Patent Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Patent RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Has a PS4 wireless adapter for PC been confirmed? Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:08:36 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

With the Xbox One Elite controller recently surpassing one million units sold, it is a surprise that Sony hasn't tried to create an 'elite' version of the DualShock 4. According to a patent filed last month, it looks like Sony may be interested in creating just such an an upgraded DualShock 4 controller after all.

The patent for the upgraded controller shows a few changes from the DualShock 4 controller that fans are used to. The first change is the placement of the analog sticks, which switched places with the physical buttons. The next change is the size of the touchpad at the top. It seems that this touchpad will be thinner and longer compared to the original. The button directly underneath the touchpad seems to be the PlayStation button that brings up the PlayStation 4 dashboard. The button below that is the share button that was found on the side of the touchpad on the original controller. It allows you to save screenshots and broadcast your game.

When looking at from the backside, we can see the addition of inside panels that similar to those found on the Xbox Elite controllers. 

Another patent that was filed by Sony recently was one for a wireless adapter.

We can assume that the wireless adapter will allow gamers to use their DualShock 4 controller on their PC or Mac for desktop gaming. This is similar to what the Xbox One controllers have.

The patents don't necessarily mean that these products will get made but it's possible the sales of the Xbox One Elite controller convinced Sony that there are fans that are interested in a upgraded controller. Time will tell before we see any more information about these patents. 

First look at Nintendo's quality of life device Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:03:25 -0400 Michael Slevin

Nintendo recently filed a patent for a sleep monitoring device, and it is presumed to be apart of the company's quality of life initiative. 

Information about this patent was posted in the NeoGaf forums. The image included in the patent is of great interest - it depicts a docking station device that appears to hold a mobile device of some kind.

The Internet has been speculating on exactly what the rectangular device is that's plugged into the docking station. It could be a new Nintendo device made for quality of life, or it could simply be a smartphone.

Personally, I think it is simply a device that will come with the monitoring apparatus. If I had to guess, I would say it is a device that works exclusively with the sleep monitoring docking station.

Smaller device aside, the monitoring system as a whole will be able to sense temperature, heart rate, and other physiological information.

For now this is all we know, but stay tuned for more news on Nintendo's foray into quality of life.

New Vita Model with HDMI Port Patented Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:34:04 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Patent Bolt has done some digging, and what they've found is, well.. a new PlayStation Vita model with an HDMI port. It is always exciting to get new devices, but do we really need it this time?

With the PlayStation Meeting coming on February 20, there has been a lot of news going around about Sony's next console. A new console is exciting, but another Vita model is quite the opposite.

Despite being an impressive piece of technology, the Vita's game library leaves something to be desired. Why toss in a whole new model of a handheld that is -- frankly -- doing poorly and lacking in software? The concept of playing a Vita on an actual television is enticing, but we need actual games to take advantage of the new HDMI port.

The patent was filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on February 7. Being so close to the PlayStation Meeting, it seems likely this new model will also be announced alongside the PlayStation 4.