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Sony Files for Steroscopic Multiplayer Patent

Split-screen gaming is always kind of a hassle. No matter how big your TV is things are always just kind of cramped when it's split down the middle. And don't even get us started on how distracting it can be to constantly be seeing what your friend is doing out of the corner of your eye. Aiming to take the split-screen out of multi-player gaming, Sony has filed a patent that uses stereoscopic video and glasses to show players different images on the same display.

Detailed in a patent filed a year ago and published just last Thursday (uncovered by Broke My Controller), the technology would allow player one and player two to share the same display, while only seeing their own point of view on the screen. Judging from the illustrations, you'll also only hear your own audio, instead of trying to tune out the sound of your partner/opponent.

Do you like this idea? Let us know in the comments below!

  • randomroger
    Reminds me of that TV(s) that would display a different picture from each angle (two angles).
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  • n1kn31m
    no fun for mario kart!
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  • maigo
    Too bad it only works for two players and everyone else in the room is SOL, sill a great idea
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  • Sykar
    wouldn't you need a 3D compatible TV? or at least 120HZ?
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  • japolinar
    Probably works like a 3d game, but intead of having the glasses to switch waht the left and rigth eye sees, it goes completly to each individual player, both eyes at the same time.
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  • ikefu
    So I would need a microphone to talk to the person I'm playing with sitting right next to me since I have earphones in?

    I love the idea of being able to play co-op and still have a full screen, I just don't think wearing ear plug headphones at the same time will work quite as well.
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  • bv90andy
    Thumbs Up!

    Damn, too much youtube.
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  • lukeeu
    japolinarProbably works like a 3d game, but intead of having the glasses to switch waht the left and rigth eye sees, it goes completly to each individual player, both eyes at the same time.Thank you Captain Obvious
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  • picsoul
    If they allow my wife to watch chick flicks while i game... Sign me up!!!!!
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  • Blessedman
    this is really a great idea, even for co-op games where one player can sabotage the second player by falling behind. I know it will take extra programming to get it right, but man this will add a whole new complexity to co-op play. The benefits for 1v1 is easy to see but the benefits for co-op actually is a game changer. Having each player take different routes to accomplish a task is just an awesome proposition.
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