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Microsoft’s Answer To Nintendo’s Super Guide

By Spencer . November 23, 2009 . 10:40am

Microsoft has been working on a system that’s part Super Guide and part Demon’s Souls for well over a year.

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SCEA Patent Shows Plans For Mystery Science Theater 3000 Style Interactive TV

By Spencer . November 3, 2009 . 5:08pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America may bigger plans for the PlayStation 3 as a video player. They recently filed a patent that mixes Netflix Party on Xbox Live and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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An Unidentified Sony Controller Patent

By Spencer . October 20, 2009 . 2:03pm

Sony seems to be working on a lot of controllers these days. They have a motion controller scheduled for next year and, maybe in the future, this remote-like thing.

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Namco Bandai Developing An Inflatable Taiko Drum Controller For Wii

By Spencer . September 22, 2009 . 7:08pm

A patent in the Japanese patent database reveals plans for another Taiko no Tatsujin accessory. This one being a squishy Wii remote shell with Wada-don’s face.

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Nintendo Developing A Squishy Football Controller

By Spencer . August 24, 2009 . 10:15pm

Behind the scenes Nintendo is working on even more Wii accessories and their football controller has the potential to be a mass market hit.

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At One Time, Sony Toyed With In-Game Commercials

By Spencer . August 17, 2009 . 3:33pm

The Wipeout HD ads that popped up during loading were annoying, but they’re small potatoes compared to a more antagonizing form of in-game advertising Sony was developing.

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SCEA Experimenting With “Laugh Detecting”, Emotion Tracking Software

By Spencer . August 14, 2009 . 9:50am

Laughter… as a “controller”? It sounds funny on paper, but Sony Computer Entertainment America seems serious about the concept considering they filed a patent for a laugh detecting program.

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Nintendo’s Patented Horseback Riding Wii Controller

By Spencer . August 10, 2009 . 4:43pm

If you thought the Wii Balance Board was off the beaten path wait until you see Nintendo’s Wii Horseback Riding Saddle. We’re not kidding about this.

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Microsoft Exploring “Digital Item” Achievement Rewards

By Spencer . August 6, 2009 . 2:46pm

Are you an achievement junkie? Microsoft may be taking the system a step further by rewarding players with digital items.

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Microsoft Developing MMO “Advertars”

By Spencer . July 20, 2009 . 5:45pm

The Xbox Live dashboard ads won’t be the only ad supported revenue stream. Microsoft’s R&D department developed and patented a system for advertiser-generated avatars or “advertars”, as I like to call them. Here’s how it works.

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Sony Patents A Motion Control System That Uses Ordinary Objects As Controllers

By Spencer . July 2, 2009 . 3:24pm

We saw Sony unveil a LED wand during their E3 press conference. The device in conjunction with an EyeToy camera brought motion control to the PlayStation 3. In addition to that Sony developed another motion control system that uses everyday objects.

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Sony Patents Emotion Engine Emulation Technology For Cell Processors

By Spencer . June 29, 2009 . 3:37pm

PS3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine. What if the PS3’s cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine? Theoretically, all PlayStation 3s would be able to play PS2 games even if a console didn’t have the proper hardware.

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Lock On! Unreleased PSP Gun Controller Found

By Spencer . April 27, 2009 . 2:26pm

The PSP has lots of gizmos. A GPS unit, camera, possibly a remote control car too. This design for a motion detecting gun controller didn’t come from Sony. A picture from a patent scan shows third party accessory maker MadCatz was working the product.

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Is This Namco Bandai’s New Guncon?

By Spencer . April 24, 2009 . 11:03am

Scrolling through more patent designs I found this accessory registered by Namco Bandai in Europe on March 9, 2009. The unnamed controller looks like a light gun, but it is different from the Guncons currently on the market.   The analog sticks from the Guncon 3 aren’t in the spec and it has a grip […]

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Prototypes Of The Wii Remote, Nunchuk, And Classic Controller

By Spencer . April 23, 2009 . 2:06pm

Digging through a series of patent documents I discovered alternate design documents for the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Classic Controller. The hardware is finalized now, but looking back at what could have been is pretty neat!   One early nunchuck design is shaped like a block. Doesn’t look comfortable to hold either compared to the […]