TRUE exclusives that you can't get anywhere else, and in some cases games that play like nothing else out. So many highly rated games too. The reason why they make sequels is because it is a known fact that more often than not sequels do better than new I.P.s for a myriad of reasons you may not be thoughtful enough to be able to comprehend.

You don't have a single fact that stands up to any criticism except that Microsoft (an American company) had better network (closed off) and communication features (that they patented and charged for) and Sony didn't get their act together in time (since they ended up having to rush and release early thanks to Microsoft making a cruddy product and killing off the original Xbox immediately)

plus if you care about wonderful graphics, you're for bankrupting more and more companies because it's people like you that make it impossible to develop tons of great new I.Ps and have them be successful and profitable without needing to make sequels.

if you didn't buy any of the games I listed in paragraph 2, then you have less than no credibility on the quality of gaming on PS3.

Tails the Foxhound

February 24, 2013, 9:15 pm

PS3 was disastrous for Sony's bottom line. They only just started making money off of the PS3 line in 2010 (or '11?, it was recent). With the way the PSP did outside of Japan, it nearly bankrupted SCE Japan. Now we have the Vita replaying the same mistakes of the PSP except without the saving grace of Monster Hunter in Japan. PS4 can't afford to be another PS3.

Makai Ookami

March 1, 2013, 9:21 am

The PSP was in bad situations because of all the piracy. PSPs would sell in the 50k region in a month. God of War releases and sells in the 30k region in that same month. What are they buying PSPs for if not for the new games? Well the downloads were at multiple hundreds of thousands for illegal versions of that game. So people were buying PSPs to hack them.

Sony will probably hit profitability much more quickly since they aren't doing backwards compatibility, and they are offering everything you need in the box, and most importantly it's on an X86 architecture which will lower development costs as well as reduce the amount of strain on developers who no longer have to build the same exact game twice to get both versions to parity.

Sony offers companies to give or discount the Vita version when you buy a game, they allow bundling of steam codes as proven by Portal 2, as well as they allow cross platform gaming, and I've done it, it works surprisingly well. So I really think Sony has done everything necessary.

They shouldnt' expect the PS3 to hit PS2 numbers they shouldn't expect the PS4 to hit PS3 numbers. Especially not while we have stupid fights politically over fiscal stuff, and cause instability in the world markets, that lower overall GDP and growth over pointless meaningless base rallying bullpucky.

What determines the PS4's success is ultimately the world economies stability, and whether or not people can afford it at a point that's profitable to Sony.

Guest

March 2, 2013, 10:18 am

The DS was hacked to hell and back too. You can save that snake oil, 'cause it's not selling here.

Or they'll lose money because they're not doing backwards compatibility. BC may not matter for PS3/360/Wii NOW, but I for one only picked up a Wii in April of '07 (couldn't find one in November of '06) because I knew it could still play my Gamecube games. I only picked up my Wii U launch day because it could play my Wii games. Best believe there'll be many who set that PS4 purchase aside for a while if it can't play their extensive PS3 library (beyond their digital content) while they're waiting on the GOOD PS4 games. Also, judging by the rumors of the power of the PS4, they're not saving a dime on the hardware. They may not necessarily lose ~$100 a system when they sell them but they'll be losing something.

Sony hasn't done "everything necessary" at all. Those two promotions, while also costing Sony money (someone's gotta pay for those "free" or discounted games), only benefit those who buy both consoles/ a gaming PC. Playstation Plus is something they've done that no one else can hold a candle to though (but even this is costing them sales, they gave away pretty much every game worth owning on the Vita). Nintendo's Deluxe Promotion is a pretty good second though.

If they can't even hit PS3 sales with the PS4 they might as well tell the share holders to pack it in now. Yeah, no way in hell would they reach PS2 numbers, but the PS3 is only barely outpacing the 360 world wide and 360 is a non-presence in a third of the market (Japan). As I said before, the PS3 line is only just barely profitable, I can't imagine the PS4 would be anything but a gigantic red mark in Sony's check book if it didn't sell as much as the PS3.

World economy is obvious, if it tanks tomorrow the only thing that will be selling is bread (probably at PS3 prices, lol). Literally the only reasons the Playstation line has survived at it's exorbitant pricings is because they were always pushing a new media format with them (PS1=CDs, PS2=DVDs, PS3=BluRay). They're trying to push cloud/streaming services with the PS4 (see: UStream functionality, 'Share' button and Gaikai acquisition), and frankly I don't think it's gonna work for a number of reasons. What they need is a system with sane power and sane pricing. Even then though, what they really need is compelling games, lest they end up like their ill fated (?) Vita.

Guest

March 2, 2013, 10:20 am

The DS was hacked to heck and back too. You can save that snake oil, 'cause it's not selling here.

Or they'll lose money because they're not doing backwards
compatibility. BC may not matter for PS3/360/Wii NOW, but I for one only
picked up a Wii in April of '07 (couldn't find one in November of '06)
because I knew it could still play my Gamecube games. I only picked up
my Wii U launch day because it could play my Wii games. Best believe
there'll be many who set that PS4 purchase aside for a while if it can't
play their extensive PS3 library (beyond their digital content) while
they're waiting on the GOOD PS4 games. Also, judging by the rumors of
the power of the PS4, they're not saving a dime on the hardware. They
may not necessarily lose ~$100 a system when they sell them but they'll
be losing something.

Sony hasn't done "everything necessary" at all. Those two promotions,
while also costing Sony money (someone's gotta pay for those "free" or
discounted games), only benefit those who buy both consoles/ a gaming
PC. Playstation Plus is something they've done that no one else can hold
a candle to though (but even this is costing them sales, they gave away
pretty much every game worth owning on the Vita). Nintendo's Deluxe
Promotion is a pretty good second though.

If they can't even hit PS3 sales with the PS4 they might as well tell
the share holders to pack it in now. Yeah, no way in hell would they
reach PS2 numbers, but the PS3 is only barely outpacing the 360 world
wide and 360 is a non-presence in a third of the market (Japan). As I
said before, the PS3 line is only just barely profitable, I can't
imagine the PS4 would be anything but a gigantic red mark in Sony's
check book if it didn't sell as much as the PS3.

World economy is obvious, if it tanks tomorrow the only thing that
will be selling is bread (probably at PS3 prices, lol). Literally the
only reasons the Playstation line has survived at it's exorbitant
pricings is because they were always pushing a new media format with
them (PS1=CDs, PS2=DVDs, PS3=BluRay). They're trying to push
cloud/streaming services with the PS4 (see: UStream functionality,
'Share' button and Gaikai acquisition), and frankly I don't think it's
gonna work for a number of reasons. What they need is a system with sane
power and sane pricing. Even then though, what they really need is
compelling games, lest they end up like their ill fated (?) Vita.

Tails the Foxhound

March 2, 2013, 10:26 am

The DS was hacked to heck and back too. You can save that snake oil, 'cause it's not selling here.

Or they'll lose money because they're not doing backwards compatibility. BC may not matter for PS3/360/Wii NOW, but I for one only picked up a Wii in April of '07 (couldn't find one in November of '06) because I knew it could still play my Gamecube games. I only picked up my Wii U launch day because it could play my Wii games. Best believe there'll be many who set that PS4 purchase aside for a while if it can't play their extensive PS3 library (beyond their digital content) while they're waiting on the GOOD PS4 games. Also, judging by the rumors of the power of the PS4, they're not saving a dime on the hardware. They may not necessarily lose ~$100 a system when they sell them but they'll be losing something.

Sony hasn't done "everything necessary" at all. Those two promotions, while also costing Sony money (someone's gotta pay for those "free" or discounted games), only benefit those who buy both consoles/ a gaming PC. Playstation Plus is something they've done that no one else can hold a candle to though (but even this is costing them sales, they gave away pretty much every game worth owning on the Vita). Nintendo's Deluxe Promotion is a pretty good second though.

If they can't even hit PS3 sales with the PS4 they might as well tell the share holders to pack it in now. Yeah, no frickin' way would they reach PS2 numbers, but the PS3 is only barely outpacing the 360 world wide and 360 is a non-presence in a third of the market (Japan). As I said before, the PS3 line is only just barely profitable, I can't imagine the PS4 would be anything but a gigantic red mark in Sony's check book if it didn't sell as much as the PS3.

World economy is obvious, if it tanks tomorrow the only thing that
will be selling is bread (probably at PS3 prices, lol). Literally the
only reasons the Playstation line has survived at it's exorbitant pricings is because they were always pushing a new media format with them (PS1=CDs, PS2=DVDs, PS3=BluRay). They're trying to push cloud/streaming services with the PS4 (see: UStream functionality,
'Share' button, and Gaikai acquisition), and frankly I don't think it's gonna work for a number of reasons. What they need is a system with sane power and sane pricing. Even then though, what they really need is compelling games, lest they end up like their ill fated (?) Vita.

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