Sony Is Making A New Dualshock With More Buttons

Last year, Microsoft unveiled a new premium priced Xbox One controller. This Elite controller was all about customization and let users reconfigure it in a number of ways. Despite its hefty price tag of $150, Microsoft had a hard time keeping up with demand. Because of the Elite’s success, many wondered if Sony would ever release a similar controller for the PlayStation 4. Now a patent has appeared suggesting that Sony may be working on an upgraded controller of its own.


On June 16, Sony Interactive Entertainment of Japan patented what appears to be several new designs of the DualShock 4 controller. It should be noted that the original patent was actually filed in July of 2013, meaning that Sony has had these designs laying around even before the launch of the PlayStation 4. Some of the designs seen in the patent filing feature the DualShock 4’s Share and Options buttons set in different places, and other designs have different sized touchpads and grips.


Most of the designs don’t wildly deviate from the standard DualShock 4 we all know, but there is one that stands out among them. This design has the D-pad and face buttons swapping position with the two thumb sticks. Also of note is that this controller design features what appear to be paddles on the inner side of the grips.


Why has Sony decided to refile this patent now? It’s anyone’s guess, but it could mean that the company is moving forward with plans to manufacture a new DualShock 4 controller. We should point out that this patent isn’t necessarily indicative of an Elite-style controller. The pictures show different designs for the DualShock 4, but there is nothing that directly says this controller is customizable like the Xbox Elite controller. Sony may have just been trying out various designs to see what would work best.

While the DualShock 4 is a great controller, the easily worn down rubber grips on the thumb sticks and the battery draining light bar left many disappointed. Let’s hope that any new DualShock 4 design, Elite or otherwise, will fix those issues.

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