2019 ends in just a few days! This means that the release of the PlayStation 5 expected for the end of 2020 is fast approaching. Communication around the machine is therefore accelerating. After Shuhei Yoshida, one of the founders of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who extols the simplicity of programming of the console, it is the turn of the potential controller of the latter to be revealed by means of a patent.
Indeed, since December 26, a Sony patent has been included in the World Intellectual Property Organization’s database, known as WIPO. This patent highlights in particular what could be the controller of the next Sony console, the PlayStation 5. The first thing we notice is that the design of the front panel of what appears to be the DualShock 5 is particularly similar to that of the DualShock 4. We therefore find a usual configuration, namely the Option and Share keys, the four directional arrows, symmetrical joysticks, touchpad and even the built-in speaker. The only notable difference is the absence of the Home button to return to the home screen of our console. But the additions are not there …
Indeed, as you can see with the image available at the bottom of the article, the back of the controller is different. The patent notably highlights two additional buttons located on the back of the controller. Like the Nacon, SCUF controllers and even Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controllers, these new triggers seem to be customizable. They can for example be programmed to execute the functions of the other keys of the joystick such as the cross, round, triangle buttons or even L1 or L2. Other important details, these could even be removed or moved to a completely different position to suit the comfort of most of the players. A novelty that also reminds us the arrival of the back fixing of controls from Sony expected for February 14, 2020 in Europe at a price of € 29.99. The latter notably adds programmable paddles to the rear of the DualShock 4.
But contrary to what has been announced, the patent for this controller reveals a micro-USB port similar to that found on the DualShock 4, while that of the PlayStation 5 is supposed to have a USB-C port to the square. This means that we are either faced with a patent that has since undergone some adjustments, or that the latter simply reveals the next model of the DualShock 4.
As a reminder, a patent rarely discloses a finished product. Sony may therefore simply take the lead in putting forward new ideas to design a future product. It is also possible that this controller is never sold and that the ideas are never exploited by the Japanese giant. If you want more information about this patent, we advise you to take a look on it by clicking on this link.