PS5 News: Sony leak reveals big PS4 Controller change for next PlayStation console? (Pic: SONY)
A whole flurry of big Sony PlayStation Black Friday sales and E3 announcements might give the illusion that the PS5 is getting closer than ever, but in reality we're still probably some way off anything being officially announced or revealed.
However, patents, which are submitted months, sometimes years in advance, do give us a pretty in-depth understanding of work going on behind the scenes at these huge tech companies and especially their R&D departments.
And one of the latest patents found may provide some small insight into what Sony are planning for their next-gen Dualshock controller, which we would imagine is being readied for the new PS5 console.
And from what we can tell, it sounds as though the new gaming controller will have some sort of touchscreen display.
Want more info? Here's a quick look at the official wording on the patent:
“A controller for interfacing wirelessly with a computing device is provided, including the following: a housing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body, and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, the first extension and the second extension for holding by a first hand and a second hand of a user, respectively; a touchscreen defined along the top surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension; a first set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the first extension and on a first side of the touchscreen; and a second set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the second extension and on a second side of the touchscreen.”
It'll certainly be interesting to see how Sony could utilise the touchscreen on the dualshock controller, but whether PlayStation can actually make a success of the pad is another question entirely.
As pointed out by The Verge, controllers which have included a touchscreen haven't exactly been a hit with fans in the past.
Both the Nintendo Wii U and going even further back the Sega Dreamcast both tried and failed with the idea.
News of this new Sony Dualshock controller comes, slightly strangely, not that long after yet another Sony controller was revealed prematurely via another patent.
Only last time it was for a PlayStation VR controller.
The patent, which Sony has titled “CONTROLLER HAVING LIGHTS DISPOSTED ALONG A LOOP OF THE CONTROLLER”, has been registered by Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan in the past few weeks.
To all intents and purposes, the new patent will be an upgrade of the current PSVR Move controller, with more sensors in a loop, rather than the ball that's located at the top of the PS Move currently.
This new controller seems to be built from the ground up for VR, featuring similarities to controllers from Oculus and HTC Vive, rather than building on the old PS Move tech that Sony used for PSVR.
Either way, it's unlikely we'll be seeing either of these new controllers at E3 2019, following the news earlier this week that Sony would be effectively skipping the big gaming showcase of the year.
In a statement which Sony provided to Game Informer, the company confirmed that it will not "activate or hold a press conference around E3 ".
Furthermore, Sony will also not exhibit on the show floor.
"As the industry evolves," it said, "Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community."
"PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019."
The only silver lining, is that Sony also added that it will be "exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans".
With the company celebrating it's 25th anniversary, we wouldn't rule out some sort of big celebratory bash in the year, or even the biggest PSX showcase we've seen so far.