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#1 soniqstylz

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:38

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With a revenue of over a 100 billion, legions of adoring fans and an iOS empire that dominates the mobile market, Apple isn't a company anyone wants to go up against. That's why Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo might be eyeing a recently published patent with worry.




Filed in March and published today, the patent GR has discovered lists various inputs and interactions between iPhones, iPods and Apple TVs, including FIG. 6, which "is a schematic of a video game controller for the standalone media player of FIG. 4 or a video game system".



FIG. 4 is an Apple TV, which could easily become a video games console with an upgrade, and technically already can play iOS games over airplay. Currently, core gamers don't take the platform too seriously due to the lack of buttons that severely limits gameplay.



The controller is also shown to be able to connect to an iPhone/iPod Touch and presumably will be able to connect to an iPad if it ever becomes real. Connection is shown to be wireless, using Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and NFC tags, rather than the cable depicted.


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If the controller does become a reality, it'll likely have a few design tweaks to stop it looking identical to the DualShock, but any type of physical controller from the industry behemoth would send ripples through the gaming world.




#2 tsupersonic

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:41

Oh boy, **** just got real

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:42

Interesting. Also seems they really do take after Sony in terms of ideas they like. Of course, as stated, it'd likely not look like that, but most game controllers look the same anyway these days.

Inb4 LOL NOW DEY GONNA B SUIN U SONY HURRR

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:52

Thats quite the nice model of sony's controller, I hope sony sues them, that would be an interesting battle.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:55

Wait a second, isn't that very similar to WanderPlayer or DroidPad?

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:55

I'm sure if they get the patent, they will sue Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony for also having video game controllers.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:55

Skimming through the PDF file, around page 50 or so, there is an image of the Xbox 360, too. Hmm...

#8 Rudy

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:58

I've seen the virtual controller patent application before (I think it was on macrumors), nothing really special, no physical buttons sucks

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:06

I'm sure if they get the patent, they will sue Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony for also having video game controllers.


It looks EXACTLY like the Playstation controller. :/

#10 BajiRav

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:09

I'm sure if they get the patent, they will sue Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony for also having video game controllers.

Microsoft and Apple are best buddies when it comes to patent licensing ;)

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:10

It looks EXACTLY like the Playstation controller. :/


Impossible. Apple doesnt steal/copy ideas from others. Others steal ideas from them.

#12 Ryoken

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:13

I'm sure if they get the patent, they will sue Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony for also having video game controllers.

Microsoft and Apple have a patent sharing agreement.. basically, they both get to use eachothers patent portfolios without worry..

Also, you can't patent something now, then sue those that came before.. [ you can argue about the current cases, but those that people say came before, haven't stepped up to the plate to sue themselves.. so meh..]

Anyway, it looks more like they are patenting an interaction, not a design.. so they probably did use the Playstation Controller as just a generic design..

#13 Stetson

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:14

1) Read through large Apple patent filings
2) Pull out figures/diagrams with very little context
3) Headline: Apple patents X!
4) Profit!


Anyway, it looks more like they are patenting an interaction, not a design.. so they probably did use the Playstation Controller as just a generic design..


But that would be boring and not sensational at all :D

#14 Ryoken

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:33

I'm gonna patent the process of filing a patent, then sue everyone.

Oh and also the process of granting, and denying a patent.. Pay up Gov'ts!

#15 redvamp128

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:18

It looks EXACTLY like the Playstation controller. :/


- just reverse the angle-Posted Image



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