From the PS5 to the next Xbox, and even an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch, the internet has been abuzz with next-gen console rumours. Now, a new patent from Sony could hint at the direction their next console could take, and it might surprise many.
The news of Sony’s new patent was first spotted on Reddit and is for a touchscreen-enabled device and was filed back in September 2017.
The description of the device is a bit cryptic but seems to indicate that it is for a device with a touchscreen situated between the middle of either side of the controller, where it will be in easy reach of players.
“A controller for interfacing wirelessly with a computing device is provided, including the following: a housing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body, and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, the first extension and the second extension for holding by a first hand and a second hand of a user, respectively; a touchscreen defined along the top surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension; a first set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the first extension and on a first side of the touchscreen; and a second set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the second extension and on a second side of the touchscreen.”
Along with the above patent description, there is also an image of where these touchscreens will be placed. It seems that these touchscreens will be able to display various images and control certain aspects of the player’s TV or monitor.
It’s an interesting idea especially since it could help players customise their controllers. Touchscreens have become the new motion controllers, thanks to companies such as Nintendo whose Switch console has proved that there is a place for touchscreens in gaming, if handled correctly.
The big question is whether or not this patent refers to the controllers that the next PlayStation (PS5) could be using? Also, do you think that this is a great idea or just another flash in the pan gimmick?