A new patent from Sony may have given us a first look at the new PS5 controller.
A patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment this week includes a design for a new controller similar in design to the PS4’s DualShock 4. However, the patent, which was found by VGC and published on the Japanese Patent Office, features several subtle differences to the current controller.
The changes include what looks like a USB-C port at the top of the controller rather than the bottom, as well as a built-in microphone. One of the biggest changes shown in the patent is the omittance of the PS4’s light bar which is used by the PSVR to track the controller and movement.
Patent Design Image Credit – JPO
Sony’s patent also revealed larger triggers which match the recent announcement that the upcoming controller will feature haptic feedback as well as adaptive triggers which give players resistance when completing certain actions.
Despite the adjustments made to the new controller, including the new adaptive triggers, Sony Product manager Toshi Aoki stated that the new controller, which is still unnamed, will be lighter than the current Xbox controller.
After playing several short demos with the new controller last month, Wired explained how the controller and its haptic feedback provides players with distinct gaming experience. The publication explained in its report:
“Sand felt slow and sloggy; mud felt slow and soggy. On ice, a high-frequency response made the thumbsticks really feel like my character was gliding. Jumping into a pool, I got a sense of the resistance of the water; on a wooden bridge, a bouncy sensation.”
Everything We Know About Sony’s PS5
Over the last few months, we’ve been inundated with information on the upcoming PS5. Although the console doesn’t yet have an official release date, Sony has revealed that it’s targeting holiday 2020, which many believe will be an October to December release.
The gaming firm has already confirmed that the console will include improved cloud gaming, that the console will be backwards compatible with PS4 games (Although nothing has been said about previous generations), and that it will be compatible with 8K televisions.
In a report with Wired last month, it was revealed that the console would have an integrated Ultra HD Blu-ray player that supports 100GB disks and 4K video. The PS5 will also reportedly allow users to manage how they install games, choosing to either install only the solo campaign or multiplayer part.
More recently, a patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the console may use cartridges. The patent was filed in Brazil earlier this month and included a cartridge design by Yujin Morisawa, the Senior Art Director at the Corporate Design Center of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
This has led to speculation that the console may include removable SSD drives to support the ever-growing size of video games. It’s also believed that the removable SSD’s may be Sony’s own cartridges, rather than licensing drive manufacturers like Western Digital or Seagate. Other fans, meanwhile, believe that the new patent suggests a new handheld console yet to be announced.
Regardless, the PS5 isn’t due out until late 2020. Until then, keep checking back for all the latest news on the new PlayStation console.
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