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Sony Patents Universal Game Controller

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week made public a patent application from Sony. Dated August 2008, the application details a universal controller with a twist.

Up until now, universal remote controllers haven't been very notable. Most commonly produced for people who often lose track of their remote, universal controllers are a  useful but boring affair. That is, until learn about Sony's plans for an LCD-equipped universal controller for consoles.

Sony's USPTO application covers a controller that features a touchscreen LCD that would display a controller key layout of the users choice. In the patent application Sony talks of a PlayStation layout, a Nintendo game console layout, and an Xbox layout, meaning the controller would work with outside consoles.

It seems like something a lot of people would be really into, but then again, many could be completely against the touchscreen aspect of things. Since the advent of touchscreen phones, a lot of people have discovered that they just can't do without physical buttons.

Would you like a controller like this? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out the patent filing here.

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    sliem , February 23, 2010 2:39 PM
    No good, where is "Z" trigger for Nintendo 64? :D 
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    FlorinR , February 23, 2010 2:37 PM
    Another "great" Sony product !
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    sliem , February 23, 2010 2:38 PM
    Um universal game controller = our hands. Duh! (jk)
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  • 24 Hide
    sliem , February 23, 2010 2:39 PM
    No good, where is "Z" trigger for Nintendo 64? :D 
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    rantoc , February 23, 2010 2:40 PM
    Maby i should patent underwear, especialy t-shirt and bikini and make sure no one could ever use them...

    Gosh the patent system is so silly at times when you can patent ANYTHING and then patent troll it for years to come!
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    gamerfu , February 23, 2010 2:45 PM
    Where is L1, L2, R1, R2? On top of the controller?

    How will L3 and R3 analog sticks work?

    Why didn't they patent the 6-button controller? That would of been useful.
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    theuerkorn , February 23, 2010 2:45 PM
    Not sure this will catch on. Is likely to look very cool, and it works on phones as most of the time it's the same screen as where your GUI is. For console games, however, I would think the tactile feedback is vital when playing games on a different screen without eyes on the controller.
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    RooD , February 23, 2010 2:50 PM
    ill pass for the price im sure i can just buy 1 of each controller... and hard buttons are king for games... you need to feel the buttons to know where they are... i have a feeling alot of people will lose their buttons lol
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    megamanx00 , February 23, 2010 2:50 PM
    Seriously? They got a patent for this? WTF!!
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    JohnnyLucky , February 23, 2010 2:51 PM
    No! I would not like a controller like that.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2010 2:51 PM
    Kick ass ergonomics on that thing.
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    random_yggdrasil , February 23, 2010 3:00 PM
    I just don't think a touch screen could allow for the pressure sensitivity both what the controller receives and what the user feels and force feed back?
    I think the Touch screen controller will be a toy for gaming market much like the DS not a "controller" people will control their consoles and what not with.
    Maybe prefect the original controller some more. I don' want to learn a new controller layout every new console I play let alone if game company'can make what every layout on a controller they like with a touchscreen.
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    warezme , February 23, 2010 3:02 PM
    No PC, how is it universal?
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2010 3:11 PM
    The day the controller breaks due to pressure hints back to the days of the joystick breaking whilst hammering the orange button (atari).
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    omnimodis78 , February 23, 2010 3:21 PM
    Good concept but no real buttons = crap! How will they address the analog joysticks/buttons?
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    milktea , February 23, 2010 3:36 PM
    Never liked touch screen things. So useless controller for me. Maybe Sony is trying to go for the most patents competition.
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    kin3000 , February 23, 2010 3:42 PM
    milktea... Maybe Sony is trying to go for the most patents competition.


    I'm pretty sure Microsoft is miles ahead of Sony in that competition.
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 23, 2010 3:53 PM
    andboomerKick ass ergonomics on that thing.
    lol
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    rhino13 , February 23, 2010 3:55 PM
    Negative on that.
    This would be the end of all fighting games. You can't rest your fingers on the buttons any longer.
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    anershay , February 23, 2010 3:59 PM
    I don't see someone buying a device like this because the cost will be too much for something that performs less favorably than standard console controllers. However if they were to find a way to turn people's touchscreen phones into a universal touch controller, then I could see this being successful.
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    invlem , February 23, 2010 4:04 PM
    going to need physical buttons for gaming, at least I do
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