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Intel may have patented a cloud gaming-dedicated controller

The patented Intel game controller. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
The patented Intel game controller. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Intel has reportedly patented its own game controller. It is liberally provisioned with joysticks, buttons, a D-pad and what could be shoulder triggers. Furthermore, its design also includes a touchpad, which is apparently associated with a patent of its own. This new in-house controller could be related to this company's cloud-gaming partnership with Tencent.
Deirdre O Donnell,

The blog LetsGoDigital has discovered a patent, for a new game controller, apparently filed by Intel. This device has all the bells and whistles you might expect from the average Sony DualShock; however, it also appears to have extra buttons towards its bottom edge, which could be media controls. That is not its most original feature, though: it also integrates a touchpad, found in the upper central part of the design. 

Intel does not exactly specify what use-cases this novel controller component could have, although it may have come up with some by the time it comes to market this putative device. It is also not clear at this point if this possible own-brand gaming product could be wireless. However, its drawings do suggest that it could have HDMI inputs, as well as what could be dual USB type C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The appearance of this patent on the United States Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) database has led to speculation that Intel will sell the resulting device as part of an upcoming cloud gaming platform. Intel may indeed have plans for the same in the works: it introduced just such a state-of-the-art Gaming Solution at G-STAR 2018, in partnership with Tencent's Cloud and WeTest divisions. 

This Solution is based on Xeon processors, although the actual content would presumably be provided by the other collaborator in this endeavor. Therefore, they may have channeled Google in also moving to offer their own game controller to go with any real-world result of this project. Hopefully, Stadia's current teething problems have not put Tencent or Intel off the idea entirely.

The images found in Intel's game-controller patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
The images found in Intel's game-controller patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-11-25 (Update: 2019-11-25)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.