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PlayStation Vita

Is this the next PlayStation Vita?


Sure looks that way
Apr 21
// Vikki Blake
A Twitter bot may have spilled the beans on as-yet-unannounced new PlayStation Vita design. The tweet, published on the weekend by @trademark_bot, shared details of a patent filed recently by Sony Computer Entertainment for "a portable LCD screen game machine controller." That's right -- LCD. Not OLED. 
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Nintendo

Philips comes out victorious in Nintendo legal patent battle


A UK court rules that Nintendo did indeed infringe on Philips' patent
Jun 20
// Brittany Vincent
For some time now, Nintendo has been locked in a legal battle with Philips over patents registered back in 2011 regarding gesture recognition and motion control. Philips claimed to have patented these ideas long before Ninten...
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Nintendo win

Federal appeals court on Nintendo's side in Wii remote patent case


This whole damn courtroom is out of order, the vending machine is out of order!
Jun 16
// Steven Hansen
Remember when Nintendo kept getting sued over the Wii remote? Fun times. One such suit was filed by Triton Tech of Texas, LLC in 2010. At that time, the Seattle district court dismissed the suit, deciding that ...

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Wii U

Philips is out to ban the Wii U from sale in the US


Patent infringement is a powerful thing
May 15
// Brittany Vincent
Philips is making an attempt to get the Wii U banned from sale in the US on the grounds of patent infringement. The electronics giant has accused Nintendo of replicating specific technology concerning navigation via "pointing...
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Nintendo wins patent infringement case


3DS and DSi cleared
Feb 20
// Dale North
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...
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Nintendo

Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale


Lawsuits ain't cheap
Jan 09
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Sony patent points to adding new content to classic games


Retro no longer sacred?
Jan 03
// Dale North
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...
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Sony

Sony filing patents for VR headset technology


PlayStation 4 headset rumor may not be rumor after all
Nov 09
// Wesley Ruscher
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 ...
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Sony patents way to fight piracy using disc load times


Compares legit loading to evil THIEVED loading
Feb 25
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Sony EyePad

Sony EyePad patent looks as ridiculous as it sounds


That's not going to be the final name, right?
Feb 15
// Jordan Devore
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...
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The DTOID Show: The Walking Dead, Bioshock & Evil Patents


Man, I forgot we even had a show.
Jan 04
// Max Scoville
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....
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Company of awful ideas has awful idea
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, ...

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SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement


Another day, another lawsuit
Dec 12
// Jim Sterling
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...
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The DTOID Show: Sony's New Controller, God of War & THQ


Also: The Wii U is awesome now.
Nov 30
// Max Scoville
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 ...
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Sony patents DualShock/Move hybrid that breaks in two


Something about how it looks like testicles
Nov 30
// Jim Sterling
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...
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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 intera...

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


Aug 24
// Max Scoville
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 ...
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Sony patent points to playable mini-game advertisements


Aug 24
// Dale North
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...
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Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection


Jul 23
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Sony patents plan to interrupt games with commercials


May 25
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Ruling by ITC judge says Xbox should see ban in US too


May 23
// Brett Zeidler
Last month, Administrative Judge David Shaw at the US International Trade Commission decided that Xbox had been in violation of four Motorola patents in relation to the H.264 video compression codec technology. He did not hav...
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Nintendo patents emulation of handhelds for other devices


Apr 18
// Dale North
Nintendo got the go on a patent for the emulation of handheld game systems on other devices recently, though it was applied for back in late 2003. The patent was for emulating some Nintendo's handhelds on devices with built-i...
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Sony patents a Kinect-like device


Feb 21
// Dale North
A patent for a "user-driven three-dimensional interactive gaming environment" plugs into a PlayStation to read players movements in a 3D space. Does that sound like some other TV-topping peripheral you know? 1 Zing Point for ...
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Patent points to next Xbox having DVR functions


Jan 04
// Dale North
A new Microsoft patent shows a device that would be both a game console and a digital video recorder.  I'll pause so you can make the same face I did. Tighten your lips and look off to your upper left and hold for a few ...
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WTF?! Nintendo's patent for a Wii Remote touchpad


Nov 04
// Dale North
A new patent from Nintendo Japan shows an accessory that attaches to the Wii Remote to add a touchpad. Why in the hell would we want a touchpad on the end of a Wii Remote? Wouldn't fisting a remote with one hand to diddle the...
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Sony patents biometric controllers and handheld


Nov 02
// Dale North
A new patent application from Sony shows biometric surfaces applied to standard and wand-style controllers, as well as something that kind of looks like a PS Vita. Biometric tech -- which measures heart rhythm, muscle movemen...
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Kinect patent for tech that can guess a woman's age


Oct 03
// Dale North
If Microsoft's Kinect were a person, I'm guessing it would be a socially busted nerd, so it wouldn't know any better. I'm imagining that it would blurt out its guess for a woman's age without hesitation. Then you'd facepalm a...
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Nintendo in patent suit over Wii motion controls


Sep 10
// Fraser Brown
Nintendo's lawyers are going to be earning their keep once more as Nintendo are being sued over the Wii yet again, Law360 reports (reg. required). This time the lawsuit comes from ThinkOptics, creators of the Wavit remote. Ac...
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WTF: Nintendo patents Massively Single Player game


Aug 12
// Dale North
Nintendo. You. YOU. Nintendo filed a patent back in 2010, and it was just published last week. It was for Massively Single-Player Online Game. Read that again: a Massively Single-Player Online Game. Mind blown? Imagine a...
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Wii U patent shows mic, speaker, IR port, magnetometer


Aug 12
// Dale North
Magnetometers, how do they work? Or: Mag-fu*kin'-ometer! Yeah, so I'm not quite sure what a magnetometer is. I Googled it but it's still not clear to me how it would work in a controller. One NeoGAF reader trolled, "Hope...

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