Sony files patent for universal game controller

Saturday, 20th February 2010 15:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Sony has filed a patent for a universal game controller with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The concept screens show a controller that can “emulate the controllers of popular game consoles, such as…the PlayStation, a controller made by Nintendo, Xbox game controllers made by Microsoft, Amiga CD-32 controllers, Atari Jaguar controllers, Gravis Gamepad controllers, Sega controllers, and Turbographics controllers.”

Sony’s controller shows a touch-screen LCD display, that uses button configurations of various gamepads with only one control scheme showing at a time, and up to three schemes are able to be stored within the controller. It can also be used as an alpha-numeric keyboard.

“It may now be appreciated that among other advantages, the controller provides for backward compatibility so that it may be programmed to emulate the key layout of an older controller that may no longer be available,” the filing reads.

Controller data will use a special receiver, it can be be loaded with rumble functionality, speakers, and can be powered by either a battery for wireless use or by the communication receiver.

More information can be found through the filing link up top.

Via Gamespot.

Thanks, Edward Cullen.



  1. reask

    Interesting to say the least.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. polygem

    yes. i love the idea. would be awesome. but touchscreen…? hate most games on the iphone. don´t think that it will work well with “real” action, platform, shooter games…but i hope i´m wrong.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Quiiick

    Very interesting.
    Hope this will soon be more than just a lab-prototype.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Aimless

    The patent was filed in August 2008.

    I don’t think it’ll materialise as an actual product. Touchscreen buttons simply aren’t tactile enough.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    WTH!!!!!!!!!! PS9 is close people :)

    #5 5 years ago

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