Sony loses PlayStation patent case, must pay $91M

A U.S. court ordered Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) to pay Immersion Corp. US$90.7 million for patent infringement of touch feedback technology used in PlayStation games consoles, said court documents...

The court also ordered a halt to U.S. sales of infringing PlayStation-brand consoles and 47 software titles as part of a patent-infringement lawsuit but put the order on-hold pending an appeal.

Source: MacCentral

I figured they would have to pay them. I didn't think they would have to pay the entire amount. Sony can still sell their infringing console and games while they appeal that part of the suit.

There has been some discussion about how Outrun in the arcades had force feedback, but the two patents that Immersion Corp. hold are rather specific if you read them thoroughly.

Microsoft licensed the technology in 2003, and I would be willing to bet that Sony will now do the same.

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