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Sony patent suggests new PlayStation VR controller

One of the biggest pitfalls holding back PlayStation VR is its reliance on PlayStation Move controllers. They usually get the job done, but getting them to consistently track your movement is a struggle. I've learned to live with their limi...

 
 
 
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Nintendo releasing Google Home app 'Pikachu Talk'

Whilst Nintendo appear to be the masters of consistent trademark applications, one such legal declaration, filed earlier this month, looks like a pretty amusing piece of software.The trademark is for an app intended for use with Google Home...

 
 
 
 
 
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Sony patents new Power Glove for PlayStation VR

One challenge facing virtual reality designers is what they should do with the player's hands. Some games, like flight simulators, have it relatively easy. A joystick and throttle can easily mirror what's going on in a cockpit. But for most...

 
 
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Nintendo wins Mii-related lawsuit

Over the years, many people have sued Nintendo for a whole host of reasons. They've been sued over the Wii's motion technology (and won the same case again in appeals court), the clocks in the DSi and 3DS, the Wii's motion technol...

 
 
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Nintendo files patent for what might be the NX's controller

Nintendo has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an oblong controller that features a full touchscreen. As rumors heat up surrounding the NX, Nintendo's next piece of hardware, we're left to wonder if this ...

 
 
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Is global voice chat finally coming to Nintendo consoles?

Nintendo may finally be introducing voice chat to its hardware. Though it's unclear if this relates to current or upcoming systems, Nintendo has filed a patent for an external device designed to enable in-game voice chat. 

 
 
 
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Is this the next PlayStation Vita?

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 por...

 
 
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Philips comes out victorious in Nintendo legal patent battle

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 Nintendo, which resul...

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

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 device" like t...

 
 
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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 and system clocks...

 
 
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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 Labs filed a laws...

 
 
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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 a format that ...

 
 
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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 neither show pr...

 
 
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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 method for dete...

 
 
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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 device compris...

 
 
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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. Bioshock ...

 
 
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Sony patents method of blocking used games from working

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 purpos...

 
 
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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 touchscreen. Y...

 
 




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