The PlayStation Move has done reasonably well for itself, carving out a new niche in what would in previous generations have been called lightgun games. Aiming the peripheral to shoot something on the screen does feel pretty natural, even more so with the sharpshooter add-on. When you also factor in Move functionality in first-person shooters, and some motion control friendly titles including Heavy Rain: Move Edition and Sport Champions 2, the Move does seem just about worth an investment at this stage in its life.
Recent patents filed by Sony however indicate that there may be some changes in store for the device, possibly to tie in with the launch of the next generation PlayStation. As well as the combined Move/Dualshock controller patented a few months back, new images submitted by Sony only last week suggest we may possibly be seeing a redesigned Move with swappable buttons, as well as joint foot and hand tracking.
The new handle design does look pretty nifty, but somehow we can’t quite picture attempting overhead kicks in our living rooms. Of course the cost of using four separate Move controllers would be pretty expensive as well. Whether or not we actually see these designs for real in the future, with this and the Microsoft Illumiroom tech, it seems that greater immersion in games will continue to be a big focus for games companies – if only because that means they can sell more peripherals.