The DualShock 5 promises to change how we experience gameplay, but it looks pretty familiar on the surface.

New Patent Might Show PS5’s DualShock 5 Controller

The DualShock 5 promises to change how we experience gameplay, but it looks pretty familiar on the surface.

A new patent filed in Japan might give us the first glimpse of what could be the DualShock 5 controller accompanying Sony’s PlayStation 5 console. The patent shows a controller very similar to the current DualShock 4, with a few notable differences.

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First, the light bar from the DS4 is gone. That’s not entirely surprising since its uses with PlayStation 4 games are fun but rather limited. It’s also in keeping with Sony’s statement that the PS5 would focus on software and hardcore gamers, presumably to the exclusion of hardware gimmicks.

There’s also a new addition at the bottom of the controller, though what that could be is currently anyone’s guess.

Otherwise, the could-be DualShock 5 looks like it’s largely the same as the DS4, with slightly larger shoulder buttons, slightly narrower protrusions surrounding the analog sticks — with the sticks still looking the same size — and USB charging ports in the same place.

Sony isn’t known for changing its hardware and accessory designs too much from generation to generation, and it looks like that won’t change with DS5’s outward design if this is actually what launches with the system.

Still, the PlayStation 5 itself is set to be a big step forward in hardware functionality, one that might even fix the PlayStation 4’s most grievous error: cross-generational play.

If you’re interested, you can check out the patent here, in Japanese of course. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 5 news as it develops.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.