johnson85 Posted March 2, 2007 Report Share Posted March 2, 2007 Sony and Immersion patch upElectronics giant settles suit with creator of DualShock controller's rumble feature; both companies now "exploring" putting tech back into PlayStation products.By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpotPosted Mar 1, 2007 4:13 pm PTTwo years ago, a judge sided with Immersion Corporation in that company's suit against Sony, ordering the electronics giant to pay $82 million for patent infringement. Immersion claimed the rumble feature in the PlayStation's DualShock controllers was based on its own technology.Now the two companies have put the patent dispute behind them and have formed a new agreement "to explore the inclusion of Immersion technology in PlayStation format products." The Immersion announcement does not mention the PlayStation 3 specifically, but the system's Sixaxis controller has been criticized for not having a rumble mechanism, a feature shared by the competing Xbox 360 and Wii, as well as the last generation of gaming consoles."Our new business agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment is specifically intended to enable advanced vibration capability for the benefit of the PlayStation gaming community," Immersion CEO Victor Viegas said in a statement. "We are happy to provide our technology in this regard and hope to make technical proposals very soon with respect to use of our technology in the PlayStation products."A Sony representative gave the following comment: "We are very pleased to have reached a cooperative agreement with Immersion regarding the use of its advanced vibration technology (haptics technology). We look forward to working closely with them as we explore new and innovative ways to utilize this technology in PlayStation products."According to an Associated Press report, Immersion will receive $22.5 million from Sony over three years, while Sony gets the licenses to use some Immersion patents.andhttp://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/895.html"An inside source close to Sony made a post on the IGN boards a few weeks ago talking about a new feature that Sony would be implementing. At the moment the feature is dubbed "Home", and Sony has even secured a patent and logo for the name. The poster commented that this new Home feature would create a virtual home located in a virtual town, populated by the people on your buddy. Your buddies can go inside your house when your PS3 is online, and you can go inside their house.Your home will act as a storage of trophies, achievements, and other rewards that can be viewed by anyone on your buddy list. But, the most crucial aspect to the asset is that it'll let people listen to audio on your HDD and watch videos from your HDD (you make the audio/video public or private). You'll be able to play a host of mini-games like cards with your friends, and also have the virtual TV in your home display a video in your PS3. Lastly, the poster suggests that you can walk outside of your house and visit the Virtual Theater (you'll get movie clips/videos here) and visit the Virtual Arcade.A NeoGAF forum member by the name of Gofreak discovered the logo, the patent, and a lengthy description that Sony filed for. At this moment, it's looking like "Home" is the real deal -- we just have to wait a few days until Sony gives us the full details on what sounds to be one amazing feature."Very very exciting news.List of what Sony has Patentedwireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messagesconducting and coordinating real-time and asynchronous communicationssharing information and audio/video data via electronic communications networksdownloadable electronic publications; sound and/or video recordings featuring music and entertainment, television programs, motion pictures, news, sports, games, cultural events, and entertainment-related programs of all kindscomputer software to allow users to perform electronic business transactions via the InternetElectronic games services provided by means of the Internet;Internet games (non-downloadable)organizing of games; entertainment services provided online and/or via a computer database for matching users for the transfer or sharing of music, video and audio recordings via communications networksproviding on-line chat rooms and electronic bulletin boardsproviding of an on-line service enabling physically remote players of an electronic game to search on-line for other players and to communicate with selected players during the gameorganizing, staging and the provision of on-line tournamentsentertainment by means of wireless television broadcastsHosting on-line web facilities for others for organizing and conducting meetings, gatherings, interactive discussions and interactive game playcomputer services in the nature of customised web pages for featuring game player information, including information regarding a player's identity and the player's preferenceshosting the computer sites of others on a computer service for a global networkcreating and maintaining computer sites for otherswebsite design servicescreation and development of virtual and interactive images and environmentsproviding on-line access to computer networks, computer databases, the Internet, on-line bulletin boards, virtual worlds and libraries of text, graphics and audio-visual and multimedia information and entertainmentIntroduction and social networking services, namely introducing electronic game players to others Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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