While Sony is still almost a year away from launching its next-gen device, we might have just gotten a glance at the new controller of the device. Newly posted pictures by patent office of Japan may offer some hints as to what to hope from the device.
At first look, the new device does not seem that different from the DualShock 4 we are all aware of, but there are some distinguished dissimilarities. First of all, it seems that the new accessory will not comprise a light bar. Mixed with the higher capacity battery we know Sony aims to fit into the device, the absence of light bar might result in considerably better battery life. On the basis of the diagram, the device might also forgo the 2-tone design of its precursor and comprise bigger triggers. One detail that is difficult to make logic of is the addition of what seems like 2 different headphone jacks on the controller’s bottom.
On the other hand, maybe the largest detail to glean from these pictures is what Sony does not aim to alter. Similar to the DualShock 4, it seems like the firm’s new device will sport symmetrical thumbsticks. The disadvantages and advantages of a symmetrical thumbstick layout against an asymmetrical one is one of those stuffs Xbox and PlayStation fans love to debate continually.
That claimed, similar with most patents and the line figures that come with them, it is best not to get too much involved into these pictures. While media claimed a prototype of new controller by Sony seemed “an awful lot similar to the DualShock 4 by PS4” in its latest exclusive on the forthcoming device, it is possible the last design can differ considerably from what we see here.
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