Sony Working On Their Own ‘Kinect’ According To Patent Filing.

An uncovered patent has revealed something that shouldn’t surprise you: Sony is working on their own iteration of Microsoft’s console-pushing Kinect.


A patent filed in late 2011, but which has only been published this month, reveals that Sony is working on its own version of Kinect, Microsoft’s popular motion-sensing peripheral for the Xbox 360 (and now PC).

Of course, the argument could be made that Kinect was Microsoft’s own version of Sony’s EyeToy (indeed, this new patent directly references 2003 trademarks Sony owns), a camera released almost a decade ago on the PlayStation 2 (and updated for the PlayStation 3), but it’s too nice a day here to get bogged down in that quagmire.

The patent is for a “USER-DRIVEN THREE-DIMENSIONAL INTERACTIVE GAMING ENVIRONMENT”, which would involve plugging a camera into a PlayStation and using it to read both a player’s movements and their positioning in a 3D space.

It was filed by none other than Richard Marks, the main man behind Sony’s PlayStation Move peripheral.

Kinect! The device that is fun for almost more than! ┬áthirteen minutes. Almost! It’s close. Still sells like a motherfucker though, and thus it makes sense that Sony wants in on them goodies.