Sony Settles 'Touch Feedback' Suit
Sony has agreed to pay Immersion, the company that created "touch feedback" technology, $121 million to settle ongoing patent infringement litigation. The deal means Sony can include the technology again in future products after dropping it from the PS3. Touch feedback vibrates the controller in response to action on the screen.
Immersion won a judgment in March 2005 against Sony that would have halted PlayStation sales until royalties were paid - at that time $82 million plus $8 million in interest. Sony appealed the ruling and asked for a new trial, although that motion was denied in March of last year.