Sony in no way, shape, or form stole the Six-axis from Nintendo
Out of the 'list' of things sony has copied or stolen, Six-axis has to be one of the biggest and most blatantly obvious feats. Not that I doubt you or anything, but can you show me an article about this filed patent or the patent itself? Remember that Nintendo was working on the Wii since early 2002, so if this patent was filed later than that, I'd consider that a bit suspicious.
Sony's Six-axis was the realization of a patent they had long before the Wiimote ever was showcased.
It makes me question Sony's having this idea in the first place. Sure they may of thought about it before Nintendo unveiled the at the time Revolution controller, but they did'nt unveil it or even hint at it until E3, 8 whole months later. And whatever happened to that boomerang controller? It was there for a very long time, and there was no mention of motion sensing for all that time. Yes, it was a prototype, but then Sony decided to unveil the "new" controller.
What's really suspicious about the whole thing is that it's basically a PS2 controller with a button in the middle and motion sensing. That's all they changed. It's like doing a last minute project, if you were told to re-do an essay that your teacher said needed a different style, and had a considerable amount of typos, you came in the day the redone essay was due, but you only fixed a few typos and that's it. You rushed it all on the last night, could'nt think of anything, and made a jumbled up idea that was hardly different than the previous ideas for your last draft. It gives an image in my head of the Sony execs at a time very near E3, discussing what their final PS3 controller will be. They waste a lot of time, and in a hasty move, one person takes a drawing of a PS2 controller, and draws a circle in the middle. Note that even the circle is a copied idea from Microsoft's 360.
If it was the boomerang with six-axis, I'd be less prone to call out Sony for stealing an idea, but at the same time, they made no notion of having any motion sensing in their controller until E3.
Alow me to take a snippet out from the July (AKA E3) issue of Game Informer from 2006. GI's question is in bold, Kaz Hirai's answer isn't.
First of all, can you talk about when you guys put in the motion sensor for the controller and the decisions made to go with that?
I need to back a bit through history here. You know the form factor for the original Playstation controller, the one without the sticks, remember that? That's where we started. And we've seen a natural evolution in trying to really increase the man/machine interface and make it a deeper relationship with the controller... if you look at it through the timeline of how the controller for the Playstation products have evolved, I think that you can see that it's a natural progression. As opposed to a lot of people, especially in the mainstream press, they just look at it and say "was that decision based on what your competitors have done?" Nothing can be further from the truth.
HA...hA Ha HA haha ha Ha... that's just bogus. That kind of question ("was that decision based on what your competitors have done?") was something that the mainstream press wasn't even saying, it was a much nicer version of the things gamers on sites were saying, but no press was saying "Nintendo's idea--copied?"
The same went with
This time they don't even say anything until after
their machine is released. Again, there was a large amount of time in between the announcement of Nintendo's idea and Sony's. 9 months for motion sensing, 7 for avatars. Both of those are large amounts of time, just enough, for Sony to replicate these ideas.
I'll also argue that even though it's pretty Secondlife, what about the multiplayer usefulness with these avavtars in other games? That sounds very much stolen.
Sony has actually had this cocky, arrogant mood about them that they've flaunted ever since they came into the buisiness with Playstation, but it was'nt until the PS3 and PSP that so many people realised how low they are.
EDIT: Darn UM, if only you posted before I started talking here, I could've included a bit more. :