Dual Shocker! Patent issues could halt PS2 production, affect PS3 controller design

Dual Shocker! Patent issues could halt PS2 production, affect PS3 controller design

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a judge has denied Sony's appeal of a ruling that its PlayStation 2 Dual Shock controller design infringed on another company's previous design. According to the original ruling, Sony must halt production of the controllers, consoles, and many of the system's most popular games. The controller, which has been the PS2's only first-party choice for the console's entire lifespan, has existed in a previous incarnation for the original PlayStation since 1997. The "boomerang" control design for the PlayStation 3, which many assumed was a placeholder for the next iteration of the Dual Shock design, will undoubtedly have to change unless the company can reach some sort of agreement with the plaintiff.

Source: Joystiq

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