Saturday February 18, 2017

Sony Files Patent for Switch-Like Handheld

Hey, nowآ—did Sony actually come up with the hybrid concept before Nintendo did? Uh, probably not, since the Switch is about to be released and the PlayStation company’s musings are still trapped on paper. Still, I would love to see Sony’s take, even if it flops like the Vitaآ…

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It looks like Sony may be taking cues from Nintendo, as the PlayStation manufacturer has filed a patent for what looks like a new Switch-inspired handheld device. As spotted by NeoGAF user ponpo, the patent was filed back in 2015 but was only just recently published. While the controller pieces on the side look as though they may be detachable, they aren't explicitly shown as being removable from the device. Like Nintendo Switch, the device looks very much like a tablet with two controller halves on either side, but instead of Joy-Cons flanking the screen, the half-controllers on either side of the device look like the handles on a DualShock 4.

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