There are plenty of corners of the internet where the console wars rage on. Sadly, it’s a part of life for a not-insignificant portion of game fans out there. Surprisingly, it seems some within the walls of Sony are fighting on the front lines as well.
It’s been discovered that for over a decade now, Sony has been throwing shade at both Nintendo and Microsoft in their various patents. For whatever reason, Sony has been talking down about both gaming companies nearly every time they file a PlayStation-related patent. You can see just one such example below, with the inflammatory language in bold.
“For example, an end user device may be a personal computer, a home entertainment system (e.g., Sony PlayStation2(R) or Sony PlayStation3(R) or Sony PlayStation4(R)), a portable gaming device (e.g., Soy PSP(R) or Sony Vita (R)), or a home entertainment system of a different albeit inferior manufacturer.”
Sony doesn’t outright name Nintendo or Microsoft in the above blurb, but it’s painfully obvious who they’re talking about. Again, Sony has done this time and time again over the years, and it’s pretty shocking to see.
Furthermore, these patents often include a line that reads, “Please use the PDF version for legal matters.” If you check out the PDF version as directed, it doesn’t include the above bolded line. In other words, Sony very much knows that the inclusion of the line belittling the competition is nothing but petty, yet they still can’t resist from publishing it.
Sony is yet to comment on this discovery, but it’s a pretty embarrassing one to see dug up. It’ll be very interesting to see if they make a statement, and more importantly, remove this kind of inane wording from further patents.