A Californian court has ordered Sony to stop selling its Playstation computer games consoles in the US and to pay 70 million euros in damages to a small American company that develops and licenses digital technology.
Immersion Corp. had sued Sony claiming it was using its technological developments without permission. The case centres on the controller for Sony’s PlayStation consoles, which vibrate in synchronisation with the action on the screen. Sony has said it plans to appeal to a higher court and in the meantime it is allowed to keep selling Playstations in the US. But it will also have to pay a compulsory licence fee to Immersion until the appeal is heard. The Playstation consoles are the best selling games platforms in the world and have been responsible for 44% of Sony’s profits in recent months.