Sony, the company that created the compact disc and directed the world of video game cartridges to its format, is currently working on a new cartridge format to store video games. Spotted for the first time by TechTastic, a German technology company, Sony has already patented the new storage format.
The patent went through official channels in South Korea last year and was released by the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) earlier this month. Sony's archive contains very little information about the product itself, but many images that speak volumes.
The patent application blatantly titled "Electronic Game Cartridge" and describes an element that looks like a cross between a conventional PlayStation memory card and a Nintendo Switch game cartridge. We do not know what the hole is up to and this port of connection seems terribly exclusive.
Honestly, the port is confusing because it is a video game storage format. In recent years, each cartridge used has used game data in stores, as with SD cards, based on metal contacts. This port suggests a different way of transmitting data, almost looking like the HDMI port or the classic 40-pin iPhone port.
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The publication of this patent is much too specific and aims not to inspire the links established between it and a Sony patent previously published. In early 2017, the company released a patent for a portable gaming console that looked terribly similar to the Nintendo Switch.
We now see a patent for a video game storage format, a solid format that can rock, ideal for a portable console.
In addition, although we were joking about the seemingly retrograde nature of Sony's decision to create a new cartridge game storage medium, it's not as if Sony was a novice in the pursuit. The unfortunate PlayStation Vita used Flash media for her games.
There is no way to know if Sony intends to follow through on these patents, but it seems that the company has spent a lot of time and money at least studying the possibility of going back on the stage of portable games with Nintendo. After all, this is the only competition that Sony actually has on the market at this stage.
Let's hope that Sony's thirst for revenge will lead her to develop another handheld game console, because the Vita was really fantastic where she counted.
Via Tom's Guide