2010 Sony Patent Reveals Similarities To Wii U
Venturebeat have found a 2010 patent filed by Sony which has striking similarities to that of the Nintendo Wii U.
Some extracts from the Patent below:
“A system for augmented video, the system comprising: a video source configured to provide video content to a video display; and a mobile device with an integrated video camera and display, the mobile device configured to: track a relative distance and direction of the video display using the video camera; determine a position coordinate of the mobile device using the tracked relative distance and direction; and render, on the integrated display, an object in a position based on the determined position coordinate of the mobile device.”
“A method for augmenting video, comprising: receiving a first position coordinate corresponding to a first user, the first position coordinate relative to a first video display; receiving a first view direction corresponding to the first user, the first view direction relative to the first video display; receiving a second position coordinate corresponding to a second user, the second position coordinate relative to a second video display; determining a direction and range from the first position coordinate to the second position coordinate; and rendering, on an integrated display of a first mobile device, an object based on the determined direction and range from the first position coordinate to the second position coordinate and based on the received first view direction. ”
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There has been continual comparison by developers between the Nintendo Wii U and The Playstation Vita, this patent could further reinforce those comparisons. In an interview with NowGamer, Naughty Dog game director Justin Richmond even went as far as to say the Vita will be just as capable as the Wii U ; “To be honest with you, the idea of it is very, very cool. But there’s nothing that the Wii U has that the Vita and PS3 doesn’t,”You know, it’s an interesting piece of technology, and I’m interested to see how people use it”, sad Richmond.
It will be interesting to see both products performance and functionality in their completed stage.