Apple Patents DualShock-Style Game Controller

Filed in March and published today, the patent GR has discovered lists various inputs and interactions between iPhones, iPods and Apple TVs, including FIG. 6, which "is a schematic of a video game controller for the standalone media player of FIG. 4 or a video game system".

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Morrigan-Aensland2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Well they didn't want to follow Nintendo and copy a Xbox controller

To be on topic though, I wonder if apple is considering making a console

bicfitness2006d ago

It says "contro (typo?) video game system" in the patent pictures. Make of that what you will.

Abash2006d ago

Very smart of Apple, all game controller's have their share of faults but the DualShock design is still the best

Redgehammer2006d ago

I disagree, the Dual Shock causes my thumbs to cramp; whereas, my 360 controller allows me to game day and night. The 360 comtroller just feels more ergonomical, and far more sturdy. Of course, that is just my thoughts and gaming preferences.
That apple controller looks painful to use.

user54670072006d ago


So true

The DS controler is good with all types of games while the Xbox 360 controler is only better with FPS, like it was designed just for that genre in mind.

I'd say the DS is still the best controler out there today.

krisq2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Ha! I have exactly the same issue but other way around. Can't play on 360 pad for longer than an hour or I'm getting cramps. There is a reason for this though. I'm playing since first Playstation launched in Japan so this is at least for 17 years. DualShock is like my third hand. Cant't imagine a better shape.

SoundGamer2006d ago

Apple iPlay or iGame. Something like that. Will cost almost $2,000 and people will buy 100000000 of them because it has an apple logo on it.

Called it years ago.


xursz2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Agreed, Xbox controllers work great for FPSs but feel unnatural in most other instances.

HappyGaming2006d ago

I don't get why people say the 360 controller is more ergonomic and doesn't cramp their thumbs?

Since when did humans have one thumb that was longer than the other?

But I guess it must fall down mostly on what you are used to as both of them are ergonomical and I can play on the DS3 for hours without ever getting cramps with my gigantic hands.

SuperLupe2006d ago

No use argueing, of course the Dualshock is the best controller ever, ypu're on N4G.
If it was still the same plain PS controller with no sticks from 1996 it would still be the best anyway.

JD_Shadow2006d ago

You DO realize that some people actually do think that the DS is better than the XBox one, right? And that it's not necessarily a fanboyish gesture to think that, right?

Honestly, I'm not sure why people are just NOW making this much fuss about the DS's design when it's been around for more than a decade. What's different about it now that wasn't there before?

Biggest2006d ago

More people are being born with a longer left thumb since 2005 I believe. Also, there has been an outbreak of thumb cramps for the last 10 years. The lamestream media never talks about it though. They spend too much time on that "reality" junk.

Bzone242006d ago

The people saying you get thumb cramps and that you need a longer thumb on one hand to play with a 360 controller, you do know how to hold the controller right? Same can go for the DualShock, you need to hold the controller right. If you can't do that, I just don't know about you.

Proxy2006d ago

Well, if someone get sued for violating this patent it wont be hard to prove prior art.

ConstipatedGorilla2006d ago

Am I the only one who's thumbs always slide off the DS' analog sticks? The 360 have indentations for your thumbs in them to prevent that. Seems kind of like a no-brainer to me.

Jack Meahoffer2006d ago

Anyone remember the Apple Pippin?

I just don't think they'd try again with a "traditional" console controller. Maybe could see some kind of attachment to an iPhone or iPad with physical buttons before a regular controller.

There's talk of the "post-touch" world. I'm hoping for a direct brain interface soon. Perfect virtual reality. Apple or Google would probably be the ones to do it first.

ThanatosDMC2006d ago

Remember when some people were saying that the giant xbox controller was the best? Then they changed it to a smaller version like the Dualshock then they say it's the best? Funny people.

DeadlyFire2006d ago

You guys didn't read all of the patent at all.

Apple TV controls your game console and can tap into any wireless device. Can play your games on any Mac device using your own gamepads. Mario, Halo, Killzone all likely to be playable on your iMac/Mac, Ipad, and etc. At least that is what I am thinking.

If you read down the patent with all the figures. There is one of a Xbox 360, as well as one showing iMac with Mario on the screen.

BattleAxe2005d ago

Sony needs to get their lawyers together and get them ready to file a law suit for patent infringement. Time to take a bite out of the apple.

Sono4212005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

Ok tell me this N4G, why can I give someone a bubble for them saying something intelligent but I can't take away a bubble for someone being a complete moron? That doesn't make sense. If this was an option I can tell you so many of people's bubble numbers would drop.
I know this seems completely off topic but after reading some of these comments I just started to wonder.

insomnium22005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

To tell the truth ANY controller can be the best for you. It's all about getting your hands used to the thing. I play games on so many consoles and I have NEVER fealt that my gaming is not 100% on some platform due to the controller. It seems absurd to me.

Atari Jaguar has one of the weirdest controllers ever but it wasn't that long ago I fired it up for my AvP appetite. I finished the effing game with marine and never even thought about the controller once.

I don't get this hate MS supporters are so fast to plague people with. It's like either you love the x360 controller or get out. The controller is one of the oldest BS claims since the beginning of this gen. Without the original hate (due to inferiority complex) we would not be talking about this today. One more feather for the xbox team huh?

It has everything to do with fanboyism. The controller is an effing physical object. It's not like your hands won't get used to it. My hands have used to controllers on: Jaguar, Gamecube, Nes, SNES, Sega megadrive, xbox, x360, PS-platforms, all handhelds ever created that I've owned. To say this or that controller doesn't fit your hands is PURE BS 99% of the time. The 1% is for people who have physical disabilities (a missing finger etc.).

Redgehammer2005d ago

It is the location of the Dual Shock thumbsticks that cause me the most problems. I will never use a D-pad on any controller as the primary input. The position of the 360s thumbsticks are much more alligned with my personal physiology. I also don't believe that it has anything to do with the length of the thumbs. When I drop my hands to my lap, my left thumb falls into the perfect position for the 360's left thumbstick, as does my right thumb on the right stick. As the comment sections of N4G consistantly illustrate, we are all humans, but that does not make us the same.

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DonMingos2006d ago

this is an iDualshock. I wonder what it has to patent about

jrbeerman112006d ago

Apple will sue Sony when they release PlayStation 4 for copyright infringement. They are copyright whores.

Exoil2006d ago

You're right on the spot brother!
There are patent trolls, and then there is Apple.

Apple sure is the new Microsoft..

Abdou232006d ago

Don't think they will make a console, it's just a controller to play on Ipad/Apple TV.

Mr Vengeance2006d ago

I think your right mate, consoles don't suit Apples business model - minor upgrade, annual release.

ATi_Elite2006d ago

Apple make a console Blah ha ha ha How absurd of you to even think that.

I'm sure Apple will Stream Games through Apple TV and work in conjunction with Apple Air Play.

(then you can buy an App and use your iPhone as the controller)

yabhero2006d ago

Considering the WiiU pro controller has the shape of a 360 controller and that's it but the joystick button layout is more PS, its like a mix of both... just look at the sticks on the WiiU Pro... lined up like PS. i think it's stupid to say copy because they copy Nintendo a lot and Nintendo used the shape which MS doesn't own

morkendo232005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

hmmm, look kind of fishy. eh,wow look like a Dual shock controller.

rustyspoon802005d ago

Sorry to post an unrelated reply but this story has got it completely wrong.
Apple have patented the tech to allow the iPhone/pad to be able to emulate other controllers:-

Feralkitsune2005d ago

Love how apple tries to sue Samsung for making touch phones, yet they're making patents for shit that is directly coping Sony.

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Sev2006d ago

Sony and MS better hurry the fuck up. Or else Apple is going to give them some serious competition.

WeskerChildReborned2006d ago

@Sev, i don't think Apple will be competition. I'll just find it annoying cause Apple is basically tryin to take over everything.

Just stick with your phones and tablets Apple!

Calm Down Sunshine2005d ago

Sony, MS & Nintendo are all safe. Apple is no competition in this market.

Can you imagine the restrictions on an Apple console? Devs complain enough as it is with the current consoles.

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Patriots_Pride2006d ago

MS and Sony - Meh WiiU is weak souse next gen can wait a year or 2.

Apple - Hi guys! got bored on being on top of the cell phone and tablet market so thought I join you fellas to see what all the fuss was about.

MS and Sony - :(

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Rockstar2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

@ HorseArmor

That's funny because you're likely not far off with the last part of your comment

Bgibbs2006d ago


In what world is Apple on top of the cell phone market? Last I checked Android had 61% of the market WORLDWIDE, as well as 50%+ in the US.

jrbeerman112006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )


Your kinda right, if you look at OS vs OS. But comparing separate companies against each other... ie Nokia, Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola etc..... Apple is #1.

But to agree with your point yes its pretty much Android>Iphone>Blackberr y>Windows

arkard12006d ago

Actually this year Samsung has been outselling Apple. This is why Apple has to resort to suing everyone. They do not know how to inovate anymore and just try to sue people to get their money.

Ghost_of_Tsushima2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Android has more Market because they have hundreds of phones supporting them. Apple has what 5 different iPhones? How do you compare an open OS enviroment to a closed OS anyways?

yabhero2006d ago

First mistake was thinking Wiiu was weak...

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alexcosborn2006d ago

Wow, that looks just like a DualShock!

SilentNegotiator2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

If they took the papers away from Sony and the officials, crossed out "Sony" and "Playstation" and replaced them with "Apple" and "Pippin 2", I wouldn't have know the difference.

That IS a Dualshock, but with a "1" and "2" button.

ALLWRONG2006d ago

Apple does that a lot and Apple fans claim it's innovation.

Iphone copy Samsung
Ipad copy MS Tablet (2002)

Ipod and Apple store are the only thing that is really theirs. Well that and overpriced electronics.

kneon2006d ago

Actually the iphone copied LG and I had windows tablets back in the early 1990's

Veni Vidi Vici2006d ago

Actually, the Ipod wasn't even their idea. There were all kinds of MP3 players coming out before Apple released their Ipod. I think Creative even had one that was hard drive based for large capacity(large for back then at least). Apple just took the idea and made it more responsive and user friendly. Apple isn't nearly as innovative as people claim.

edgeofsins2006d ago

Everyone copies each other in ways. At least Apple doesn't make cheap ripoffs. They always release products that get the job more then done.

jrbeerman112006d ago


your right about apples quality.

But the biggest difference between Apple and other companies that copy each other is that Apple sues everyone's heads off if it goes the other way.

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ExCest2006d ago

Now Apple is going to sue Sony for copying them.

ZoyosJD2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Hey, click the link and look at page 50.

predicted response:

OMG its a 360!!!!11!!one!!!1!!eleven

After reading the patent, it obviously has nothing to do with a apple console, only a means of wireless comunication with as many devices as possible.

There is everything in that patent: from the DS controller, to the 360, to DVRs, to audio systems.They are simply trying to make it so you can use your iphone to control all the devices in your house.

dbjj120882006d ago

I guess Apple prefers the Dualshock to the 360 controller or the Wii U Pro controller.

YodaCracker2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

It's just like I'd expect from Apple - style over comfort. After I bought an iMac, I used the Apple mouse that came with it and it was very poorly designed. Way too small, not shaped to fit the human hand at all. I just bought a cheap replacement mouse and it is ten times better, and way cheaper than the Apple mouse.

glennco2006d ago

apple mice have always sucked but look good. apple notebooks have always cooked but look good. apple doesn't care about good tech, just stylish tech. the world puts image above all else, this is why apple kicks ass.

tiffac0082005d ago

Yeah that mouse with the "nipple", that was one of the weirdest mouse I have ever seen or used.

cervantes2402006d ago

This controller could create an even bigger base for iOS games.