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Immersion, eDimensional Team For Gyroscopic Rumble Controller

Immersion, eDimensional Team For Gyroscopic Rumble Controller

May 25, 2006 | By Jason Dobson

May 25, 2006 | By Jason Dobson
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Immersion Corporation, which has been warring in the courts with Sony over Immersion's game controller rumble patent, has granted third-party peripheral company eDimensional a patent license for advanced vibro-tactile, spinning-mass gaming technologies for use in PC and PlayStation and PlayStation 2 gaming peripherals.

eDimensional will include Immersion's TouchSense tactile feedback technology alongside its virtual reality motion-sensing found in the upcoming G-Pad Pro Gyroscopic Game Pad designed for use with a PC or PlayStation 2, a particularly interesting move given recent Sony statements regarding why the PlayStation 3 controller lacks rumble.

Sony commented, on the E3 revealing of its new controller, that the firm had opted not to include a rumble feature the PlayStation 3 controller due to hardware interference caused by its gyroscopic controls, something that Immersion and eDimensional have apparently overcome to some degree with this third-party controller deal.

Prodding Sony, and clearly hinting that the longrunning PlayStation 2 controller litigation was the true reason for the PS3 lacking rumble, a recent Gamasutra-conducted interview with Immersion Corporation president Victor Viegas saw Viegas indicating that, should Sony accept the current the current litigation, Immersion could help to re-introduce force-feedback into its controllers.

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