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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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PlayStation Move dock for PSP Go? Why?


May 24
// Dale North
What a strange combination! A patent fro 2009 from Sony gives an illustration for a dock for a PSP Go. This isn't just some charging dock, though. This dock contains a camera that works like the PlayStation Eye, and would det...

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