Sony has a patent for a brand new PlayStation controller

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DualShock 4 controller for PlayStation 4

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On Dec. 26, Sony was accepted for a patent on a brand new sort of PlayStation controller. The patent is on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) database, but it surely isn’t fairly clear what Sony intends to do with the controller.

The design itself is just like the acquainted DualShock Four design that the majority gamers are used to with the PlayStation 4. The new controller has the identical format for its face buttons, directional pad, and analog sticks. The solely actual departure on the entrance of the controller is that there’s no PlayStation button seen on the patent design.

The again of the controller is the place issues get somewhat extra attention-grabbing. The patent incorporates potential designs for the brand new controller — although they aren’t remaining — that embrace two new buttons. The new buttons seem like programmable to carry out the features of different buttons on the controller, so you may have them do the identical factor because the circle or sq. buttons in the event you wished.

A design from the Sony 12/26 patent filing for a new controller

Image: Sony by way of WIPO

The two again buttons might be activated with triggers in a lot of the proposed designs. While they appear to be positioned straight behind the analog sticks on a lot of the proposed layouts within the patent, there may be point out that they may transfer to different locations. This may imply that the controller is customizable, or simply that Sony desires to cowl its bases for attainable design iterations.

While this new patent’s timing is somewhat conspicuous contemplating the PlayStation 5 is about to return out in 2020, there is no such thing as a indication which PlayStation this controller is definitely designed for. It’s value noting that the proposed design does function a micro-USB port on the highest of the controller, the identical because the DualShock 4, whereas the PlayStation 5 controller is supposed to have a USB-C port instead, so it’s attainable that is an iteration of the older controller.

The thought of putting customizable triggers on the again of controller isn’t new. SCUF’s PlayStation controllers and Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controllers additionally function customizable triggers. Sony has by no means created its personal first-party controller with this function, although.

Sony announced in December it’s releasing a brand new peripheral referred to as the Back Button Attachment, which provides programmable paddles to the again of a normal DualShock Four controller. It’s anticipated to launch in January 2020 for $29.99. It’s attainable Sony is utilizing this peripheral to make PS4 controllers suitable with the upcoming console, particularly if Sony’s new patented design is for a PlayStation 5 controller.

Because this design is just a patent, there’s no guarantee the controller will actually be released. Sony may simply be locking down a possible design for the long run.