PS5 Controller’s Next Big Feature Potentially Leaked

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An evolution of the PS5 DualSense controller may be in the works, or at least that’s what a new patent from Sony suggests could be on the horizon. With the PS5, Sony broke away from its tried and true DualShock formula in favor of releasing a premium, next-gen controller, the aforementioned DualSense. The PS5 controller comes with a few upgrades that differentiate it not only from the PS4 controller, but the Xbox Series X controller. That said, it’s possible the current iteration isn’t going to be the final iteration.

A new Sony patent has surfaced and it’s for a video game controller. Now, the patent makes no mention of the PS5, but it’s safe to assume at the very least this is PlayStation related because why else would Sony be filing patents for controller technology. As for the patent itself, it’s for a collapsable control stick.

“A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot center within the controller body,” reads an excerpt from the patent.

The patent was filed on June 22, 2021, but was only published this month. So, it’s pretty new, but it remains to be seen if it will graduate from concept to actual product. Not only does it sometimes takes years for patents to come to fruition, but they often never evolve past the conceptual stage. Sony has filed a metric of gaming patents that we never heard from ever again.

At the moment of publishing, Sony has not commented on this patent, it surfacing, nor the speculation it has created. Typically, it doesn’t comment on anything pertaining to its patents, so we don’t expect it to comment on this one, but if it does, we will be sure to update the story accordingly.

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