Sony files patent for Move controller that heats and cools as you play

Saturday, 13th October 2012 15:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony filed a patent this week for a Move controller in which the bands wrapped around it become hot or cool depending on your in-game actions.

According to the patent description, the controller will warm up as your in-game gun overheats. Once the in-game weapon heats up to the point it locks up, the controller will eventually cool, signalling to the player that the weapon is once again operable. Color changes on the controller can also denote the temperature of the in-game weapon.

Another example shown, indicated temperature change while the player was embroiled in battle. Enemy fire or explosions would denote a “thermal grill illusion.” The illusion also appeared when the player was hit with an electric shock.

Temperature changes, according to the patent, can also occur when the player is searching for hidden objects in a game. The controller will warm up when the player gets closer to the object, and cool down when they get too far away from it.

The patent also described a “biometric sensor” which cools the controller when “a decrease in galvanic skin resistance” is detected. In other words, the controller will cool down when it picks up on the fact your hands are hot and sweaty. Ick.

You can look over the PDF for the patent here.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. SlayerGT

    Why not make a Move with a joystick on it. With a sub controller or a second Move you’d have the equivalent of a dualshock just cut in half. Allowing for movement and navigating of 3D spaces. On top of the motion control of things in that space. I think it’d be challenging to master too. Idk I just feel like Move was a missed opportunity having only one stick in the sub controller. Much like the PSP. Maybe Move2 on PS4 with incorporate something like this. After devs have mostly given up on it…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Talkar

    Give me a star wars game! I want to dismember some Jedi :-D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. PEYJ

    I think it was tried as a prototype but the movement of the Move controller combined with the movement of the analog stick was too much (confusing/didn’t work well). Read it somewhere during the launch of the Move.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SlayerGT

    @3 bummer. I think it’d def be tough. I think I could do it thou. Talk about increasing your hand eye coordination :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GwynbleiddiuM

    Seems like a nice idea, MS’s patent for turning players hand into controller was also a neat idea.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. zinc

    The controller cooling down seems a nice idea, if a little unnecessary… But aside from a gimmick I can’t see any other applications for this.

    #6 2 years ago

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