The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a new patent application from Microsoft regarding a possible future twist to the Xbox One controller. Unlike the upcoming Sony Playstation controller which will come with a tiny integrated multitouch display right out of the box, Microsoft failed to integrate such a display feature. Now comes a patent filing dating back to 2011 that shows that Microsoft had worked on such a design. Microsoft may add it as an accessory down the road or simply update their controller under their all-new "Rapid Release" business game plan and philosophy revealed during yesterday's keynote by CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft's proposed controller update is to work with video games as well as web services like Hulu, Netflix or others for interactive communications.
Overview of Microsoft's Invention
Technology is provided which allows a user to have a secondary media or control experience on a touch enabled controller when consuming passive or participatory content using an Xbox (a primary processing system) and gaming controller (primary tactile controller).
A secondary controller can be provided using an integrated, connected or communicating processing device which adapts a secondary interface to the content being consumed. One aspect includes providing a secondary controller for a gaming experience or streaming media.
An entertainment service can also provide content to users and based on the content selected by the user, the service determines a proper secondary experience for a touch screen interface and provides the experience in conjunction with the content.
Microsoft hints that users will be able to interact with TV shows. Perhaps it will provide a means for users to directly vote on shows like "American Idol" or "The Voice" in the future.
Xbox Gaming Scenarios Galore
In Microsoft's patent FIG. 2 below we're able to see a common user scenario of two friends playing a video game. In accordance with Microsoft's invention, a touch display controller is utilized in conjunction with the tactile controller to provide a secondary experience along with the content provided by the entertainment system (Xbox).
In FIG. 2, two users are playing a tennis match with each using an Xbox controller with an added multitouch display. In patent FIG. 2, a second controller comprising a target recognition and tracking device being Microsoft's Kinect noted as patent figure #20. Patent FIG. 11 illustrates what the controller for the Tennis Game presents on the multitouch display in one scenario.
Microsoft's patent FIG. 3 noted below illustrates an exemplary embodiment of a tactile controller with a touch sensitive display to provide a secondary media control experience.
Alternative Designs and Display Position Possibilities
Microsoft Gaming Scenarios Illustrating Added Multitouch Display
Microsoft filed their patent application under serial number 331726 back in Q4 2011. Microsoft's patent filing is about a concept and the patent figures are designed to only convey a concept. This isn't a design patent, so the actual design is likely to reflect a more modern design.
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