Sony pays-up in Playstation patent dispute

By Craig Zammit

CALIFORNIA, USA: Immersion Corporation has come out trumps in its patent argument with Sony Corporation, with Sony agreeing to pay the software developer $US150.3 million ($AU193.6 million).

Immersion will receive a $US97.2 million ($AU119.4 million) court judgement payout, plus royalties of at least $53.1 million ($68.4 million).

According to reports from the USA, the Court ruled that the ‘haptic’ technology used in the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 game-controllers infringed on Immersion patents.

The ‘haptic’ technology gives players a vibrating sensation through the controller, in-tune with the action in the video game being played, offering a more immersive experience.

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