Valve’s Steam Deck Latest Device to be Targeted by Company Known for Patent Lawsuits
The Immersion Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Valve over the rumble haptic technology included in the Steam Deck and Valve Index. The Verge reports.
The outlet notes that Immersion has filed a complaint in the Western District of Washington citing seven patents dating back to 2002. The company has accused Valve of infringing its own patents on its hardware devices, Steam Deck and Valve Index. However, the complaint also mentions several video games that use the technology, including Half-Life: Alyx, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
Immersion has a history of suing companies for infringing Rumble technology patents.both mycroft and Sony The two companies have previously had legal battles with Immersion over rumble technology, and both companies license technology from Immersion’s patent portfolio. What is immersion Meta also sues A lawsuit was filed almost a year ago over similar patent infringement allegations.
Immersion seeks damages, royalties, and an injunction against Valve for “deployment, operation, maintenance, testing, and use of the accused handheld device and the accused VR device.”
The Steam Deck review said that despite some “significant caveats” such as fan noise and long load times, the device is still recommended.
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