So far, the next-gen PlayStation console, the PS5, is looking very impressive. 8-core AMD chipset based on third-generation Ryzen architecture, with a GPU taking the best bits of the Radeon Navi GPU family; a built-for-purpose SSD storage system; 3D audio; backwards compatibility with PS4 games and PSVR hardware; 8K TV support. That AMD one-two-punch of CPU and GPU unlocks the powers of ray tracing, an advanced lighting technique that can bring next-level immersion to gaming visuals. It’s a Hollywood technique that’s used in big-budget CGI spectacles, putting into context the level of visual fidelity you can expect. But out of everything we know so far about this system, we know very little about the PS5’s controller.
So far, all we know is that haptic feedback to replace the DualShock 4’s rumble technology. This aims to improve the controller’s feedback and therefore the player’s immersion. The PS5 controller will also feature adaptive triggers that Sony says have “been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2)”. These adaptive triggers will allow developers to program the resistance of the triggers to simulate actions more accurately.
But what will it look like? Well, I think we may have an idea, thanks to Sony themselves. According to a Sony patent for a new controller, published by the Japanese patent office, the PS5 controller could look familiar, yet different.
Looking over the controller, it looks like the PS4’s DS4 controller with some key differences. The first thing you will notice is that it’s a bit larger than the Dualshock 4, something a lot of people I’ve talked to actually wished the DS4 was slightly bigger to fit their hands and be more comfortable. Having the controller be comfortable in your hands should always be the most important thing, then battery life.
Next thing, is the joysticks. They seem to be slightly smaller than the DS4, about the size of the Xbox One’s joysticks, but I could be wrong. It’s a little hard to tell. But since the controller looks to be raised a bit more, having the joysticks a little smaller would work better with it.
Next would be the triggers as they seem pronounced since the controller does have haptic feedback, I can see them needing to and it will help with the player’s immersion.
As far as battery life is concerned, nothing has been said, but I believe it will be much better as there is something missing from this new controller it seems… the light bar. If the controller no longer has that, which many PS4 owners hated as they could never turn it off. It had to be on for the PS Camera to track its movement, which I can understand, but if you’re not using the camera, then there was no need for it. With the light bar now possibly gone, the battery life should be significantly improved.
Lastly, it seems that there will a new USB port on it, USB-C to be exact, so your controller will charge must faster for.
Now while this is a patent, please understand that things can change between now and the unveiling of what it and the console will officially look like, so take all this as a grain of salt, as patents are used not just to confirm things.
that’s all for now but stay tuned for more PS5 news from GaminLyfe.