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News Rumor Sony patents new multifunction controller

DESTROYA

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We may have already been given a glimpse of the DualShock 5 controller that will accompany the PlayStation 5, but a patent spotted by LetsGoDigital suggests that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) may have a secondary input planned for one of its upcoming consoles. Filed on July 24, 2019 by SIE and published on November 28, 2019 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the patent describes an 'information output system and method', although LetsGoDigital has taken this to mean a multifunctional controller.
The rectangular shape of the patented device reminds us of an original NES controller, as does the placement of its D-pad. The device has four buttons on its face though, along with an interactive screen and two shoulder buttons. It also incorporates an accelerometer, Bluetooth, and a gyroscope. Furthermore, LetsGoDigital reports that the patented design includes a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor, while its display contains options for listening to music, checking emails and playing a game with a friend. We imagine that these are placeholders, though.
LetsGoDigital opines that the short lead time for the patent's approval suggests that SIE is currently developing a device incorporating the technologies on display here. While it would seem unlikely that the PlayStation 5 would come with a controller that looks like the concept render which LetsGoDigital has created, could some of the technologies on display here could make their way into the DualShock 5? Regardless, we wonder what SIE plans to use a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner for in a game controller.






Editor’s comment from let’s go digital:

Sony Interactive Entertainment patents a multifunctional game controller that can be used at home and on the go. This device includes numerous interesting features, including a fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor. It seems unlikely that Sony will design this rectangle shaped controller. However, some of these features might be used for the PlayStation DualShock 5 controller, meant for the upcoming PS5 console.
 
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Multifunction eh? Interesting from the pictures.

But sounds exactly what they kinda did with Vita. Not sure it would be smart...because this feels like an expansive idea if true.
 
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I think this will be a part of the PS5 that you take with you....
You could have the option of having it on you at all times, to stream music, watch films from PlayStation video, look at your social feed, clips, videos, see your trophy progression, change what games are loaded onto your PS5, set up, shut down or update the system etc etc.

It could also double as a fitness or activity monitor and be useful for a range of other things too... like a TV remote.

It could also double as your sign-in for all PlayStation devices, so if you bring it to a friends or a hotel with a PS5, you just have it near the new PS4/5 and you have instant access to your entire catalog of games.
 
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Don’t expect it to replace the DS5, maybe it’s a new portable from Sony.
Yeah that makes sense. I'm gonna wait to see their execution before making my mind up. Could be quite interesting.
 

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Looks like an enhanced PocketStation….It would be great if we could use this controller to do everything from streaming PSNOW, to connecting it to your PS5 for further functionality, browsing and purchasing games, messaging, watching videos, streams and even using it for shareplay and remoteplay….

 
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Sharp edges flattened 80s/90s design.
Gross.
Doesn't look a PS controller in any shape or form.
Screams fake.
I hope so.
 

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It looks like the bottom half of a Nintendo DS Lite but with sharper corners.
 
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It's part of the super secret wearable playstation that will be implanted directly to our brains. The end of generations. Upgrade to each firmware for 499.99 or be terminated err left behind.