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9:30 AM on 02.20.2014

Nintendo wins patent infringement case

Licensing companies Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC, and Patriot Scientific Corporation had a case against Nintendo for infringing on three of their patents relating to processors an...

Dale North


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1:30 PM on 01.09.2014

Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale

Nintendo acquired the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs in a sheriff's sale this week in Montgomery County, Maryland. The transaction came about as the result of unsuccessful litigation on the part of IA Labs. In 2010, IA La...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 01.03.2014

Sony patent points to adding new content to classic games

A new patent from Sony points to pumping new content into emulated classic games. Titled "Suspending State of Cloud-Based Legacy Applications," and published this week, the patent suggests that new objectives can be added "in...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 11.09.2013

Sony filing patents for VR headset technology

Back in September, we reported on a juicy little rumor that Sony had initial plans to reveal a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 at gamescom, but instead was pushing the announcement to the Tokyo Game show. While ...

Wesley Ruscher

11:00 AM on 02.25.2013

Sony patents way to fight piracy using disc load times

A newly discovered patent, filed in 2011, points to a new anti-piracy measure under consideration by Sony -- a method of challenging illegitimate software by comparing load times.  According to the filing: "A system and ...

Jim Sterling

3:15 PM on 02.15.2013

Sony EyePad patent looks as ridiculous as it sounds

A patent for a device called the EyePad was filed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe last year and has since gone public (via Gamechup). The description for this tablet is as follows: "An input device for an entertainment...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 01.04.2013

The DTOID Show: The Walking Dead, Bioshock & Evil Patents

Happy New Year! We're back, and boy did we miss you! We have a lot of news today, starting with that semi-legit fan-trailer of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct that probably made it look a lot worse that it'll actually be....

Max Scoville



Sony patents method of blocking used games from working photo
Sony patents method of blocking used games from working
by Jim Sterling

We're only a few days into 2013, but Sony's already vying for the Asshole of the Year award in a competitive fashion. It's been discovered that the company has patented a method of "tagging" games played on multiple systems, with the purpose of trying to control secondhand sales.

"According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets," reads the patent. "As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers."

The next PlayStation was rumored to be looking into ways of blocking used sales, though boss-man Jack Tretton has said he'd be against the idea. A patent, of course, is no proof that anything like this would actually happen -- it's just Sony sitting on an idea in case it or anybody else does want to do it eventually. 

Even so, the very idea of this, along with the thought that people want to implement it, disgusts me entirely. It speaks of the cowardice that dominates this industry -- the desperation to control consumers at every level, rather than face the scary prospect of actually having to work to gain their loyalty and money.

I don't think even Sony is suicidal enough to use this idea at the moment, but I'm no less disgusted with it for dreaming it up in the first place. 

[Via NeoGAF]

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11:00 AM on 12.12.2012

SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement

SEGA is taking Level-5 to court over its Inazuma Eleven soccer games, claiming they infringe on a patent the larger publisher holds.  The bone of contention is the ability to move characters via a finger or pen on a...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 11.30.2012

The DTOID Show: Sony's New Controller, God of War & THQ

We were live earlier today for The Destructoid Show, and if you missed it... Shame on you. But here's a recording anyway. Sony patented a new controller that's kinda cool, but also stupid-looking. THQ's in the latest Humble ...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 11.30.2012

Sony patents DualShock/Move hybrid that breaks in two

A new patent from Sony has revealed a unique little idea that potentially hints at future PlayStation plans -- a hybridized controller that blends both the DualShock and PlayStation Move into one gestalt beast.  The quir...

Jim Sterling







New Microsoft patent shows off an 'environmental display' photo
New Microsoft patent shows off an 'environmental display'
by Dale North

See that image above? That's from a new Microsoft patent for an "environmental display" to be used for gaming. It's a display tech that would project a game's environment onto the walls of your living area, letting you interact with it. This sounds like some space-age holodeck crap, but after reading some of the patent details at Patently Apple, it sounds like they've got at least some of this figured out.

Some unnamed projection technology (LCD, LED or LCoS referenced) will project a full world onto your walls, while a 3D camera will detect your exact position, much like a Kinect sensor would. Microsoft says that your television would also tie into the projection.

There's also 3D involved. Expect to enjoy an "immersive 3-D experience using suitable headgear, such as active shutter glasses configured to operate in synchronization with suitable alternate-frame image sequencing at primary display and environmental display." So, motion sickness from 3D while spinning around and grabbing at your walls. Neat!

In the crazy diagrams for this patent you'll see that all of this gear is connected to the "Future Xbox."

Are you excited about the Future Xbox now?

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9:50 PM on 08.24.2012

The DTOID Show: The Border Lands, CS:GO, and Dishonored

Hey gang! It's that time again. Today, we've got a great video showing off Dishonored's stealth kills, some more Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshots, showing off cropdusters and cars and stuff, a review of Counter-Strike: Global ...

Max Scoville

9:00 AM on 08.24.2012

Sony patent points to playable mini-game advertisements

Imagine broadcasted or streamed advertisements that are playable as mini-games, with an online element so that you could play with other viewers. A new Sony PlayStation patent, found by GameNMotion, seems to spell out how thi...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 07.23.2012

Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection

Patent troll Uniloc is suing Minecraft developer Mojang, as well as EA and Square Enix, for infringing on a form of copy-protection it "owns." Uniloc's goal is to "Look at many ideas. Pick an outstanding one. Patent...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 05.25.2012

Sony patents plan to interrupt games with commercials

You can't count on a publisher to be original or inventive when it comes to our entertainment, but they always seem brilliantly innovative when it comes to selling us more crap. Sony is today's bright little star, having pate...

Jim Sterling