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Sony might be working on this new PS5 controller design – and it looks awesome

By on January 18, 2022 0

While we generally love the DualSense controller that comes with every PS5, it’s hard to ignore the weight of the device. Well, a new patent filing suggests Sony is looking to reinvent the DualSense with some bizarre left-field functionality.

According to a patent application spotted by PatentScope and reported by our sister site Creative Bloq, Sony has developed a foldable analog stick design.

The patent filing states: “A controller, joystick, or system comprising a joystick body, a joystick stem coupled to the joystick body, the joystick stem being configured to retract into the joystick body, and the joystick body and the freely rotatable joystick stem together about a pivot center in the controller body.”

Concept drawing of the Sony PS5 DualSense controller with retractable analog sticks.

(Image credit: PatentScope)

To us, it looks like a PS5 DualSense controller that may have sticks scaled down to the size of PS Vita sticks. While the PS Vita’s thumbsticks weren’t bad and were a dramatic improvement over the PSP or Nintendo 3DS, they really couldn’t compare to the larger analog sticks found on a PS4 or Xbox One controller.

And remember, this is just a patent application. It’s Sony that’s basically telling patent regulators that it was the first to invent something new. It is up to the regulators to grant the patent to Sony, which can take more than a year.

Of all the verbiage detailed in Sony’s patent application, the use of non-Newtonian fluid caught our attention. A non-Newtonian fluid is a material that can remain solid, but takes on a more liquid form when pressure is applied. According to Sony, this fluid can be manipulated to apply different pressures during gameplay, similar to the DualSense’s innovative analog sticks.

Drawing of the PS5 DualSense controller using non-Newtonian fluid.

(Image credit: PatentScoop)

However, recent patent filings are not limited to special controllers. It appears that on January 6, PS5 architect Mark Cerny filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, which allows for backward compatibility of older PlayStation titles. If that comes to fruition, it means that titles stuck on complicated PS3 hardware, such as inFAMOUS or Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, can finally be played on modern hardware. Admittedly, the words “PlayStation” or “PS3” were never mentioned in the record, but were implied.

Either way, if any of the above patents come true, it could make the PS5 an even more excellent system that can not only offer next-gen controller features, but also solid backwards compatibility.