Rumor: PlayStation 4 to Feature Cross Play With Other Devices. Does Sony Have EyePad Plans?

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Feb 19, 2013 10:13 AM EST

Sony's new console may "allow users to compete against others using different hardware, such as smartphones and other portable devices," the The Wall Street Journal reports. that according to "people familiar with Sony's plans,"  

Sony has already dabbled with supporting multi-platform gameplay with their "Cross Play" initative, which allows players to move their games between PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. It would stand to reason the company plans to build on that mechanic with their new console.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that according to "people familiar with Sony's plans,"  

Sony recently filed a patent for a touchscreen-based device or controller called the EyePad. The patent describes the device as an "input device for an entertainment device comprises a first main surface, one or more side edges, one or more motion sensors operable to generate motion data, and a wireless communicator for transmitting the motion data to the entertainment device." It's essentially a tablet featuring touchscreen controls and motion sensor capability: Sony's answer to the Wii U GamePad.

The patent doesn't mention whether the device will be capable of streaming games or work with Sony's cross play technology, but that seems like a safe bet. Whether the company goes through on actually making the product remains to be seen, especially in the light of Nintendo's own lack of sales with the Wii U. But if interest in the console suddenly spikes, it's a good thing for Sony to have in their back pocket.

Despite the glaringly obvious reference to Apple's tablet, Sony has a history of "Eye" products (Eye Toy, PlayStation Eye, etc.), so it's unsure if they'll relent on the name if faced with confrontation from the fruity company.

If Sony plans on using the EyePad for the new console, or even in any way whatsoever, we'll find out tomorrow.

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