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Sony patent depicts what appears to be a controller similar to Wii U

Saturday, 4th February 2012 17:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A 2010 Sony patent dug-up by VentureBeat shows what looks to be a touchscreen handheld controller similar to the one Nintendo introduced for Wii U.

Called the “Position-Dependent Gaming 3-D controller, and Handheld as a Remote,” the device appears to act as a controller which allows interaction between what’s depicted on its screen those on the television screen.

Here’s a description of the device according to the patent information:

“Methods and systems for using a position of a mobile device with an integrated display as an input to a video game or other presentation are presented. Embodiments include rendering an avatar on a mobile device such that it appears to overlay a competing user in the real world. Using the mobile device’s position, view direction, and the other user’s mobile device position, an avatar (or vehicle, etc.) is depicted at an apparently inertially stabilized location of the other user’s mobile device or body. Some embodiments may estimate the other user’s head and body positions and angles and reflect them in the avatar’s gestures.”

Through the USPTO link above, there are various descriptions of what the device could be used for, and how it goes about doing what it does. Other than being described as a mobile device with position-dependency, there’s not much else to go on – it could be some handheld device, or a controller.

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  1. LOLshock94

    HAHAHAH omg sony cant help them selfs from copying other people, worst then apple.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Liamc723

    @1 This patent was filed in 2010, the Wii U was revealed in 2011…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CyberMarco

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    #3 2 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    @2 you ever heard of pic or it didnt happen? because theres no actual pictures of it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

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    #5 2 years ago
  6. Froseidon

    A) The PS3 copies everything, innovates nothing. Nintendo creates remote controller for gaming, Sony take it, stick a bollock on the end of it and call it “Move”. Anywho, its all a gimmick anyways, controllers are the best way to play games.
    B) @2 So what if the patent was filed in 2010 and WiiU reveal was in 2011. It doesn’t matter when it was unveiled, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been in production up to that point.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. roni1175

    probably android based

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gama_888

    @4
    “pics or it didnt happen”

    Its a fucking patent, Its a bit more solid proof then a picture you idiot.

    Either way this patent was filed before the WiiU was announced so there not the ones copying.

    Tbh im wondering why Sony isn’t taking legal action if they clearly have a patent of a device which Nintendo is planning on producing and shipping to the millions?

    So surely it cant be the same as WiiU?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. sg1974

    @6

    Hmm.

    A) Sony demoed a motion-sensing controller (for the PS2) before Nintendo started work on the Wii, and Nintendo ripped off Sega for the Wiimote.
    B) Sony demoed the PSP controlling the PS3 before the latter was even put on sale, let alone a year before the WiiU was revealed. Not much different from the WiiU concept.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Froseidon

    @9

    A) They had sensor controllers since the 90′s. (Duck hunt etc) Also, Sega are partners with Nintendo. Also again, the Sega Saturn had a motion sensor controller.
    B) The GBA controlled the Gamecube back in the day (albeit via cable, but still).

    #10 2 years ago
  11. SuperGuyverUSA

    I hope this isn’t true. Forgive me, but I’m not into the idea of “tablet” gaming. Though this would be pretty cool, I like my controllers to fit well in my hands, like the Dual Shock.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. MegaGeek1

    I could be wrong, but doesn’t Sony already have something similar and MUCH better in the PS VITA? If they wanted to make a couple of niche first party games that utilize some sort of tablet, touch based controller functions, the specs and functionality of the VITA would be much better! And if there is some sort of logistical problem with tethering the VITA to PS4 as a controller, then they should have thought of that in advance. By the time PS4 comes out, PS VITA will either be extinct or the cost of a controller anyway.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. wamp

    ^dafaq?! The first psp is out since 2004, and still doesnt cost like a regular ps3 controller.
    And why are u so sure that “by the time” will not actualy be 2013

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dannybuoy

    Dear Nintendo

    You’ll have to scrap your Wii U plans as we patented it ages ago. Sorry we forgot to mention it.

    Love Sony

    #14 2 years ago
  15. sg1974

    @10 Wasn’t a motion sensing controller. And it’s irrelevant who partners who, Nintendo copied the Sega wand whereas 99.99% people wrongly think they came up with the idea with the Wii (which your original post suggested, even if unintentionally). And exactly, the GBA was wired to a console. Would be a completely different patent and it’s a different way of achieving a same end-result. (It’s like saying the inventor of the mobile phone ripped off Alexander Graham Bell.)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mark82

    People seem to forget that if it was not for the ps1 the audio cd’s would never have taking off as quickly as they did, then ps2 came out and put millions of DVD players in people’s homes.
    What’s more reveloutionary motion sensors or audio CDs and DVDs?!! Ok bluray aren’t quite as popular as DVDs but they’ll get there!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dragon246

    Its just a patent , but nintendogs feel so scared that they come to this page just to tell that its a ripoff. They really are wusses.
    By the way sony has many other patents in this field too like biometric controllers etc. Patents are made just in case someone else steals it. I don’t think that N’s wii u is based on same tech as they would have would have checked existing patents before making something like this.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. sg1974

    @16 Blu-ray is now outselling DVD in most countries (including the UK and Japan). :o

    So much for BD will flop/BD will kill the PlayStation.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. MegaGeek1

    @13
    The difference is the first PSP was arguably a minor success and is still profitable. The PS VITA, although not out is North America, is already a failure (sadly).

    Also, Im fairly certain that pS4 won’t be out until 2014. Maybe if all the star are in alignment holiday season 2013 in Japan, but I doubt it.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Froseidon

    @15 Did I mention motion sensing? No. I just said sensor controllers. The idea was, that motion sensor controllers would come in at a later date, no matter who made it. Also, yeah it does matter who is partnered with who. If Sega and Nintendo are in collaboration, it is called a joint venture, and within a joint venture, a contract is signed between the two companies. If Nintendo really did “Steal” it from Sega, surely that would have been a breach of contract. It doesn’t matter if Sega created it, they had no console to use use it on (or the power to enter the market with another one due to the high market share through Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony), that’s probably where a timely agreement between Sega and Nintendo comes into play…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. sg1974

    Well if you weren’t talking about motion sensing you’re talking even more bollocks about Sony ripping off Ninty. What next, claiming Nissan ripped off Toyota’s idea when it created its first car?

    And I’m impressed that you have sight of the comprehensive strategic contract and knowledge of all technical discussions between two companies which allows you (and only you) to know that Sega gave the wand to Nintendo.

    Just face it, you’re original post was troll silly, claiming Sony copy *everything* and then claiming that Move is a rip-off of the duck hunt controller to avoid the fact Ninty didn’t come up with the Wiimote idea.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Froseidon

    I said “if”, as in a possibility, not “THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED!!! I AM RITE LOLOL”. Also, everything Sony releases has been released before hand. Maybe if Sony were faster, it wouldn’t seem like copying.

    Edit: S’pose I should add this. I was getting at the idea of development. The Sega Wand developed into the Wiimote. PS Eye Toy got developed into Xbox’s Kinect (at least, the concept of motion sensing). However, Wii has Wiimote w/ Wii Motion Plus. Move felt like it brought nothing new to the field with that, hence the term “steal”. That spell it out enough for you?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. osric90

    At the end of the day Sony still rocks and leads the way. Sorry.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. LOLshock94

    @23 vita fail LOLLOLOLOLOLOL

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Da Man

    Sony ‘re so far ahead that they’re being outsold by both Kinect and Wii, and now consider going further in the footsteps of Nintendo. That’s how much ass they kick. Logic isn’t something I’m particularly good at, forgive me.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. fearmonkey

    @23 – Thats a rather nice cave you have been living in………

    Sony, in my opinion, needs to stop worrying about motion controls and the Move/Kinect/Wiiu controller/wiimote.
    If MS goes the direction that most think they will go, making a good enough console to include kinect, then Sony just needs to build the best console they can in the $299 to $399 price range, and outdo the performance of the next xbox and Wii-u. IF they have to wait several years to do that, fine, it will be worth it to them.

    Personally, if MS releases a good enough console that indeed focuses on kinect, I hope Sony does the above, and comes out on top, so maybe the hipster business suites at MS get a clue….

    #26 2 years ago