A recently published patent from Sony brings possibly a good news for gamers. According to the patent application continuation filed in 2017 and recently published papers, Sony seems to have tentative plans to build a touchscreen PlayStation controller.
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Sony’s Touchscreen PlayStation Controller
The patent was published in October and noticed over the weekend by the folks at DualShockers. The patent was initially filed in 2017, the paperwork describes a controller that’s virtually identical to the DualShock 4 that was released in 2013, but in place of the current touchpad, it adds a touchscreen.
Right now, PlayStation controllers have a touch-enabled center button that allows users to navigate through menus and other activities with a touch-based interface. The center button also lets gamers access more information, such as game stats, when clicked.
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This patent application also leaves us wondering what type of content might be displayed on the touchscreen. The controller content could include in-game information, and actions, such as sharing a video broadcast or dealing with incoming invites and friend requests.
It will be interesting to see how Sony markets the new design, especially when Nintendo failed miserably (Wii U) with a touchscreen-enabled controller. No doubt, the touchscreen controller is nothing more than a patent application for now, but things can turn anytime. Well, reports suggest that the next-generation Sony console could arrive as early as 2019 or as late as 2021.
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