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January 13, 2010 // 12:52 am - Today (linked above) has uncovered a patent (USPTO) which may be for an upcoming PS3 fitness exercise gaming device.

To quote: The fitness controller is described as such:

"The present invention embodiments promote performance of exercise by users during a computer simulation or game. An embodiment of the present invention includes an exercise device with a plurality of effector or gripping members in the form of handles to be manipulated by a user.

A coil steel spring provides the resistance for the handles that may be compressed together or pulled apart for resistance-based exercise. The device further includes additional input devices to interact with a simulation or gaming scenario.

The user applies forces to the handles to interact with the scenario, thereby requiring the user to perform exercises during the simulation or game play."

Rumor: Patent Reveals PS3 Fitness Exercise Gaming Device

Rumor: Patent Reveals PS3 Fitness Exercise Gaming Device

Rumor: Patent Reveals PS3 Fitness Exercise Gaming Device

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#10 - Pretikewl - January 16, 2010 // 2:09 pm
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Wii Fit only sold well because of the hype behind it. I own a wii, and a few of my friends do as well. A couple of my friends bought Fit and used it for maybe a week before that balance board got put into the closet.

It doesn't really do anything, but everyone was so hyped up because it was supposed to be a "cool" way to exercise with video games (not that this idea hasn't already been around forever).

I just hope if Sony does this, they do it right and give people real workouts while making it fun to play.

#9 - thering - January 13, 2010 // 4:38 pm
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Well I can't blame them for wanting to muscle in on the market, Wii Fit has sold pretty well. On the other hand, I don't know if it's going to work so well for Sony... fitness in HD? Seems a little overkill to me.

#8 - sftbdiablo - January 13, 2010 // 4:31 pm
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Well Time Crisis has made guns before for the original time crisis games so it wouldnt be really copying the wii. Anyways, lets hope this goes well for SONY.

#7 - revel8n - January 13, 2010 // 4:04 pm
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Heh, it is both funny and interesting watching the various companies now try and play catch up in areas they once quite vocally scoffed at before. If it had not been made a viable market with recent successes in this area, things like this would more than likely never have been green lighted.

Now they start to see how much of the big picture they were missing before by being so set in their ways and not thinking outside of the box. But if those images are even remotely close to what they are actually proposing it will be very interesting to see the consumer response to the product.

The balance board and wiimote combination already imposes some interesting ways of making you look foolish/silly/uncomfortable/etc. while at the same time being somewhat effective at allowing for other takes on interactive mediums and control schemes, but like someone said above, this device looks to be a little too one dimensional in terms of use. i guess with this and the "new" motion tracking devices, only time will tell where things will end up.

#6 - aries2k6 - January 13, 2010 // 3:56 pm
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When I saw the illustrations of it the first thing that came to my head was... it's the Bun and Thigh Max infomercial device!

lol, your not the only one.

well, I guess alot of guys wouldn't mind watching their girl doing a bit of exercise with this.

#5 - Raze1988 - January 13, 2010 // 2:34 pm
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Oh wow. I hope this will have a good end for sony.

#4 - Warrorar - January 13, 2010 // 9:29 am
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This system is to fitness orientet.. the fitness system of nintendo can also be used for games.

i dont think that this system from sony will ever be used in a game

#3 - heartagram62 - January 13, 2010 // 9:10 am
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This was an inevitable step for Sony to take what with Nintendo having the current grip on fitness related console games. I totally support the idea and will probably invest in this or Sony Fit?? equivalent.

#2 - PS4 News - January 13, 2010 // 8:57 am
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When I saw the illustrations of it the first thing that came to my head was... it's the Bun and Thigh Max infomercial device!

#1 - B4rtj4h - January 13, 2010 // 8:50 am
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Lol ... first they make a Wii- alike gun in Time Crisis 4... now they make a complete copy of a Wii Sports tool.

Well... i like TC4! So go on Sony! Good shot! Wondering though how to operate the device...