New PlayStation Controller Patent Features Rear Triggers

Sony has been awarded another new patent for a PlayStation controller, with this one showing a different design from the one discovered last month, which is thought to be for the PS5.

Registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the latest patent shows a gamepad with additional triggers on the back. Another way it differs from the previous patent’s design is that it’s missing the PS button between the analog sticks. Neither patent explicitly mentions the PS5, but given the console comes out next year, it’s safe to say that at least one of the two is meant for Sony’s next-gen gaming machine.

From the description of the patent, translated from Japanese:

In the example of the input device 1, a right operation button 31R and a left operation button 31L are provided on the lower surface 17a.

The formfactor illustrated in the new patent is closer to the current-gen DualShock 4 controller than the JPO patent found in November, with the latter having handles that curve outward along the body on the inside, much like the Xbox One controller, though the difference is subtle.

It’s possible this new design, with its additional triggers, is meant to be a first-party Elite-style or pro controller, perhaps for both the PS4 and PS5.

Of course, there’s no telling when this controller will go into production, if ever. Companies tend to register several patents, with few being realized.

(Source: WIPO [Google Translate])

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