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Sony patented PlayStation controller for mobile games

By on November 28, 2021 0


Sony has not openly announced its plans for mobile games, but it has taken key strategic steps. This includes the hiring of former Apple Arcade director Nicola Sebastiani to lead PlayStation Mobile. An April 2021 job posting also stated that the company wanted to expand its “game development from consoles and PCs to mobile and live services with a focus on successfully adapting PlayStation’s most popular franchises to mobile”.

It appears that even greater progress is being made. A patent for a controller, recently released by the Japanese division of Sony Interactive Entertainment and spotted by VGC, appears to point to the use of mobile games. These are basically two handles similar to the DualShock 4 with the mobile device in the middle. The images can be seen below although they do not include “a shaft part which can be tilted by the user and detects the tilt direction and the amount of tilt of the shaft part.” according to the patent.

As such, PlayStation controllers can already be connected to mobile devices via Bluetooth, and there are various third-party devices for playing Xbox titles on mobile (courtesy of the cloud). It seems like a natural extension of the same, although it’s not clear how far the company’s mobile plans are right now. Stay tuned for more details in the meantime, as always.