SEGA has recently patented a special touch screen controller which according to the patent listed here “…generates a game image of an object disposed in a virtual game space; and a touch panel connected to the controller…” It’s not entirely clear if this related to the “revolutionary” SEGA scoop that will feature in this week’s issue of Famitsu. It could simply be an interesting patent for a new mobile game, or taking a long shot indeed, some form of hand-held device with touchscreen. Here’s the abstract overview:
“An information processing device includes: a controller that generates a game image of an object disposed in a virtual game space; and a touch panel that displays the game image. The touch panel detects an input of a user’s touch operation on the game image and outputs, to the controller, a detection signal indicating the detection of the input. The controller determines a contact surface area at an indicated position on the touch panel indicated by the user’s touch operation based on the detection signal. The controller determines, based on a size of the contact surface area, whether ae first operation or a second operation has been inputted. The controller performs a first control related to the object in response to the first operation, and a second control related to the object when the second operation has been inputted.”
“If I’d have to take a guess based on the “diagrams”, is it’s a purely touch-screen based controller, possibly with programmable interface and buttons, which would make sense, given that it’s a touch screen.
Now THAT could be industry-changing.”
“Having done some further reading on the patents…My interpretation of this is also that it can learn and store data based on a player’s style of play and use it for other similar types of game, which would seriously lower the learning curve for games. It would also seem to me like it can show stuff like player’s inventory in an RPG game, and possible quests. It looks like it’s highly adaptable and is designed to help players. If my interpretations of this are correct…Then this truly is “game-changing”, pardon the pun.
But the jargon used makes it difficult to properly understand. Patents are specifically written in this manner for that very reason.”Alex06 Reddit