Sony Patents DualShock 4-Style PlayStation Controller for Mobile Gaming

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Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Japanese division has patented what clearly appears to be a PlayStation controller designed specifically for mobile gaming. As spotted by VGC, the illustrations allude to a device that looks very much like a DualShock 4 controller but with the center portion extended to fit the length of a smartphone. If released, the controller would presumably be an ideal complement for playing PlayStation games over the cloud or via features such as Remote Play.

From VGC:

The controller, which resembles PS4’s DualShock 4 rather than PS5’s newer DualSense, is described as “a left side grip portion and a right side grip portion gripped by the left and right hands of the user”.

According to the patent, the included drawings of the device omit “a shaft portion that can be tilted by the user, and detect the tilting direction and tilting amount of the shaft portion.”

The peripheral makes sense in light of some of the comments that PlayStation boss Jim Ryan made earlier this year about how Sony was planning on bringing some of its biggest IPs over to the mobile world:

“We have been thinking about how players enjoy our content and have had some early success with experimenting with mobile games and apps to provide more choice to gamers,” Ryan said in a Q&A session with investors. “Mobile is just one of the areas we are exploring to reach millions of gamers beyond our platforms.”

“PlayStation has a huge catalogue of diverse first-party IP that can transition to smartphone gaming and complement our AAA games or live service games. We are exploring the mobile market with some wonderful PlayStation franchises so please stay tuned.”

Source: VGC

Tsing Mui
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