Sony patented the ‘Wii U style’ tech in 2009 – Report

Posted By | On 05th, Sep. 2011 Under Industry News, News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

According to a latest patent uncovered by a NeoGAF user, it has been revealed that Sony has patented the Wii U style tech in 2009. You can check out the description of the said patent below.

The patent says: A portable electronic device comprises a display facing in a first direction, a video camera facing in a second direction substantially opposite to the first direction, a receiver operable to receive supplementary image data from a remote image source, the supplementary image data comprising an indication of where a supplementary image is positioned with respect to a reference image, and in which the portable electronic device is arranged in operation to display a captured image from the video camera on the display of the portable electronic device, and when the captured image comprises all or part of the reference image as displayed on a separate display, the portable electronic device is arranged in operation to display the supplementary image positioned with respect to the reference image, instead of the corresponding part of the captured image.


  • Ashforth, Jed (c/o Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited10 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7LP, GB)
  • Barlow, Simon (c/o Sony Computer 10 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7LP, GB)
  • Kirkland, ScotAshforth,t (c/o Sony Computer 10 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7LP, GB)
  • Southern, Matt (c/o Sony Computer 10 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7LP, GB)

Application Number: EP20090252928

Publication Date: 08/24/2011

Filing Date: 12/31/2009

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  • m

    Wow. I wonder why they didn’t release this? Maybe they’re saving it for PS4? Maybe not since it’ll be too expensive.

  • patent or not…Nintendo made it first!

    Sony were too slow!

    • Kartik Mudgal

      Well it doesn’t matter who made what first, if Sony has the patent. Although, I think this won’t affect Nintendo much.

    • also the patent is even for the Vita to work with ps3.

      and feels like it’s using the Transfaring type of data, like saving game from Vita and using the save on PS3.

      BUt it doens’t matter man, Sony were too slow.

    • “Nintendo made it first!”

      No they didn’t. Sony did, 6 years ago with RemotePlay. And we’ve known Vita would have it since before we knew WiiU would get it.

      Another case of Nintendo fanboys trying to rewrite history
      Sony had analog sticks and motion sensing before Nintendo yet they act like Sony stole it from them

    • DNov

      Has no one heard of the GBA and Gamecube connection from like 2004? Nintendo still had the idea first.

  • Yeah, it’s the same -not. If it were, Sony’s lawyers would be frothing at the mouth.

    • Kartik Mudgal

      I really don’t think Sony would sue Nintendo because of this.

  • Daz

    They probably are. Once the Wii U is released, I bet Sony starts proceedings, provided the Wii U sells a lot. If it flops, then why waste the money. Sony will get royalties on every unit sold if it wins. That means if the Wii U sells well, Sony with profit.

    • Sony already said vita would have this functionality day 1, before wiiu comes out. And weve known this before nintendo said wiiu would do this, since psp has had remoteplay for 6years now

  • It was the same case with the Dreamcast. There was quite a lot of prototypes, including controllers. Some of the controllers looked like Wii remotes, but SEGA canned them. There was even a DVD format Dreamcast planned with a hard drive. SEGA was ahead of the rest back then.

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  • tottentanz

    Shoddy shock journalism that would have been prevented by the “journalist” behind this seeing this as what it is, a camera based light gun that projects the images it sees on the tv while augmenting the corresponding tv image.

    Honestly, I am disgusted by people who toss out garbage like this that is clearly no where near the truth. The new contrablet can display images from the game in relation to where you are looking using the tv as a base point which is so far above what this patent is showing, it is like comparing slingshots to hand guns.

    • Kartik Mudgal

      That’s why I said Wii U ‘style’.

  • Not really sure if this means anything, to be honest.

    The Wii U controller doesn’t have a rear camera. This patent is about using a rear camera on a secondary device to “peek” into a game world and show AR-esque elements from it (if you look at the screenshot).

    With what we’ve seen on Wii U, the tablet can be used to show a different camera angle (like the one from someone throwing the ball on Wii Sports U baseball) to the action on screen, controlled via Motion Controls.

    When it does have the same camera angle, it’s controlled via accelerometers and gyroscopes, not a rear camera like the patent says so.

    Similar ideas, but implemented differently. Nintendo will be fine.

    Lastly – this is a software patent, not a hardware one. Sega owned the patent for switching camera views in games while Super Mario 64 was in development, for example. Software patents are hard to prove, unless you’re Apple

  • Isn’t Nintendo already a licensee to Sony (B-R) and thus a business partner? We have a patent but nothing else. If people can speculate that Nintendo is infringing on sony’s patent, then I can just as easily speculate that the reverse can be true. Basically that things were worked out long ago between the two companies. If that means compensation was made to Sony, or that the patent is not infringed upon by Nintendo’s technology it is in the end all the same. Wii U = greenlighted.

    • there rivals. nither licences anything to the other.

  • We also don’t know what if any agreements that Sony and Nintendo may have with each other in terms of licensing. A typically more Western company like Microsoft wouldn’t do it, but I can see Sony and Nintendo ganging up on others, because they are both Japanese. Nothing illegal of course, but favorable options and such if there needs to be licensing especially since Sony sees Microsoft as a rival, but not necessarily Nintendo.

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  • Musser64

    Who cares anyway

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