"The device is called an EyePad not to primarily annoy Apple"
But it will help and that's surely a good thing.
Sony has filed for a patent in Europe on the EyePad, a fondleslab with glowing edges that could be a controller for the PlayStation 4. The fresh paperwork, which was published this month after Sony submitted it last July, "is typically a panel, tablet or slab-like device comprising one or more illuminated regions, two …
I can see it now in John Lewis
"Hello sales assistant I would like an iPad"
"OK sir would you like the 32 gig iPad or the 64 gig iPad?"
"No you misunderstand me I want the one with the root kit"
"Oh you mean the EyePad well you should have said!"
The pad is really not that generic. If you look closely, you'll see that it's not even a rectangle.
As Sony is a very rich company, I'm assuming their designers understand something called "perspective", therefore taking their drawing as Gospel, it must be a non-orthogonal pad, which is something entirely new....
I kid I know was in his nursery Christmas play a few years back. Obviously he was the pirate (for reasons to become apparent), although I'm unsure which of the gospels mentions any pirates in the nativity story. I doubt there's even anything in the Dead Sea Scrolls... Anyway, they dressed him, and went to send him out on stage, when a little voice said, "excuse me, you've put the eye-patch over my wrong eye, and I can't see." Turns out his glass eye looked more realistic than the real one...
Damnation! I can't see where's I be goin'! My iPatch is covering the wrong eye! Would have been funnier, but he was only 4.
I wonder if he was the one that brought the baby Jesus the gift of rum, and so got written out of the story... I've no idea what you'd do with myrrh nowadays, but everyone can find a use for a bottle of rum. It was obviously popular, because Jesus's first miracle was to turn water into wine, and save a party from disaster.
Actually I don't think I'd accuse them of copying Apple here. I'm thinking their eyes were trained more at Nintendo, and the EyePad name was just an ill thought out application of their existing naming convention.
Or am I the only one who sees this and immediately thinks of the Wii U?
"A virtual keyboard on a tablet would be okay"
I won't be assuming that Sony will do anything worthwhile with this tech if it does launch, they certainly didn't do much worth knowing about with Move.
If you discount all the hastey patch jobs on existing games to make them compatible for no good reason the thing was pretty much just abandonded after a few good launch titles.
I will however assume that the full potential of anything sony does will remain locked to the user. I look forward to being proved wrong.
For sure, I haven't been persuaded to get a Move, and am far from convinced how well integrating it into this tablet will work. I was just observing that whilst a tablet might not be great as a games controller (Tekken: No. Real Time Strategy games: Maybe), it makes a reasonable companion to a TV-connected media player.
Again i'm reading about possible PS4 toys, which seem like a 1 on 1 copy from the pad used by the WiiU.
Why am i yet to read about the Microsoft Illumiroom? Which imho is going to be a gamechanging feature?
For gods sake, i don't want to read about Sony making crap copies of Nintendo gear, i want to read about things that are actually new.
"Why am i yet to read about the Microsoft Illumiroom? Which imho is going to be a gamechanging feature?"
I had to Google that. I'm afraid I'm less than impressed.
I agree that it's going to be a game changer though. It'll change games that were otherwise enjoyable into silly light shows.
I've shared this information with pretty much all my gamer friends and they're all very possitive about it, so i'm going to attribute your negative comment to you being a sourpuss.
You are literally the first person to not be impressed, so i'm afraid your opinion doesn't mean anything to me in this case.
Remember, a patent application is no sure indication of future products. Developing products requires some experimentation, implying you create some concepts that probably won't work out- but still, there is no harm in applying for a patent on these 'also ran' concepts. The cost of making the application is small enough that it is worth hedging your bets,
That this will be an accessory and won't replace the dual-shock controller; I just love that critter. You get a lot of controls at your fingertips and quite frankly the force feedback in that thing never stops to amaze me (provided its put to good use of course; some games excel in this, while others fail miserably).
It won't replace the Dualshock- is a venerable design indeed. I had a book, 'Digital Dreams: The Work of the Sony Design Studio' that showed dozens of foam mock-ups of conceptual PS controllers, of which the Dualshock is a variation. The design that they eventually used was very similar to one of the first they created.
Since the Bluetooth Dualshock can be persuaded to work with Android or Windows with software (ironically, the XBOX wireless controller requires a proprietry dongle for PCs) Sony should aim it (or a more compact design, as SteelSeries have) at the mobile gaming crowd rather than promote its Playstation-branded phones.
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