Sony’s latest patent filing hints at a new PlayStation controller.
The design aligns closely with the existing DualShock 4 model, offering an identical layout for the action buttons, directional pad, and analog sticks. However, Sony did sneak in two more programmable buttons that can replicate what others on the controller do.
Patented technology does not always result in consumer products, so this controller might not arrive with Sony’s next-generation console. As Polygon notes, the patented controller includes a micro-USB port, but the PlayStation 5 is rumored to use a USB-C port on its controller.
A few years ago, Microsoft introduced a pro-style controller with customization at the forefront. It now sells the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 for serious gamers, and third-party companies such as SCUF design similar controllers.
Sony did announce an attachment for the DualShock 4 model featuring programmable buttons, and the patent might represent a version of the controller with those built-in.
The PlayStation 5’s controller will support haptic feedback. Gone are Sony’s classic rumble motors, and now gamers will notice localized feedback. In addition, the controller will have adaptive triggers. Developers can program the resistance of the L2 and R2 triggers on a per-game basis. Combined, these capabilities should result in more immersive games on Sony’s platform.
We’re still waiting on official details, but Sony did confirm it’ll release the PlayStation 5 in late 2020. Mark Cerny, the architect behind the PlayStation 4, will lead development. When it does arrive, the gaming industry is in for an all-out war between Sony and Microsoft as the new Xbox will debut around the same time as the PlayStation 5.