Sony Files For A Controller Patent; Possibly Describes The PlayStation 5 Controller

Joanna Estrada
November 19, 2019

The first images of the PlayStation 5 controller have surfaced in a Sony patent application filed in Japan. The published document was created by Masaho Morita, a designer previously referenced in other controller patents, and contains images that show the controller's appearance and a brief description of its design.

Wired describes the new controller prototype as being "an bad lot like the PS4's DualShock 4" - but there's some interesting differences in the functionality of the controller. Firstly, it appears there's going to be a microphone present, although there's no light bar present and the pad appears to include larger triggers, a USB port, and smaller analogue sticks. Now, we get a look of what might be the controller for the upcoming console. It seems the DualShock 5 - that's not its official name yet, mind - will have at least one built-in microphone joining the speaker, which appears to be placed in the same general location as the one found on the DS4 model.

The DualShock 5 controller is expected to be released with the Playstation 5 some time in 2020. As well, the DS5 will be switched to USB-C, it will allegedly be heavier than the DS4 model, and it'll feature haptic feedback instead of rumbles. Game designers will be able to adjust the sensitivity of the haptic motors and the controller's triggers to match the action in-game, so the feeling of firing different guns or handling the wheel of a auto will feel distinct. The controller used a USBC port for charging and offered haptic feedback, with "highly programmable voice-coil actuators located in the left and right grips of the controller".

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