Apple patents game controller
Is Apple going for the core gaming market?
Apple has filed a patent for a DualShock-style video game controller, suggesting the Cupertino megacorporation is taking its core gaming market a bit more seriously. Apple’s… core… gaming market. Man, there’s a big opportunity for some great branding here.
Anyway, the company’s patent for a “SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMPLIFIED CONTROL OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES” shows input and connectivity diagrams between a range of Apple devices, including iPhones, iPods, and Apple TVs, including a diagram of the controller labelled “a schematic of a video game controller for the standalone media player of FIG. 4 or a video game system”. The device in “FIG.4″ is the Apple TV media player.
The controller is also shown to connect to an iPhone and iPad Touch.
According to Game Revolution, the patent was filed back in March already, but was only published to the public yesterday. Whether or not the controller is simply a concept or something that might actually go into production remains a matter of speculation for now, but in the meantime, Apple’s designers should probably think about making it look less like Sony’s controller. But, like, a lot less.