Sony rumbled again in Dual Shock court case

Witness testimony 'unreliable'.

The latest attempt by Sony to overturn a court ruling in favour of Immersion Corporation has been foiled, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Immersion has successfully sued Sony for infringing copyright of vibrating controllers.

Last year Sony was ordered to pay Immersion $90.7 million for infringement on the company's Haptic technology, which allows users to feel vibrating feedback in conjunction with on-screen actions.

Sony returned to court last week with the argument that Immersion had held back information about Haptic technology inventions by consultant Crag Thorner, which the gaming giant could have used in its defence of the $90.7 million ruling.

However, according to the Wall Street Journal, US District Judge Claudia Wilken branded Thorner's statements as "unreliable" and raised questions about a $150,000 payment from Sony for his services.

Rival manufacturer Microsoft was also sued by Immersion last year, but opted to settle out of court for $26 million - plus taking a 10 per cent stake in the company. Microsoft has since become a licensee of Immersion's technology, along with other gaming companies including Mad Catz and Logitech.

Sony continues to fight the ruling, and has an outstanding appeal at the US Court of Appeals, which is expected to be address in the coming months.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (31)

About the author

GamesIndustry International

GamesIndustry International


GamesIndustry International is the world's leading games industry website, incorporating and


You may also enjoy...

Supporters only

Supporters only | Letter from the Editor: What's with all the good reviews?

We're supposedly suffering a game drought, but we've never recommended so many games. What's going on?

Premium only | Off Topic: A brilliant podcast about 90s pop

Oli Welsh on 60 Songs That Explain the 90s.

Premium only | The Eurogamer Podcast returns! Meet the UK's first professional gamer

New host, new direction, exclusive early access for Premium supporters.

Comments (31)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch
Explore our store