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Nintendo has been sued over the Switch's detachable joy-con controller design

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Nintendo has been sued over the Switch's detachable joy-con controller design

Nintendo has been sued over the Switch's detachable joy-con controller design

 
Nintendo's Switch console is not the first gaming tablet on the market, utilising the technology used in Nvidia's Sheild line of products and ideas which many can argue come from other previous attempts at tablet gaming systems.  
 
Gamevice has now sued Nintendo over their Joy-con controller design, which they allege are too similar to their own detachable controller designs for mobile phones and tablets. Below is an example of their controller design, which connects two halves of a controller using a flexible bridge, which can then be attached to a tablet or mobile phone to create a portable gaming system. 


In this lawsuit, Gamevice seeks damages from Nintendo in the form of a share of revenue from Nintendo Switch sales as well as a ban on future Switch console sales.  

To say the least Nintendo's design is very different from that of Gamevice's, with Nintendo using a very different mounting mechanism and providing a very different function/reasoning for their detachability. The Switch is intended as a static/portable console hybrid, with the controller removability allowing a handheld console to work as a static TV-attached games console, while Gamevice's design is to make a tablet into a gaming platform. 

 Nintendo has been sued over the Switch's detachable joy-con controller design

Nintendo has been sued over the Switch's detachable joy-con controller design

 

To say the least, this is a flagrant act of patent trolling, especially given how popular tablet controller attachments have been over the past number of years. Gamevice's concept is by no means unique, with both Madcatz and Razer creating tablet-controller designs and system in the past. 

The motive here is simple, Gamevice want to cause as much damage to Nintendo as possible, though the differences in controller design, aesthetic and function will likely have this case thrown out of court before long. 

 

You can join the discussion on Gamevice's lawsuit against Nintendo on the OC3D Forums

  

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11-08-2017, 08:34:38

smilertoo
should get thrown out, ergonomics dictate most of gamepad button positioning, nintendos is sufficiently different.Quote

11-08-2017, 09:19:03

AngryGoldfish
Yeah, all the best with that. It'll probably cost more in fees than is worth.Quote
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