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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

3:30 PM on 05.23.2012

Ruling by ITC judge says Xbox should see ban in US too

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...

Brett Zeidler

10:45 AM on 04.18.2012

Nintendo patents emulation of handhelds for other devices

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...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 02.21.2012

Sony patents a Kinect-like device

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 ...

Dale North





12:30 PM on 01.04.2012

Patent points to next Xbox having DVR functions

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 ...

Dale North

12:15 PM on 11.04.2011

WTF?! Nintendo's patent for a Wii Remote touchpad

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...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 11.02.2011

Sony patents biometric controllers and handheld

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...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 10.03.2011

Kinect patent for tech that can guess a woman's age

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...

Dale North

9:30 PM on 09.10.2011

Nintendo in patent suit over Wii motion controls

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...

Fraser Brown