New DualShock 4 controller patented by Sony, features new buttons

Sony’s E3 2016 conference wasn’t anything short of spectacular, with a fantastic variety of exciting and innovative games on display. We caught our first glimpse into the upcoming God of War sequel, a sizable look at the exceedingly well-done Days Gone, and a mysterious sneak peak into Kojima Productions’ first game, Death Stranding.

Despite having a pretty in-depth look at all this, though, we didn’t see much in the way of hardware. Surprising, to say the least – with the Neo seemingly not too far away, many were expecting it to make an appearance at E3.

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The original PS4 (source: www.gamespot.com)

The good news…

Not to worry. Sony has actually filed a patent for what seems to be an improved version of the current DualShock 4 controller. To come with the Neo, perhaps? Whilst not as reliable or exciting a source as Sony themselves at E3, this can hopefully hold a few people over, for the time being.

source: source: http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-106297

source: source: http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-106297

The patent in question was spotted by NeoGAF user Kyoufu. It’s an interesting one – some buttons added on, some moved around. Similar to the Xbox One’s Elite Controller, it could be aimed predominantly at more of an elite gamer demographic – or perhaps it’s just for any old sod who can pick up a controller.

As seen above, the start and select buttons seem to have been moved to below the action buttons and directional pad, respectively. As for the new buttons, they look to have been added on the inside of the controller grips:

source: http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-106297

source: http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-106297

One thing’s for sure – time always knows the answer, and it’s almost certain we’ll have this or something entirely different when the Neo eventually swings round. And hopefully, that won’t be too long from now.