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Sony patents a universal game controller

Sony may be covering all your controller needs soon with a universal controller. Sony filed a patent for a universal controller a few years ago which just recently appeared online.  The controller would work with a variety of game consoles and, using a built in LCD touch screen, would create a display of the button layout of another controller.

“This document describes an adaptable or universal game controller which can be used to emulate the controllers of popular game consoles, such as, without limitation, the PlayStation.TM. made by Sony, a controller made by Nintendo, X-box.TM. game controllers made by Microsoft, Amiga CD-32.TM. controllers, Atari Jaguar.TM. controllers, Gravis Gamepad.TM. controllers, Sega controllers, and Turbographics controllers, one or more of which terms may be subject to trademark protection. For ease of exposition trademark symbols will not be further used herein.”

The patent also lists that the controller will have built in rumble and a built in speaker.

I’m not sure how well touchscreens works as a complete controller, but it is a interesting idea. You could have a Virtual Console like service that wouldn’t require players to adapt to new controls on a new controller.

Would you be willing to do all your gaming with a touch screen controller?

(Source: Kotaku)

Nintendo patents football attachment for Wii

Nintendo is constantly patenting new ideas, some see the light of day like Miyamoto’s Kind Code and others never appear again. Siliconera reported on one new patent to Nintendo’s ever growing list, a football controller.

The Wiimote is inserted into the football controller much like you do with the Mario Kart Wii Wheel. The football grip allows for realistic throwing which can calculate the angle and force of the the throw. It can also track motion for shifting left and right to dodge players and tracks  jogging arm motions for running.  Some of the pictures also show the addition of the Nun-chuck and Wii Motion Plus to improve sensitivity and the accuracy of the Wiimote’s gesture recognition. Other then that it is another attachment that will probably only be useful for a few games if it ever sees release. More images after the jump

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