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

Ruben Fields
November 19, 2019

In early October, Wired had an exclusive in-depth look at the PlayStation 5, which included an overview of its controller.

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has recently filed for a patent of such a device at the Japanese Patent Office. 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. The microphone is located on the bottom of the controller, where the audio port was in the DualShock4.

According to these sketches, there doesn't appear to be much that is significantly different when compared with the current DualShock 4 controller, but there are some minor changes.

The PlayStation 5 controller will have a USB-C charging port, moving on from the PS4 controller's USB Micro-B connection.

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The DualShock 5 controller is expected to be released with the Playstation 5 some time in 2020.

The triggers appear to be larger than on the DualShock 4, which could be down to the incorporation of new adaptive trigger technology. Additionally, it will also feature haptic feedback that's more capable than the rumble tech that most gamers are used to. 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.

Sony product manager Toshi Aoki told Wired that the PlayStation 5 controller will have an improved battery life, but the larger battery and haptic motors make the controller a bit heavier.

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