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11 July 2011
It’s like deja vu all over again for Nintendo. Just a few months out of the gate and their newest hardware is subject to a lawsuit, previously having the Wii’s motion control system and the DSi’s camera lens called into legal questioning, just to name a few. This time around, the problem seems to stem from the 3DS’ display technology.
Without getting too technical jargon-y here, Tomita Technologies, founded by a former Sony engineer, applied for a patent in 2003. That patent, number 7417664, was issued 5 years later and was approved for a “stereoscopic image picking up and display system based upon optical axes cross-point information.” Meaning, it provides a means for 3D imagery without the need for glasses by simultaneously displaying differing images for each eye. Which is exactly what the 3DS is made for.
The lawsuit doesn’t state exactly what part of the patent Nintendo is supposed to be infringing on and is awaiting a decision from the court. Nintendo, unsurprisingly, has remained silent.Tweet
Sonys online pass is happening. After yesterday’s discovery of a “PSN Pass”-touting Resistance 3 hardware bundle suggested as much, the platform holder has now officially confirmed the fact, saying in a formal statement: “We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities.”
“This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title.”
In other words, it’s exactly what EA debuted last year with its Online Pass.
Resistance 3 is out in early Sept.; 6th in NA, 9th in EU.Tweet
Released on PC back in 2009, Runic Games’ dungeon crawler Torchlight became more or less an instant success. Over the span of two years, the game’s been released on Mac and Xbox 360 as an Xbox Live Arcade title, and has seen its price tag changed several times. But it wasn’t until the very recent sale on Steam that the RPG struck platinum as it hit the one-million-units-sold-across-all-platforms milestone.
One of the most anticipated titles this year is no doubt Epic’s Gears of War 3. And, as such, Microsoft has decided to brand Xbox 360s the world over with the logo and iconic crimson omen of the franchise as well as painting it black and bloody red, everything as part of a limited edition package considering the game is expected to be huge and sell a lot.