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Patent images reveal design changes for the PlayStation 5 controller

By Tim Augustin - on 19 Nov 2019, 4:40pm

Patent images reveal design changes for the PlayStation 5 controller

The PlayStation 5 is just a year out now, and details on the console are starting to trickle in. A new patent for the as-yet unnamed PlayStation 5 controller has appeared on a website for the Japanese patent office, giving us an early look at its new design. 

The first thing to note here is that it doesn’t look too different from the DualShock 4 - in fact, it looks very similar. However, there are a couple of subtle design changes. The new controller has smaller sticks, larger triggers, a USB-C charging port and most importantly, no light bar

Removing the light bar is a pretty big deal, but it makes a lot of sense. It would add to the controller’s battery life, and it never had much function besides indicating when the controller was charging.

Sony has already discussed the main changes they plan to implement with the new controller - primarily, ‘haptic feedback’. The new controller’s dual triggers would vibrate in greater, more refined detail to immerse players further into the game world. 

We’ll probably get more information on the new controller during Sony’s rumoured PlayStation 5 unveiling event in February