A second Sony PS5 patent, discovered by LetsGoDigital (opens in new tab), has given us another potential peek at the design of the console's next-gen controller - the DualShock 5. The patent, filed with the USPTO (opens in new tab) by Sony last Summer (but only now made available for public viewing), reveals a controller that looks eerily similar to the previous DualShock 5 sketches that surfaced online a few months ago, apart from a few changes.
For one thing, the device now sports two fancy back paddles tucked behind its left and right grip holders; which is no surprise for those who've been paying attention to Sony's recent announcement of the DualShock 4 Back Button attachment (opens in new tab), which adds two similar, customizable paddles to the game pad currently used with the PS4.
In addition, the PlayStation Home button, used primarily to turn the PS4 off or on, or navigate back to the console's home screen, is nowhere to be seen, suggesting Sony is considering removing it entirely in favour of a cleaner design. Indeed, with those two extra back paddles, the need for that extra front-facing button suddenly makes less sense.
Even so, the images from this latest patent are by no means a guaranteed preview of the final product, so it's possible that we haven't seen the last of the Share button yet. For more info, see our original story below on the previously leaked DualShock 5 patent from last year, or hear about how the upcoming controller could pivot heavily towards local multiplayer gaming (opens in new tab) (as seen in the following image).
Original story as follows:
A new patent from Sony Interactive appears to have leaked images of the PS5 (opens in new tab) controller a year ahead of the next-gen PlayStation console's official launch in Holiday 2020.
The design sketches - as first spotted by VGC (opens in new tab) - were published on the Japanese Patent Office (opens in new tab) today, and while no official mention of the DualShock 5 is made, the images corroborate with everything we've heard about the upcoming accessory until now.
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If this patent is to be taken at face value, the PS5 controller will remove the DualShock 4's light bar while modifying the size of the triggers and sticks and adding what appears to be a USB port where the headphone jack currently is situated for PS4 players.
A comparative breakdown on ResetEra (opens in new tab), which includes all of the leaked images, reveals that that DualShock 5 also seems to feature an in-built microphone which wraps around the controller's underbelly. Could this be part of Sony's pivot towards more robust streaming infrastructure (opens in new tab) on the PS5?
Of course, it's also possible that Sony is developing a new DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4, similar to Microsoft's Elite Controller on the Xbox One, but the idea of releasing it this close to the next-generation seems implausible. That said, while images of the PS5 devkit have leaked online (opens in new tab), none so far have included its accompanying controller, so it's hard to verify why Sony have filed this particular patent.
In other PS5 news, rumours of Horizon Zero Dawn 2 (opens in new tab) have heightened of late, with a new job listing for a sequel to the action RPG (opens in new tab), suggesting it could be in the works as a PS5 launch game (opens in new tab) for next year. Here's everything we know about the potential PS5 price.
For more, check out more upcoming PS4 games (opens in new tab) for 2020 and beyond, or watch our latest episode of Dialogue Options below.