A Sony patent in South Korea for an “electronic game cartridge” has been published.
Dutch website Techtastic found the patent, which was filed last year and made public this month by the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS).
Not much is known about the cartridge, although it does have an external port at the bottom which could connect to a console, and the early speculation is it could be related to a possible Sony handheld device.
Although Sony has announced no portable gaming plans since the demise of the Vita, in the spring of this year Sony Interactive Entertainment chief John Kodera spoke about portable gaming in general saying, “In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable.”
Given the patent information, this cartridge could be related to the kind of experiences Kodera was speaking about.
Of course, it’s worth noting that products from companies’ patents often never see the light of day.
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Sony Patents New Game Cartridge