We’ve heard of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to Sony’s new patent, it seems that might be a step too far.
Because it shows a system that looks remarkably similar to the Nintendo Switch. As in, pretty much identical down to the hardware and screen layout. Here are some pictures showing the design they patented:
As you can see, it definitely has its similarities to Nintendo’s system.
I mean, you’ve got the general design setup. The button layouts seem remarkably similar to Nintendo’s system. Heck, there are even what seem to be removable controllers! Like a Sony equivalent to the Switch’s Joy-Cons!
But before you get out the torches and pitchforks, here’s an interesting thing you may not have realised here. Namely, this patent actually dates from 2015. Yes, it was made public a few days ago, sure. But the actual patent itself was seemingly filed way before anyone outside of Nintendo knew the Switch even existed.
So as strange as it sounds, this could actually be a weird coincidence. After all, they’re dropping support for the Vita pretty soon. And well, with their handhelds not doing all that hot, it does seem possible that Sony could have considered a hybrid system separately from Nintendo. Or even just a simple tablet shell with detachable PlayStation type controllers.
Or maybe they were spying on Nintendo somehow. Either way, they seem to have a patent on a Nintendo Switch like system or device none the less.
So what do you think is going on here? Is this Sony patent a little too close to the Nintendo Switch? Or is the whole thing just a coincidence?