The lights are on
Apple has become a major player in video games, and a new patent filing shows that the company is thinking about the possibility of the iPhone communicating with existing video game systems and controllers.
Today, Apple filed patents on functionality relating to the iPhone and its AppleTV set-top box. The most interesting parts of the filing revealed possible plans to allow the iPhone to be used as a virtual controller for games, a remote for the Xbox 360, and the possibility that you could use conventional game controllers like the DualShock to play iPhone or iPad games.
The pictures below, taken from the filing, demonstrate the patents. In the first one, it appears to suggest that an iPhone be used as a virtual NES controller of sorts (in this case to play a Prince of Persia game). In the second, you see an iPhone being used as a remote control for the Xbox 360 (which seems in line with Microsoft's SmartGlass plans). Above, we see a PlayStation DualShock controller communicating with an iPhone.
As with many patents, there's a likelihood that none of these features ever makes it to consumers. Still, it's intriguing, especially for hardcore gamers put off by the lack of precise controls in touch-based mobile games.
Sources: Shacknews, IGN
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makes sense. Lion can run your PS3 controller natively (i cant get the damn thing to completely work but its a step in the right direction), i control my AppleTv with my iPhone, this is the next step.
Yes, this is precisely the reason I own a -phone-. /end sarcasm
And the point of this is...
Now there's a thought- interesting a direction as it is, I'm not too sure I'll like it much functional and versatile as it may be...
Nobody wants to use a Dualshock to play Iphone games, this is insane. make youre own controller apple leave Sony out of this.
Could this be apple's response to Ouya?
touch screen fake controls have never worked, it will the games that need a proper analog stick.