A Sony patent that was filed back in 2015 but only recently published, shows a set-up that isn’t too dissimilar to that of the final build of the Nintendo Switch. You can see in the image below the removable controllers which are reminiscent of the PlayStation Dualshock controllers attached to each side of the device. However, there’s no mention in the patent suggesting a dock that would allow the user to connect the device to the TV.


Will this ever see the light of day? With the recent announcement that Sony are stopping Playstation Now support for the Vita, it wouldn’t be surprising if they were researching different ways to break into the handheld market once again.

You can read details of the patent in full here (although it’s in Japanese).

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    • No, not really. Video was from 2004, R&D started back in 2001. SONY has been working on motion control, camera tracking for over 15 years now. Something tells me Nintendo didn’t start the Wii(Revolution) R&D until 2003, of course in secret. But seeing that it was just a GCN in disguise with IR motion controls, rather than 3D mapping, I could see R&D beginning in 2004.

      Companies don’t make huge financial developments in research, because they are copying a competitor. The push into Motion started, with the 3 main players, with SONY and the eyetoy on PS2 as a released product. But I wouldn’t argue they were “copied” either. The Move was an experiment, that they likely pushed out because of the Wii, but the tech came beforehand, and was likely in development for its true purpose, VR.

      Of course, the end of that is speculation, but the MOVE (though now 7 years old) works way better in VR, then it ever did with awkward, although superior to the Wii/Kinect, in terms of 3D mapped tracking for gameplay. Vr just feels right with motion. Here’s to hoping they do upgrade the Move though, cause it’s certainly not perfect. Decent technology, but certainly flawed.


      • I hate to say this since I can’t find it now but nintendo was looking at motion controls when they were creating the Gamecube but the tech wasn’t ready. Most of their ideas for their next console starts when developing the previous console. It would be great if I can look to where I found that at but I’m not on a computer but my phone. Then again it may not have been an article but a video with nintendo execs in it.

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  1. Yet no one bats an eye when Nintendo gets copied but if they do their own thing it won’t be seen by the masses as inovative but only “Oh! Nintendo is shit they always put gimmiks in their crap and can’t make powerful hardware.” Forgive my language but……..

    Stupid fuckers. (Not you guys, them)

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  2. Just stop Sony and focus your resources on PS4. Only your fanboys who keep talking about “console quality” buy your handhelds.

    You’ve tried multiple times and you don’t understand that market. It isn’t about power. You cannot copy touch screens and tablets. You lack the titles which appeal to that audience.

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  3. I think this would be called the PlayStation Xperia to fit in with their tablet line but it’ll mainly focus on games like the Nintendo Switch. Note though, this was patented in 2015 whilst the Switch itself wasn’t shown until October 2016.

    I hope they reveal it sometime next year as a sort of companion to the PS4 but it’s able to play PS4-Looking games on the go, but I doubt it’ll be close to Switch levels, probably slightly below to keep cost and energy down seeing how it’ll use AMD most likely.


  4. Sony has been living off Nintendo’s inventions ever since the SNES Playstation add-on! They also claimed that they didn’t copy the wiimote and Playstation Move was their own idea.

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  5. Sony is always conveniently publishing patents showing that they were making the same thing as Nintendo by coincidence or whatever just a little after Nintendo reveals or releases something that’s well received.

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  6. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

    Like I said months ago, it doesn’t matter when Nintendo revealed the Switch. Sony was gonna copy it sooner or later; if this is even a Switch copy. For all we know, it’s just a full on handheld system. Or it could even be a tablet, like others have stated, that focuses on games. *shrug* Honestly, I don’t care if they copy it or not. If portable home consoles are the future, they should be allowed to make their own hybrid. Same goes for Microsoft if they decide to do it.

    Besides, if all three are working on portable home consoles, the tech for such a thing is gonna only get cheaper which in turn will allow them all to make more powerful portable consoles in the future which in turn means better games & hybrids for us. Without competition, all of this we have would be even more expensive than it is now. Just ask NES & SNES games how much they costed back in the day when Nintendo had barely any competition: 90 to even 120 bucks per game. If they were still on top & still the only game makers, you’d probably be paying 200 bucks, maybe more, per game for these games right now! In other words, be thankful if Sony is copying Nintendo instead of whining like little fanboys about it since it only means better for us down the road! GREATNESS AWAITS US ALL WITH HEALTHY COMPETITION!!!

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    • King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

      *plays the world’s smallest violin for the people upset about this*

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        • King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

          *laughs a little longer at being accused of being a Sony fanboy* Nintendo is copying Sony & Microsoft with paid online, region free, possibly a universal account system, etc yet I haven’t whined about it. In fact, I praised it! Barring they don’t do something as retarded as locking it behind a stupid phone app!

          I understand if I triggered your inner fanboy, though.

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          • Notice I never called you a fanboy. I just stated you would be acting like it’s the end of the world…which much past evidence would point to that.

            Also, region free and paid online does not belong to sony or microsoft, you can’t copy those things as they don’t belong to a company. XD You CAN however copy the overall design of something.

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            • King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

              Copying is copying. It doesn’t matter if the thing being copied is owned or not. Bram Stoker didn’t own vampires since they existed long before he made money off of them but that won’t change the fact others eventually copied him by also making a vampire story. And you use to say I spun things.

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  7. I’m laughing at the logic in these comments. Sony patents something in 2015 a whole year before the Switch was ever made public and somehow they’re copying the Switch with that patent. Sony obviously has a time machine too (that they no doubt copied from Nintendo as well).

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