Universal Game Controller?

Is Sony developing a Universal Game controller for other consoles?

Tech Website Gorumour.com has managed to get its hands on what it claims to be a patent for a Universal game controller.

Apparently designed by Sony, the controller is “A game console controller includes a hand-holdable housing and a touch sensitive liquid crystal display (LCD) on the housing. The LCD is caused to present, depending on what type of game console a user has selected, a controller key layout for a first type of game console or a controller key layout for a second type of game console. A key layout includes plural keys selectable by a user to input commands to a game console.”

It is certainly worth keeping an eye on, but with Microsoft’s Natal coming out soon, and Sony apparently developing the Arc, which is similar, it is interesting that such a thing would be in development. We can see a use for it with existing console technology, but if these new motion controllers take off, it might be redundant before it is even developed.