Apple Patents Gaming Controller
Victor Chavez / Jul 27th, 2012 No Comments
The patents contain several schematics, including one for a video game controller for a “standalone media player,” or a video game system. However, there is nothing clearly stating that the company is developing a video game system.
The figure also shows the controller has the ability to connect to an iPhone or iPod Touch. It will probably be able to connect to an iPad as well if it ever sees production. The controller connects to the iDevices wirelessly though RFID and NFC tags.
Other figures included in the package of patents unveiled Thursday include a figure which shows off an interface with an Apple TV. With a small upgrade, the Apple TV could easily adapt to the needs of a video game system. The Apple TV can already play iOS games though the airplay feature but that lacks true buttons, or even a controller for that matter. Gamers are not looking to the Apple TV as the next console.
Apple also was issued a patent for ways to control any NFC-equipped gadget using iOS devices. Apple will allow consumers to use their iPhone or iPod Touch to control things like game consoles simply by tapping the devices together.
If the controller does go into production, we will see the ripple effect though the gaming community. However, it is way too early to say there will be a console, or even a controller right now. Many patents are awarded for ideas but they often do not see the light of day.
Unfortunately, Apple is extremely secret about their endeavors. We could hear some news from CES or we might just have to wait for Apple Expo next year. Hopefully, Apple will shed some light on this matter to easy some of the curious minds in the gaming community.