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New patent gives us a first look at the PlayStation 5 controller

Yesterday, a patent for the PlayStation 5 controller was published on the Japanese patent office website. 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.

In early October, Wired had an exclusive in-depth look at the PlayStation 5, which included an overview of its controller. Back then, it was stated that “an unlabelled matte-black doohickey that looks an awful lot like the PS4‘s DualShock 4” was being sent to the developers, but some internal changes were noted.

For one, the triggers were adaptive, meaning they offered a different resistance based on the game mechanic. 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”. The last change would be the improved microphone, which is highlighted in the patent design description. The microphone is located on the bottom of the controller, where the audio port was in the DualShock4.

Besides the microphone, there are other notable changes to the design as well. The controller looks bulkier all around, the light bar on top has been removed, the analogue sticks are a bit smaller, and the speaker seems to be larger.

The PlayStation 5 is scheduled for a Holidays 2020 release, so we won’t have to wait too much longer to confirm the design of the controller.

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KitGuru says: After seeing the images, do you like the possible new DualShock 5, and will you buy the PlayStation 5?

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