Of course, the argument could be made that Kinect was Microsoft’s own version of Sony’s EyeToy (indeed, this new patent directly references 2003 trademarks Sony owns), a camera released almost a decade ago on the PlayStation 2, but it’s too nice a day here to get bogged down in that quagmire.
The patent is for a “USER-DRIVEN THREE-DIMENSIONAL INTERACTIVE GAMING ENVIRONMENT”, which would involve plugging a camera into a PlayStation and using it to read both a player’s movements and their positioning in a 3D space.
It was filed by none other than Richard Marks, the main man behind Sony’s PlayStation Move peripheral.
Now, as with any other patent, remember this doesn’t mean Sony will be releasing a 3D camera for the PS3 (or a future console). It just means the company is thinking about it.