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Nintendo files to patent new handheld device

The new apparatus would have speakers, vibration, and possibly a touch interface. 


Nintendo has filed a new patent at the U.S Patent Office for a new handheld device.

Spotted by Twitter user ZhugeEX (via IGN), the new device would have what appears to be a touch screen, vibration effects and two speakers at the bottom. There are three buttons on the right side. Another version of the appartus (Fig. 8), shows the more traditional circle and d-pad on the left and ABXY buttons on the right.

Of course, what is patented isn't always used. Patents are designed to protect ideas, and Nintendo historically has had plenty of them. It doesn;t necessarily mean we will be seeing this handheld any time in the near future.

Shigeru Miyamoto said Nintendo has not talked about its upcoming NX console very much because of "an idea we're working on."  It is highly doubtful the schematics have anything to do with the NX given the late timing of the patent application and the planned release on the new unit in March. Nintendo's CEO has said that NX would not be a successor to the Wii U or 3DS, so to be honest your guess is as good as ours at this point.

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    July 6, 2016 9:17 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Nintendo files to patent new handheld device

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      July 6, 2016 10:50 AM

      i briefly read over it. sounds like a nintendo ds with the ability to have a rear touch area, the ability to change orientation, acceleometer/gyroscope so you can play games like you do on your iphone by tilting, and the ability to have localized rumble coming from different parts of the screen as you touch or as things happen on screen,

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        July 6, 2016 11:04 AM

        That sounds really cool

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        July 6, 2016 11:45 AM

        Aren't those things in the vita?

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          July 6, 2016 11:56 AM

          ya the vita has the rear touch area. not that many games really took advantage of it. it can also be configured to emulate shoulder buttons when doing remote play.

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            July 6, 2016 11:57 AM

            well.. not many games took advantage as far as im aware, and in all fairness there just werent that many 1st party titles developed for the vita, and its 1st party titles that usually take full advantage of hardware quirks like this

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            July 6, 2016 12:08 PM

            not that sony took advantage of the vita FTFY

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          July 6, 2016 11:57 AM

          The patent could be the specific combination of existing (prior art) elements in a unique arrangement.

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          July 6, 2016 2:31 PM

          Yes, but this would be for a device that people play games on. *ba-dump.ching*

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      July 6, 2016 12:06 PM

      This reads like they would try to take the hardware of a tablet, but make it specifically as a game device instead of a general use device. Also, most tablets (all that I've used) do not have vibration, and don't have chambered sound.

      Curious though, there's no specific mention (illustration, I didn't read the entire text) of storage. Just the flash ram, but nothing about how the data is loaded until it's completely from the wireless connection.

      Interesting that it specifically shows on-screen controls, but fig 9 also shows physical buttons. I may need to go back and read the detail section on the figures.

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        July 6, 2016 12:21 PM

        The link in the Reddit post mentions that it's like a "controller case" like what you see for phones. It slides over the touch screen to gee physical controls if desired.

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