Universal Game Console Controller patent filed by Sony

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We see many households cluttered with more than one gaming console as video games are quickly catching up with almost every member of the family. We know about the widespread use of universal remote controllers for the TV, stereo, DVD, etc. Now gamers may soon be the proud owners of a device possessing the very same concept but this time for controlling different gaming consoles. Recently Sony filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a universal game console controller.

The new universal controller may just be compatible with a range of gaming consoles from different companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega and Atari. The controller is expected to possess a touch sensitive LCD which will include the button configurations for various game controllers.

The filing states, “It may now be appreciated that among other advantages, the controller provides for backward compatibility so that it may be programmed to emulate the key layout of an older controller that may no longer be available, so that an owner of an older game console can still use the console.”

According to the patent filing by Sony, the Universal Controller has the capacity of store up to three types of control schemes but can only display one console layout at a time. It is also noted that besides the action and navigation symbols espied on the display, it can also portray the image of a keyboard which can be altered to input alpha-numeric characters as well. The upcoming device has the ability to either run on batteries, a receiver or an electrical socket. The controller can also be equipped with speakers and rumble functionality.

It however may be quite some time before we actually see this device making its way into the market but is certainly one product gamers will be on the keen lookout for.