Sony has announced a hardware update for its PlayStation Move motion controllers, which have recently found new life as an accessory for PlayStation VR experiences.
The controllers, originally launched for the PS3 as an answer to Nintendo’s Wiimote, were heading for obsolescence until resurrected by Sony’s VR endeavors.
However, when PSVR launched almost a year ago, it arrived with the motion controllers and PlayStation Eye camera unchanged from their PS3 tenure.
Sony is rectifying that now with a slight, but significant hardware modification.
The company has switched out the ancient mini USB charging port for micro USB solution.
USB-C would have been nice, but pretty much every tech fan worthy of the name has a ton of micro USB chargers around so we can’t complain too much.
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The hardware boost also features better battery life, enabling gamers to remain in their virtual world for a little longer.
The originals featured 1,350m batteries, but the update offers much more powerful 1,900mAh cells.
The only downside is the new controllers will no longer play nice with a PS3.
We’d also liked to have seen Sony add a dedicated d-pad for assistance with headset use, but it’s not to be right now.
The announcement was made on Sony’s Japanese blog and reported by RoadtoVR. We’re not sure when the updated Move controllers will arrive in the west.
Earlier this week it emerged Sony has a tweaked version of PlayStation VR that supports HDR and features built in headphones.
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