You’ll Never Guess What Sony Wants To Call Their New Gaming Tablet

The Sony EyePad.

The Sony PlayStation EyePad.

Sony is currently experimenting with a tablet-style PlayStation controller, which according to Slashgear would allow for “dynamic 3D motion control and virtual buttons for gaming and other purposes.” They’re even trying to patent it.

It looks like cool hardware, similar to the capabilities of the Wii U console, which was, of course, Nintendo’s answer to the tablet craze that Apple started back in 2010.

So far, so good. Want to take a guess, though, what Sony wants to call their iPad clone?

That’s right. According to Gamechup, who broke the story, Sony has internally coded it the “PlayStation EyePad.”

You can’t make this stuff up. Hell’s bells, Sony. Talk about wearing your creative ineptitude inspiration on your sleeve.

Related
  • quattrophile

    In fairness this is pretty in line with their existing product lineup that has been out for longer than the iPad; in 2003 Sony released their camera accessory for Playstation 2 they called the EyeToy.

  • Reivax

    US Trademarks are based on how they sound when spoken, not on how they’re spelled, so this wouldn’t fly as an actual product name. It’s a cheeky internal working name; one that acknowledges its inspiration.

  • Bob Smogango

    EyePad. At least they aren’t trying to call it a MaxiPad. They should call it, a iPlaystationPad.

  • bdkennedy

    Will never happen. Maybe EyePad is the beta or code name for the developer versions but it will have to change when it’s shipping.

  • mitchyd1989

    Why is every single other tablet referred to as an iPad clone by you guys? Sure the internal name is laughable if true, but it looks pretty different to an iPad to me.

  • Jonathan Ober

    In fairness this is pretty in line with their existing product lineup that has been out for longer than the iPad; in 2003 Sony released their camera accessory for Playstation 2 they called the EyeToy.

    — But iPod was 2001…so …which came first the chicken or the egg that tried to hatch into the chicken that laid it?

  • MacFangirl1200

    Why is every single other tablet referred to as an iPad clone by you guys? Sure the internal name is laughable if true, but it looks pretty different to an iPad to me.

    Because it’s called the EyePad.
    It’s still a tablet. If it is that similar, Apple should sue them.

  • sadirbabe

    Obviously they’re not going to call it that. There is PS Vita, so this will probably be called PS Ars.

  • LambOfTheCloth
    In fairness this is pretty in line with their existing product lineup that has been out for longer than the iPad; in 2003 Sony released their camera accessory for Playstation 2 they called the EyeToy.

    — But iPod was 2001…so …which came first the chicken or the egg that tried to hatch into the chicken that laid it?

    This isn’t the chicken or the egg, this is the cat. Eye referred to the fact that it was a camera and was used for augmented reality functions in gaming. I somehow doubt that the “i” in iPod was intended the same way.

    Additionally with the acquisition of Gaikai last year it’s likely that this is an attempt to create a competent gaming tab, something the Wii U’s gamepad aspires to, but can’t manage because the processing tech is already 7 years old. This patent shows some obvious AR elements for gaming- scanning objects into the game world with stereoscopic cameras, etc. With the main processing happening on Gaikai’s servers, this would be pretty slick. But only if they can pull it off, which is assuming a lot for Sony these days. haha

  • LambOfTheCloth

    Obviously they’re not going to call it that. There is PS Vita, so this will probably be called PS Ars.

    True. Sony’s finances are recovering, but slowly. I doubt they’d do anything to bring them close to a lawsuit from the most valuable company in the world. They just don’t have the cash to fight a war like that. Plus with the Vita you know they decided let’s just name things poorly. haha

About the author

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his girlfriend and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News, Top stories | Tagged: , , , , , , , |