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Method for a Gaming Unit External Memory Adapter Using Conventional Memory Modules

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022230D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

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Thomas Poslinski: INVENTOR

Abstract

Gaming units, such as the PlayStation, require external memory modules to store game progress. These memore modules are limited in memory size. Conventional memory modules, such as the Memory Stick, are large capacity memory that can be used with a conversion device to work with a gaming unit.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50T5520

Title:

Method for a Gaming Unit External Memory Adapter Using Conventional Memory Modules

Abstract:

Gaming units, such as the PlayStation, require external memory modules to store game progress. These memore modules are limited in memory size. Conventional memory modules, such as the Memory Stick, are large capacity memory that can be used with a conversion device to work with a gaming unit.

Inventor:

Thomas Poslinski

Description of the Invention:

1.      Gaming units, such as the PlayStation, require external non-volatile memory to store game progress. These memory modules are limited in memory size and require a large number of these modules to support a large collection of games. In this invention, a conventional memory module can be used with the gaming unit using a conversion device that directly connects to the gaming unit's memory port. The conventional memory can be a Memory Stick or Compact Flash module. This allows for large memory modules to be used with a gaming unit. Gaming units have a limit on the memory size that can be attached, but with this invention the conversion device shall have a select dial which would allow the selection of a bank of memory equivalent to the size required by the gaming unit. The same Memory Stick can be used across different gaming units, as long as each gaming unit has an equivalent conversion device. Software on a PC can be used to format the different banks allowing for cross platform compatibility. When a bank is selected by a user, an LCD screen on the conversion device shall indicate the format of the bank. With memories surpassing 1GB, data storage for a gaming enthusiast can be simplified. Another example of the usefulness of this invention is in the PlayStation 2 case, where the gaming unit can play both old PlayStation games and new PlayStation 2 games. The memory slot module to save game data is specific to the format of the game. All PlayStation games use the old memory format, and the new PlayStation 2 games use the new format, but the correction to the PlayStation 2 gaming unit is the same. The user is required to physically replace the memory modules between the two different formats. In this invention a selection dial would be used to change between the two formats without removing the media.

The invention consists of three different components. First, a standard off-the-shelf conventional memory, such as the Memory Stick, shall be used for storage. Second. a conventional memory reader for the PC shall be used in conjunction with software that understands the format of each gaming unit on the market. The layo...