A patent filed by Apple has been discovered revealing the company's plans to launch their own device or software that would be able to control a dual-analog stick gaming controller with near field communication. The controller patent was filed in March and published today, July 26, 2012. There's only thing this could mean; it's time to speculate console gaming is finally coming to iOS!
The documents show a controller that makes use of dual-analog sticks. It draws close resemble to Sony's PS3 DualShock controllers. Also pictures are four shoulder buttons, four face buttons and what appears to be start and select buttons. An additional image shows the controller communicating with the iPhone.
But wait, there's more.
The patent also describes the ability to use your iPhone as a universal remote that would be able to control established video game consoles. The supplied image shows an Xbox 360. This seems similar to what Microsoft showed off at E3 2012 with their SmartGlass tech.
We'll have to wait and see what Apple decides to do with the tech. If the Apple TV integrates OnLive style gaming, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will have to pay attention.
What do you hope Apple does with these patents?
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