Sony patent shows Eyepad tablet controller
Sony's big PlayStation 4 unveiling is quickly approaching its February 20th date, and leaks and rumors are naturally abound. The weekend saw the first picture of PlayStation 4's prototype controller, which is a major departure from the current DualShock model with PS Move and a touchpad integrated into its slightly bigger form factor.
Now a patent secured by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has made it onto the Internet, suggesting that Sony is working on a fancy tablet-like controller for its consoles, called 'EyePad'.
From the patent, it doesn't seem like it's a proper tablet but a WiiU GamePad-esque controller to be used exclusively for console gaming. The EyePad features two stereoscopic cameras at opposite corners of the controller to generate 3D virtual buttions and game-pads. It also features illuminated edges that could be used for motion-controller gaming akin to the PlayStation Move.
The EyePad can also scan objects placed on top of it using the stereoscopic cameras, allowing for interactions similar to EyePet.
Now, this is only a patent for now and doesn't necessarily mean it will be translated into a product. Sony's expected to talk about the 'future of PlayStation' on February 20th, and if they will show an EyePad-like controller for the PS4 remains to be seen.