If you close your eyes to try to imagine a PlayStation controller, you8217;ll likely be able to picture one very easily, even if you8217;re not a gamer, because its form factor has hardly changed in over two decades.
A new update to Sony’s PlayStation controller patent is showing the DualShock 4’s touch-sensitive control pad replaced by a full-on touchscreen, as spotted by DualShockers. This change would completely open up what you can do with Sony8217;s controller, as well as what sort of interactive feedback you could get from it, such as the ability to see a small view of a map, in-game stats, and so on.
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It8217;s not like Sony has never changed its controller. The current version has an LED light bar that reacts to what8217;s happening in a game, for instance. But it has never drastically changed to the point of adding something as wild as a fully-functional touchscreen. We suspect Sony is considering this redesign since the DualShock 4 touchpad is mostly ignore, or used as a pause button.
One has to ask though: How much would a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller cost? Obviously, it would be more expensive, but that hasn8217;t been confirmed, especially since it8217;s just a concept in a patent at this point.
There are no clues to suggest Sony will actually launch this thing soon.