It would appear that the first images of the PlayStation 5 controller have surfaced in a Sony patent application that was filed in Japan. The patent was approved on November 18 and shortly thereafter was spotted by VideoGamesChronicle.com.
Last month, Sony confirmed that the PS5 will arrive during the 2020 holiday season. During an interview with Wired Magazine, Sony President Jim Ryan and system architect Mark Cerny have talked about some of the console’s most important new features, which include a solid-state drive for faster loading times and haptic feedback for the PS5 controller.
The haptic feedback will offer more sophisticated “rumble” effects than the DualShock 4, according to Sony. Game designers will be able to adjust the sensitivity of the haptic motors and the controller’s triggers. This way it will feel unique firing different guns or handling the wheel of a car.
The PS5 controller will move on from using USB Micro-B connection and will instead use a USB-C charging port. The light bar will also be going away with the new generation of the controller. On the DualShock 4, the light bar would change colors depending on the game being played but was a contributor towards the terrible battery life.
Sony product manager Toshi Aoki told Wired that the PS5 controller will have improved battery life. A downside to this though, is the controller will be a bit heavier due to the larger battery and haptic motors. However, it will still be lighter than Microsoft’s Xbox One controller.
Overall the PS5 controller isn’t changing that much, which isn’t a bad thing. The DualShock 4 received a lot of acclaims, so it would only make sense not to reinvent the wheel.