The Sony PlayStation 5 controller may have a touchscreen in place of existing the touchpad, according to a newly-published patent filing.
Judging by the patent application continuation filed in 2017, the successor to the DualShock 4 could show gamers prevalent information directly on the controller itself. The current button is useful as a navigation tool, while it also enables users to access and browse in-game menus and stats. However, most developers haven8217;t made much use of the feature beyond the mundane.
What Sony would hope to achieve by replacing this with a touchscreen remains to be seen. Perhaps it should show smaller representations of in-game maps and the ability to quickly select weapons, but given gamers don8217;t spend too much time looking at the pad while playing, it could be counter-intuitive.
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As TechCrunch points out, any touchscreen could be used for dealing with incoming notifications, such as messages and friend requests, but could also be used to commence a live stream of a game, for example.
Image credit: SonyHowever, just because Sony has filed a patent application it doesn8217;t mean the company plans to act on it for the PS5. Tech companies often patent their ideas to protect the innovation, if they decide it isn8217;t fit for the market.
The patent itself doesn8217;t go into much detail either. Sony simply calls it 8220;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.8221;
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