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Interest in motion control may have waned, Sony says, but hold onto those Move controllers

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The days of motion gaming are more or less behind us, but throwing away your Move controllers is probably not the best idea.

"Motion gaming was a big thing but, like with social games, dance games, music or guitar games, I don’t think there’s a lot of appetite for another motion game at this moment," Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said in a recent interview with Pocket-lint.

"However, what we are realising ourselves is that PS Move was a bit ahead of its time — a precise and accurate 3D input device. We were very excited about the possibility of using 3D positional tracking to make games, but it’s really hard to do so with a regular 2D screen."

It may not be worth holding your breath for another Move-enabled game on the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, but that hardware does have another use: Sony's upcoming virtual reality device, Project Morpheus.

During many demos at trade shows Sony uses the PlayStation Move controllers along with the PS4 camera as working 3D controllers in the virtual space, allowing you to swing swords, aim and fire arrows, and do anything you would with your normal hands in reality. The use of physical controls and buttons allow for finer movements and more interactions that you get with technology like the Kinect, while still allowing you to interact with the virtual using many degrees of motion.

"So now we are realising that when we do Project Morpheus the one thing you want to do immediately is interact with an object in virtual space," Yoshida continued, "and the one way to do that is that you need a 3D positioning input device, like PS Move."

So if you're a Sony diehard that already owns the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation Camera and a few Move controllers, you're all set for the release of Project Morpheus.