The next version of Sony’s DualShock PlayStation controller may have its own touchscreen.
Its diagrams show a controller that’s nearly identical to the PS4 one that you’ve been using since 2013, but the abstract mentions a “touchscreen” in place of the current version’s touchpad, the touch-sensitive central button.
A touchscreen could display extra game information (like in-game menu options), and the patent refers to outlining gestures for gamers to trace with their fingers.
Sony filed the 32-page patent application in September 2017. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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The first major console to offer a touchscreen controller was Nintendo’s Wii U in 2012, but that failed to capture gamers’ imaginations and the company learned from its shortcomings to craft the Switch.
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