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Is Microsoft Creating An amiibo Alternative ?

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Microsoft published a patent yesterday which has elements of amiibo about it:

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A system for generating custom modular objects is described. The custom modules form part of a modular construction set from which an object can be created by a user. The object acts as a user input device for an interactive software experience. To generate a custom (i.e. non-standard) module, a virtual 3D shape is received by a module generation service. The service converts this shape into a derived 3D shape for the module, for example, ensuring that the module is shaped such that it is compatible with other modules from the modular construction set to which it will be connected for form an object and/or by adding an aperture for receiving a connector and/or electronics core. Once generated, the derived 3D shape is sent to the user in physical form or virtual form and a virtual representation of the module is provided to the interactive software experience.

 

BACKGROUND
There are many ways that a user can interact with a computer game and typically a user controls the game via a keyboard and mouse, games controller (which may be handheld or detect body movement) or touch screen, dependent upon the platform on which the game is being played (e.g. computer, games console or handheld device). A number of games have also been developed in which gameplay is enabled (or unlocked) through the use of physical character toys which are placed on a custom base connected to a games console. By placing different toys on the custom base, different gameplay is enabled.

The embodiments described below are not limited to implementations which solve any or all of the disadvantages of known gaming systems.

SUMMARY
The following presents a simplified summary of the disclosure in order to provide a basic understanding to the reader. This summary is not an extensive overview of the disclosure and it does not identify key/critical elements or delineate the scope of the specification. Its sole purpose is to present a selection of concepts disclosed herein in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented later.

A system for generating custom modular objects is described. The custom modules form part of a modular construction set from which an object can be created by a user. The object acts as a user input device for an interactive software experience. To generate a custom (i.e. non-standard) module, a virtual 3D shape is received by a module generation service. The service converts this shape into a derived 3D shape for the module, for example, ensuring that the module is shaped such that it is compatible with other modules from the modular construction set to which it will be connected for form an object and/or adding an aperture for receiving a connector and/or electronics core. Once generated, the derived 3D shape is sent to the user in physical form or virtual form and a virtual representation of the module is provided to the interactive software experience.

Many of the attendant features will be more readily appreciated as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description considered in connection with the accompanying drawings.

 

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So what do you think it is, this stupid site who couldn't be bothered posting a source link, seems to think it is a Microsoft version of the amiibo:
Microsoft patented a device to take on Nintendo's most popular new product

 

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Could be yes why not ? Every one is to copy the other if he have found something working. That is a common thingy since ever. Like eg. the copy of Wiimote from Sony called Move ^^
Or that they use the Vita as a secondary screen. So why not should M$ to copy the Amiibo idea and bring their own M$ franchise figueres....althought im not sure if they can cover the same amount like nintendo. What we would have there ? Geras of War, Haloo, uhm...could some one help me out please.... :P

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Question is... How successful would M$ actually be with "amiibos"...? Its not like they have a fuckload of lovable IP's like N* have. What unique shit do M$ have? Master Chief..? Yay.... I guess they could shit out a banjo-kazooie one, but honestly that would only infuriate the public rather than making them throw their money at you^^

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(...) What unique shit do M$ have? Master Chief..? Yay....


Conker,
Marcus Fenix, Commander Shepard, KI characters...

Bill Gates? xD

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Conker was initial born on Nintendo 64 so won't work......Commander Shepard is also present on the PS so also here won't work and again with KI was initial released on Nintendo......Bill Gates would work, yes XD

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Conker is the same shit as banjo kazooie - that would just piss people off, considering the complete lack of real games since the N64. Nuts and bults does not count, that is not a banjo kazooie game, its an abomination that we dont talk about....

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Unless they were getting licences from other companys for these "micromiibos"

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