PlayStation is one of the most well-known video game brands in the world, having dominated the console market for nearly three decades. A recent patent implies that a PlayStation-styled mobile controller is in development, indicating that the brand may be returning to the on-the-go gaming arena.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan has filed a patent for a device that allows players to use a PlayStation-inspired joystick to play games on their phone. The device, as seen above, resembles a PlayStation version of a Nintendo Switch, however, it appears to be considerably longer. The distinction is that the middle screen is for a phone rather than a console.
The controller grips on either side of the phone are unmistakably PlayStation, however, it’s worth noting that Sony chose to use the older Dualshock 4 design from the PS4 rather than the new Dualsense design from the PS5. Sony recently updated the PlayStation mobile app to enable DualSense controllers on Android, which led to the filing of the patent. On mobile devices, PlayStation controllers can currently be utilized via Bluetooth.
Connecting via Bluetooth allows gamers to play PlayStation games and mobile games with controller compatibility via remote play. Xbox Cloud Gaming allows gamers to play Xbox games on their mobile devices or tablets using PlayStation Dualshock controllers.
One disadvantage of playing through Bluetooth is that gamers must prop up the gadget they are using. With a tablet, this may not be an issue because most people use cases that allow them to stand up. Phones, on the other hand, rarely come with cases that can be propped up for gaming. Maybe that’s where this new technology comes in handy. A PlayStation controller that allows users to insert their phones and play like a Switch may be the ideal device for Sony’s future mobile ambitions.
Sony has recently made a significant investment in bringing its IPs to mobile devices. Nicola Sebastiani, formerly of Apple Arcade, was hired by Sony Interactive Entertainment in October to lead the company’s push into mobile gaming. WipEout would also be one of the titles coming to mobile, according to Sony. Sony’s push into the congested mobile gaming industry could be aided by this new patent for the controller grip.