The American company Immersion Corp had sued Sony for the infringement of a patent on the “use of electronic devices controlled by a computer with a motor that vibrates to stimulate the user” and the result of the lawsuit has been known today: the North American courts have sentenced Sony Computer Entertainment to pay $ 90.7 million in damages and to halt sales of PS2 consoles, Dual-Shock controllers and any game that uses vibration (including for example Grand Theft Auto, Gran Turismo or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater).

The sentence will not apply for now, as it has been appealed by Sony. Most likely, Sony will reach an out-of-court settlement with Immersion, as Microsoft already did, closing Immersion’s lawsuit against the XBox for an amount of 26 million dollars.

Legal problems for the PS2 in the US