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New Sony pre-owned block tech patent unearthed; Bound for PS4?

Could physical retail about to be dealt a fatal blow? We’ve heard the rumour before, and now a fresh patent from Sony has once again hinted that the platform holder is looking for a way to block pre-owned games on the PS4. The tech-heavy document describes a process that sees …

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Patent Office rejects Microsoft’s Killer Instinct trademark application

Microsoft has failed in a bid to renew the trademark for Killer Instinct. The Killer Instinct IP debuted in 1995 when Midway debuted Rare’s fighter in the arcades. It was later ported to the SNES and Game Boy. A sequel followed in 1996. Rumours of a resurrection of the franchise …

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Motorola fails in attempted Xbox 360 ban

A US judge has thrown out Motorola’s attempt to ban the Xbox 360 over an alleged patent dispute. The BBC reports that Motorola was attempting to claim $4bn a year due to an alleged breach of its connectivity and video-coding patents. The judge argued that the patents have been recognised …

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Sony patents Move/Dualshock controller hybrid

Although patents don’t always point to final products, a freshly published Sony patent points to an interesting possible design for the PS4. As spotted by The Sixth Axis, the new hybrid design combines the traditional Dualshock controller with the Move motion controller. Diagrams show a fairly conventional joypad that has …

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Patent allows Kinect to watch you, monitor your content usage

A freshly unearthed Microsoft patent entitled ‘Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User’ will likely not appeal to fans of 1984. The idea is that Kinect (or any compatible camera source) will effectively observe users viewing content they have acquired and ensure that they are complying with the license. Breaches of …

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Apple ordered to run Samsung apology ads

A UK judge has ordered Apple, to publicly apologise to rival Samsung. That comes after it was ruled last week that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet range does not infringe on Apple iPad patents, despites Apple’s court allegations. In Apple’s words the Galaxy line blatantly imitates the appearance of Apple’s products to …

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UPDATE: Gaikai sued over alleged patent infringement

T5 Labs is attempting to sue cloud gaming firm Gaikai in the Delware courts. It alleges that the Sony-owned company has committed and continues to commit acts of infringement” in the region. It is demanding a jury trial. The complaint revolves around US Patent 8,203,568 called Sharing a Graphical Processing …

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Now Microsoft patents wearable controllers

A new Microsoft patent has added to the body of evidence suggesting Xbox 720 will be anything other than conventional. Back in June it was revealed that Microsoft included virtual reality headset technology in a leaked Xbox 720 roadmap document. Then last week a patent emerged based on an Environmental …

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Are full living-room 3D environments Microsoft’s next-gen aspiration?

Bear in mind that many people are still unable to play Kinect because their living room is too small. With that thought nestled firmly in your consciousness, take a look at one of Microsoft’s more ambitious gaming patents. Spotted by CVG, it’s called the Environmental Display and uses advanced projection …

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Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer

A proposed settlement offer from Motorola has been rejected by Microsoft as the pair’sw legal tussle continues. Having successfully won a block on Xbox 360 sales in Germany(pending the outome of the US trial), Motorola’s patent claim against the console now threatens to ban the machine from the US. CVG …

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