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SEGA patents touch screen controller tech for games

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.”

Patent Abstract

“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


16 thoughts on “SEGA patents touch screen controller tech for games”

  1. Reminds me of that patent for an NX controller that had a big touch screen all over it, the one that someone 3D printed for a fake. It didn’t look very good then and neither does this, would be like playing a phone game which I hate.

  2. Oh crap, is the Sega R&D back in business? The one that nearly sank Sega before the Dreamcast because they did so much development of cool gadgets and prototypes?? I’d get a Sega Smartphone for games in a snap.

  3. ShieldAveryIsNotGood49

    I’m still disappointed that cream the rabbit, chaos zero, sticks the badger, jet the hawk, storm the albatross, wave the swallow, nights, reala, billy hatcher, ulala, amigo and aiai are not playable on team sonic racing. If classic sonic is mandatory on the next 3d game, I will skip it. #TooMuchBigTheCat #TooMuchOmochao

    1. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓

      As someone who knows Sega just for playing Sonic games I personally prefer a racing game with only Sonic characters. But the racing game I want is on foot not on cars.

    2. Ahh shut up and stop your complaining… Most people wouldn’t even know who those characters are unless they’re major gamers. #CantPleaseThemAll 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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