Sony filed a patent for a new PlayStation controller, and it looks like it could compete with Microsoft's premium Xbox controller
- Sony has filed a patent for a new PlayStation controller with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
- While a separate patent for the PlayStation 5 controller surfaced in November, Sony's latest design adds two new buttons to the design of the DualShock 4.
- The patent images don't guarantee that Sony will move forward with a premium controller for the PlayStation, but it does show that the company is considering a second version of the PlayStation controller as it prepares to launch the PlayStation 5.
- Microsoft currently ships two versions of the Xbox One controller, a $70 standard version, and a $180 version called the Xbox Elite, and Sony's new design could create two price points for PlayStation controllers too.
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A patent for a new PlayStation controller has surfaced just a few weeks after a separate filing revealed the design of Sony's PlayStation 5 controller.The latest patent shows a controller that's close in design to the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller, but with a pair of extra buttons on the bottom of the controller. Last week Sony revealed a $30 attachment that adds a pair of programmable buttons on the rear of the DualShock 4, and it's likely that this new controller offers the same functionality as a built-in feature.Advertisement
The latest design also shows a USB Micro-B charger that matches the existing DualShock 4, suggesting that this new controller could work with the PlayStation 4. Sony previously confirmed that the PlayStation 5 controller uses a USB-C charging port, which appeared in patent images for a different Sony controller in November.
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Sony's latest controller patent could be a more expensive version of the DualShock 4 built to compete with Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller series. The Xbox Elite controller retails for $180 and offers a premium build with customizable paddle buttons, a rubberized grip, and analog sticks with adjustable tension. Third-party companies like Scuf Gaming make premium controllers with similar features and price tags for the PlayStation 4. Standard PlayStation 4 and Xbox controllers retail for $60.The patent images don't guarantee that Sony will move forward with a premium controller for the PlayStation, but it does show that the company is considering a second version of the PlayStation controller as it prepares to launch the PlayStation 5.Microsoft has already promised that Xbox One-compatible controllers will continue to work with the Xbox Series X when it launches next year. Sony has not specified whether PlayStation 4 devices will work with the PlayStation 5.Advertisement
Both next-generation consoles are set for release during the 2020 holiday season, but exact release dates are still pending. Microsoft showed off the design of Xbox Series X with a special reveal at The Game Awards in December, but Sony has yet to show off the final look of the PlayStation 5.
Here's a closer look at the patent images for Sony's new PlayStation controller:Advertisement
From the top, Sony's new PlayStation controller looks almost identical to the DualShock 4.
A side view of Sony's new PlayStation controller shows the back buttons relatively even with the L2 and R2 triggers.Advertisement
A rear view of the controller shows the back buttons and the USB Micro-B charging port.
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