Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has trademarked a strange red symbol and the name "Panopticon" recently. What's a Panopticon? It's Greek for "seeing everything" and it's also the name used for prison guard towers. Here's the information filed under the trademark.
Nice Classification: 9
List of goods and services Computer and video games; computer games software; computer software downloadable from the internet; computer software for hand held computer games equipment; computer game software for mobile phones; video game cartridges; ?memory cards; data storage devices; downloadable electronic publications; electronic games; parts and fittings for all the above.
Nice Classification: 28Nice Classification: 41
List of goods and services Toys and playthings; ?hand-held computer games equipment (not adapted with TV receivers); parts and accessories for hand-held computer games equipment (not adapted with TV receivers); card games; board games; arcade video game machines; video game apparatus; parts and fittings for all the above.
List of goods and services Entertainment; electronic games services provides by means of the internet; games services provided on-line from a computer network.
Pretty vague to be sure, this leaves it open to any number of possible devices or services. Could it be the new social network for the PS4 that links up with the share button on the controller? The name of the new PlayStation Eye camera, with more Kinect like functionality? A rebranded Gaikai game streaming service? All good possibilities.
Sony also met with the Oculus Rift team at CES apparently. Could we see a PlayStation branded Rift VR headset? That would certainly explain the reference to "see everything." In combination with the PS Move for additional tracking, we could see some seriously next level VR ideas.
Perhaps we'll find out more about Panopticon at Sony's February 20th PlayStation 4 unveiling. Until then we can only speculate. Here's the image file from the trademark filing.