Today the Japanese patent office published PS5 controller images on their website. As originally reported by VGC, the images match the prototype PS5 controller described in an article from Wired, in which the new controller is said to be very similar to the DualShock 4. While there are a number of similarities between the controllers, the details list some subtle differences and upgrades to the PS5 controller. Check out a comparison image from Resetera below and read on for more details.
According to details in the patent, the PS5 controller has no light bar, larger triggers, smaller sticks, and a USB port. We already know from the announcement of the PlayStation 5 for Christmas 2020 that the new controllers feature adaptive triggers, which allow developers to tweak the tension in their games depending on specific situations. It’s also already been revealed that the new controllers use haptic feedback to create sounds and vibrations, instead of rumble motors, making for a more immersive experience.
It looks like the PS5 controller will make the change to USBC for the purposes of charging, which also opens it up to more audio devices. However, it’s also likely that the PlayStation 5 console itself will have facilities for users to use various headsets and bluetooth audio devices.
These details don’t exactly make the PS5 controller sounds any more exciting, but they do show that the light bar has been completely done away with. This feature was used in many games, mainly turning red when a character dies, but outside of this basic functionality it was little more than a drain to battery life. We’ll have to wait and see what other features are included in the PS5 controller as the release window for the new console approaches. One thing is for sure though, any further new features will be built with player immersion in mind.