In a recently-updated patent granted to Sony final month, the corporate behind the favored PlayStation consoles has detailed the inclusion of a touchscreen in a controller design, hinting at a attainable future iteration of the DualShock controller used with the corporate’s consoles.
Particularly, the summary for the up to date submitting talks a couple of touchscreen being in the identical location as the present touch-sensitive pad on the DualShock 4 controller:
“A touchscreen outlined alongside the highest floor of the principle physique between the primary extension and the second extension; a primary set of buttons disposed on the highest floor of the principle physique proximate to the primary extension and on a primary facet of the touchscreen; and a second set of buttons disposed on the highest floor of the principle physique proximate to the second extension and on a second facet of the touchscreen.”
Additional down the patent doc, there are a number of figures that clearly present the well-known DualShock design and its numerous traits, which seemingly guidelines out the chance that the brand new additions are associated to a PS Vita type handheld.
When digging into the specifics of the patent and the annotated figures, the quantity correlating to the place this touchscreen can be sitting labels it “a touch-sensitive pad to facilitate touch-based enter”.
Whereas this sounds promising, the determine it refers to appears to depict the prevailing DualShock 4 design, with its dimpled touch-sensitive pad, indicating that the sooner mentions of the touchscreen might probably simply be in reference to this button and never a display screen, per se.
Regardless, patent filings ought to all the time be taken with a grain of salt – it’s not essentially a product that can ever see the sunshine of day, however an idea that, if it have been to enter manufacturing, would then be protected.